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Qep topic selection team announcement and invitation www uky edu qep

QEP Topic Selection Team Announcement

and Invitation


Why are we here
Why are we here?

  • To introduce QEP

  • Toensure a deliberate & transparent process

  • To invite you to share “big ideas”

  • To ask for help in collecting assessment data

What is a qep
What is a QEP?

  • Quality Enhancement Plan

  • A core requirement for SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation:

  • “. . . a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning” (SACS Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation, 2007, p. 3).

Why is a qep now a sacs core requirement
Why is a QEP now a SACS Core requirement?

  • To make the SACS reaffirmation of accreditation process less prescriptive and . . .

  • To give more control to institutions.

Sacs requirement change
SACS Requirement Change

  • Compliance Report reduced from 463 MUST statements to . . .

    • 57 comprehensive standards,

    • 16 core requirements, and

    • 7 federal requirements.

  • Part I (Compliance Report) Due: Sept. 2012

  • Part II (QEP) Due: Jan. 2013

Why is the qep important to uk
Why is the QEP important to UK?

-If SACS does not accept our QEP Topic or even our Topic Selection Process, our university can lose accreditation!

+We have the opportunity to determine for ourselves a student-learning related topic, goal, and plan to achieve it that will make our great institution even better!

An acceptable qep
An Acceptable QEP . . .

  • is a broad-based institutional process

  • focused on student learning and learning outcomes

  • based on key issues emerging from assessment &

  • the mission (strategic plan) of the institution. In it, we must …

  • demonstrate institutional capability to implement, complete, and assess it. (SACS Core Requirement 2.12)

Sample qep topics
Sample QEP Topics:

  • “Do the Right Thing: A Campus Conversation on Ethics” (Texas Tech Univ.)

  • “Enhancing Student Learning Through Improved Advising” (Louisiana State Univ.)

More sample topics
More Sample Topics…

  • “Degrees of Excellence—Reconceptualizing the Core Curriculum” (Univ. of Alabama)

  • “Enhancing Student-Faculty Engagement” (Univ. of Virginia)

More sample topics1
More Sample Topics…

  • “The International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative” (Univ. of Tennessee)

  • “The Integrated Communication Initiative” (Webber International Univ.)

  • “Discovery Based Learning: Transforming the Undergraduate Experience Through Research” (University of Houston)

  • “The Student-Achievement Center: Enhancing Student Learning in a Comprehensive Service Center” (Louisiana Tech Univ.)

What not to do
What NOT To Do . . .

Present the QEP as merely “another SACS hoop to jump through”

Impose a QEP topic from the top down

Submit a QEP topic that describes initiatives already fully realized

Try to do too much (feasibility)

Best practices team based approach
Best Practices: Team-based Approach

  • Pre-Planning Team (PPT)

    Develops a topic selection plan and timeline

  • Topic Selection Team (TST)

    Identifies a topic based on broad input

  • QEP Development Team (QEP-DT)

    Writes up the 100-page QEP document (Due to SACS January 2013)

  • QEP Implementation Team (QEP-IT)

    Implements the QEP and prepares impact report (Due to SACS December 2017)

Spring 2010 brainstorming
Spring 2010 … Brainstorming

  • Introduce QEP

  • Ask for “Big ideas”

  • www.uky.edu/QEP

  • Collect & Review Existing Formal and Informal Assessment Data

    • Program Review Reports

    • Program assessment reports

    • Formative assessments

Summer 2010 members of the tst will
Summer 2010Members of the TSTWill . . .

  • Categorize Ideas Based on Emergent Themes

  • Develop Criteria for Evaluating Pre-Proposals and White Papers

  • Develop Rubrics for Preparing Pre-Proposals and White Papers

Pre proposals
Pre-Proposals . . .

  • Begin to flesh out a “big idea” into a one-page executive summary that . . .

  • Includes a rationale explaining how the “big idea” relates directly to student learning and

  • Why this “big idea” is valuable to students, faculty, staff, & stakeholders (alumni, employers, community).

White papers
White Papers . . .

  • Are fully developed 8-10 page proposals that provide . . .

  • A rationale and an implementation plan that are solidly

  • Supported with research.

  • Developers will be compensated with a $1000.00 honorarium.

Tst august september
TST (August/September)

  • Invite Pre-Proposals (Guidelines, criteria, and rubrics will be included in the invitation.)

  • Report Emergent Themes Back To Campus Community

Tst fall 2010 march 2011
TST (Fall 2010 – March 2011)

  • October 1: Pre-Proposals Due

  • Evaluate Pre-Proposals (Select 8-10 for possible White Papers.)

  • December 1: White papers are due.

  • January – March 2011: Evaluate white papers and, ultimately, the QEP topic.

Questions comments
Questions? Comments?