Getting Ready to be "REAL-WORLD READY"!
After two years of campus discussions, Southeastern has chosen Real-World Ready as the topic of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
In spring 2012, Southeastern began the formal process of conducting a needs assessment to identify a topic for its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a required component in the reaffirmation process of Southeastern's main accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, that focuses on a carefully designed course of action to address a topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.
Focus groups with students, faculty and staff held in spring 2012 resulting in a list of 13 potential QEP topic areas. A team of faculty and staff aligned the topic areas with data from campus surveys and identified 15 potential QEP topics. These topics were presented to Southeastern's students, faculty, staff, Alumni and community partners in summer 2012 through mass emails and a BE HEARD button on Southeastern's homepage.
Nearly 700 people voiced their opinions in the BE HEARD campaign resulting in the selection of four potential topics.
To announce the final four topics and to gather more detailed information about each one, a QEP webpage was created and launched through the WE LISTENED campaign.
The website provided an informational video, links to relevant data on each of the topics and solicited additional input on possible implementation plans. When the site closed in fall 2012, data indicated over 1,000 visits to the QEP webpage.
The QEP Design Team comprised of representatives from the faculty, staff, administration and student body was created in spring 2013 to review all the information from the previous campaigns and select the final topic. The team has reviewed the campaign information, analyzed available campus data, researched best practices and the current state of activities at Southeastern and has selected REAL-WORLD READY as the focus of our QEP. The goal of the QEP is as follows.
QEP Goal: To better prepare students for life in the real world by providing authentic learning opportunities that connect academic courses with
The QEP Design team is currently refining details of the plan including specific student-learning outcomes to be addressed. More information will be released as it becomes available.