What is a QEP?

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan and presents an opportunity for Wake Forest to enhance student experiences. It is a multi-year investment in a focused set of initiatives that arise from our Strategic Framework and aim to improve student learning and/or success. The QEP is a requirement for SACSCOC accreditation, and it provides an effective structure to implement a project and make it sustainable as a long-term gain for our students. We hope you will take part in the QEP topic selection this year.

Who is involved in QEP selection?

Students, faculty, and staff can all play a role–from suggesting potential QEP topics in an upcoming survey on ideas for student learning and support to submitting a proposal to participating in feedback on the top proposals later this year.

What was our previous QEP?

Wake Forest’s 2016 QEP Transcending Boundaries: Building a Global Campus Community established four key initiatives: Arrive@Wake (retitled, Connect@Wake) continues to be offered at the beginning of each academic year for incoming international students to facilitate the ease and success of their transition across cultures; Global AWAKEnings, designed to develop global mindsets through a first-year abroad program, was offered for four years and is currently being revamped to better meet student interest and needs; Global Villages are living and learning communities focused on global mindedness and have been thriving in the residence halls for five years; and the Global Laureates Academy, which is a network of faculty and staff who aim to make an impact on the Wake Forest community by exploring topics and challenges associated with global learning, has certified five cohort groups since 2017.


Wake Forest University is now accepting proposals from faculty, staff, and students to identify its next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). All proposals must be submitted by January 8, 2024.

Download the Proposal Template (.docx)

Wake Forest’s QEP will reflect and affirm our commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness.  The QEP will focus on an issue that aligns with our Mission and Strategic Framework Thematic Goals and improves student success. 

  • All Wake 2026 QEP proposals need to …
    • Support Wake Forest’s Mission; align with at least one Strategic Framework Thematic Goal, and address one or more of the strategic aims under the thematic goal:
      • Community of Learning: Wake Forest will be a lifelong learning community that calls all to develop their full potential to contribute in a diverse and complex world.
      • Community of Inquiry: Wake Forest will foster a community of inquiry through research, scholarship, and creative work that transcends boundaries to address the challenges facing humanity and our world.
      • Community of Partnerships: Wake Forest will build meaningful, mutual partnerships to honor our commitment to the wellbeing of our local, regional and global communities.
    • Specify the goals of the proposed QEP and its intended outcomes for student learning or student success and explain how one might assess the achievement of such goals and outcomes.
    • Provide an early estimate of realistic resources, including personnel and budget, needed for successful implementation and consider how Wake Forest could marshal these resources.
    • Describe how the proposal seeks to develop opportunities for novel or enhanced partnerships among units to foster radical collaboration.  
    • Indicate whether the proposal overlaps with existing departments/College/school functions and faculty/staff or needs in-kind support from departments/College/schools, and if so, describe the collaboration and what support for this topic has been gained so far.
    • Recommend QEP leader(s), if different from the proposal author(s).
    • Be reviewed by the SACSCOC On-Site Reaffirmation Committee in spring 2026.
    • Provide a written update to SACSCOC on the the progress and achievements of the QEP as part of Wake Forest’s Fifth-Year Interim Report, due March 2032.

Reaffirmation Overview

SACSCOC and Accreditation FAQ

Leadership Team

Timeline

Resources


QEP Info Sessions

Thinking about submitting a proposal? Attend an info session to learn more.

  • Friday, Oct. 6 | 3:00-4:00 pm | Sutton Center, A330
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 | 3:00-4:00 pm | Virtual (Register here)
  • Thursday, Nov. 2 | 3:00-4:00 pm | Sutton Center, A330

SACSCOC requires each university, during its reaffirmation, to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is to reflect and affirm the institution’s commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness.

Download QEP Info Flyer


SACSCOC standard 7.2 states the QEP:

  • has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes;
  • has broad-based support of institutional constituencies;
  • focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success;
  • commits resources to initiate, implement, and complete the QEP; and
  • includes a plan to assess achievement.