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The Wayne Community College QEP

As a component of the College’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation renewal process, Wayne Community College is developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that will strengthen our ability to meet the educational and training needs of the community we serve. Thus, we encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college to learn more about – and participate in – the QEP.

 

To read the Wayne Community College Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) in it’s entirety, click here.

SACSCOC Description of the QEP

According to SACSCOC, “The Quality Enhancement Plan describes a course of action for enhancing educational quality.” To that end, Wayne Community College will identify goals and a plan to improve student learning. This project will involve the input and participation from a broad base of college stakeholders and will be financially and institutionally sustainable.

The subject of our QEP and its parts:






 

QEP OnPoint

 

 

 

 

 

Disarm

Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe, welcoming space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The QEP Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

Discover

Ask positive open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students’ strengths, skills, and abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committees

Leadership Team

Leadership Team – provides leadership for the overall SACSCOC reaffirmation process.

Committee Member College Position
Dr. Thomas A. Walker, Jr. College President
Dr. Gene Smith Vice-President, Academic and Student Services
Don Magoon Vice-President, Administrative Services
Joy Kornegay Vice-President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Tracey Ivey Vice-President, Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation / SACSCOC Liaison
Joanna Morrisette Associate Vice-President, Academic and Student Services
Renita Dawson Associate Vice-President, Continuing Education Services
Patty Pfeiffer Division Chair, Allied Health and Public Services
Dr. Daniel Rollins Department Chair, Language and Communication
Dorothy Moore Grants Development Coordinator
Becky Mulligan Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator

 

Steering Committee

Steering Committee – The purpose of this committee is to assist in the identification of a QEP topic by assessing institutional data, establishing QEP survey material for the college constituency, and assessing all relevant information (i.e. survey results, focus group results) that will lead to the establishment of a QEP topic.

Committee Member College Position
Dr. Tracey Ivey Vice-President, Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation / SACSCOC Liaison
Todd King Department Chair, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Don Magoon Vice-President, Administrative Services
Patty Pfeiffer Division Chair, Allied Health and Public Services
Dr. Daniel Rollins Department Chair, Language and Communication
Dr. Gene Smith Vice-President, Academic and Student Services

 

Planning Committee

Planning Committee – The purpose of this committee is to explore (research) the various pieces of the topic and to identify and suggest best practices for the QEP.

Committee Member College Position
Rebecca Bartik Representative from WCC Student Ambassadors
Laura Buddin Department Chair, Math
Charles Gilmore Psychology Instructor, QEP Facilitator
Jessica Harrell Career Services Coordinator
Brandon Jenkins Division Chair, Arts and Sciences
Erin LeGrand Business Administration Instructor
Dana Miller Biology Instructor
Dorothy Moore Grants Development Coordinator
Joanna Morrisette Associate Vice-President of Academic and Student Services
Sharon Price Director, College Transfer Advising Center
Dr. Daniel Rollins Department Chair, Language and Communication
Nathan Trent Representative from WCC Student Government Association

 

Implementation Committee

Implementation Committee – This committee is tasked with implementing, assessing, and maintaining the project.

Committee Member College Position
Rebecca Barnes Admissions and Records Coordinator
Matt Bauer Director, Information Technology
Ralph Benedetto Department Chair, Science
Carl Brow Counselor
Charlotte Brow Department Chair, Humanities and Fine Arts
Laura Buddin Department Chair, Math
Timothy Cawein Network Technician
David Craig Sociology Instructor
Marlena Everett Director, Counseling Services
Charles Gilmore Psychology Instructor, QEP Facilitator
Jessica Harrell Career Services Coordinator
Dr. Tracey Ivey Vice-President, Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation / SACSCOC Liaison
Brandon Jenkins Division Chair, Arts and Sciences
Dana Miller Biology Instructor
Katie Mullins Math Instructor
Patty Pfeiffer Division Chair, Allied Health and Public Services
Sharon Price Director, College Transfer Advising Center
Dr. Daniel Rollins Department Chair, Language and Communication
Cindy Sanford Administrative Systems Technician
Deniz Tuck English Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream

Inquire about students’ hopes and dreams for their future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connections

 

 

 

 

 

