The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is preparing for its 2015 reaffirmation and has initiated planning for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Updates will be provided on this page.
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What is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) is committed to enhancing the quality of higher education. As part of the reaffirmation process, SACS COC asks each institution to develop a plan that arises from the institution’s ongoing, integrated, institution-wide planning and evaluation process. The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused plan of action that enhances student learning (student learning is defined broadly) or the environment supporting student learning. The QEP must be a campus-wide project that can be created and implemented within one to two years and has a primary emphasis on undergraduate students. The QEP must also be consistent with the institution’s strategic plan and must be directly tied to the institution’s mission.
The QEP is a relatively new as a part of SACS accreditation and this will be only our second one. Our first was Ready for the World, a broad initiative aimed at increasing international and intercultural awareness and knowledge across campus. Ready for the World was successful and had a positive impact on the campus, although it did pose challenges for implementation and assessment.
It’s now time to select our new QEP topic. This process began in May 2013 with the formation of the QEP team. The team is a large and diverse group comprised of faculty and staff members representing colleges, offices, and units from across campus. Over the past several months, the team has reviewed numerous task force and committee reports, university data, published research, and documents related to our Vol Vision/Top 25 strategic plan. Through that process, we have identified five topic areas that represent different directions for the QEP. Each will meaningfully enhance student learning on our campus. Our goal is to select a plan that will positively transform student learning on campus, and we will establish a comprehensive assessment plan to evaluate this impact.