The SACSCOC Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation includes the following expectations for the QEP:
The QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. The QEP should be embedded within the institution's ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution's internal reaffirmation review. (pp. 39-40)
The QEP, a plan for an initiative designed to improve student learning, is a significant part of SACSCOC accreditation standards, involving both a core requirement and a comprehensive standard:
Core Requirement 2.12:
The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that includes a broad-based institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.
Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2:
The institution has developed a Quality Enhancement Plan that (1) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP; (2) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and (3) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.