Design

Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ

What is the QEP?
According to SACSCOC, a QEP “describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution.” The plan has four major requirements: 1. it must focus on student learning; 2. the institution must have the capacity to implement and sustain the project; 3. a broad base of stakeholders must be involved in the process; and 4. the college must identify goals and a plan to assess the achievements of the QEP.
Why do we need one?
Developing a QEP is an opportunity for WCC to enhance its overall quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue we consider important to improving student learning.
How does it help students?
It is WCC’s goal that our QEP will help facilitate improvement in how students acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviors, or values they need to be successful in attaining their academic and career goals.
Why is accreditation important?
Accreditation plays a significant role in fostering public confidence in WCC, in helping WCC maintain high standards of education, and in enhancing WCC’s institutional effectiveness by establishing a common set of requirements with which WCC and other accredited institutions must comply.
Who is working on the QEP?
A broad-based group of shareholders from across the college community have provided input into the QEP. Teams of faculty, staff, and students have helped select and design various parts of the plan and will help implement the project.
What is WCC’s topic?
The WCC QEP will focus on the area of advising.
How was the QEP chosen?
The QEP was chosen based on reviews of institutional data and through the involvement of college constituents in focus groups and surveys.
How does WCC ensure success of OnPoint?
Students will complete career inventories, develop academic pathways, reevaluate their choices regularly with their advisor, and learn to register for courses through WebAdvisor. College transfer faculty will be the advisors and receive their advisees through ACA 122 classes, maintain their cohort for three semesters, and be trained in Appreciative Advising, Gradesfirst, ACA course learning outcomes, and college associate degree guidelines so they can support students on their pathway to success.
What is Appreciative Advising and GradesFirst?
Appreciative Advising is a student-centered approach to advising based on an intentional, collaborative practice of advisors asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials. GradesFirst software will serve as a connection between advisors, students, counselors, and the Academic Skills Center. It will allow instructors to produce early alerts when students are facing academic or personal challenges that might inhibit their students’ abilities to achieve success
Who is eligible to be OnPoint?
New college transfer students or those transferring with 30 hours or less and no ACA class will be eligible for the OnPoint program.
What happens after ACA 122?
Students who successfully complete ACA 122 will meet with their advisors twice in their second and third semesters on campus to review and update their academic pathways, to discuss academic and personal challenges to success they might be facing, and to pre-register for classes.
What is the role of the College Transfer Advising Center?
The College Transfer Advising Center will still be there. When students attain a 2.25 GPA after earning 30 semester hours of credit, they will transition to the College Transfer Advising Center for advising and registration. Advising Center personnel will also provide support for faculty who may need assistance with academic pathway and curriculum development for students.
What does SACSCOC expect in a good QEP?
There are ten indicators SACSCOC expects in an exceptional QEP:

 

  1. The plan is directly related to institutional planning efforts.
  2. The plan will have a direct and strong relationship with institutional needs.
  3. The student learning outcomes addressed in the plan will be tied directly to institutional needs.
  4. There will be a clear relationship between activities of the QEP and the improvement of student learning.
  5. The college will present very detailed budget information and institutional commitment of funds will be clearly indicated.
  6. The plan will delineate a timetable for year-by-year activities including specific actions, budgetary expenditures, and assessment processes.
  7. The timetable will clearly indicate that the QEP can be realistically implemented and completed in five years.
  8. The process used will ensure input from all relevant constituencies. All relevant constituencies will have direct involvement in the implementation.
  9. Goals will be clearly stated and lead to specific, measurable outcomes.
  10. Assessment of the plan will be based on clear outcomes, assessment methods related to outcomes, and will be a direct measure of those outcomes.

What is a learning outcome?
SACSCOC broadly defines student learning as “changes in (1) knowledge, (2) skills, (3) behaviors, or (4) values.” A learning outcome asks, “What should students know post-implementation of the QEP that they don’t know now? What should students be able to do then that they can’t do now? How should their behavior change? What changes in values are anticipated?”
When is the final QEP report due?
The QEP is due July 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deliver

The student delivers on the plan created during the design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Settle

Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

QEP Chair – Dr. Daniel Rollins 919-739-6846

QEP Facilitator – Charles Gilmore 919-739-6927



Wayne Community College
3000 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534
919-735-5151