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The University of the South is seeking reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Accreditation is important to you and to Sewanee because it enhances the quality and value of your degree and allows Sewanee to continue to operate as an institution of higher learning. Sewanee’s QEP, Learning to Speak, Speaking to Learn is an important part of the reaffirmation process, which is already underway and will be finalized in 2016.

What is a QEP? QEP is short for Quality Enhancement Plan, a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue relating to enhancing student learning as part of the accreditation process.

What is Sewanee’s QEP? Sewanee’s QEP is Learning to Speak, Speaking to Learn. It is designed to improve students’ oral communication skills through the practice of public speaking in disciplines across the curriculum.

Why is Learning to Speak, Speaking to Learn important to Sewanee? As noted by one student, a successful speaking and listening initiative could “change the way we talk about important issues on campus and live life at Sewanee, with a deeper sense of respect for others and what they have to say.” Good oral communication skills are essential to our students’ learning and lives because the ability to speak clearly and effectively transcends work in the classroom and allows students to communicate ideas of value both personally and professionally. Graduates with effective oral communication skills have a competitive edge in networking and the workplace, as well as the capacity and confidence to participate in and lead public discourse.