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REACH  (Road from Early Achievement to a Career High)

As part of Tuskegee University’s efforts to maintaining its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), it has identified “Road from Early Achievement to a Career High,” or “REACH,” as its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic. The premise of this initiative, which will span efforts during the next five years, is a focus on programs and activities will better prepare students to be equipped, competitive and successful as they strive to achieve their educational and career goals. 


The university’s QEP is an important component of Tuskegee’s reaffirmation of SACSCOC accreditation. Core Requirement 2.12 in SACSCOC’s “The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement” states that the institution must develop an “acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that includes an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution” (2012, p. 21).

The QEP is a university initiative to help improve student learning. The QEP must be “forward-looking” and involve “a process that can move the institution into the future characterized by creative, engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students.”

Guiding these efforts is a QEP Steering Committee that is working to integrate the R.E.A.C.H. theme into the university’s various academic, administrative and co-curricular programming. QEP Steering Committee members are engaging faculty, staff, students and community leaders through an ongoing effort to review data related to student learning needs; provide feedback about topic selection via focus groups, surveys and meetings; and develop innovative ways to engage the university’s stakeholders in the R.E.A.C.H. topic.


Our QEP Steering Committee includes:

  • Dr. David Banks, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Kimberly Bivens, Assistant Professor of Construction Science
  • Dr. Elaine Bromfield, Registrar
  • Dr. Sharron Burnett, Chief Financial Officer
  • Jessica Dedeaux, Miss Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Shaik Jeelani, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Verna Little, Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Preston Robinson, Director of Institutional Research
  • Sharon Samuel, Coordinator of Assessment
  • Dr. Kellei Bishop Samuels, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison
  • Dr. Tamara Floyd-Smith, Associate Provost
  • Debriena Gardner, Assistant Director of Budget and Planning
  • Jeannette Moss-Smith, Director, Title III
  • Dr. Tejinder Sara, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Roberta Troy, Department Head, Biology
  • Michael Tullier, APR, Senior Director, Office of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Austin Turk, President, Tuskegee University Student Government Association