College Q&A: What does "QEP" mean?

By Eric Jensen
March 16, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 15, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.

I've been hearing the term "QEP" at Victoria College this year. What does it mean?

Victoria College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) has been in the works for the past 18 months and is on its way to implementation.

The purpose of the QEP is to increase student engagement and critical thinking by getting students actively involved in the classroom. Lack of proficient critical thinking skills is a national concern and one that is mirrored on the VC campus. Victoria College wants its students to excel and succeed.

"Research shows that students learn more when they are engaged in their education. Students are very different than they were 20 years ago," said Tempi McLeod, QEP director. "They are tech-savvy, they are mobile, and they have choices, so we need to adapt the way we deliver the content."

The broad-based, faculty-driven plan is part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process designed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that reflects on Victoria College's commitment to student learning.

A QEP Development Committee composed of VC faculty and staff spent months looking at data and research. The panel has proposed strategies to foster student success and transform student learning through active engagement in an effort to impact critical thinking skills. The plan, called Students Engaged in Active Learning, or SEAL, will include:•  Basic training will help all VC students understand their role in the active learning environment as prepared participants and partners in their education. The training will be given in a variety of forms, including mandatory new student information sessions and student success courses.

•  Boot camp for all VC employees will offer significant professional development opportunities and an introduction to active learning and learner-centered environments.

•  SEAL Academy for selected faculty will feature a structured, yearlong program. SEAL Team members will research best practices and collaborate with instructional designers to transform their courses through meaningful active learning in the classroom.

Victoria College has always been committed to helping students succeed. Now VC is going to "SEAL the Deal" with a Quality Enhancement Plan that enhances student engagement and student success, McLeod said.

The QEP will be implemented at VC over the next five years.

For more information on the QEP, contact Tempi McLeod at 361-582-2449 or email Tempi.McLeod@VictoriaCollege .edu.

Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Eric Jensen, VC Marketing and Communications Specialist, at 361-485-6835 or Eric.Jensen@VictoriaCollege. edu.



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