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Quality Enhancement Plan History

In the Fall 2015 semester, the student body at McNeese State University selected Advising to be an integral component in its next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). A visit by Dr. John N. Gardner of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education allowed faculty and staff to express their concerns regarding improving student learning by utilizing improved advising practices, among other recommendations, as a key tool for refining student success.  Furthermore, focus groups held among faculty, staff, and student leaders during the Spring 2016 semester all stressed the need for advising to play a substantial role in improving student success.

The QEP is a core requirement for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on College (SACSCOC) accreditation and is an essential part of preparing for our Compliance Certification, to be completed in Fall 2016, and leading to reaffirmation of accreditation in Spring 2017.  A QEP is a special project an institution undertakes to improve student learning and the campus environment in which learning takes place.

The QEP will be McNeese State University’s second one: from 2006-2008, the McNeese community engaged in a researched-based process that included constituent input to develop the Write to Excellence initiative. Write to Excellence transformed our campus community by introducing a “writing across the curriculum” program, which focused on emphasizing effective writing in the disciplines.  The University also developed and implemented the Write to Excellence Center, a campus writing lab, which continues to enjoy success to this day.  Finally, the last QEP developed a course called Freshmen Foundations, which is devoted to improving the freshman experience The Write to Excellence QEP, which formally launched in fall 2008, was central to our 2007 SACSCOC reaffirmation. The project reached its formal completion in 2013 with the submission of our 5th-Year interim report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Although Write to Excellence has reached its formal conclusion, the systemic improvements to student learning and the learning environment continue.

Beginning in Spring 2016, a QEP Implementation Team convened and held bimonthly meetings to further develop and refine the QEP.  Although Advising is favored by the majority of University stakeholders—students, faculty, and staff—after much deliberation, the Committee came to the conclusion that improvements to Advising will be enriched by the addition of student learning outcomes related to professionalism and post-undergraduate career planning. 

The QEP is currently in development with the Committee continuing to meet in the Summer 2016 semester to refine goals and student learning outcomes and to launch pilot improvements by Fall 2016.  This page will serve as one of several resources for gathering and disseminating information on this process. For an insight on the QEP development progress at McNeese State University, please visit the Blog of IRE, which will be updated on a monthly basis.

Topic Selection Process

The QEP topic selection process involved reviewing institutional data on student learning and gathering input from the broader university/community on issues, ideas, and methods that would enhance student learning or the learning environment. During 2013 and 2014 ideas were gathered from building meetings, town-hall meetings, student-led forums, and other venues, as well as through a topic submission form on this website. Those ideas are available at the links below, and a survey was distributed to choose top candidates.

Proposed Ideas

Big Data

Institutional and external reports and links related to student learning and other related higher-education issues.

Steering Committee

The QEP Steering Committee consists of a broad, cross-section of faculty, staff, students, and community involvement. The primary purpose of this committee is to support and advise on the topic selection process. Additional responsibilities follow.

Roles/Responsibilities of the Committee
  • Understand the scope and purposes of a QEP
  • Be fluent in SACSCOC QEP Guidelines
  • Facilitate the collection of constituent input and ideas in the selection of topics and development of the plan
  • Study institutional data and other sources of information in order to ascertain areas of greatest need in student learning
  • Recommend topics to the university community for plan selection
  • Contribute to the development of the plan once the topic has been selected

Working Timeline for Project Selection and Plan Development

The following table documents activites undertaken and planned for QEP selection and development.

QEP Project Plan and Actions
time Period Tasks Responsible Parties
Fall 2014 Initiate campus dialogue and topic solicitation and selection process

  • QEP Presentations at Fall Faculty-Staff Retreat
  • Development of QEP page on IRE website
  • Establishment of QEP Steering Committee
  • Steering Committee Charge Meeting Nov 18, 2014
SACSCOC Liaison/QEP Administrator
Spring 2015 Continue to foster campus dialogue and topic solicitations/selection

  • Update topic suggestions on a periodic basis
  • Present at each President/Provost building meeting tour to discuss reaffirmation and QEP topic selection, process, and development
  • Apply professorship funds to project development, specifically publicizing the concept, review of institutional data, and topic solicitation (one student worker hired to utilize for publicity)
SACSCOC Liaison/QEP Administrator
Summer 2015 Topic Selection–Narrowing

  • QEP Administrator and support staff should evaluate institutional data on student learning, including surveys and learning outcome data from program master plans, general education, and other sources to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities, as well as best practices occuring in our programs.
  • Steering Committee develops shortlist of viable QEP topics by return of school in August.
  • Steering Committee presents list of viable topics to Senior Staff and the ARC for discussion and recommendations.
  • Finalized short list of topics presented in detail to campus community at start of fall term.
QEP Administrator/ Steering Committee / ARC
Fall 2015 Choosing the QEP Topic

