Quality Enhancement Plan


The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), required in conjunction with the Compliance Certification Report, must be submitted six weeks prior to the on-site review. The comprehensive document is:

  1. A topic identified through ongoing, comprehensive and evaluation processes,
  2. Has a broad-based support of institutional constituencies,
  3. Focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student successes,
  4. Commits resources to initiate, implement The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement 9 and complete the QEP, and
  5. Includes a plan to assess achievement.

The topic of the QEP is at the discretion of the institution, and will be determined by a designated task force of University staff, faculty and students. The completed QEP report outlines a focused plan of action that enhances student learning and/or student success.

Examples of past QEP topics:

  • Enhancing the academic climate for student learning
  • Strengthening the general studies curriculum
  • Developing creative approaches to experimental learning
  • Enhancing critical thinking skills

Stetson's previous QEPs:

  • Improving Student Learning Outcomes, Retention & Graduation Rates
  • Hatter Trek - summer transition program with voluntary retreats for incoming students
  • Hatter Quest - revised fall orientation for incoming students, having students meet with their first-year seminar (FSEM) classes before the start of all courses.

Stetson's current QEP:

The Stetson QEP, "Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Information Literacy," builds on Stetson’s existing mission and values by focusing on the critical skills of information literacy, promoting academic excellence and empowering students to adopt the best practices of intellectual engagement and development in the classroom and beyond. Effective information literacy requires the ability to gather reliable, valid information. The practical outcome of the Gap plan is to teach Stetson students in their first years with us to make sense of  the massive waves of information they encounter daily by encouraging a deep understanding of how information is created, transmitted, influenced and used.