QEP联合主任:博士. Ren Denton, Associate Professor of English, and Professor Jessica Todd, Professor of English and Spanish

Fall of 2020, EGSC presented a plan for building student learning communities as a high impact practice that bolsters student success. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved the plan, which builds on the previous QEP “Critical Thinking.” EGSC has a five-year plan to create a cohesive first-year experience that includes interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking, and an increased 社会归属感.

What is a 品质提升计划/QEP?

The 品质提升计划 (QEP) is a long-term plan that focuses on improving (or enhancing) student learning, performance, and student success. 它是一个不可分割的组成部分 of the reaffirmation of the accreditation process. The QEP topic is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. 它反映了 and affirms a commitment to enhancing overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success.


十大正规网赌平台’s accreditors require a QEP. SACSCOC is the accreditation council for degree-granting institutions such as 十大正规网赌平台. SACSCOC is committed to improving education by making sure each institution meets high academic 标准. 因此, they require institutions to evaluate each component that impacts student learning and success and identify areas that need improving.


Since the QEP is seen as a continuous improvement activity of the institution, the topic selection process MUST involve input from EGSC's Foundation 受托人, faculty, staff, students, and our 社区.


There must be a review of the strategic plan, student data, faculty discussions about the academic needs and performance of their students, and student input about what they believe is missing from their academic experience or career development preparations. The topic must emerge from the strategic planning process, data, and institutional 目标. The topic must focus on student learning outcomes and/or student success, as the topic is selected in the spirit of seeking continuous improvement. 因此,QEP is a course of action that is specific to an institution and its mission. 这是有意的 to be part of self-identified needs at a particular institution.

Why Student Learning Communities as a QEP Topic?

Student Learning Communities (SLC), generally defined as a cluster of linked courses that share the same cohorts, significantly impact learning, academic success, and 保留. Other benefits for students include a smooth transition to college life, exposure to diverse viewpoints and experiences, and a sense of belonging to a diverse 社区. Through student learning communities, 十大正规网赌平台 focuses students on integrating knowledge so that they can make multiple, interdisciplinary connections that lead to application skills like problem-solving and analysis. 因此, 十大正规网赌平台’s 品质提升计划 is designed to support traditional and nontraditional students for academic success while ensuring a high-quality academic experience that prepares graduates for lifelong learning. 简而言之,如果学生来了 to EGSC to “get associated,” then EGSC should teach them how “to associate.”

What are the 目标 for the QEP Learning to Associate?

的目标 Student Learning Communities: Learning to Associate are to improve student learning and increase student course success and 保留 by developing a curriculum designed to integrate knowledge across the disciplines so to strengthen the quality of academic engagement and by creating opportunities that connect students to a network of peers and faculty for support in persisting 在他们的学位课程中.



Students in student learning communities involving gateway courses such as English Composition are successfully completing their courses with higher success rates than students not enrolled in student learning communities, and they report higher satisfaction with their learning experience and 社会归属感.