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SACS/QEP Overview. Compliance Committee Chairs Quality Enhancement Committee Chairs Lynn Grinnell, Ph.D. Carol Copenhaver, Ph.D. Accreditation Liaison for SACS SVP, Educational and Student Services 727-341-3110 727-341-3156

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sacs qep overview

SACS/QEP Overview

Compliance Committee Chairs Quality Enhancement Committee Chairs

Lynn Grinnell, Ph.D. Carol Copenhaver, Ph.D.

Accreditation Liaison for SACS SVP, Educational and Student Services

727-341-3110 727-341-3156

Deb Montalvo Angela Picard

Operations Manager Program Director, Health Information Management

Corporate Training Service Health Education Center

727-341-4453 727-341-3623

Earl Fratus

Professor, Political Science



  • Definitions
  • Background
  • SACS Review Process
  • Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Timeline
  • What’s next?
  • COMPLIANCE Committee
    • Documents compliance with SACS requirements and standards
    • Evaluates level of compliance (compliant/partial/non-compliant)
    • Recommends corrective action to ensure compliance.
    • Some members of the Compliance Committee also serve on the Quality Enhancement Committee (QEC).
    • The Compliance Certification document is due to SACS by March 15, 2007.
definitions continued
Definitions, continued
  • Quality Enhancement PLAN (QEP)
    • QEP stands for the Quality Enhancement Plan and
    • Each college needs to have a documented plan
      • Outlines how they will evaluate quality within the institution and processes to address identified concerns and areas that need improvement. 
      • Projects must be connected to student achievement
    • The QEP document is due to SACS by August 2007.
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Definitions, continued
  • Quality Enhancement COMMITTEE (QEC)
    • Manages the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) process
      • Develops and implements components of the QEP
      • Reviews/revises the plan annually
      • Identifies key problems and areas for improvement across the institution as a whole. 
    • Documentation from QEC activities provides compelling evidence that:
      • the QEP is implemented;
      • problems and areas for improvement are identified;
      • action is taken to improve functions throughout the organization
      • follow-up is conducted to determine if actions implemented had the desired effects/outcomes. 
    • Ongoing review is essential to demonstrate to SACS that quality enhancement is a continuous process within the college rather than a last minute effort to prepare for the SACS survey visit. 
  • Changes in the new SACS requirements
    • No 450 “must” statements
      • Replaced with 12 Core Requirements, 48 Comprehensive Standards, and 8 Federal Requirements
      • Integrity & Compelling Evidence is the key to success
        • Prior SACS visit is baseline – expect that as minimum
        • Responsibility is with institution to “make its case” regarding compliance – more subjective
    • Documents – SACS prefers web-based
      • Compliance Certification
      • Quality Enhancement Plan
philosophical basis
Philosophical Basis
  • Commitment to Compliance
  • Commitment to Quality Enhancement
  • Integrity
  • Peer Review
review process overview
Review Process Overview
  • Review of compliance certification by off-site review committee
  • Report of off-site review committee shared orally or in writing with institution
  • Opportunity to respond/clarify issues from the off-site review (Focus Report: optional)
  • Review by on-site review committee of QEP and compliance issues identified by off-site committee (or which arise during on-site visit)
  • Report of on-site review committee sent to institution and Commission as basis for accreditation
qep core requirement
QEP Core Requirement
  • Core Requirement 12 (QEP) is reviewed by an on-site committee
    • “The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan and demonstrates that the plan is part of an ongoing planning and evaluation process.”
    • Documentation for the QEP will be published on the SPC SACS/QEP web site.
    • The final QEP is due by August 2007.
what s next
What’s next
  • Compliance Committee
    • Write final draft
    • Collect compelling evidence
    • Develop and implement improvements to procedures
    • Develop website
  • QEC
    • Continue monthly QEC meetings
    • Do literature review on topic
    • Begin awareness campaign of topic
    • Start preparing expert teams
    • Write the QEP
    • Publish documentation on the SPC web site
what does this mean to me
What does this mean to me?
  • Compliance with SACS encourages review and improvement of current procedures
    • Stronger graduation “test” for students
      • Outcomes used to improve gen ed programs
    • New timeline for faculty grad course requirement
    • More local options for your professional development plan
  • Quality Enhancement Plan encourages new improvement initiatives
    • Exciting opportunities to participate in some great projects
  • Questions?