The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a key component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools—Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Principle 2.12 of the "Principles of Accreditation" requires institutions seeking accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation to develop a 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.”
In conjunction with the 2015 reaffirmation process, Collin College’s QEP theme is "There’s a Map For That!" and will focus on helping students take charge of their own educational journey with guidance from faculty mentors, advising professionals and integrated software.
The following changes have already taken place as part of the QEP:
- The new Advising Syllabus is being used in the advising process as a tool that clearly outlines the learning outcomes for students as they work with their advisor.
- There is new focus on providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff who are involved in the academic planning process with students.
There are more changes to come over the next year as the QEP continues to be implemented:
- More detailed information on the web will allow students to see a clear pathway toward completing their courses at Collin.
- Re-designing the advising space will allow for more effective and private meetings between students and advisors.
- New online tools will be implemented to keep students on track with their specific degree plan.
- A team of Academic Planning Coaches will work one-on-one with students to develop and complete their academic and career goals (a small pilot program has already begun).
For more information, contact:
Charity Lewallen, Director Academic Planning/QEP