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General Information on QEP

As defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning” and “should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning”.  The QEP must be "forward looking" and "launches a process that can move the institution into the future characterized by creative, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences for students."  The QEP is a key component of the reaffirmation process.

Characteristics of QEP -

  • Must focus on student learning (changes in knowledge, skills, behaviors, or values)
  • Must enhance student success
  • Must include broad-based participation in the identification of the topic or issue to be addressed in the QEP
  • Must include careful review of best practices
  • Must include clear goals
  • Must specify realistic, measurable student learning outcomes
  • Must include allocation of adequate human and financial resources to develop, implement, and sustain
  • Must include implementation strategies that include a clear timeline and assignment of responsibilities
  • Must include a structure established for evaluating the extent to which the goals set for the plan are attained

What the QEP should be -

  • Part of ongoing planning and evaluation
  • Linked to effectiveness, quality, mission
  • Focused on well-defined issue(s)
  • Thorough and analytical
  • Engages the wider academic community
  • Action plan to improve student learning

What the QEP should not be -

  • A loose collection of “all things”
  • Sketchy descriptions of assessments
  • Lacking campus community buy-in
  • Missing linkages to student learning

For more information on QEP, please refer to the QEP section in the Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Handbook for Review Committees published by SACS.

View the PowerPoint presentation given by the QEP committee to the Faculty Senate on December 12, 2011.