Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Comission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires each of its member institutions to plan and implement a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). To do so, every institution must establish a process to identify key issues emerging from institutional assessment that focus on student learning outcomes and/ or the environment supporting student learning (Core Requirement 2.12). In addition, the QEP must: 1) demonstrate institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and the completion of the QEP;  2) include broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP; and 3) identify goals and a plan to assess their achievement (Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2). 

Our QEP: The Bryan Journey

The Bryan Journey is  Bryan College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)  . The topic was identified and developed over a two-year period, beginning with the work of the QEP Focus Team made up of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and representatives from the Board of Trustees.


The purpose of the QEP is to equip first-year Bryan students for academic success and persistence. 

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The Bryan Journey looks particularly at the first year experience, incorporating New Student Orientation , COL100: College Success Seminar , and a variety of student services ( Academic Support CenterWriting Studio , etc.) to ensure a smooth transition to college-level academic, social, and even personal expectations and demands. Read the full text of the QEP Report on the Bryan Journey here

College Success Seminar (COL100)

College Success Seminar is a one-hour core curriculum course that empowers students to reach their educational and career goals by introducing students to strategies, techniques, and self-management tools commonly recognized to lead to success. Topics include:
  • educational and career goals 
  • academic and social  skills
  • student services and campus resources
  • academic support
COL100 assists new students in understanding and negotiating academic, social, personal, and career decisions. More importantly, the course introduces students to the value of a liberal arts education within a Christian worldview.

More importantly, the course seeks to help students understand how and why individuals need to take responsibility for their education and life choices, and how doing so will help them be more successful in college and in life. College Success Seminar, COL100, meets at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Rudd Auditorium with the entire class of first-year students. After a short lecture, each class session will be divided into small groups for review and a short quiz.

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center serves hundreds of students across all disciplines.

The ASC is designed to help developing students master the art of writing college-level papers and has given way to a program that offers exam proctoring, help for writing research papers, calculus, languages, or the finer points of cell biology.

The Academic Support Center is located on the east wing of the first floor of the Library.  Learn more about the Academic Support Center here .

Writing Studio

At the Bryan Writing Studio, we believe that writers need readers.  Why?  Because writers write for readers.  When you write, you participate in a conversation—a conversation between you and your reader.  But unlike other kinds of conversations, your reader usually won’t have the opportunity to ask for more explanation, clarify meanings of words, or point out gaps in your logic.  Talking through your writing with another person helps you identify potential questions about it so you can make it clearer and more convincing—before you present your finished work to your audience.

More specifically, if you’re uncertain about how to begin, we can help you understand your assignment and brainstorm.  If you have ideas but can’t get started, we can help you get some words on paper and make a plan.  If you have a specific question about grammar or punctuation, we can help you find the answer.  If you only want to talk through your ideas and test their logic or clarity, we’re excited about discussing them with you.  Learn more about the Writing Studio  here .