Catalog & Student Handbook

Quality Enhancement Plan

QEP Definition
The Definition of a Quality Enhancement Plan
A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. Our plan’s focus is the improvement of critical thinking skills.
A Summary of How and Why We Chose Critical Thinking
An initial QEP Steering Committee developed a Topic Selection process that began with Student and Faculty/Staff QEP Focus Groups in January and February 2009. Focus groups were asked to address the following: “In your experience, what do ATC students struggle with most in their studies that negatively impacts their learning?” The results revealed twenty themes related to student learning struggles. The QEP Topic Selection Committee narrowed the list to three topics to be further studied and abstract proposals to be developed and put fourth for a campus wide vote in September 2009. The three top topics were critical thinking, study skills, and English/writing. When all ballots were counted, the critical thinking topic received the highest votes and is now the College’s QEP topic. For more information on Critical Thinking, please visit the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Our Critical Thinking Definition
Critical thinking is the open-minded, deliberate, dynamic, and reflective process of collecting, analyzing, evaluating, and applying information in order to reach a reasonable position, decision, and/or plan of action.
Our Critical Thinking Student Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify key issues, questions, themes, or points of view.
  2. Collect information to distinguish key points relevant to an issue, question, theme, or alternate point of view.
  3. Analyze information to distinguish key points relevant to an issue, question, theme, or alternate point of view.
  4. Develop a logical position, decision, or plan of action, based on the application of relevant information.
  5. Evaluate a well-reasoned position, decision, or plan of action based on relevant criteria.
Benefits of Critical Thinking
The College envisions that the QEP will positively impact the ATC community, support the College mission, and help students achieve the College’s critical thinking Core Educational Outcome through the following expected outcomes:

ATC students will:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of the key components of critical thinking.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills in general education and program/field specific courses.
  3. Demonstrate measurable improvement in their critical thinking skills.

ATC Faculty will:
  1. Design learning and assessment experiences that promote critical thinking.
  2. Incorporate critical thinking learning experiences throughout the curriculum.

The College community will:
  1. Gain an awareness and understanding of critical thinking.
  2. Actively participate in the continued development, promotion, and implementation of the QEP.
  3. Develop and implement a train-the-trainer Faculty Academy model to provide critical thinking professional development for all faculty.
  4. Provide support and resources to successfully implement and sustain the QEP.
Critical Thinking will sustain the mission of the College by providing students with educational, professional, social, and personal development in critical thinking to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing and diverse workplace. Our students will achieve more with Critical Thinking.
For more information about our accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, please visit

> See QEP Press Coverage

> QEP Final Report
>  A Critical Thinking Faculty Handbook is available on the MyATC Portal Academic Affairs site.
QEP Powerpoint Presentations
Photos of Your QEP Team in Action
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