An important part of Kentucky State University’s reaffirmation process with SACSCOC is establishing a new QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) as described in The Principles of Accreditation, SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.
The QEP should be a topic that is widely applicable to different constituents across the university, and it should be driven by a need on campus. SACSCOC stresses the importance of building this plan on available assessment data. The QEP process is an exciting opportunity to enhance something the university already does in a deliberate way.
The university’s previous QEP was Academic With Attitudes, a program that sought to help at promise students succeed in college. Now KSU has the opportunity for a new project and seeks input from all university stakeholders.
QEP topics are wide ranging, as the summaries included on the SACSCOC website demonstrate: QEP Summaries
Phase I: Selecting a Topic for the QEP
A call for proposals for the QEP went out in November 2016 with a deadline for January 20, 2017. See the Call for Pre-Proposal Topic idea. Proposals are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons who submit are asked to address the following in their proposals:
- Identify the topic.
- Explain how this topic relates to needs at the university.
- Connect this need with any assessment data available.
- Describe how the proposal could be implemented: what resources would be needed?
- Explain how different constituents on campus could be involved in the project.
- Consider how the university might assess the impact and success of the project.
During the second week of classes of the spring 2017 term, a team reviewed the submitted proposals. This team is comprised of student, staff, and faculty representation.
The group identified themes and trends in submissions that emerged around; culture, student-faculty engagement, cultural competency, and study abroad. The QEP theme entitled Passport to Culture: Know Your Place in the World- QEP Overview Dratf 1
Phase II: Planning and Developing the QEP
Phase II will involved assembling a team to develop the QEP. Throughout the Spring and Summer 2017 terms. The team will then work to seek stakeholder buy-in and determine implementation.
The team will develop a plan to be submitted to SACSCOC. The following steps are suggested by SACSCOC in the Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation:
Step One: Selecting a Topic
Step Two: Defining the Student Learning Outcomes
Step Three: Researching the Topic
Step Four: Identifying the Actions to be Implemented
Step Five: Establishing the Timeline for Implementation
Step Six: Organizing for Success
Step Seven: Identifying Necessary Resources
Step Eight: Assessing the Success of the QEP
Step Nine: Preparing the QEP for Submission
The QEP Process