Quality Enhancement plan
What is QEP?
The Quality Enhancement Plan is a significant component of our SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) re-accreditation process. A QEP, as defined by SACS, is “a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.” Our QEP provides us the opportunity to develop an active and targeted five-year plan to improve some aspect of the education of USC Upstate students. Implementation of our QEP began fall semester 2012.
Through the Student Technology Enrichment Program - STEP-UP - graduates of USC Upstate will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in inquiry and critical consumption of information by using technology tools to gather information
- Demonstrate competence with narration and curation by using technology tools to process and analyze information
- Demonstrate competence with collaboration, communication and participation by using technology tools to communicate information
- Demonstrate an understanding of digital citizenship by the ethical use of technology in gathering, processing, analyzing and communicating information
What is the QEP About?
The topic of USC Upstate's Quality Enhancement Plan is "Preparing Students for a Future with Technology." The project includes three broad strategies to involve students in higher levels of engagement with technology, including specially redesigned Technology Intensive (TI) courses:
- Faculty Development: STEP-UP Faculty Development Institute - Faculty proposing to enhance/enrich a course as "technology intensive" will be selected after presenting a rationale and vision through the project's approval process, and will participate in a summer development institute (Faculty Development Institute - FDI) conducted annually. Additional development experiences for the five-year project cycle will be included.
- Development of Technology Intensive Courses - As a part of the summer Faculty Development Institute, faculty will develop TI courses which are redesigned to provide opportunity for students to achieve the STEP-UP learning outcomes and that include emphasis on accessing of digital content and forms using digital means; assignments and learning activities that are prepared and submitted digitally; course participation that requires and/or enables use of a variety of digital tools and forms; and, use of presentation software for course work.
- Creating a Technology Fluent Campus - In addition to a highly-trained faculty and an engaged student body, a number of initiatives will be launched to heighten the awareness of the increased role of technology in the liberal arts and the professions and to provide our constituents with the interest and vocabulary to engage in ongoing conversations about digitalization. Supporting initiatives include an annual QEP Technology Symposium, ongoing programming addressing technology issues and developments each semester, and other opportunities that follow emerging technologies throughout the life of the project.