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What’s NOVA’s QEP?

October 6, 2009

NOVA is gearing up for Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC).  The Reaffirmation Process is much different than NOVA’s previous experience in 2002.  The “must/should statements” and “self-study report” are gone. Now, we have the Compliance Certification Report and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The QEP involves developing and assessing a strategy that NOVA will use to improve one facet of student learning. According to SACS-COC, student learning addresses knowledge, skills, behavior and values. How do we chooseone? Well, that is where you come in! The QEP requires broad-based institutional involvement. A committee made up of faculty, staff and students from each campus will get the process started. You can be as involved as your schedule allows. What do you think NOVA should focus on?

NOVA will investigate various topics from each campus and select a topic by spring 2010. A very detailed plan addressing the implementation and assessment strategy of our topic will be submitted to SACS-COC in August 2011 and will be reviewed by the on-site SACS team in November 2011.  SACS-COC revisits the QEP in 2017 to see how we are doing.

What plans have other colleges submitted? Some topics include enhancing academic support services, enhancing student retention, incorporating field experience and collaborative learning, enhancing online education, enhancing student learning outcomes in developmental mathematics, including supplemental instruction, learning in a technology-rich environment and improving student engagement through critical thinking.

If you would like more details on individual QEPs, please visit the SACS-COC Web site at While many of these ideas are applicable to NOVA, we want to develop our own plan to address our specific issues.

If you would like to contribute to the QEP, please attend the Campus QEP Committee meeting at your campus. The dates are:

  • AN: October 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Provost Small Conference Room)
  •  LO: October 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Provost Conference Room)
  • MA: October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Provost Conference Room)
  • AL: October 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Provost Conference Room)
  • MEC: October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Provost Conference Room)
  • WO: October 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Provost Conference Room)

If you are unable to attend, your input is still valuable! The QEP process welcomes all voices.

If you are interested in contributing to the QEP, please contact Alison Thimblin (CS), special assistant for the quality enhancement plan, at or 703-323-3117.What’s our QEP? You tell us! 

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