Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty and Students
The QEP is an institutional Quality Enhancement Plan that is focused on improving student learning. It is a required component of our reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which occurs every 10 years. The QEP is a five-year plan that “focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning.” Please see the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation for more information, which can be found here: http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/2012PrinciplesOfAcreditation.pdf.
The QEP must be meaningful and carefully designed in order to gain approval from SACSCOC. It should be integrated in to the university culture through ongoing planning and evaluation.
The QEP at APSU focuses on increasing student involvement in high-impact practices (HIPs). HIPs are applied learning experiences that allow students to transfer the skills and lessons learned in the classroom to real-world situations. These experiences help students boost critical thinking skills, develop self-reflection skills, and enhance resumes and graduate school applications. The name of APSU's QEP is Keys to the World.
While there are many HIPs available for students to participate, APSU’s QEP focuses on two specific areas: study abroad and service-learning. These two experiences are the Keys that APSU students need to open a world of possibilities.
There are many opportunities for students to get involved! Sign up for a service-learning or study abroad course, attend an LOC sponsored event on campus, or join the Keys Student Advisory Council.
According to SACSCOC guidelines, the QEP should have “significant participation by the institution’s academic community.” Service learning and study abroad are dependent upon the interaction between faculty and students, so faculty involvement is crucial to the success of the QEP.
Stay informed! There are many opportunities for faculty members to stay informed on the progress of the QEP, such as informational meetings, social media, newsletters, showcases, and other programs.
Get involved! Teach a service-learning or study abroad course. The LOC also offers grants to faculty, staff and students to enhance existing opportunities or create new opportunities. For more information, see the QEP Funding Opportunities webpage.