SACS Accreditation

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Quality Enhancement Plan

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, prepared a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of its 2015 reaffirmation of accreditation by SACSCOC. Our QEP is Experience Learning, an exciting campus-wide initiative to enhance and expand experiential learning opportunities for students. Learn more.

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 is a campus-wide project that can be created and implemented within one to two years. The QEP must be consistent with the institution’s strategic plan and must be directly tied to the institution’s mission.

The QEP is a relatively new aspect of SACSCOC accreditation and this is 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.  To learn more about international opportunities at UT, visit the Center for International Education.


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