Three Pillars

Pillar Groups


SMU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), consists of three essential pillars that direct changes to help students in their early years: the Early Alert Pillar, the Advising Pillar, and the First-Year and Gateway Pillar. The Early Alert Pillar improves the collection of early and midterm progress report data from faculty to support interventions that promote student success. The Advising Pillar implements improvements to academic advising through the integration of targeted technological solutions and strategic changes to academic policies. The First-Year and Gateway Courses Pillar improves the design and instruction in first-year and gateway courses to promote student engagement and success and reduce any unintended equity gaps that might exist.