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The information below is historical information regarding the creation of the University's 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan for our Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation. For more up-to-date information about what is going on related to this QEP, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, which was created in response to the QEP initiatives.


Learning by Doing: Inquiry-based Experiential Education is a campus-wide initiative to increase the hands-on, practical and real-world opportunities for UT students.

Experiential education, which is already a part of the fabric of the UT experience, allows students to act on what they have learned, to use the theories and skills gained in the classroom to solve challenging problems. It gives graduates an edge on the competition for jobs and graduate school. UT emphasizes active learning in the classroom and field research outside it.

The “Learning by Doing” initiative satisfies a requirement of UT’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). To reaffirm accreditation, the University selects, creates and implements a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). UT’s QEP was submitted Fall 2014, and a site visit to review the documentation will be held Feb. 9-11, 2015. The QEP, once approved, is a five-year plan that will be implemented beginning August 2016.

Accreditation is an important part of higher education, and the University is proud of its membership and full accreditation status. Being regionally accredited allows students to qualify for federal financial aid, to transfer classes and credits between institutions, and certifies that UT is a competent and qualified institution of higher learning.

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