Quality Enhancement Plan
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the component of the accreditation process that
reflects and affirms the commitment of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to the enhancement of the quality of higher education
and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all
institutions of higher learning. By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed
course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related
to enhancing student learning. The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s
ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well
evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s
internal reaffirmation review.
Developing the QEP as a part of the reaffirmation process was an opportunity for the
institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing
on an issue or issues the institution considered important to improving student learning.
Responding to this reaffirmation requirement has been an impetus for focusing critical
and creative energy.
Once the QEP is fully implemented, the majority of faculty who teach undergraduate
courses within and across each of the schools of the university will:
- Incorporate the best practices advocated by the Foundation for Critical Thinking for
teaching ACT skills into one or more of their courses.
- Incorporate ACT learning outcomes into one or more of their courses.
- Identify best practices and learning outcomes on the course syllabi of the ACT courses
they are teaching.
The key student learning outcomes of the QEP are:
Students will use curiosity to identify a particular problem or area of interest within
Students will make connections to their particular issues or problems based upon evidence
acquired by research methodologies and citation methods within the discipline.
Students will demonstrate through creativity through a divergent mental approach exploring
original alternative views/solutions.
Students will communicate outcomes through writing and/or presentations
Applied Critical Thinking for Lifelong Learning and Adaptability
What is the QEP? The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a major part of UHCL's re-accreditation process
as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
What is the purpose of the QEP? The QEP is designed to enhance student learning of all UHCL students.
What is the topic of UHCL's QEP? Applied Critical Thinking for Lifelong Learning and Adaptability.
Why did UHCL choose the topic of Applied Critical Thinking? The topic is important to student success, has faculty support, and will strengthen
critical thinking skills for all UHCL students.
What is critical thinking? Critical thinking is basically a higher level of thinking related to analyzing and
What do you mean by "applied"? We want students to think critically and apply that skill in everyday situations.