Call for Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) concept submissions

Call for Concept Submissions
Auburn University’s SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Auburn University invites you to make a Concept Submission outlining your suggestion for a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Development of a QEP is a required component of the reaffirmation of Auburn’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, scheduled for 2013. SACS defines the QEP as a “carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issues directly related to improving student learning.” Plans should be part of the university’s ongoing planning and evaluation process. Auburn’s QEP project will commence in 2013, with a full report due to SACS in 2018. While the budget for the QEP is yet to be determined, the project is expected to have a significant scope and must be supported by a workable plan, including adequate resources.

Concept Submissions should provide a brief description and rationale for a specific QEP project connected to a theme or area that will enhance student learning. Broad themes that have emerged during the work of the QEP Exploratory Committee include: 1) Critical Thinking; 2) Communication; 3) Global Learning/Issues; 4) Applied and Engaged Learning; 5) Interdisciplinary Learning; and 6) Undergraduate Research. The Committee is particularly interested in submissions related to one or more of these broad themes, but submissions focused on other themes that can be supported by data are also welcome. For more detailed information, including summaries of data reviewed by the Exploratory Committee, see the QEP website:

Contributors: Auburn faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni

To submit, click the link “Submit a Concept” at Submissions are due no later than 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

NOTE: The submission form requests two short paragraphs: 1) a description of your concept and 2) a rationale for why your concept is appropriate as the QEP for Auburn. Each paragraph is limited to 1500 characters (about 250 words).

Criteria: To be selected for further development, Concept Submissions must show potential to:

  • describe a focused project capable of having a direct and significant impact on student learning
  • identify goals, including goals for student learning, and a plan to assess their achievement
  • support the mission of the institution and be appropriate to Auburn University
  • lay the foundation for a full plan that can be implemented, sustained, completed and evaluated

Process: The QEP Exploratory Committee will review the Concept Submissions and determine which ones should be developed into Project Plans. All submitters will be notified by March 25, 2011. We anticipate selecting 4-8 Concept Submissions for further development into Project Plans. Project Plans will provide a more thoroughly developed rationale and description of a specific project that will enhance student learning. Project Plans will provide additional evidence about why the project is appropriate to Auburn, will outline resources needed, and will include a draft outline of an implementation plan. It is likely that developing the Project Plan will require collaboration with others who have offered Concept Submissions on similar themes. A $1500 stipend per plan will be available to assist those selected to develop the Project Plan. Project Plans will be submitted by April 22 with 3 finalists determined by the Exploratory Committee by April 29.

For additional information contact Dr. Sushil Bhavnani (844-3303) or Dr. Drew Clark (844-4765).