The Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) is a national project that aims to improve student success, defined as:
Enhanced student learning with a view to increasing the number of graduates with attributes that are personally, professionally and socially valuable.
The approach used in the QEP is inductive in that what is learnt in one part of the process informs later parts of the process. It is iterative in that there are two phases. In each phase, focus areas are selected with which all institutions are asked to engage. In Phase 1 (2014-2015) there are four focus areas:
- Enhancing academics as teachers
- Enhancing student support and development
- Enhancing the learning environment
- Enhancing course and programme enrolment management.
The QEP has been designed to promote collaboration in the higher education sector and to support the sharing of information and insights on what helps and hinders student success. The expected outcomes of the QEP are:
Benchmarks and codes of good practice for quality undergraduate provision
- Policy recommendations
- Tools and resources for improving student success
- Communities of practice
These will raise the bar for what can be expected of institutions in promoting student success in future. The broad goals of the QEP are:
- Enhancement of the quality of undergraduate provision
- Enhancement of the quality of graduates
- A higher education system that is improving continuously as members of the higher education community collaborate to share good practice and solve shared problems.