What is QEP?
A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a carefully designed and focused plan to enhance "overall institutional quality and effectiveness" and to focus "attention on student learning" (SACSCOC Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation, 2011 edition)
Why does SPC need a QEP?
Every ten years, South Plains College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC). SACS evaluates all degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states to ensure they are meeting the highest educational standards. A college's accreditation assures that the college maintains its quality and its credits will transfer to other accredited colleges and universities. Accreditation also means SPC is eligible for state and federal funds.
SPC is preparing for its next SACS evaluation, which will occur in 2013. SPC must develop its own QEP as a required part of the reaccreditation process. The QEP will outline a five-year program, which will be implemented at SPC from 2014-2019.