QEP for Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2024

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

SACSCOC requires institutions to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). A key component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process, the QEP is a plan of action to improve student knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and/or behaviors. The QEP requirements are defined in the following SACSCOC principle of accreditation:

  • 7.2 The institution has a QEP that (a) has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes; (b) has broad-based support of institutional constituencies; (c) focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; (d) commits resources to initiate, implement, and complete the QEP; and (e) includes a plan to assess achievement. (Quality Enhancement Plan)

Based on evidence demonstrated via LSU’s strategic priorities, analysis of assessment findings, and exploratory activities with various constituent groups throughout the Spring and Summer semesters, we have selected undergraduate communication skills development as LSU’s 2024 QEP topic by scaling up the university’s inaugural QEP 2004, Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) program. CxC has been named as the primary coordinating unit for LSU’s QEP and have a list of FAQs available on their webpage.

Communication skills are essential across all disciplines as they are a conduit through which we develop and demonstrate analytical, collaboration, creativity, leadership, adaptability, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Beyond the direct impacts communication-intensive (C-I) programming has on student learning, preliminary data suggest LSU undergraduate students who are exposed to C-I courses are more likely to graduate on time.

The QEP Core Development team and other subcommittee will meet to develop the full QEP proposal and meet the following deadlines:

  • Initial Submission: September 1, 2023
  • Final Proposal: January 2024
  • QEP Implementation: Fall 2024

Member Title Unit/Represented Area
Jackie Bach, Co-Chair Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Support Services Director Office of Academic Affairs
Rebecca Burdette, Co-Chair Director Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)
Aly Mousaad Aly Associate Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Jahanna Bailey Assistant Professor of Professional Practice School of Social Work; College of Human Sciences & Education
Jennifer Baumgartner Associate Professor / LSU Teaching & Learning Collaborative Chair / CxC Faculty Chair School of Education; College of Human Sciences & Education / Office of Academic Affairs / CxC
Fern Galvez Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences; College of Science
Tina Harris Professor Manship School of Mass Communication
Mike Kaller Professor School of Renewable Natural Resources; College of Agriculture
Kristen Kelsch Associate Professor of Professional Practice School of Architecture; College of Art & Design
Hamood Qureshi Student Student Government
Anne Marie Stanley Associate Professor School of Music; College of Music & Dramatic Arts
Malinda Sutor Assistant Professor Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences; College of the Coast & Environment
Pete Trentacoste Director Student Affairs
Laura Wiley Senior Instructor Department of Accounting; Ourso College of Business
Lailah Williams Student Student Government
Jason Wolfe Instructor / Coordinator for Dual Enrollment Department of History; College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Sandi Gillilan, Ex Officio Associate Vice Provost Institutional Effectiveness
Claire Sassic Young, Ex Officio Project Coordinator Institutional Effectiveness
Bernie Braun, Ex Officio Director Institutional Research
Kevin DiBenedetto, Ex Officio Business & Technology Manager Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)

Member Title Unit Represented
Jackie Bach, Co-Chair Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Support Services Office of Academic Affairs
Rebecca Burdette, Co-Chair Director Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)
Tara Rose Director of Assessment Institutional Effectiveness
Jennifer Baumgartner Associate Professor / LSU Teaching & Learning Collaborative Chair / CxC Faculty Chair School of Education; College of Human Sciences & Education / Office of Academic Affairs / CxC
Jeannie Hopper Director of Residential  Education Residential Life
Miles McLendon Student Representative Student Government
Michael Bibler Faculty Representative Faculty Senate
Helmut Schneider Associate Dean College of Business
Claire Sassic Young, Ex Officio Project Coordinator Institutional Effectiveness

 

Member Title Unit Represented
Tara Rose, Chair Director of Assessment Institutional Effectiveness
Kevin DiBenedetto Business & Technology Manager Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)
Annemarie Galeucia Assistant Director Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)

Member Title Unit Represented
Michelle Spielman Marketing Manager Communications & University Relations
Brandi Simmons Program & Communications Coordinator Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)
Claire Sassic Young Project Coordinator Institutional Effectiveness