The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is preparing for its 2015 reaffirmation by developing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Our QEP will be Experience Learning, an exciting campus-wide initiative to enhance and expand experiential learning opportunities for students. View the plan here.
What is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is committed to enhancing the quality of higher education. As part of the reaffirmation process, SACSCOC 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 SACSCOC 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.