QEP Phase Three

QEP Phase Three: Implementing and Assessing the Quality Enhancement Plan

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Phase Three will involve the actual implementation of VSU's QEP, which will occur upon approval by SACSCOC in December 2010.

Institutional Capability

Implementation Timeline

The QEP will be implemented through 13 major tasks between Spring 2011 and Spring 2016, as shown in the QEP Implementation Timeline by Task and Person Responsible (Exhibit 1 below).  For each task, a person is assigned responsibility. While the majority of the QEP Implementation occurs in Years 1 through 5, there are some activities that can begin upon SACSCOC approval (December 2010); those items are indicated in the pre-planning year (Spring and Summer 2011).

Organizational Staffing and Support

VSU has sufficient staffing to ensure the success of the proposed QEP. The Assistant Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School will serve as the QEP Coordinator and will be responsible for implementation and coordination of VSU’s QEP.  The QEP will also be supported by expertise from multiple offices, as shown in Exhibit 2 below. Exhibit 3 provides a description of each supporting office’s expertise and the service(s) that it will contribute to the QEP.

The Assistant Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

EXHIBIT 1: QEP IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE BY TASK AND PERSON RESPONSIBLE

QEP Timeline

EXHIBIT 2: OFFICES/PERSONS SUPPORTING THE QEP
Offices Supporting QEP

 

EXHIBIT 3: STAFFING AND SUPPORT FOR THE QEP BY DEPARTMENT/ POSITION
DEPARTMENT/ POSITION
DESCRIPTION OF SUPPORT TO THE QEP
REPORTS TO
Assistant Vice President for Research/ Dean of the Graduate School
  • Serves as the QEP Coordinator.
  • Chairs the Undergraduate Research Council.
  • Hires a graduate assistant to develop the QEP website.
  • Writes and submits the QEP Report for the Fifth-Year  Interim Report.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Strategic Research & Analysis (SRA)
  • The Assistant to the President for SRA serves as the Assessment Coordinator for the QEP and as SACS Liaison.
  • Provides data and assessment assistance (obtains institutional data needed for the QEP project, data analysis, etc.) to the faculty coordinators of the Discipline-Based Inquiry Projects as well as to the QEP Coordinator.
  • Coordinates the Faculty Workshop on Intrasubject Replication.
President
Faculty Coordinators of Discipline-Based Inquiry Projects
  • Provide day-to-day management and assessment of the projects.
  • Attend monthly meetings with the QEP Coordinator.
QEP Coordinator
Undergraduate Research Council (URC)
  • Serves as an advisory board for the development, implementation, and coordination of the QEP campus-wide activities.  Specifically, the URC will provide advice regarding guidelines for submission and acceptance of student papers, posters, and creative activities for the symposium.  The URC will also participate in the review, rating, and recommendation of proposals for funding in Iteration 2.  The URC will include broad campus representation, including individuals from the AVPR/Dean’s office, SRA, all colleges and divisions, and at least one student representative.  
QEP Coordinator
Campus-Wide Undergraduate Research Symposium Coordinator
  • In conjunction with the QEP Coordinator, the Campus-Wide Undergraduate Research Symposium Coordinator works with all five colleges to create a campus-wide undergraduate research symposium. Coordination of the event includes participation from all five colleges and handling preparation logistics for the event. The Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences (current coordinator of the College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Symposium) will serve in this role.
QEP Coordinator
Graduate Assistant
  • Assists the QEP Coordinator and the URC in their activities, including the call for proposals for iteration 2, assessment results from each Discipline-Based Inquiry Project, and the Fifth-Year Interim Report. The Graduate Assistant will design and maintains a QEP website that will feature the Discipline-Based Inquiry Projects.
QEP Coordinator
Financial Services
  • Ensures that appropriate, separate budget departments are established for each of the Discipline-Based Inquiry Projects and assigns a budget manager (i.e., faculty coordinator) for each project. 
  • Answers questions regarding appropriate spending of funds for the QEP to ensure that any equipment and supply purchases are done according to state and institutional purchasing guidelines.  
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Information Technology
  • Provides technical support and training for websites and BlazeView (VSU's course management software via BlackBoard).
President