Why Richland College needs a Quality Enhancement Plan
Richland College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). A college's accreditation assures that the college is fiscally stable and educationally viable and its credits will transfer to other accredited colleges and universities. Accreditation also means the college is eligible for state and federal funds.
Richland College's next accreditation reaffirmation occurs in 2013. However, the work toward that reaffirmation began in 2010. A major part of a college's reaffirmation is a transformational-caliber Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The goal of a QEP is to improve student learning.
Rationale for the following process:
Determining a QEP topic is an energizing and uplifting process for Richland College. Faculty, students, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders participated in determining the QEP topic. Because the goal of a QEP is to improve student learning, faculty input is especially vital. This process is a great opportunity for spirited, college-wide "community building" and greater learning success for students at Richland College.