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Quality Enhancement Plan

1/12/16

If 2015 was a year of change – perhaps the biggest in the change-filled years since consolidation – then 2016 could very well be a year of establishing solid foundations, and nothing establishes a foundation quite like the accreditation process.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, often shortened to the slightly more manageable SACSCOC, is the accrediting body that affirms Augusta University’s quality as a higher education institution, and every 10 years they put institutions through a rigorous evaluation process that, if successful, culminates in their seal of approval. This necessary and very important process has two components. Not only must a school demonstrate compliance with a set of defined standards, but it must also provide a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is basically a proposal to enhance student learning in a specific, measurable way ... Continue reading

 

Academic Program Spotlight

Quality Enhancement Plan is Important, and Here's Why

11/30/15

If it seems like it’s been awhile since you’ve heard about the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), you’re right. But that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening.

“We did a huge marketing campaign with Phase One, and we’ve been a little quieter recently because we’ve been working,” said Mickey Williford, Director of Accreditation and QEP Project Co-Chair. “But we need everyone to know that it isn’t going away and it’s going to be part of our world for five years.”

Five years is a long time, which is why Williford and the various team members are working so hard to make sure they get it right.

But what exactly is a QEP? In short, the Quality Enhancement Plan is one of the two parts the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires for accreditation. Not only must a school prove compliance with a set of defined standards, it must also provide a QEP, which is a proposal to enhance student learning in a specific, measurable way ... Continue reading

 

FY17 Resource Planning and Budget Hearings

Open to Faculty, Staff & Students
JSAC Coffee House 1/29 – 2/16

Detailed Schedule *Revised 2/9

Multiple hearings are scheduled for Deans and VPs to present their FY16 status updates and FY17 needs. These are open to the campus based on a survey of the participants last year where respondents indicated a desire to have more people participate in the hearings for multiple reasons ... Continue reading

Employee Engagement

What's Happening with the Survey Results

An employee engagement survey was administered across the entire university and health system to better understand the needs, desires, and concerns of our employees, who are the lifeblood of our institution.

Phase I included the Health System and most shared service units and was concluded in November 2013. The Health System re-administered the survey in November 2014, and plan to conduct this annually.

Phase II included the University and the first assessment was concluded in May 2014; plans are to coordinate future administrations with the Health System on an every other year cycle; the next survey for the University is planned for November 2016 ... Continue to the website

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