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“QEP” stands for Quality Enhancement Plan.
The QEP is a crucial component of the University’s regular reaffirmation (review)
process through SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges), a regional group. We voluntarily belong to SACSCOC in order to make sure
we meet and maintain high standards for your education. Every ten years King University
goes through our reaffirmation year during which we are reviewed on a number of measures.
The King University QEP focuses on learning outcomes and the environment that supports
student learning. Based on years of institutional data and feedback from faculty and
from students like you, it was decided that our QEP would be Improving Student Writing. King is now making a concerted effort to improve our students’ writing abilities
in all programs and all formats.
We plan to incorporate better-written assignments into the curriculum as well as provide
more writing assistance inside and outside the classroom. You will receive help from your professors. You may also receive help from librarians,
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Online Writing Lab (OWL) tutors, in-class
student peer tutors, and student success specialists. There will be resources on Blackboard and Portal. Three Student Learning Outcomes
(Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) have been defined:
The QEP process includes an assessment when you start your education at King, support
for improving your writing skills while you are at the University, and then a final
assessment when you graduate. You will receive help with attaining the three SLOs
from all of your professors as well as from librarians, the Academic Center for Excellence
(ACE), student peer mentors, and student success specialists.
After completing the initial assessment, you will take general education core classes
and classes within your degree program. During these classes, all faculty will help
you improve upon your academic writing abilities. As noted previously, librarians,
tutors, and others will also be available to assist you. In two specific classes,
essays you write will be assessed to determine your current academic writing abilities.
One essay will come from a course within your program of study. The other essay will
come from RELG 1001, Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice. RELG 1001 is a
requirement for all undergraduate students. A final writing assessment will be included
in your exit exam, Outcomes Assessment at King (OAK). Throughout this entire process,
King will provide information on students’ writing strengths and weaknesses to faculty
and other so that they can continuously refine their intervention strategies and ensure
that students Write Well and Finish Well!
Over the next ten years, all King University students, undergraduate and graduate,
will participate in the QEP. During the first five years, undergraduate students will
participate in initial assessments, in-class and support interventions, writing papers
in classes, and follow-up assessments. Undergraduate programs will be phased into
the plan, with all learning platforms of Psychology and Healthcare Administration
being phased in during 2018-2019. RELG 1001, Foundations of Christian Thought and
Practice, will also be phased in during the first year. The remaining undergraduate
programs will be phased in during years two through five. After the first five years,
graduate students will also participate in this program to improve student writing.