What is the QEP

QEP stands for "Quality Enhancement Plan." In short, a QEP is a plan to implement and assess a focused set of initiatives designed to improve student learning across the university. Overall, the QEP provides an opportunity to coordinate and strengthen educational experiences of University of Memphis students. For more information about what a QEP is or further details about the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), visit the SACSCOC Commission on Colleges website at http://sacscoc.org.

The University of Memphis' Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is designed to improve students' retention and success by implementing an academic coaching program for students who have been placed on Academic Warning and other student subpopulations who are at high risk for non-retention. The Academic Coaching for Excellence (ACE) program will pair at risk-students with an academic coach for individual bi-weekly meetings throughout a semester. Graduate students specializing in counseling-related fields and selected faculty and staff will receive professional development and mentoring to equip them with the tools necessary to guide students in the development of their academic and career goals.

According to SACSCOC guidelines, a QEP should:

  • 1. Contribute to the improvement of student learning or to the environment for student learning;
  • 2. Emerge from an institutional process that identifies key issues emerging from institutional assessment;
  • 3. Be based on demonstrated need or opportunity to improve student learning that can be supported by data;
  • 4. Be linked to the university strategic plan and/or mission;
  • 5. Be focused and assessable;
  • 6. Not be narrowly targeted toward a small or isolated subset of the University of Memphis student body;
  • 7. Have the support of students, faculty, and other stakeholder groups that may be involved in its implementation.