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The QEP Conceptual Framework Model


QEP ModelAs expressed in Vision 2020: The Alabama State University Transformation Plan, the overarching theme guiding all aspects of the university’s progression toward the year 2020 echoes the idea of “rebirth,” of capturing the best of what has gone before and moving boldly in a new direction—“The Renaissance: Building a Culture of Learning. The Transformation of Alabama State University Through Excellence in Teaching, Research, Service and a Diverse Population.”

The University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) reflects and seeks to advance this guiding theme. Titled “Enhancing the Culture of Learning Through Literacy in the First-Year Experience,” the QEP presents a model for instruction designed to draw upon and move beyond past and current practices. The goal is to strengthen students’ capacity for succeeding in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex global environment.

The QEP’s focus is on literacy. The conceptual framework for achieving the desired student literacy learning outcomes is represented in the Conceptual Framework Model. This graphic illustration places literacy and the three literacy areas of focus for the QEP at the center of each student’s educational experience (the inner circle of the model). Reading/writing literacy, quantitative literacy, and information literacy are essential to learning in all subjects, at all levels of education, and in all learning environments.

In the QEP design, the first-year core-curriculum courses provide broad-based, foundational instruction in the literacy areas. As students move into their majors, selected courses provide continuation experiences that reinforce and expand this basic literacy development in relationship to the students’ chosen discipline of study. As represented in the outer circle of the model, the enhanced culture of learning engendered through focused instruction in the literacy areas promotes improvement in student retention, academic persistence, and graduation rates. Further, it helps to create self-directed, life-long learners.


QEP Model Graphic:  Image Idea an Adaptation from National Association of Adult Literacy
(NAAL) ( (Dec. 2009)

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