QEP Development


The QEP topic selection process began in fall 2010 with campus-wide conversations and forums held by the QEP Development Leadership Team. The team also met with the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the Provost’s Cabinet, Deans’ Council, Council of Chairs, Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Student Government Association and other constituencies to gather input and feedback.

In October 2010, the QEP Topic Selection Council announced a call for short Concept Papers. The council evaluated 29 submissions, narrowed the list and asked finalists to expand on their initial concept paper by providing details related to SACSCOC requirements, particularly in the areas of student learning outcomes, institutional “fit” and assessment.

Additional public forums were held to discuss the top Concept Paper topics and to determine the feasibility of each. Feedback was also gathered through the QEP website. After thorough analysis, the Topic Selection Task Force sent one or more topics for final consideration to the SACS Leadership Team, which was in charge of the reaffirmation of accreditation effort. The team selected “Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students.”


After selection of a final topic, the QEP Development Task Force convened in Fall 2011 to develop, refine and implement Global Learning. A final version of the QEP report was ready for submission to SACSCOC before the end of Fall 2012.


As one of the final phases of Appalachian’s accreditation process, an on-site committee from SACSCOC visited campus April 8-12, 2013. The committee reviewed the QEP and met with many faculty, staff, students and administrators from across campus. Appalachian was found to be compliant in all core and federal requirements.

Read Chancellor Peacock’s statement following the April SACS accreditation visit. 

The visiting team submitted three recommendations to improve the QEP. Based on those recommendations, the original QEP was modified slightly to narrow its focus. Dr. Garner Dewey formally assumed the duties as director of the QEP on July 1, 2013, and a final QEP report reflecting SACSCOC’s recommendation was completed in August 2013.

Read the final report.

2013-14 and beyond

“Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students” is a five-year plan. Its implementation began in the 2013-14 academic year. After 2018-19, Appalachian must provide a progress report to SACSCOC demonstrating progress in fulfilling all stated outcomes.