The following answers address some of the frequently asked questions regarding the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and the theme.
“QEP” stands for “Quality Enhancement Plan.”
It is a new plan developed by UNCG that will enhance student learning in some specific measurable way. The QEP is a key requirement for the reaffirmation of UNCG’s accreditation by SACSCOC.
The main goals are to help us maintain high academic standards, foster public confidence in our academic value, and make us eligible for certain grants and federal aid programs.
Spartans Thrive is the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan and will begin in fall 2023 with FTIC students and continue through fall 2028. Focused on the student’s holistic health and wellness, Spartans Thrive supports the University’s Strategic Plan goal of “Student Transformation for Health & Wellness.
Since the QEP comes from UNCG, even if you are not involved in writing, creating, or supporting any particular proposal, SACSCOC expects everyone to understand what the QEP is and why we are doing it. The SACSCOC committee that comes to campus to review our QEP may quite literally stop anyone on the sidewalk or in the elevator and ask them questions about the QEP and expect some real familiarity.
SACSCOC stands for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges. It is the main organization that accredits schools and colleges in the Southern United States.
The QEP is required as part of our reaffirmation process, but more importantly, this gives the UNCG community a chance to improve the future of Student Learning at UNCG.
The QEP is a phased process that begins with identifying a topic and a committee selecting the topic to pursue. UNCG is currently in Phase 2: Design of the QEP process. Following the completion of the QEP design phase the plan will be shared with SACSCOC and the University will proceed to Phase 3: Implementation.
There is a QEP Steering Committee, but the Committee does not come up with the QEP. It just organizes the process. The QEP will come from members of the UNCG through a series of proposals.
The main part is an explanation of what we want to do to enhance student learning and how the plan we come up with will work. The QEP also has to include a budget, a specific list of learning outcomes for students, a way to measure whether or not those outcomes happen, and a review of the research that has already been done on the kind of learning we are trying to enhance.
Launching with the first-time-in-college fall 2023 student cohort, Spartans Thrive will concentrate on every fall incoming class through fall 2028. All Spartans will be encouraged to participate in holistic health and wellness opportunities through the Spartan Well-being Co-Curricular Experience.