What is a QEP

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a five-year plan dedicated to improving an aspect of student learning or the environment for student success. The QEP is a vital part of Mercer's reaffirmation of accreditation process with our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Mercer is due for reaffirmation every ten years, with our next scheduled site visit in Spring 2015 (March 30 – April 2). The on-site evaluation team will devote a large component of their time evaluating the QEP.  

Every institution of higher education that is accredited by SACSCOC develops a QEP as part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. Additionally, each institution determines their own focus of the QEP, based upon the institution's mission and strategic plans.

Our QEP will start in fall 2015 and continue through spring 2020.

According to the SACSCOC Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation, the QEP includes the following expectations:

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)