iRead – A World of Possibilities

Welcome to the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) webpage for North Lake College! This site is designed to give faculty, staff, students and other college constituents information related to the selection and development of the North Lake College QEP, iRead.

North Lake College is accredited by SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and we are being considered for our Reaffirmation of Accreditation in the Fall 2012 semester. There are three major parts to the SACS Reaffirmation Process; a Compliance Certification, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and an On-Site Review, which will take place October 30 through November 1, 2012. We welcome you to this page to learn more about iRead, and invite you to check the site often for updates!

What is iRead?
iRead is a long-term program to improve the success rate of North Lake students who are enrolled in the developmental reading program. College data showed that students in developmental reading went on to graduate with a degree at a low rate, and, while that is true of similar programs at many other colleges, we aren't satisfied. We want to get students through developmental studies more quickly so that they can start taking college-level classes before they have significant levels of debt.

To that end, iRead boosts the developmental reading program through curriculum changes, expanded tutoring and a series of events and activities that promote reading comprehension skills. For an expanded overview on iRead, click here, and for academic details, check out this PDF.

An iRead tutoring lab, now open in room A332, is designed to help students of all skill levels improve their reading and comprehension skills.

What is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)?

The QEP is an important and required component of the SACS accreditation process. This plan represents our college's commitment to enhancing student learning and success. Each institution that is reaffirming its accreditation develops a five-year plan to improve student learning or the learning environment in a specific and measurable way.

What is SACS?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the Accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission's mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.

Why is accreditation so important?

Being accredited means:

  • North Lake College can prove that it offers a quality education.
  • Our school is approved by a non-government agency that reviews schools in a region.
  • North Lake is eligible to participate in federal and state financial aid programs.
  • Students can transfer credits earned here to other colleges and universities.

How can I get involved?

Email MaryAnn McGuirk, QEP Director, to become involved as a faculty, staff, student or community member!  We have a place for you in iRead!

Useful Links

QEP Awareness Activities

QEP Presentation

QEP Quiz​



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