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What is STEP-UP?  
STEP-UP is the acronym for the Student Technology Enrichment Program--Upstate, USC Upstate’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
What is a QEP?  
The QEP, or Quality Enhancement Plan, is a requirement for all colleges and universities who are seeking reaffirmation of accreditation from SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A QEP is a program that enhances student learning in some way.
How was STEP-UP chosen as our campus QEP?  
The selection process began in 2009 with activities to educate the campus on the QEP. In 2010, a call for proposals was sent to faculty and staff for possible QEP projects. A QEP Topic Selection Committee chose the topic after receiving input from faculty, staff, and students.
Where did the name STEP-UP come from?  
A contest to select a name was open to all faculty, staff, and students in Fall 2011. The top-vote getting winners were awarded iPad 2s as contest prizes.
What are the main features of STEP-UP?  
Students will enroll in a variety of technology intensive (TI) courses. These courses will be  developed by faculty in a summer faculty development institute as a way to enhance the technology Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that is a part of the USC Upstate General Education program. Other features include a summer technology symposium and other efforts to enhance technology fluency at USC Upstate.
What is the timeline for the implementation of STEP-UP?  
Implementation will commence in Summer 2012 with the initial Faculty Development Institute (FDI) where faculty will develop the first technology intensive courses. Five of these courses will be offered in Fall 2012 and five additional courses will be added in Spring 2013. Ten additional technology intensive courses will be added each year through Spring 2017.
Who will manage the program?  
A QEP Director will be hired in late spring 2012. This person will oversee all aspects of the STEP-UP project.
How will STEP-UP be financed?  
The institution will fund STEP-UP from a combination of new and reallocated funds.

Contact Us 

Cindy Jennings
Director of QEP
University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC  29303
Phone: (864) 503-5470
Fax: (864) 503-5065