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NEW ORLEANS– Dillard University is preparing for its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) review this October. The SACSCOC requires its institutions to meet its member-driven standards of quality. Therefore, Dillard University presents its accreditation Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), titled, #TalkingOnTheOaks. 

According to its brief, the QEP is “an integral component of the reaffirmation of the accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue that the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success.” 

The 2019 QEP topic is oral communication skills. As the brief states, “Dillard students often come from backgrounds in which traditional academic skills in English and Language Arts have not been fully cultivated. The cultural norms for oral communication of our students place them at a disadvantage in both traditional academic and professional settings. Dillard University’s QEP Goal is to foster an institutional environment that prepares students to be effective and competitive oral communicators in a diverse, global, and technologically advanced society.”

The key points to prepare students for academic and professional communication are the following: University College-First Year Experience, Upper-Level Coursework, Co-Curricular Activities: Mock Trial, Leadership Academy and the Debate Team. These activities will include student interviews, professional development and public speaking.  

To learn more about Dillard’s #TalkingOnTheOaks QEP plan, click here

For more information, contact:
Lauren R.D. Fox
504.816.4328, office:


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