Planning for Lander University’s 2017 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Introduction – Lander University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Every ten years, accredited institutions must undergo a review of their compliance with accreditation principles.  We are currently preparing for our next review in 2017.  A key component of that review is the development of a program, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), to improve student learning at Lander.  Lander University has completed the QEP selected for the 2007 reaffirmation process and approved by SACSCOC in the 2012 Fifth-Year Review.  That QEP, the EYE Program, will continue at Lander and provide future benefits to students participating in experiential learning at the institution.  However, Lander University is now in a process to identify a focus topic for a new QEP for the 2017 reaffirmation process and develop a program to address the learning outcome over the succeeding five years.  The two SACSCOC principles relating to the QEP are printed below.

SACSCOC Core Requirement 2.12 – The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that includes an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.

SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2 – The institution has developed a Quality Enhancement Plan that (1) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP; (2) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and (3) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.

Current Actions Taken - A QEP topic selection committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and community representatives was appointed in the fall of 2014.  The committee met and reviewed several SACSCOC resource documents and reviewed available Lander University assessment data relating to student learning outcomes and possible QEP topics.  The committee solicited white papers on possible topics during the summer of 2015.  The four white papers and other resource documents are provided on this page.


Lander University Institutional Effectiveness

The office of Institutional Effectiveness page on Lander’s website contains links to the ACT Student Opinion Survey and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data.

Minutes form the three faculty/staff town hall meetings

Faculty/staff/student Survey conducted by the QEP Committee spring 2015

At meetings of Leadership Greenwood and the Lander University Board of Visitors the community members present were asked two questions.

  • Question 1 – If you were hiring a Lander graduate, what knowledge, skills, or values do you think are most important for your workplace?
  • Question 2What experiences do you think are vital for Lander to provide to produce the highest quality graduates?

The responses from each group were summarized in the documents below.

A focus group consisting of Lander Student Government Association students was conducted and the results summarized.

Annual Report from the Lander Enhanced Advising Program (LEAP)

The Lander University Office of Student Affairs report of EPI data for UNI 101

Greenwood District 50 Alumni Survey

QEP White Paper Rubric Score Totals

PowerPoint for Faculty Meeting on 10/14/15