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University seeks participation in QEP process

Lamar University is seeking participation from the campus community in developing its new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) this fall.

The QEP will be the university’s second. LU’s first QEP, Active and Collaborative Engagement for Students (ACES), ended in 2014 and has been integrated into the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement as a new faculty support program called Support and Mentoring to Advance Research and Teaching (SMART) under the leadership of Amy Smith, assistant professor of English.

The QEP is required for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). A QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action to enhance student learning. The theme of the QEP must be innovative, address student needs defined by survey data, and align with the university’s strategic plan, said Matt Hoch, Associate Professor of Biology and QEP Outreach Committee Chair.

The wider university community must be active participants in contributing ideas for a QEP theme, Hoch said.  As such, we need input from students, alumni, staff, and faculty on how to make improvements related to student learning.  To contribute your voice, see the QEP theme discussion at where you can add something new, comment on existing posted themes, or simply vote for those you like. There will also be a campus wide forum addressing QEP theme development on Friday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library 6th floor presentation area.

The three committees involved in the development process have student, alumni, staff, and faculty representation.  The QEP Outreach Committee is presently busy getting the word out and gathering theme ideas. The QEP Assessment Committee will then guide the development of brief proposals for consideration by the QEP Steering Committee.  A survey of the wider university community will be conducted by the Steering Committee and used to determine the final theme decision by December 2015, Hoch said.

To learn more about the criteria for proposals and ways to participate in the QEP process, visit the QEP Website at

For further information, contact QEP Director Melissa Hudler at 880-8525, or Hoch at 880-8264.