Quality Enhancement Plan
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 reaffirmation of accreditation process, the QEP is a plan of action to improve student knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and/or behaviors. The QEP requirements are defined in the following SACSCOC principles of accreditation:
- Core Requirement 2.12: The institution has developed an acceptable 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 QEP that: (1) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP; (2) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies 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 for each reaffirmation of accreditation. LSU A&M's first QEP was developed for its 2004 reaffirmation of accreditation and focused on the Communication Across the Curriculum program, Residential Colleges, and the Summer Reading Program.
The university's second and current QEP, LSU Discover, focuses on undergraduate research. It was designed to provide a supportive environment, where all undergraduate students have opportunities to engage in mentored scholarship, original research, or creative endeavors.