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Elizabeth City State University

QEP Quality Enhancement Plan

In compliance with SACS Core requirements 2.12 and 3.3.2, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) has created a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that will improve student learning in academic writing. The decision to address academic writing developed from academic research, institutional strategic plans, campus-wide surveys, focus groups, open forums, and several university-wide committees of faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

The QEP plan will be carried out in GE 102 English Composition and Grammar and GE 103 English Composition and Vocabulary. Composition courses will be supported by a Writing Studio that will broaden the capability and availability of personal, peer and instructional support to aid in timely writing development support. The Writing Studio will also provide tutorial assistance for students from their freshman to senior year.

Formative and summative assessments will be used to assess student success in achieving the learning outcomes in GE 102 and GE 103. Formative assessments based upon standardized objective measures will assess mechanics, syntax, grammar, and punctuation. Writing rubrics will assess student writing in essays, formal argumentation, literary analysis, research, and expository writing.

The QEP has four main student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the rhetorical skills required in academic, professional, and civic life.
  2. Students will demonstrate their ability to comprehend material-print and electronic- and to think critically and analytically about relevant sources.
  3. Students will demonstrate mastery of the writing process as recursive: Drafting, writing, revising and editing.
  4. Students will demonstrate mastery of writing conventions: Organization, persuasion and mechanics.