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. You can find out more about each below or on the QEP Tools and Resources page.
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 will continue to refine and expand their proposals during summer 2014. These proposals include:
- Engaging the Global Generations: Bridging the Gap Between Preparedness and Global Citizenship. Writers/contributors: Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis Traci M. Cihon; Chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Carol Anne Costabile-Heming; Associate Professor in the Colllege of Education Jeanne L. Tunks; Vice President for Community Engagement and Interim Vice President for Equity & Diversity Jean Keller; Associate Director of Experiential Education & Student Employment Robbin D. Patterson; Assistant Director for Global Engagement Amanda White Bennett; Director of Study Abroad Jason Kouba; Global Engagement Coordinator Lynne R. Barga; Professor in the Department of Anthropology Alicia Re Cruz
- Learning for Real: Engaging Students in Communities. Writers/contributors: Vice President for Community Engagement and Interim Vice President for Equity & Diversity Jean Keller; Senior Lecturer and Basic Communication Course Director Karen Anderson-Lain; Associate Professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design Michael R. Gibson; Director for the Center for Leadership & Service Amy Simon; Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Tom Evenson; Chair of the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation Linda Holloway; Vice Provost for Transfer Articulation Celia Williamson; Chair of the Department of Communication Studies Jay Allison; Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration Jim Laney; Director of Career Center Bonita McClain Vinson; Associate Professor in the Colllege of Education Jeanne L. Tunks; Special Assistant for the Core Curriculum Julie Glass
- PATHway for Career Success. Writers/contributors: Residence Life Coordinator Lindsey Fields; Director of Special Events Laurea Irving; Executive Director of Career and Leadership Services Dan Naegeli; Associate Director of Experiential Education & Student Employment Robbin D. Patterson; Head of Access Services at Willis Library Mary Ann Venner; Director of Career Center Bonita McClain Vinson
- Undergraduate Scholarship: Establishing a Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Writers/contributors: Dean of the Honors College Gloria Cox; Director of McNair Scholars Program Diana Elrod; Associate Professor of Mathematics William Cherry; Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Lee Hughes; Associate Dean of the Honors College Susan Eve; Department Head of Research & Instructional Services for University Libraries Laura McKinnon; and input from others
You can read the preliminary summaries of these proposals on the QEP Tools and Resources page. The final proposals will be involved in university-wide discussions in September 2014 and 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:
- Be based on a well demonstrated institutional need, derived from data.
- Focus on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning. The QEP topic(s) also must relate to and promote the institutional mission.
- Demonstrate that the institution has the resources (financial, instructional or other) needed for the initiation, implementation and completion of the QEP.
- Include broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and implementation of the QEP.
- 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?
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.