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Quality Enhancement Plan - FAQs

What is QEP?

“QEP” stands for Quality Enhancement Plan.

Why does King University have a QEP?

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.

What does the QEP do exactly?

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.

How will QEP be integrated?

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, but also from librarians, folks in the ACE, and student success specialists. There will be resources on Blackboard and Portal. Three Student Learning Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) have been defined:

  1. Students will write a researched essay that is effective and professional,
  2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using proper documentation, and
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using conventions of academic discourse.  

What is the QEP process?

The QEP process includes an assessment when you start your education at King, support for improving your writing skills while you are at King, and an assessment at the end of your degree program at King. You will receive help with the three SLOs from professors, librarians, the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), and student success specialists.

After completing the initial assessment, students will take the classes in their degree program. Specific courses are designated as Q classes. In these classes, the term projects will be graded twice, once for the class grade and once as a QEP assessment of writing skills. The final assessment is the Outcomes Assessment at King (OAK) assessment.

Who does this plan impact?

The QEP has a ten-year plan to involve all King University students in the QEP process. The first five years the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS)/On-line students will participate in initial assessments, writing papers in classes, and follow up assessments. After the first five years, all students at King University will participate in this program to improve student writing. The programs included for initial QEP roll-out are the BBA, Health Care Administration and Psychology.