A QEP is a course of action for institutional improvement that addresses one or more issues contributing to quality enhancement of student learning. SACSCOC notes in their Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation that “student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning. Developing a QEP as a part of the reaffirmation process is an opportunity and an impetus for the institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues the institution considers important to improving student learning” (2004: 21). The QEP must emerge from the institution’s current planning and evaluation processes and must be compatible with college’s strategic plan. The QEP should become an integral part of the institution and its activities for long-term positive impact. For more information on QEPs, see the SACSCOC Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation.
QEP Topic Selection and Development
In October, 2013, a Quality Enhancement Plan survey was sent to all faculty and staff at Thomas Nelson to gather broad-based input from our campus community regarding a QEP topic that would impact student learning. The QEP Topic Selection Committee then reviewed the topics submitted, and will then take the topics out to the Thomas Nelson community via faculty and student focus groups to educate the campuses about the QEP and solicit topic ideas. After emerging themes are developed, data from Institutional Research and Effectiveness will be utilized to determine the topic that will provide the most impact on student learning at Thomas Nelson. The topics will then be taken to the College Stakeholder groups and Strategic Planning for decision, and the QEP topic will be announced to the Thomas Nelson community in March, 2014.
Screening Committee begins process of selecting 3-5 potential topics and developing those topics into more complete proposals to include rationale, data documenting need, scope, and possible resource demands
Campus Discussion/Focus Groups
Begin Plan Development
Strategic plan developed to include selected QEP Topic
Appoint Steering Committee and QEP Lead (Mar 2014-Dec 2016)
President announces QEP topic
Steering Committee begins work to identify student learning outcomes, develop research base, and craft broad outline of an assessment plan
Draft of Plan Submitted for President’s Review
QEP Submitted to SACSCOC 4-6 Weeks Before On-site Visit