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Quality Enhancement Plan

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a component of the accreditation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of an accredited institution of higher education to the enhancement of student learning.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires member institutions seeking reaffirmation of accreditation to develop a QEP. This requirement launches a process that facilitates the development and/or modification of creative, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences for students (The Quality Enhancement Plan Handbook, 2007).

SACSCOC defines a QEP as follows: 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 or student success.

There are five primary elements that SACSCOC requires of an institutional QEP:

  1. includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment;
  2. focuses on learning outcomes and/or student success* and accomplishing the mission of the college;
  3. demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP;
  4. includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and
  5. identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.
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