QEP Process and Purpose
As part of the Virginia Wesleyan’s regular accreditation reaffirmation process, the University is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In fall 2015, Virginia Wesleyan’s QEP will be submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for review.
Work began on the creation of See Change -- Sea Change in spring 2013. Part of this effort was undertaken by Virginia Wesleyan’s Strategic Planning Committee, which developed the University’s 2014 strategic plan, VWU 2020: Pathway to Prominence. The Strategic Planning Committee consulted with many campus groups including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Campus constituencies widely endorsed a Strategic Plan that developed experiential learning opportunities. The Strategic Plan identifies three priorities that are tied to experiential learning:
Experiential Learning: Enhance and Expand Experiential Learning Opportunities
Innovative Teaching: Support Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning
Student Engagement: Improve and Integrate the Total Student Experience
The faculty also worked to develop See Change -- Sea Change beginning in spring 2013. Several faculty-led committees established the process to discern and develop this QEP. In August 2013, seven QEP proposals were submitted by faculty members, and the faculty supported the proposal that focused on experiential learning. In spring 2014, Virginia Wesleyan convened a QEP Committee that developed the experiential learning proposal into See Change -- Sea Change.
From September 29 through October 1, 2015, a team of SACSCOC representatives will visit Virginia Wesleyan to review See Change -- Sea Change.Virginia Wesleyan has already begun to implement See Change -- Sea Change. To learn about the new initiatives and opportunities, visit the new The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, located on the first floor of Clarke Hall.