QEP FAQs

What is a QEP?

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. Every ten years, universities must undergo a reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A QEP is an essential component of that reaffirmation process.


A QEP is a long-range plan that identifies key issues emerging from institutional assessment, specifically around student learning, and identifies goals and a plan to address those issues. 

What is Trinity University's QEP Topic (Starting Strong)?

Starting Strong is the name of Trinity University’s QEP. Starting Strong focuses on strengthening first-year advising, teaching, and academic support resources.

What is the goal of Starting Strong?

The overarching goal of the QEP Starting Strong is that first-year students will become more aware of and engaged in practices that lead to success.

How will the QEP improve student learning?


Four Student Learning Outcomes were developed to assess the success of the QEP. The desired outcomes are that first-year students will:


  • demonstrate an understanding of Pathways, registration procedures, and requirements for graduation;

  • be able to assess their academic performance by the fifth week of class to identify any areas of improvement;

  • identify institutional resources to help them overcome academic challenges; and

  • demonstrate help-seeking behaviors in order to meet their academic goals.


Who developed the QEP?


Many people within Trinity University helped develop Starting Strong, including faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni. In spring 2016, after selecting this QEP, President Danny J. Anderson appointed a QEP Development Team. The QEP Development Team has three subcommittees: Advising, Teaching, and Academic Support Resources. The Development Team has held campus-wide forums, Student Town Hall meetings, and other opportunities for members of Trinity’s community to voice their opinions on Starting Strong.

When is the SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation visit?

The on-site review team will be on campus February 27 to March 1, 2018 to serve as advisers for our QEP and also to determine whether it meets the required standards.

Who can I contact for more information? 

You can contact Dr. Michael Soto, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, at (210) 999-8201 or msoto@trinity.edu.