Frequently Asked Questions

What is a QEP?

According to SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges), a QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) is a document that:

  1. Includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment
  2. Focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution,
  3. Demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP,
  4. Includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP, and
  5. Identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.

What is the purpose of LCU's QEP?

The purpose of LCU's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to instill and foster academic tenacity among beginning undergraduate students in order to support persistence.

What are the goals associated with LCU's QEP?

  1. To instill and foster academic tenacity in beginning undergraduate students and
  2. To develop learning environments that support a growth mindset and academic tenacity.

Why did you choose the topic of Academic Tenacity?

Students walk through our doors with a vast array of life experiences and from various backgrounds, and some are more prepared than others to face the challenges associated with college life. In fact, our University recognizes that students, especially in their early college years, often face significant challenges that have the potential to derail them and keep them from fulfilling their dreams of completing a college education. Some challenges that students face are beyond our control, yet many are the result of social or academic interactions that occur on a routine basis and cause students to question whether they will be able to succeed in college or even belong there in the first place. We want to help those students overcome the barriers and obstacles and let them know that they do belong.

What activities will be implemented? 

  1. Freshmen will learn about the brain and growth mindset concepts in their University Seminar class.
  2. Gateway courses that freshmen often find difficult will be purposeful in supporting a growth mindset through how they are taught and how students are assessed. In addition, those faculty members will explicitly teach the metacognitive skills that students need in order to act on their growth mindsets.
  3. Faculty Scholars will work with their LCU colleagues to discover more about how students learn, the mindsets that influence them, and classroom strategies and environments that support learning. They will redesign our courses in order to maximize learning.

How do students benefit from LCU's QEP?

Students will be immersed in a culture that encourages them to grow and persevere, even when things get difficult. It will instill and foster in them a growth mindset, then provide tools to help them regulate their own learning - putting them squarely in the driver's seat as we prepare them for 21st Century living.

Who do I contact if I want to know more about LCU's QEP?

Contact Cathy Box, Ph.D. at