Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement
Quality Enhancement Plan
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Assessment
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a component of the reaffirmation process, which reflects the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ (SACSCOC) commitment to enhancing the quality of higher education in the southern region by focusing attention on student learning. Every institution is expected to embed the QEP within its ongoing, institution-wide planning and evaluation process, which may evolve from the existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s internal reaffirmation review.
Developing the QEP as a part of the reaffirmation process presents an institution with the opportunity to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues of importance to the institution for improving student learning. The on-site evaluators expect the Quality Enhancement Plan chosen by an institution to present a clear and comprehensive analysis of the important issue(s) on a selected topic.
In SACSCOC’s Principles of Accreditation, Core Requirement 2.12 requires an institution to develop an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan that focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning. Also, Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2 requires an institution to ensure that it has the capacity to implement and sustain the QEP, that a broad-base of stakeholders was involved in the process, and that the QEP identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievements.
For Radford University’s reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012, the selected QEP topic was the Scholar Citizen Initiative (SCI). The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement assists the Scholar Citizen Initiative (SCI) with its assessment efforts.