What is the QEP, and is it really that big of a deal?
If you’ve been a student at MC for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard whispers of something called the QEP. You probably found out that it stands for Quality Enhancement Plan and then decided that you had more important things to think about. I mean, how big of a deal could this QEP thing really be?
Well, let’s start from the beginning. In order for a college to grant a degree that means anything, they must be an accredited college. Every ten years or so the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) visits schools in order to reaccredit the school. This year, SACS will be visiting Mississippi College in order to evaluate the school. Part of their evaluation will involve questioning students to see if they understand what the QEP is, and the students’ responses will reflect on the school as a whole. So, there’s a chance that YOU will be the one that is quizzed on your knowledge of the QEP. Here are some quick facts about the QEP that will help you be prepared:
- MC’s Quality Enhancement Plan is called U-Research: Engaged-Empowered-Enhanced (as seen in the logo above).
- The goal of U-Research is to teach students information literacy.
- Information literacy is really just a fancy term for understanding how to find quality information and use it successfully, such as using the internet to find reliable information to write a paper.
- MC has already begun to incorporate instruction in information literacy into freshman English courses and will continue to incorporate the curriculum into all departments.
So there’s the lowdown on the QEP. Now you know the basics so you can show SACS what’s up. If you want to know more you can check out mc.edu/qep/.