Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires institutions to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). A key component of the , the QEP is a “forward-looking,” three- to five-year plan of action to improve student knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, or behaviors. The requirements for the QEP are defined in the following SACSCOC principles of accreditation:

  • Core Requirement 2.12: The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (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.
  • Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2: The institution has developed a Quality Enhancement Plan that: (1) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP; (2) includes in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and (3) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.

A new QEP is required with each reaffirmation of accreditation. LSU A&M’s first QEP was developed for its 2004 reaffirmation and focused on the Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) program, Residential Colleges, and the Summer Reading Program. These programs have either been successful and institutionalized (i.e., CxC and Residential Colleges) or unsuccessful and eliminated (i.e., Summer Reading Program).

The second and most recent QEP, focuses on undergraduate research. It was designed to provide a supportive environment where all undergraduate students can engage in mentored scholarship, original research, or creative endeavors. For more information, see LSU Discover.