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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Every ten years, Marymount goes through an extensive review by our regional accreditor, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). It is a two-part process, which first includes a comprehensive documentation of Marymount’s compliance with more than 90 standards of the association. Part two of the review, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), is the development of a five-year plan to enhance our student learning experience.

Marymount’s QEP, Empowering Students for Service, focuses on enhancing student learning through the lens of service. The focus of our QEP has emerged from our third Common Ground pillar  – service to others – and is designed to empower students to become engaged citizens prepared to serve effectively within their communities to advance the needs of society.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a QEP?

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In order to fulfill the core requirement and comprehensive standards of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaccreditation process, each university must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)  –  “a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning” and “should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning.”

What is Marymount's QEP?

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Empowering Students for Service.

What are the goals of the QEP?

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Marymount’s QEP enhances student learning by shaping a campus environment that values service, supporting students with the knowledge, skills, values, and reflective attitudes to contribute meaningful and lifelong service. Our goals are to:
  • Increase student awareness and participation in service opportunities that provide them with a meaningful learning experience
  • Effectively prepare students to be engaged members in their community

What is MY role in the QEP?

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Our QEP, Empowering Students for Service, is a long-term, campus-wide initiative. Everyone in our campus community should be aware of our QEP and our new Saints' Center for Service, and participate in the many ways available to volunteer and serve.  Follow our QEP news on MU social media with #MpowerU.

What is SACSCOC?

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

When will SACSCOC visit Marymount?

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The SACSCOC On-Site Committee will visit Marymount February 27-March 1, 2018. The on-site evaluation team will devote a large component of their time to evaluating our QEP.

What is the Saints' Center for Service?

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As a part of implementing the framework for sustainable service programming, MU will establish the Saints’ Center for Service. The new Center will open in the Fall of 2018 and will be housed in Rowley Hall near the Center for Global Education. A full-time director will be hired to act as the campus leader in advancing the vision of the Center.

What will the Saints' Center for Service do?

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The Center will offer and support increased opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to work together on service projects both inside and outside of the classroom. It will act as a campus hub and will:
  • collect and provide information on all service opportunities
  • provide training, professional development, and technical assistance
  • promote the development of and student participation in effective service learning opportunities
  • create a comprehensive database that supports sustainable service programming and assessment
  • celebrate and recognize service activities

Who is the QEP Development Team & Advisory Board?

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All members of the Marymount campus community have been represented in the development of our QEP from the earliest stages. Both the QEP Development Team and Advisory Board are composed of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators and community representatives.

What is the QEP Implementation Team?

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The QEP Implementation Team is a transition team of student advisors, faculty, and staff who will ensure that Marymount’s QEP, Empowering Students for Service, will be implemented once the SACSCOC approval is received.

Who is the contact if I have questions about the QEP?

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Please feel free to contact the QEP Team by email.

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