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What is a QEP?
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the component of the reaffirmation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to enhancing the quality of higher education in the region and to focusing attention on student learning. The QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s internal reaffirmation review.

Why is the QEP important to Blinn College?
The QEP and its development present Blinn with an opportunity to enhance the overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on a single key issue – first-year student success. Colleges throughout the nation undergo the QEP process to develop an important element of their institutional mission, and the development and implementation of Blinn’s QEP is an important element of its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation effort.

What is Blinn’s QEP topic?
Blinn selected “Student Success in the First Year of College” as its QEP topic.

How did Blinn develop its QEP topic?
On Aug. 20, 2013, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management Joe Baumann presented three potential QEP topics during the faculty and instructional staff meeting. The following day, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness distributed a survey to all employees summarizing the topics and requesting input on which topic would have the greatest impact for Blinn College and its students. After compiling the survey data, it was announced that faculty and staff had chosen “Student Success in the First Year.” Details are currently being developed and updates will soon be posted on this site.