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What does QEP stand for?

Quality Enhancement Plan

What is our QEP?

Georgia Southern’s QEP is a 5-year initiative that focuses on improving undergraduates’ effective writing skills across the University. By enhancing these skills, students will be more competitive academically and professionally.

Why do we have a QEP?

Georgia Southern has a deep commitment to continually enhancing the quality of education across the university through the processes of self-reflection and evidence-based decision-making. As outlined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), the QEP “describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning” (SACSCOC, p. 39-40).

How was our QEP chosen?

In 2013, representatives from a diverse group of departments identified the need to develop an initiative targeting effective writing. Survey results from students, faculty, and employers indicated that effective writing skills are essential to academic and professional success. They believed that these skills need to be enhanced among students across all academic departments.

What are the QEP’s goals?

See Think In Ink Goals

What are the learning outcomes we expect students to achieve?

See Think in Ink SLOs

Why do we have goals and student learning outcomes?

Goals are the broad, general statements expected of the QEP while the elements of each student learning outcome describe the behaviors expected of students that can be measured. Moreover, reaching the targets set for each student learning outcome allows the QEP to accomplish the initiative’s goals in a way that can be directly assessed.

Is the QEP about faculty evaluation?

No. The mission of the QEP is to foster a culture that values effective writing and to enhance the skills necessary to improve the writing quality among undergraduates across the university. Only student writing is evaluated to determine if the targets for each student learning outcome are being met. This is done in a way that removes any personally-identifiable information that could otherwise reveal the identity of course instructors to those evaluating student writing samples. Furthermore, results related to SLOs are only analyzed and reported at the college level.

What mechanisms are in place to support our QEP?

In partnership with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the QEP Director and Assistant Directors oversee the implementation and assessment of the QEP.

College Writing Leaders (CWLs): These discipline-specific writing coordinators oversee the implementation within their college.

Writing Enrichment Faculty (WEF): These faculty are charged with enhancing the writing within their QEP-specific courses.

Student Writing Fellows (SWFs): These students assist the WEFs in teaching writing-enriched courses.

Whom should I contact with questions about the QEP?

Please contact us at qep@georgiasouthern.edu.

Last updated: 11/9/2018

Quality Enhancement Plan • PO Box 8080 • Statesboro, GA 30460  • qep@georgiasouthern.edu