Quality Enhancement Plan

Student at graduationA Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an integral and required part of the SACSCOC 10-year reaffirmation process. It is a future-oriented, time-bound project that allows the university to demonstrate its commitment to the continuous improvement of student learning and success. A QEP:

  • Identifies key, emerging issues for action based on institutional data
  • Aligns with and supports the institution’s strategic plan
  • Focuses on students and student learning
  • Reflects broad-based involvement
  • Includes clear and measurable goals

What is a QEP in practice? »

Selecting VCU's next QEP

Based on the SACSCOC criteria and data gathered through implementation of the REAL academic regulation, the broad theme for the next QEP is “Level up! Using VCU’s next QEP to connect all students to transformative, mentored experiences.”

While the theme identifies the broad goal of engaging students in mentored, applied experiences that add to their career readiness, facilitating selection of the specific strategy for achieving this goal is the work of the QEP Planning and Development Committee.

Submit a QEP topic proposal

Because the committee believes that the best and most transformative ideas come from VCU’s own faculty and staff, we are requesting proposals for projects that explicitly connect VCU students to life-changing mentored experiences. This RFP represents an opportunity for the VCU community to propose possible topics for the direction of VCU’s next QEP.

How to submit

Submit a QEP proposal »


All proposals must be submitted by September 23 at 5 p.m.

Not sure how to get started?

Virtual workshops for QEP topic proposal writing will be offered throughout the topic proposal period, beginning with a session on Tuesday, June 14:

  • July 21, noon
  • Aug. 17, 1 p.m.

Register for a workshop »

Previous workshops

Select a date below to view recordings of previous workshops:

About the QEP topic selection process

All submitted proposals will be evaluated using the QEP Proposal Evaluation Rubric according to a collaborative process developed by the QEP Planning and Development Committee.

About the QEP Planning and Development Committee

The QEP Planning and Development Committee, convened in March 2022, ensures a wide range of stakeholders and perspectives are represented in the QEP process. This committee includes majority faculty representation from each of the colleges and schools as well as content experts from support units.

To see the committee's work groups and members, visit our QEP Planning and Development Committee webpage.