As part of the reaffirmation process, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges asks each institution to develop a quality enhancement plan (QEP) that arises from the institution’s ongoing, integrated, institution-wide planning and evaluation process. Experience Learning is the University of Tennessee’s QEP, submitted to SACSCOC in 2015.
The QEP interdisciplinary development team was formed in April and May 2013. The members of the committee were selected with broad-based representation of key academic and administrative areas, student support units, and current and former students. The development team and subgroups met regularly as part of an institutional process that identified key issues emerging from institutional assessment.
The team considered potential topics and gained student, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders’ input through surveys, forums, presentations, focus group interviews, and a website page until experiential learning was identified as the QEP topic through an all-encompassing institutional process. The team developed an implementation plan and metrics for assessment. The initiative was then named Experience Learning and officially launched in Fall 2015.