Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a requirement of SACS-COC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) for institutions seeking reaffirmation of accreditation. The QEP is a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.
The Goals and Evaluation Strategies of the QEP need to be clearly and directly linked to improving the quality of student learning. The QEP is a project that is designed to enhance learning.
QEP Steering Committee Structure: Often QEP Steering Committees establish sub-committees to focus on particular aspects of the development process, such as:
Nine Steps to Developing a QEP:
1. Lead Evaluator Nomination: An institution conducting its review leading to reaffirmation of accreditation is expected to nominate a candidate to serve as the lead QEP evaluator on the On-Site Review Committee.
2. The Lead Evaluator:
3. The On-Site Committee is responsible for evaluating the acceptability of the QEP
and confirming that it is part of an ongoing planning and evaluation process.
4. The On-Site Committee’s report on the QEP provides a framework for:
5. Eight Relevant Questions for the On-Site Committee To Ask:
6. On-Site Committee’s Report consists of three parts:
1. Part V of the Fifth-Year Interim Report: The Impact Report of the QEP:
2. Elements of Impact Report:
3. Directions to the SACS-COC Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports for Review of the QEP Impact Report:
4. Accept with Comment
5. Refer to C & R for Review: