Quality Enhancement Plan
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is underway! The plan was designed to improve student learning at Alabama A&M University as required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges' (SACSCOC). The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the recognized regional accrediting body in eleven U.S. Southern states.
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) uses “Dare to Think!” as its slogan. It is a five-year plan that describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic related to improving students' learning in general education. SACSCOC requires each of its member institutions to develop a QEP as a component of the accreditation process (Core Requirement 2.12). “Dare to Think!” fulfills the requirement for Alabama A&M and was approved with “no recommendations.” The University was reaffirmed during the annual meeting of the commission held in Nashville, Tennessee, in December 2014.
Student Learning Defined
Student learning is defined by SACSCOC as a change in Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, or Values.
The Components of a QEP
Broad-Based Process: The institution must use a broad-based institutional process for identifying key
issues emerging from institutional assessment.
Focus of the Plan: The institution must identify a significant issue that focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishes the mission of the institution.
Institutional Capability for the Initiation and Continuation of the Plan: The institution must provide evidence that it has sufficient resources to initiate, implement, sustain, and complete the QEP.
Involvement of the Community: The institution must demonstrate that all aspects of its community were involved in the development and proposed implementation of the plan.
Assessment of the Plan: The institution must demonstrate that it has goals and a plan to assess their achievements.