What is a QEP?

Sue Camp in the classroom

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan – every ten years, SACSCOC, GWU’s regional accrediting agency, asks institutions to develop a plan to improve student learning. A QEP is not just an accrediting requirement, though. It is an opportunity to inspire change and to advance the educational experience of GWU’s students. For more information, contact SACSCOC.

GWU’s QEP is “The Writing Connection,” a multi-year project to implement a Writing-Intensive curriculum for Traditional Undergraduate Students. Students beginning their first semester in Fall 2018 will be required to take five Writing-Intensive courses before graduating, two of which will be in their majors. A full pilot of the curriculum will be implemented in 2017-2018, to prepare for the graduation requirement. The four-year goal is to improve student writing continuously from first semester to graduation by creating a Writing Connection between Freshman Composition, the General Education core, and the majors. The long-term goal is to better prepare students for their post-graduate lives, for careers, graduate study, and being productive members of their communities.

For further information, please review the full text of the QEP Proposal.

Writing Intensive Curriculum

  • Tier One: English 101 and 102
  • Tier Two: One course from the General Education core, taken post-English 102
  • Tier Three: Two courses in the student’s major

Steps in the Process to Approving and Implementing the Writing Intensive Curriculum

February 2014-January 2015 Selection of the Topic: Improving Student Writing
March 2015-August 2015 Selection of the QEP Design Director and Committee
August 2015-January 2016 Narrowing the Topic to Focus on a Writing-Intensive Graduation Requirement and Appropriate SLOs
February 2016-May 2016 Approval Process by Faculty and Board of Trustees
August 2016 Present Full Draft of QEP Proposal to Faculty for Feedback
August-December 2016 Continue to revise QEP Proposal
Plan Implementation Steps and Strategy
January 2017 Submit final QEP Proposal to SACSCOC On-Site Committee
Professional Development training for WI instructors
Spring Semester 2017 Pilot selected writing intensive courses
March 7-9, 2017 SACSCOC On-Site Review
Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Pilot Writing-Intensive Curriculum
Fall 2018 Implement Graduation Requirement






Dr. Cheryl Duffus
QEP Director
Associate Professor of English