Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
The University’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is dedicated to a philosophy of continuous improvement and committed “to the enhancement of the quality of higher education and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning.” As part of the reaffirmation of accreditation every ten years, the University of Miami must develop a “Quality Enhancement Plan”or “QEP” that focuses on improving student learning outcomes or the environment for student learning:
The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on enhancing student learning or the environment supporting student learning. Student learning is defined broadly in the context of the QEP and may address a wide range of topics or issues but, in all cases, the goals and evaluation strategies need to be clearly and directly linked to improving the quality of student learning and be consistent with the institution’s strategic plan.
A topic is selected through a University-wide process and the University commits to developing it over a five-year period after which time it becomes part of the University’s regular programs. The University is also required to submit a QEP Impact Report between reaffirmation periods to document how the plan was followed and changed, the impact on student learning, and reflections on the process.
For the 2008 reaffirmation of accreditation process, the University submitted a QEP to develop the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) program. The University’s QEP was approved by SACSCOC. In 2014, the University submitted a QEP Impact Report documenting the successful implementation of the program. This report was approved by SACSCOC.
As part of President Frenk’s strategic planning process, Roadmap To Our New Century, a new QEP topic was selected as part of the Roadmap Initiative for University-Wide Platform for Educational Innovation. The new QEP will focus on integrated learning. In 2016-17, the University will begin the process for developing the QEP (which will be submitted to SACSCOC in 2018).