  • Finalized short list of topics publicized to campus community.
  • Develop new webpage (off this page and/or elsewhere) that provides details on each proposal.
  • Establish a timeframe and ballot for campus voting by November 2015.
  • Steering Committee reviews ballot results, recommends to President the next QEP topic  by December.
  • President announces topic to McNeese campus-community.
QEP Administrator
Steering Committee
Campus Community
McNeese President
Spring 2016
  • QEP Administrator, lead personnel and Steering Committee establish the QEP implementation team to consist of key stakeholders in the topic/project
  • Implementation Team begins drafting plan including identifying goals, learning outcomes, and establishing a small inital pilot group.
  • Implementation Team reviews pilot data, presents results to Steering Committee and ARC, and adjusts plan as necessary.
QEP Administrator, support staff, lead personnel
Assistance from Steering Committee and ARC, where necessary.
Summer 2016
  • Implementation Team finalizes details for first pilot of QEP project to take place in spring ’16 semester.
  • Implementation Team begins drafting QEP plan and soliciting ongoing input where necessary, including documenting and projecting budget impacts.
  • Sections of plan document demonstrating compliance with CR 2.12 (including literature review) should be drafted and completed during this period.
  • Continue to review pilot data, adjust program for new pilot in fall ’16, begin drafting compliance with comprehensive standard 3.3.2 to demonstrate:
1) institutional capability…
2) broad-based involvement…in development and…implementation…
3) goals and a plan to assess….
  • Identify potential QEP Lead Evaluators
  • Finalize details for fall 2016 pilot of plan
QEP Administrator / Implementation Team
October 1, 2016 Deadline for providing SACSCOC with prioritized list of potential QEP Lead Evaluators QEP Administrator/ Implementation Team
October 2016 Review draft of plan with ARC: Assess based on SACSCOC QEP Guidelines QEP Administrator/ Implementation Team
December 2016
  1. Review fall pilot data and revise plan as necessary.
  2. Plan for expanded spring ’17 pilot.
QEP Administrator/ Implementation Team
January 2017
  1. Finalize plan with Accreditation Review Council
  2. Initiate spring ’17 pilot.
QEP Administrator/ Implementation Team
January 24 –
February 7, 2017
Submission Period–QEP Plan must be to SACSCOC during this timeframe SACSCOC Liaison/QEP Administrator
March 7 – 9, 2017 SACSCOC On-Site Review for Compliance Certification and Quality Enhancement Plan All of Campus
Post Site-Visit Review and Development of Response Report, if required. QEP Administrator/ Implementation Team / ARC
4 months post site-visit
(July 7, 2017)
Absolute Deadline for Response Report Due to Commission (if necessary) QEP Administrator/ Implementation Team /SACSCOC Liaison
Academic Year
Refine Plan: additional piloting
Transition Implementation Team to Advisory Group (adjust membership as needed)
QEP Administrator / Implementation Team–Advisory Group
Fall 2018 First semester of full plan implementation QEP Administrator/ Advisory Group / All Campus
March 2023 Submit 5th-Year Progress Report on Quality Enhancement Plan to SACSCOC QEP Administrator/ SACSCOC Liaison

Implementation Committee Membership
Committee Member Role/Responsibility
Albarado, Alexis General & Basic Studies
Guidry, Marshal (Non-voting) General & Basic Studies
Boenig, Catrina Registrar
Broussard, Jan Burton College of Education
Carter, Katrina College of Nursing and Health Professions
Fontane, Walt Frazar Memorial Library
Griffith, John College of Engineering & Computer Science
Guillory, Shannon Financial Aid
Hutchings, Jessica (Non-voting) Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Landry, Shawri College of Science
Mai, Son (Chair) College of Liberal Arts
Reinauer, Lisa College of Liberal Arts
Thibodeaux, Raime Counseling Center
Schmitt, Abigail Student Body
Turpin, Lonnie College of Business

Role/Responsibility Committee Member
Steering Committee Membership
SACSCOC Liaison/IRE Jessica Hutchings
At-Large Corliss Badeaux–Writing Center/English and Foreign Languages
Library Pati Threatt–Head Archivist/Special Collections
Library Jerome Marcantel–Information Resources Librarian
Engineering Paul Bender–Computer Science
Engineering Jonathan Sullivan–Chem, Civil, & Mech Engineering
Liberal Arts Jeff Lemke–Music
Science Kathy Jackson–Biology and Health Sciences
Education Jan Broussard–Educational Technology
Education Dena Matzenbacher–Psychology
Nursing Becky Riley–Undergraduate Nursing
Nursing Troy Thompson–Undergraduate Nursing
Faculty Senate Meghan Fleming–Visual Arts
Faculty Senate Lonnie Beene–Library
Student Amanda Runkle (grad student)
Student Dalton Hinton
Student Toni Antoine
Student Wesley Lejeune (grad student)
Student Heather Morrissey
Student Hailey Veillion
Student Kaitlyn Guillot
Alumni/Community Brett Bordelon (class of ’06) LHC Group
Staff Raime Thibodeaux–Counseling, Career, and Student Development
Athletics Bridget Martin–Associate Athletic Director/Compliance
General and Basic Studies Alexis Albarado–GBST