What's new with the QEP

Welcome to UNT’s Quality Enhancement Plan website.

If this is your first time here, you can find out more about the plan and the QEP Leadership Team on the About the QEP page. The video below includes discussion about the four QEP finalist proposals. If you are a UNT community member with a valid user name and password, you can view the full proposals at the link to the left QEP finalist proposals.

You can find out more about each below or on the QEP Tools and Resources page, which includes PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations that the teams have made university-wide throughout September 2014.

The Quality Enhancement Plan is an important part of UNT’s ten-year reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and Colleges. The QEP Leadership Team asked the UNT community for general topic ideas in fall 2013 and received 300 responses! These responses were formed into topic clusters by the QEP team. You can find the topic clusters here.

Next, the team made a Call for Short Proposals, as the university moves from brainstorming ways to enhance student learning toward finding a specific plan to implement. The QEP team reviewed 38 short proposals. Those that best adhered to accreditation requirements (See What is the QEP and Why Does It Matter, below) advanced to the longer proposals stage.

From those longer proposals, four were chosen as finalists for what will become UNT's QEP. The writers of these proposals refined and expanded their proposals during summer 2014. Throughout September 2014, the teams have made presentations about these proposals. These proposals include:

You can read the preliminary summaries of these proposals on the QEP Tools and Resources page and find the proposal presentations in PDFs (hyperlinked to the proposal names above, as well). These presentations are part of university-wide discussions in September 2014. UNT's QEP is expected to be chosen from these four finalists in fall 2014.

What is the QEP and why does it matter?

The Quality Enhancement Plan (known as QEP) is a requirement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) reaffirmation of accreditation.

SACS COC mandates that the QEP demonstrate the following:

  1. Be based on a well demonstrated institutional need, derived from data.
  2. Focus on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning. The QEP topic(s) also must relate to and promote the institutional mission.
  3. Demonstrate that the institution has the resources (financial, instructional or other) needed for the initiation, implementation and completion of the QEP.
  4. Include broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and implementation of the QEP.
  5. Have well defined goals and a plan to assess their achievement.

What does that mean?

OK, let’s start with the basics.

SACS COC is the group that accredits UNT. In doing so, UNT is eligible to receive federal financial aid for tuition payment. The reaccreditation also proves that we continue to hold our university to the highest standards.

As part of the reaccreditation process, SACS COC requires the university to present a QEP.

Here's where you come in.

The QEP is a five-year plan that comes from university-wide suggestions from you - students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UNT.

We received initial suggestions from November to December 2013. We are now in the process of gathering proposals for specific plans. That process will last throughout spring 2014.

Finalists for the QEP will then be evaluated to see if they fit the other parts of the SACS COC requirements.

What else is required?

Other requirements for the QEP include a plan that enhances student learning throughout the entire university. When UNT presents the QEP to the reaccreditation committee, we must be specific about how it will enhance student learning.

Also, the QEP has to be realistic. We will have to be able to afford to implement the plan, and it needs a clear topic and goals.

Can your input really make a difference?

YES!

SACS COC is very clear - every voice matters in this process. UNT views the QEP as a university-wide conversation that will include everyone because this plan, while focused on student learning, will have an impact across the university.

You can help us spread the word about the QEP.

Most importantly, once the plan is chosen, you can help us celebrate because we’ll not only be one step closer to reaccreditation, but we’ll have a plan that augments the high-quality education that UNT already offers.