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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

NOVA’s QEP, Writing Ourselves In: Developing Our Voices For Equity & Excellence is devoted to improving student success in college writing while strengthening their ability to use writing to articulate their ideas, experiences and identities.

What is a QEP?

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a part of a college’s accreditation process with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The purpose of a QEP is to advance the quality of higher education at NOVA by completing a 5-year project that focuses on student learning outcomes and/or student success.

NOVA’s QEP, Writing Ourselves In: Developing Our Voices For Equity & Excellence was developed based on feedback from students, faculty and staff. The QEP is directed by NOVA’s Office of Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer.

NOVA’s QEP is devoted to improving student success in college writing while strengthening their ability to use writing to articulate their ideas, experiences and identities.

What are the requirements of a QEP?

From the SACSCOC website:

[A] QEP (a) has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes; (b) has broad-based support of institutional constituencies; (c) focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; (d) commits resources to initiate, implement and complete the QEP; and (e) includes a plan to assess achievement. The On-Site Reaffirmation Committee reviews the document and conducts interviews to determine whether the institution has demonstrated compliance.

What are the QEP Goals?

QEP Student Learning Goals

  • Prepare ENG 111 students for success in college writing.
  • Strengthen ENG 111 students’ ability to use writing to articulate their ideas,  experiences, and identities.

QEP Institutional Success Goal

  • Increase intercultural awareness for students, faculty and staff to better achieve equity in student outcomes in ENG 111.

How will NOVA accomplish the QEP Goals?

Infusion of High-Impact, Transformational Educational Experiences in ENG 111 courses!


What faculty will participate in the training to offer these experiences to students?

The faculty members who teach ENG 111 will complete online training first. Librarians and writing tutors will also participate in the online training by the end of the 5-year term. In addition to online training, NOVA’s QEP will also include engaging Summer Institutes on these practices for teaching faculty, and informative Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) where faculty and writing support staff can learn more about these techniques and techniques to assess how these practices improve student learning and writing skills in ENG 111.

How did NOVA arrive at the QEP topic?

QEP Implementation Timeline

QEP Implementation Timeline

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