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Quality Enhancement Plan

What is a QEP and why do we need one? 

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. Southern Adventist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), which requires us to submit a QEP as part of our 2022 accreditation reaffirmation. SACS expects the QEP to "enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues the institution considers important to improving student learning." Because of Southern's longstanding commitment to student well-being, this QEP was decided to properly represent Southern in the upcoming accreditation. Southern Adventist University selected "Living in Balance: Healthy Minds" as the QEP topic for the 2022 accreditation cycle.

What is Southern’s current QEP?

The Healthy Minds QEP started in August 2022 and will continue through the 2026-27 school year. This 5-year, campus-wide initiative is focused on mental health and the goals are to lower student psychological distress and stress while increasing psychological well-being. The plan includes curricular content in four key courses, as well as campus-wide events and mental health programming.

Upcoming Events

Make sure to note our mental health programming here


Mental Wellness Week

Campus wide mental health event with daily booths and activities. Each day highlights a different aspect of mental wellness. This event will run from August 28 - September 1.

Bietz Center

11:00 AM-03:00 PM


National Depression Screening Day

Depression screening event with some assessments and tools to help check for levels of depression and refer to different types of support. Look for this event on October 5th.

Bietz Center

11:00 AM-03:00 PM


Step Forward

Join us in setting and meeting goals to live a healthier life for your body and mind. This will run from October 30th - November 10th.

Bietz Center



Stress Out Week

An event with resources for coping with stress. Come find some rest and relaxation and find some activities and information on getting the stress out. February 26 - 29.

11:00 AM-03:00 PM