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QEP: QEP FAQ

QEP Frequently Asked Questions

ACTC QEP FAQs

What is a QEP?

A QEP is a Quality Enhancement Plan.  It is required by the Southern Association of Colleges and School’s Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) every 10 years as part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process.  Institutions must be accredited to continue to receive federal financial aid for students.

What is the goal of a QEP? 

SACSCOC states the goal of a QEP is ‘improvement of student learning and/or the student learning environment’.  It is a five-year plan designed by a committee of ACTC faculty, staff, students, community members, and administration.

Specifically our goal states:

Students will develop career knowledge and demonstrate enhancement of workplace skills.

Simply stated, our goal is to help students develop career knowledge and career/soft skills, while providing them opportunities to practice these skills in a workplace setting.  This should improve their career opportunities upon graduation.

ACTC’s QEP is titled Improving Career Readiness through Student Engagement”. This topic was selected based on faculty, staff, student, and community input, as well as institutional data.

How will students’ career knowledge and career/soft skills improve?

There are two key student learner outcomes (SLOs):

  • SLO 1 – Students will identify and summarize knowledge of their chosen career path.
  • SLO 2—Students will recognize and demonstrate career/soft skills.

Will every ACTC student participate in all these activities?

The short answer is “no”.  The QEP officially targets ACTC students who are first-time, full-time degree seeking students, starting in the 2017-18 school year.  These students should benefit, at a minimum, from one activity/opportunity for SLO 1 and SLO 2, which will be implemented over the first two years, then continued each year after.  See chart for further details.

AA/AS Degree Programs

AAS Degree Programs

SLO 1

SLO 1

ENG 101 Career Pathways Assignment

ENG 101 Career Pathways Assignment

SLO 2

SLO 2

COM 252 Mock Interview Assignment

Redesigned courses with active and collaborative learning assignments:

ENG 102

MAT 146*

MAT 150

BIO 112

SOC 101

*AA/AS students are required to take either MAT 146 or MAT 150

All AAS programs will have at least one of the following embedded in a terminal course in the program:

Mock Interview

Resume and Cover Letter

Internship-like experiences

Some AAS students also take these redesigned courses with active and collaborative learning assignments:

 ENG 102

MAT 146*

MAT 150

BIO 112

SOC 101