St. Petersburg College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
What is the QEP?
The QEP is a document prepared by SPC that describes an action plan for institutional improvement crucial to enhancing educational quality directly related to student learning. The QEP is based on a comprehensive analysis of the college's effectiveness in supporting student learning and accomplishing the college's mission. For our plan to have been accepted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), it had to:
- Focus on a significant issue related to student learning.
- Show we are capable of initiating and continuing the plan.
- Include methods for assessing the success of the plan.
- Show broad-based involvement from all areas of the college.
The focus of the QEP is "improving student learning in critical thinking via active and collaborative learning techniques." SPC has done an in-depth review of strategies in instruction and institutional improvement to determine ways of improving students' critical thinking skills. As a result of this research, the College identified key initiatives that faculty believe will have a favorable impact on students' critical thinking. Those initiatives cover three broad areas: Student Success, Professional Development, and Critical Thinking Resources. The Student Success Initiative is the primary focus of the QEP, supported by professional development for faculty and resource materials that reflect and facilitate faculty research on integrating critical thinking activities in the classroom.