A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is

  • A required aspect of the SACS accreditation process
  • “The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issues related to enhancing student learning”
  • “A consensus among key constituency groups that the QEP, rather than being merely a requirement for reaffirmation of accreditation can result in significant, even transforming, improvements in the quality of student learning.”

Character of the QEP:

  • Is not a substitute for strategic planning, but an outgrowth of planning
  • May not describe initiatives that are fully realized, but it “extends, modifies, redirects, or strengthens an improvement that is already under way.”
  • “Requires allocation of adequate human and financial resources to develop, implement, and sustain the QEP.”

Logistics of the QEP:

  • Broad-based institutional participation
  • Careful review of best practices
  • Time line for implementation, assignment of responsibility, resource allocation, assessment schedule
  • Structure for evaluating the extent to which the goals will be attained (5 year impact report)
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation strategies for impact of QEP on quality of student learning
  • Focused on undergraduate education, but will reflect initiatives for the graduate and profession programs

* — Quotations from the SACS Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation