UMW’s First-Year Seminar: Research, Write, Speak

The University of Mary Washington Quality Enhancement Plan has been designed to help improve our First-Year Seminar, producing better researchers, writers, and speakers.

Welcome to the webpages for the University of Mary Washington Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – UMW’s First-Year Seminar: Research, Write, Speak. Our SACS on-site visit was successfully held on April 15 – 17, 2013 and implementation of the QEP began in Spring 2014.

Colleges and universities are evaluated every 10 years for reaffirmation of their accreditation.  The organization that evaluates UMW is SACS-COC or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges. SACS-COC and accreditation process are described here.

One of the fundamental requirements of reaffirmation is the the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  The QEP  “is the component of the reaffirmation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to enhancing the quality of higher education in the region and to focusing attention on student learning. By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.  The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s internal reaffirmation review.”

If you have questions or concerns related to the QEP (or anything else on these pages), please contact the QEP Director, Dr. Keith Mellinger at kmelling@umw.edu.