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QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan)

What is QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan)?

  • The QEP is a vehicle by which institutions can increase their overall quality and effectiveness by focusing on one issue that can improve student learning.
  • The QEP is a transformative campus process that is anchored in student learning and enhancing the climate for student learning.
  • The QEP is grounded in the commitment of SACS to increase quality and promote student learning.

(Source: Silver, Joseph H. The Anatomy of the QEP, SACS-COC Annual Meeting, December 2007.)

Why does LSCO need a QEP?

Every ten years Lamar State College Orange is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC). SACS evaluates all degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states to ensure they are meeting the highest educational standards. A college's accreditation assures that the college maintains its quality and its credits will transfer to other accredited colleges and universities. Accreditation also means LSCO is eligible for state and federal funds.

LSCO is preparing for its next SACS evaluation, which will occur in 2014. LSCO must develop its own QEP as a required part of the reaccreditation process. The QEP will outline a five-year program, which will be implemented at LSCO from 2014-2019.


To encourage campus awareness and participation in an effort to develop the LSCO 2015-2020 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The current proposed statement of LSCO QEP topic is:
“Lamar State College Orange’s QEP will focus on increasing student commitment to education through flipped classroom methods.”

QEP Steering Committees:

  • Literature Review Committee
    • Ni Song (Chair)
    • Ms. Dorraine Babcock
    • Mr. Hunter Keeney
    • Ms. Audrey Kapranos
    • Ms. Elizabeth Pressler
  • Design Committee
    • Michael Rather Jr. (Chair)
    • Dr. Jerry Sanford
    • Ms. Vicki Norville
    • Ms. Mary Sizemore
    • Ms. Sribhagyam Srinivasan
    • Ms. Lisette Hodges
    • Dr. Arlene Turkel
  • Communication Committee
    • Brianne Moreau (Chair)
    • Cindy Wyles
    • Jennifer Petitjean

Upcoming Events/Workshops/Conversations:

  • Sept 30, 3:30, faculty meeting, presentation “QEP updates” by Dr. Ni Song.
  • Coffee and Conversations in faculty lounge, reaffirmation (QEP is an important part of it), 8:30-11:30 Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15
  • Webinar "Flipping the College Classroom: Transform Students into Active Learners" by Dr. Robert Talbert.
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:00-2:00 pm ET
  • D2L Training Workshop on “flipped classroom” by Dr. Ni Song.

Topic statement:

LSCO’s QEP focuses on improving critical and analytical reading skills through implementation of interdisciplinary instructional techniques.

Current draft of students learning outcomes:
Student Learning Outcome Assessment Method Expected Result

Students will use a variety of reading strategies to enhance their critical and analytical reading comprehension.

  • Pre- and Post-testing of the Nelson-Denny reading comprehension
  • Completion of assignment
  • Classroom participation
  • surveys
  • increase value-added to scaled score and grade level
  • Pre-/Post-student perceptions of vocabulary ability, ratings of teaching techniques used to improve reading comprehension

Students will utilize available reading resources to strengthen their college-level vocabulary.

  • Pre-and Post-testing of the vocabulary section of the Nelson-Denny.
  • Student survey of quality enhancement in vocabulary.
  • Increase value-added to scaled score and grade level.
  • Pre- and Post-student perceptions of vocabulary ability and ratings of teaching techniques used to improve vocabulary