What is the QEP?
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a major, well-defined, evidence-based, five-year initiative contributing to the improvement or even transformation of student learning.
What are the QEP goals?
- Design a process and structure that offers students engaging, creative, and meaningful learning experiences around a particular topic and advances the institution
- Define intended or desired learning outcomes, i.e., changes in knowledge, skills, or behaviors
- Craft a plan to assess relevant student achievement & institutional attainment
What are the QEP requirements?
The QEP should:
- Emerge from an institutional assessment that solicits ideas from all constituents
- Stem from evidence of a demonstrated need or opportunity to improve learning
- Link to the university mission and strategic plan
- Demonstrate inclusion in ongoing, integrated, institution-wide planning and evaluation
What are some examples of QEPs?
UT’s last QEP focused on Signature Courses. Other institutions have tackled areas like the following:
- Improving students’ information literacy skills
- Enhancing communication skills for a global society
- Building research skills among undergraduate students
How is the QEP developed?
The institution charges a QEP Committee with writing the plan, which is much like a research proposal. Typically, the process includes:
- Conducting an institutional assessment
- Conducting a literature review
- Conducting a needs assessment for professional development
- Developing a detailed budget
- Creating a rigorous assessment plan
- Creating a marketing plan, including a Web presence
What does the QEP include?
The proposal is limited to 75 pages, plus an additional 25 pages of appendices. Its sections include:
- Executive Summary (one page)
- Process used to develop the QEP
- Identification of the topic
- Desired student learning outcomes
- Literature review
- Actions to be implemented
- Timeline: a logical calendaring of all actions to be implemented
- Organizational structure to support implementation
- Resources required
- Assessment plan
- Appendices (optional)
How do SACSCOC reviewers evaluate the QEP?
- Process: plan is directly related to institutional planning efforts. Topic selection involves a process that generates information and specific ideas from a wide range of constituents. Selection of topic determined by representative and evidence-based process that considers institutional needs and viability of plan.
- Focus: detailed student learning outcomes tied directly to institutional needs. Clear relationship between QEP activities and improvement of student learning.
- Capability: detailed budget information; detailed job descriptions. Organizational structure shows clear reporting responsibilities and oversight. Detailed timetable with year by year activities, expenditures, and assessment.
- Involvement: selection process ensures input from all relevant constituencies in developing the plan. All relevant constituencies have direct involvement in implementation.
- Assessment: goals are clearly stated and lead to specific, measurable learning outcomes. Assessment is based on clear outcomes; methods relate to outcomes and are direct measures.
What reports does SACSCOC require?
The institution submits a brief annual report with results of the QEP assessment. A comprehensive impact report is due at the end of the five-year project.