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What is a QEP?

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an institution's plan that emerges from assessment and states how a college plans to impact student learning.  Our accreditors, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), expect colleges to create a QEP every ten years and report on its impact in the fifth year following implementation. 

 

What is WCC's QEP?

Online Learning is WCC's topic decided upon by a broad-based group of faculty, staff, and administrators from across the college in December 2013.  The group analyzed data, applied a rubric, and decided that online learning met the QEP standards of being data driven, measurable, assessable, manageable, supported by the stakeholders, and aligned with our mission and vision. 

 

What will be involved in QEP development?

Groups composed primarily of faculty are working on different parts of the QEP involving: 

  • Best Practices 
  • Student Learning Outcomes 
  • Orientation/Student Readiness 
  • Online Course Standards 
  • Professional Development 
  • Marketing 
  • Support 
  • QEP Assessment 

 

What happens after the QEP is developed?

The implementation phase begins after the QEP is officially approved by SACSCOC in June 2016.  There will be updates and activities before SACSCOC approval.  A SACSCOC committee will be on the WCC campus in October 2015 to review the QEP. 

 

I am a WCC faculty member.  What do I need to do?

Participate in professional development activities as offered.  The QEP will include an implementation timeline which will outline expectations. Continuing professional development activities will be offered during the implementation phase which will support QEP expectations.  The QEP is focused on online learning, and all faculty are expected to participate in QEP activities.  Even if a faculty member does not teach an online class, all faculty members use Moodle and technology to enhance learning.  Many of the professional development activities will focus on quality teaching and learning and thus are relevant to all. 

 

I would like more detailed information.  Where do I go?

Click on this link to go to a document with more information.  Or, contact QEP Director Jan Huggins at jan.huggins@wilkescc.edu  

Click on this link for more SACSCOC information and how SACSCOC reviews QEPs: 

http://sacscoc.org/pdf/Quality%20Enhancement%20Plan%20Guidelines.pdf  

 

What do we know about our timeline right now?

WCC QEP Timeline Draft - July 2014  

(subject to change)  

Approximate Timetable  

Topic Selection Committee Meets and Determines Topic 

May 2013 - December 2013 

Best Practices Research 

January 2014 - Ongoing 

Data Collection and Analysis/Online Learning at WCC 

March 2014 - August 2014 

Presentation of QEP status to Distance Learning Task Force 

March 5 and March 6, 2014 

Presentation of QEP status to Faculty Senate 

May 2, 2014 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Group develops measurable outcomes 

July 2014  

Concurrent with SLO development , QEP topic narrowed 

July 2014 

Professional Development Group begins to determine direction based on SLOs 

July 2014 

Student Orientation Group begins work 

August 2014  

Online Standards Group begins work 

August 2014 

Marketing Group begins work 

September 2014 

QEP student focused strategies (orientation, etc.) developed based on SLOs/survey data 

September 2014 - December 2014 

QEP Professional Development strategies developed based on SLOs/survey data/online standards 

September 2014 - December 2014 

QEP Assessment Plan developed 

January 2015 - March 2015 

QEP Writing and Continued Marketing 

January 2015 - July 2015 

QEP approval by onsite SACSCOC committee 

October 2015 

QEP teams address any concerns raised by the SACSCOC visiting team 

November 2015 - March 2016 

QEP implementation officially begins 

June 2016 

Year 1 of QEP implementation and relevant measurement 

June 2017 

Year 2 of QEP implementation and relevant measurement 

June 2018 

Year 3 of QEP implementation and relevant measurement 

June 2019 

Year 4 of QEP implementation and relevant measurement 

June 2020 

Year 5 of QEP implementation and relevant measurement 

June 2021 

Creation of Fifth Year Impact Report to be submitted to SACSCOC with the question answered, 'did the QEP have an impact on student learning'? 

Fall 2021