The UMW QEP–Quality Enhancement Plan–is part of our overall SACS reaffirmation of accreditation process.  The UMW  Quality Enhancement Plan will be submitted in January 2013,  four to six weeks prior to the on-site review. SACS approval of our QEP is a requirement for our reaffirmation.  The purpose and focus of the QEP is on enhancing student learning at UMW. Our plan will be developed with participation from faculty, staff, students, and other members of the UMW community.  Specifically, the QEP: “(1) includes a broad-based institutional process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment, (2) focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution, (3) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP, (4) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP, and (5) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.” (from SACS Principles of Accreditation)

The QEP is a SACS requirement. But as President Hurley’s message on this website makes clear, the development of our QEP is really at the heart of what we already do at UMW–we focus on the learning, development, and achievement of our students. We see excellence in teaching, academic challenge, and mentoring the individual student as central to our mission. So the development of our QEP and the resources we will invest in its implementation and effectiveness will serve to support our core mission and advance our core values as a liberal arts university. The allocation of resources to support not just the QEP but the other two “finalist” proposals also speaks to the integration of the QEP process to our overall academic development and planning. (Go to the QEP Planning page for details about this process and funding).

We are now starting the first phase of our QEP: Selecting the Topic. We encourage all members of the UMW to participate–to discuss, collaborate, and submit ideas for the QEP. Topic selection will go as follows:

Discuss your ideas with your colleagues; consider institutional resources including assessment data, the strategic plan, etc. and submit ideas your ideas for topics through this website. The deadline to submit a topic idea is October 1.  The Planning Group will generate a list of overall topic areas or themes that emerge from the ideas you submit and will ask for short (three page) proposals on those themes. The deadline for short proposals is November 22. The QEP Planning and Review Committee will then select three final proposals for further development. When those proposals are complete, they will be posted for community feedback in March 2011. The Planning and Review Committee will then make its recommendations to the provost and the president who will choose the UMW QEP topic, spring 2011.  At that point, our work for this academic year is complete and we will enter the next phase of the planing process: development of the full QEP and submission to SACS. See the QEP timeline for specific deadlines.

This website contains information on the entire QEP Planning process, on topic submission, proposal guidelines, resources and much more. If you have any questions about this first phase of the QEP process, about how you can participate, or about any other aspect of the QEP, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the QEP Planning Group. We look forward to working with all of you this academic year.

UMW QEP Planning Group

Nina Mikhalevsky, Professor of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Chair of the QEP Planning and Review Committee

Steve Greenlaw, Professor of Economics
Acting Director, University Teaching Center
College of Arts and Sciences

Norah Hooper, Professor of Education
Program Coordinator, Special Education
College of Education

Jack Kramer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs
College of Arts and Sciences

Larry Penwell, Professor of Management and Marketing
Acting Dean, College of Business

Jerry Slezak, Director
Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies

Kelli Slunt, Professor of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Students:  Shannon Hauser and Robin Norman

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