QEP Definitions and Timeline

What is a QEP?

The Quality Enhancement Plan is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue that the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success.

The document submitted by the institution demonstrates that its QEP (a) has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes; (b) has broad-based support of institutional constituencies; (c) focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; (d) commits resources to initiate, implement and complete the QEP; and (e) includes a plan to assess achievement.

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QEP Timeline

AY 2019-2020 Topic Identification Committee guided by Dr. DeLuca and Dr. van Gaalen engaged in college-wide activities (examination of institutional assessment results, student and faculty surveys, focus groups, feedback sessions) to identify topic. Committee announced thematic focus “transdisciplinary communication” April 2020. Provost worked with Faculty Senate President to name a steering committee and co-chairs for AY 2020-2021. Dr. Rebecca Harris and Dr. Angus Cameron accepted co-chair positions. QEP Title was revealed during Convocation in Fall 2020: Creative Connections: Breaking Barriers across Disciplines.
AY 2020-2021 Steering Committee collaboratively develops QEP.
  • QEP narrative was drafted by QEP Steering Committee.
  • Compliance Certification submitted by March 1, 2021.
  • Provost worked with Faculty Senate President to name QEP Director, Dr. Rebecca Harris.
  • Off-Site Peer Review Conducted April 20-23, 2021.
  • Off-site preliminary findings were sent to FSW on April 23.
  • Dr. Mary Kirk, Advisory Visit June 30, 2021
AY 2021-2022
  • QEP Narrative Due to SACSCOC August 30, 2021
  • On-Site Peer Review October 11-14, 2021
  • Review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees June 13-16, 2022
AY 2022-2023 Implementation Year 1
AY 2023-2024 Implementation Year 2
AY 2024-2025 Implementation Year 3
AY 2025-2026 Implementation Year 4
AY 2026-2027 Implementation Year 5