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Frequently asked questions about the QEP

What is a QEP?
SACS describes the QEP as part of every school's accreditation process, one designed to enhance the quality of the educational experience. As the SACS-COC guidebook reads:

"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."

What is BSC's QEP?
Birmingham-Southern's QEP is titled "Living What You Learn" and focuses on three prongs of experiential education: faculty-student research, internships, and service-learning. To read a version of the entire plan, click here.

What has happened so far?
A QEP Implementation Team has been charged with moving the QEP forward this academic year. Sixteen pilot programs are underway.

What constitutes a QEP project?
Pilot projects include courses and other projects that incorporate experiential learning as a key component. They include a summer research project in mathematics that connects students and faculty from BSC and other colleges; an English seminar that analyzes questions about race, gender, and class and requires students to work with community partners as a way to explore those issues; and a history course that gives students month-long internships in local libraries, archives, museums, and more.

Who is implementing the QEP?
Members of the Implementation Team include:

Alan Litsey, QEP Director
Dr. Kent Andersen
Noreen Gaubatz
Kristin Harper
Dr. Mary-Kate Lizotte
Dr. Sara Robicheaux
Dr. David Schedler
Kristina Scott
Dr. Sandra Sprayberry

In addition, each of the three focus prongs has established a learning group for faculty and others, led by:

Kristin Harper (Service-learning)
Dr. Sara Robicheaux (Internships)
Dr. Mary-Kate Lizotte (Faculty-Student Research)