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What is a QEP?
For accreditation by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), each institution of higher education is required to formulate and implement an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  The QEP is a clear plan of action that focuses on improving student learning.

What is MSU’s QEP topic?
Our QEP topic entitled 

How was MSU’s QEP topic selected?
MSU’s QEP on writing was determined to be an institutional priority by the Provost based on responses to faculty, student, and alumni surveys and research gathered by a QEP committee.

What are the main objectives of the QEP?

How will the main objectives be achieved?

When will all this happen?

Who oversees the QEP?

Primary responsibility for the QEP is assigned to two QEP Co-Directors, who report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Which courses will be involved in the QEP?

What are the benefits for students?

What are the benefits for MSU faculty?

What is SACS?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States.  SACS accredits educational institutions from childhood centers to universities in the Southern states and also accredits US schools in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.  Visit http:/www.sacs.org/ for more information. 

SACS Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits higher educational institutions in eleven Southern states (Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas) and Latin America.  Accreditation denotes that the higher educational institution has an appropriate mission, sufficient programs to accomplish the mission, clear educational objectives, and achieved these objectives as indicated through effective assessment.  SACSCOC accredits higher educational institutions based on certain standards and policies. Visit http://www.sacscoc.org/index.asp for more information.

What are the SACS requirements for the QEP?
As stated by SACS, the QEP topic must be chosen by identifying key learning issues in the institution through an assessment process and thorough review, and the primary focus of the topic should be to enhance student learning.  The institution must be capable of starting, implementing, and completing the QEP with the entire institution taking part.  Lastly, goals and a plan to assess the achievement of those goals must be identified and proposed.  SACS indicates that the QEP document should be clear, focused, and concise. 

For more information, see the 2012 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement (http://sacscoc.org/pdf/2012PrinciplesOfAcreditation.pdf)

How do I find out more information and become involved?
Information to contact the two QEP Co-Directors is listed in the Contact Information section.

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