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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Proposals Integrating Information Literacy: About

This guide includes annotations and links to information about Quality Enhancement Plans submitted to the SACS accrediting body. These plans integrate information literacy as an intended learning outcome within a larger topic or set of outcomes.

Purpose

This guide offers links and annotations for QEP proposals that integrate information literacy with or within other topics/activities designed to enhance students' learning at higher education institutions that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The information available on this guide was created as a preliminary component in completing other research, and is made available to other institutions, libraries, and the general public for their benefit. 

Benjamin R. Harris
Associate Professor
Information Literacy Coordinator
Trinity University 

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Definition

According to the SACS COC (Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges), "each institution seeking reaffirmation of Accreditation is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Engaging the wider academic community and addressing one or more issues that contribute to institutional improvement, the plan should be focused, succinct, and limited in length. The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) related to enhancing student learning."

Information Literacy and QEP Proposals

As a necessary and valuable component of a university or college education, information literacy has been featured in a wide variety of QEP proposals submitted between 2004 and 2011.  After reviewing each of the proposals received by SACS during this period, three categories of information literacy integration are detectable.  First, some plans focus the QEP on information literacy development specifically.  Other plans integrate information literacy development and learning outcomes within the frame of a larger topic, or coordinate it with other similar topics.  Finally, a number of plans include information literacy only as a consideration, without including it as part of the proposal's learning outcomes.

The annotations on the tabbed sections of this guide include information about plans that integrate information literacy development and learning outcomes with or within other topics.  Implications related to this research and suggestions for continued inquiry are included in the article "Subversive Infusions: Strategies for the Integration of Information Literacy Across the Curriculum" by Benjamin R. Harris (manuscript under review).

Selection and Organization of This Project

While all QEP proposals published between 2004 and 2011 were initially included in the study, the final project focuses on five years: 2007-2011.  Only those proposals accepted by SACS during those years are annotated in this guide.

While an initial attempt was made to organization plans by topic, this proved challenging.  Since one university focusing on critical thinking and another focusing on reading skills might share many characteristics or learning goals, they would necessarily be organized into different topics based on the focus of the plan. For that reason, plans are organized alphabetically by institution name into two categories: institutions publishing complete QEP proposals online and those institutions for which only an executive summary is available.

Links to the full proposal are provided when available.  In some cases, institutions may decide to withdraw the full proposal from public access.  In these cases, links to the institution's QEP website were included when possible.  The SACS website publishes executive summaries for all QEP's that are submitted for review.  In some cases, the executive summary offers the only publicly-accessible information about an institution's QEP. Annotations for institutions that do not publish the full proposal or host a website about the QEP include links to the Executive Summary of the proposal.  Summaries for all of the QEP proposals received from 2007 to the present are available at http://sacscoc.org/inst_forms_and_info1.asp.