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  QEP and PEM – Much More than Alphabet Soup
by Vice President for Enrollment Services Robert Irwin, D.C.

Robert Irwin
Vice President for Enrollment Services

As part of its reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Sherman College has, with much enthusiasm (check out the cheering squad), developed a Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) that will establish a supplemental learning environment that provides engaging, creative and effective learning opportunities for students in the doctor of chiropractic degree program. This program is titled Performance Enhancement Modules: Turning Knowledge into Performance.


To achieve this, the college will create a variety of learning modules, known as performance enhancement modules (PEMs) that provide another mode of learning beyond the classroom. Whether they take the form of one-on-one instruction or computer-based learning, these modules will support student learning by facilitating students’ integration of acquired knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and, where relevant, provide opportunities for practical application of KSAs that are critical to student success as they progress through the doctor of chiropractic program.

The SACS on-site review team will be on the Sherman campus April 10-12, 2007, to evaluate every component of our QEP. They want to make certain that the entire campus community knows exactly what the QEP is and how it will affect students. They will also critique the plan to make certain it is a solid, workable project that has student learning as the outcome prior to the implementation by the college. The month of March has found the campus in a massive “QEP Awareness Program.”

Without spilling the beans, I want you to know that learning about our QEP has been fun, informative and at times downright zany and silly. By the time April 10th rolls around students, faculty and staff will know all they need to know about how the Performance Enhancement Modules will have a positive impact on student learning. GET READY, THE FUN IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!!

For a sneak peek, check out our PEM blog and web page.

Students in Renee Prenitzer’s Dermatology/Toxicology class
form a “human PEM.”

Cheerleaders spell out the PEM! – representing “P” is Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences Perry Rush, D.C., “E” is Learning Resource Center Assistant Emmy Weeks, B.A., “M” is Executive Vice President/Provost Myron Brown, D.C., and “!” is Sherman student Susan Aydin.