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Welcome to the Office of the QEP

It’s time for Austin Peay State University to begin planning and developing its next Quality Enhancement Plan.  We are excited to get started.

The Quality Enhancement Plan, or the QEP as it is known, is an integral part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation process, but more importantly it is an opportunity for the university community to come together and collaborate to identify and design institutional interventions that will support our students’ learning and success.

Over the next weeks and months, the Office of the QEP will be reaching out to students, faculty, staff, and administrators to discuss all aspects of the QEP, and what the next steps are.

We want to hear from everyone in the APSU community, and we need your input and involvement in the selection, planning, and implementation of our next QEP.

This is important work that will make a positive impact on our students and their success!

What is the QEP?

The Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, is a university wide initiative designed to improve student learning and/or student success. It is an integral part of Austin Peay State University’s reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). As defined by SACSCOC, the Quality Enhancement Plan “affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness” by “improving student learning outcomes and/or student success.”

Beyond being a requirement of the SACSCOC accreditation process, the QEP is an opportunity for the university to come together and identify ways to further support our students’ learning.

According to SACSCOC, the QEP needs to:

  1. Identify a topic through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes
  2. Have broad-based support of institutional constituencies
  3. Focus on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success
  4. Commit sufficient resources to initiate, implement, and complete the QEP
  5. Have an assessment plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the QEP

At Austin Peay State University, we are planning our next QEP in Fall 2021. The first step will be to identify a topic that supports student learning outcomes and/or student success.

Over the 2021-2022 academic year, the Office of the QEP will be reaching out to students, faculty, staff, and administration for input and involvement in choosing, designing, and implementing the next QEP.

QEP Topic Selection Committee 2021-2022

Department / Unit


Title/ Role


Marisa Sikes

Associate Professor, Languages & Literature


Patrick Gosnell

Associate Professor, Graphic Design


Jennifer Thayer

Assistant Professor, Accounting (co-chair)


Emily Pica

Assistant Professor, Psychology & Counseling


Tasha Ruffin

Assistant Professor, Nursing


Andrea Lee

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership


Teresa Crutcher

Assistant Professor, Allied Health


Sumen Sen

Associate Professor, Mathematics


Jennifer Harris

Assistant Professor, Library

Academic Advising

Whitney Miliken

Student Success Coordinator

Career Services

Robert Torres

Veteran and Career Advisor

Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Melissa Kates


Center for Extended & International Education

Anna Carrie Webb

Director of Distance Education (co-chair)

Center for Service Learning and Sustainability

Alexandra Wills


Fort Campbell Campus

Marisa Roberts

Director of Marketing and Recruitment

Housing/Residence Life

Zachary Inham

Functional Support Specialist

Learning Resource Center

Samantha Mallory


Office of Admissions

Tracy Comer

Associate Director

Office of Decision Support & Inst.  Research

Melissa Johnson

Research Analyst (Ex-officio)

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

LaNeeça Williams

Chief Diversity Officer

Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Assess.

Allie Michael

Assistant Director (Ex-officio)

Office of the QEP

Troy Priest

Director (co-chair, non-voting member)

Student Representative 

Jalen Smalls


Student Representative

Sean Harrah Siple



The APSU QEP Timeline:

The purpose of this step is to initiate the process of identifying an appropriate topic and identify the resources required for the development of the QEP. The goal of this step is to assemble a QEP “Think Tank” team with broad representation from the APSU community to identify possible topics.


Step 1 involves the selection process and examining the feasibility of the QEP topic; step 2 involves developing the actual plan. A QEP implementation team will create the plan to be presented to SACSCOC, after obtaining university support and approval from the Senior Leadership Team. The plan will include the topic identification process, relevant research on the topic and the student learning outcomes and/or student success goals.

After the QEP is approved internally and reviewed by consultant, it is important to conduct a pilot implementation. Based on feedback from consultant and data from the pilot, the QEP implementation team will modify the QEP as necessary.

Once the QEP is approved by SACSCOC, the full implementation will begin immediately. The QEP team will track, assess, and implement the QEP in accordance with the established implementation timeline and expand the marketing of the QEP to the APSU community.


For more information on the QEP, contact the Office of the QEP at (931) 221-7045 or priestt@apsu.edu. You can also stop by our offices on the second floor of Miller Hall.