Quality Enhancement Plan Background
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was part of a multi-year effort focused on the strategic redesign of the University’s core curriculum and on reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SACSCOC had recently made the QEP a requirement for reaccreditation. The intent of this new requirement was to cause universities to start assessing student learning outcomes.
- Launch in fall. The QEP began its roll-out with ENGL 1320 (Writing for Wisdom).
- Extension in spring. The QEP was extended to two additional courses in the LACC – PHIL 1313 (Introduction to Philosophy) and HIST 2311 (Western Civilization 2).
- QEP Proposal. A proposal for a writing QEP was written and submitted to SACSCOC.
- SACSCOC Visit. In April 2011 a SACSCOC team visited the campus to review the University’s conformance to its accreditation standards. One of the most important items to be reviewed was the QEP proposal. The SACSCOC team made several recommendations for improving the QEP, which were incorporated into its design.
- QEP Preparation. The QEP Team immediately started to prepare for the launch of the QEP, to occur in fall 2011.
- QEP Topic. Believing that writing was critical to the success of the LACC and encouraged by progress in the Writing Pilot Project, the University decided to do its QEP on the subject of student writing.
- Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Guided by the University’s mission and vision statements, the University redesigned its Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC). Everyone involved with the curriculum redesign agree that a critical aspect was student writing.
- Writing Pilot Project. A Writing Committee, chaired by Dr. Michael Bourke, recommended that the University conduct a Writing Pilot Project to begin the process of establishing a culture and methods for the teaching and assessment of student writing.
- New President. A new President, Dr. Robert Sloan, arrived on campus. Almost immediately, Dr. Sloan began a series of “envisioning” sessions that resulted in a new vision statement (known as the Ten Pillars) and a new mission statement.