QEP, Project ME


The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a document developed by the institution that:

  • Includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment.
  • Focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.
  • Demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP.
  • Includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP.
  • Identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.

SACSCOC institutions seeking reaffirmation of accreditation must submit a QEP that will be assessed for its institution-wide impact in the SACSCOC 5th year interim report.



Goal 1: Foster student self-sufficiency by implementing strategic mentoring program for part-time students

  • Pre-test/post-test to measure student knowledge and engagement of college resources and services
  • Course evaluations from students and mentors
  • College-wide perception survey regarding student self-sufficiency
  • Student learning outcome assess as capstone project creating an educational and financial plan to complete degree

Goal 2: Increase student engagement and completion

  • Project ME student progress towards degree and student retention
  • Project ME student completion (graduation and transfer) rate

Appreciative Advising

Is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials. It is perhaps the best example of a fully student-centered approach to student development. Appreciate Advising is a framework for mentoring students which includes 6 phases:

  1. Disarm
  2. Discover
  3. Dream
  4. Design
  5. Deliver
  6. Don’t Settle


Project ME  will consist of part-time students taking an orientation course specifically designed to target their needs. Mentors trained in Appreciative Advising will lead students through assignments in the course that will foster student self-sufficiency. The course will include topics such as locus of control and self-efficacy. Mentors will encourage students to engage in college life, student services, and with employees. A capstone project for the course is designed for students to create an individualized educational and financial plan.

Year 1

Begin program at Vicksburg / Rankin / JATC
Fall 2017

Year 2

Add Utica
Fall 2018

Year 3

Add Raymond
Fall 2019

Year 4

Fall 2020

Year 5


Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Foster student self-sufficiency by implementing a strategic mentoring program for part-time students

Outcome 1: Students in Project ME will increase their levels of engagement through utilization of student services.

Outcome 2: Students in Project ME will engage with mentors through the Appreciative Advising process.

Outcome 3: Students in Project ME will compose a plan to complete their degree within their educational timeline accompanied by a personalized financial plan.

Goal 2: Increase student engagement and completion

Outcome 4: Students in Project ME will increase their levels of degree completion.


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