Quality Enhancement Plan
Northwestern State University developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of its 2016 reaffirmation of accreditation by SACSCOC. Our plan, Learning for Life: Experience Your Future, focuses on enhancing and expanding experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students.
Improving student learning is the heart of the accreditation process. As part of the reaffirmation for accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) expects each institution to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that focuses on one area essential to the University’s mission and future success. Learning for Life: Experience Your Future was created through a multi-year process with input from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Our QEP purpose over the next five years is to give all undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in one of the following high-impact educational practices: internship/apprenticeship; research thesis/project; or capstone course/project. These experiential education opportunities will best prepare students for their future.
The purpose of the QEP Executive Committee is to provide leadership and oversight to the five components of the QEP Review Framework. These components include: 1) An institutional process, 2) Focus of the plan, 3) Institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the plan, 4) Broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies, and 5) Assessment of the plan.
The QEP Task Force is responsible for writing the QEP. Each team member partners with one or two members of the Executive Committee to cover their writing assignment (i.e., one of the five components of the QEP Framework).
- The QEP Launch Party will take place on Wednesday, February 22 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom and Lobby. Students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders are welcome to attend this open house.
- The Launch Party will occur shortly before the Mardi Gras break and will be themed to take advantage of the celebratory nature of the season.
- Food and activities will be provided to generate interest and enthusiasm about the QEP.
- Pilot programs will be given the opportunity to market experiential learning opportunities in their respective programs.
Quality Enhancement Team
Department Head; Professor of Health & Human Performance
Ms. Veronica Biscoe
Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources
Ms. Reatha Cox
Executive Director, First Year Experience & Leadership Development
Dr. Vickie Gentry
Provost; Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Marcia Hardy
President, Faculty Senate; Assistant Professor, School of Business
Mr. Drake Owens
Assistant Vice President of External Affairs for University Advancement; Assistant Professor in Business
Mr. John Pearce
President, Student Government Association
Director, Counseling & Career Services
Dr. Debra Clark
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Mr. Tony Davis
President & CEO, Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce; Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (District 4)
Dr. Paula Furr
Department Head; Professor, New Media, Journalism, & Communication
Dr. Chris Gilson
Assistant Professor, History
Dr. Kelli Haynes
Associate Professor, School of Allied Health
Ms. Connie Jones
Assistant Professor, Hospitality, Management, & Tourism
Dr. Katrina Jordan
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Dr. Curt Phifer
Professor, Scholars’ College
Dean, College of Nursing & Allied Health
Dr. Greg Handel
Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Director of Creative & Performing Arts
Ms. Jennifer Kelly
Director, Academic & Auxiliary Services; Assistant to the Provost & VPAA
Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne
Interim Dean, College of Business & Technology
Dr. John Dollar
QEP Chair & Professor H&HP
Dr. Vickie Gentry
Provost & Vice President Academic Affairs