QEP Overview

Executive Summary

In a world that quickly changes, students need to know how to ask good questions and find or form answers for themselves. The Mississippi University for Women Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity, aims to support MUW's Mission to provide high-quality undergraduate education by creating a culture of intellectual engagement that will help students to understand how they learn, promote active learning, and support students as they pursue their intellectual interests, both in and out of the classroom. By encouraging student engagement and active learning, we will encourage the development of self-motivated learners-students who produce knowledge rather than passively consume it. Students will take ownership of their own learning by mastering necessary skills, processes, and tools needed to develop and articulate relevant questions, determine how to approach problems, conduct appropriate research, and discover and report the findings.

Read the MUW Quality Enhancement Plan Proposal: "Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity" (.pdf)


Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Basics

What is the QEP?

The QEP is a SACSCOC core requirement that aims to transform student learning on campus. Ultimately, selected project ideas will require fuller proposals, but in the initial stage the MUW QEP committee seeks a simple summary of your best ideas as to how to improve student learning. All QEP topics should be broad-based in that they engage the full university community and should be focused on student learning, and/or the student environment, and/or the university mission.

In other words, the QEP is an opportunity for every individual, student group, faculty teaching circle, etc., to voice their thoughts and ideas about how to improve learning on campus. The QEP committee takes a very broad view of student learning, and topics can include all manner of issues or ideas that relate to the student experience. From the orthodox to “outside the box,” all ideas are welcome. And all members of the campus community are encouraged to submit topics.

Core Requirement 2.12

"The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that includes an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution."

Comprehensive Requirment 3.3.2

"The institution has developed a Quality Enhancement Plan that (1) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP; (2) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and (3) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement."

How SACSCOC defines QEP:

"The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) describes a course of action for enhancing educational quality. Core Requirement 2.12 requires that an institution develop an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan that focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning.
Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2 requires that the institution 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. Part IV of this handbook addresses the development of the QEP, which is forwarded to the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee prior to its campus visit and to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees prior to action on the institution’s reaffirmation."

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