Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

The concept of quality enhancement is at the heart of the Commission's philosophy of accreditation. Each institution seeking reaffirmation of Accreditation is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Engaging the wider academic community and addressing one or more issues that contribute to institutional improvement, the plan should be focused, succinct, and limited in length. The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) related to enhancing student learning.

The plan is directly related to institutional planning efforts and is selected through ideas generated from a wide range of constituents. The focus of the QEP is on improving institutional/ student performance, with a clear relationship between the activities of the QEP and the improvement of student learning.

To ensure the success of the QEP, a very detailed budget is developed to demonstrate institutional commitment to the effort. Detailed timetables are established that clearly indicate that the QEP can realistically be implemented and completed in five years.

Review of the QEP by SACSCOC is based on the institutional process used to develop the plan, the focus of the plan, the institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the plan, broad-based involvement in the development and implementation of the plan, and the assessment of the plan.

The QEP developed by the University in the 2010 SACSCOC accreditation cycle was Critical Thinking: Learning to Make Informed Decisions. This project was designed to change student behavior in critical thinking through instructional practices integrated into the curriculum and in assessment activities within selected courses. It was evaluated through direct and indirect measures (including surveys of key student groups and focus groups).