What is the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)?


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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) defines a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as a course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic related to enhancing student learning. This endeavor must further be integrated into an institution's ongoing planning and assessment activity, and must be future focused and serves as a key component of the decennial reaffirmation process.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) describes the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as follows.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a document developed by the institution that

  • includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment,
  • focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution,
  • demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP,
  • includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP, and
  • identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.
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