Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

What is a QEP?

  • Who? – PRCC & SACSCOC
  • What? – Review of student learning needs
  • When? – Every 10 years
  • Where? – The whole PRCC community
  • How? – Input from A to Z & careful planning
  • Why? – Produce successful students

QEP Executive Summary

Mission Statement

The FYE mission is to create a first-year student experience that enriches the learning environment wherein students ENHANCE self-efficacy skills, ENGAGE with the college culture, and ESTABLISH academic goals.

FYE Learning Goals

Students will understand and apply skills needed to achieve academic success.Students will understand and apply motivations for success in college.

FYE Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of course selection on degree/certificate completion.
  • Demonstrate improved ability to communicate both verbally and orally
  • Identify academic skills and resources essential for oral and written communication.

The student will:

  • Demonstrate an increased engagement and connection to PRCC.
  • Describe the benefits of effective engagement within the college community.
  • Identify resolutions to common barriers impeding student success.

First Year Experience Components

Component 1
ROAR Orientation
Component 2
First Year Seminar Course
Component 3
Early Alert & Intervention
Component 4
Professional Development

Aligning PRCC Mission & PRCC Strategic Goals with QEP

PRCC Mission

Pearl River Community College is a public institution committed to providing quality educational and service opportunities for all who seek them.

PRCC Student Success Mission

PRCC’s mission for student success is to facilitate a mutually engaging and positive learning environment where students have opportunities to become well-rounded and successful.

First-Year Experience Mission

To enrich the learning environment wherein students ENHANCE self-efficacy skills, ENGAGE with the college culture, and ESTABLISH academic goals.

Current PRCC Strategic Goals that Support QEP

  • To prepare students to complete a degree or certificate program and to be successful in careers for which they have been prepared.
  • To provide access to college courses and programs using various instructional methods, including distance education and dual enrollment/credit courses.

QEP Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand and apply skills needed to achieve academic success.
  • To provide quality student services.
  • To improve communication among campus personnel and community members regarding the College goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Students will understand and apply motivations for success in college.

QEP Milestones

Here are some highlights of how we kicked off the QEP in Year 0.

What is PRCC’s QEP and why is it important?

  • How did we prepare for the QEP? Check out our comprehensive timeline of events!

 

QEP Preparation & Launch Timeline

Spring 2013Presidential email from Dr. Lewis to all faculty, staff, and administrators requesting suggestions for QEP topics
Spring 2013Presentation requesting input for QEP topics from community members at Rotary and Lunch and Learn meetings
8/13Email from Dr. Lewis to all faculty, staff, and administrators requesting input regarding focus of the QEP
9/13Focus Groups meet
9/13Organization of QEP Topic Committee
11/13QEP Topic Committee meeting to analyze employee suggestions and narrow the focus of the QEP to five focus points
1/14QEP Topic Committee meeting to finalize QEP topic
3/14Administrative Council briefing on QEP progress
4/14Presentation to Forrest County Center faculty, staff, and administrators regarding the progress of the QEP
4/14Presentation to Poplarville Campus faculty, staff, and administrators regarding the progress of the QEP
4/14Presentation to Hancock Center faculty, staff, and administrators regarding the progress of the QEP
Fall 2014Literature review, analysis of survey data, draft of the QEP
9/13QEP Director and Committee Appointed by Dr. Lewis
9/13Administrative Council briefing on QEP progress
10/14QEP presentation for PRCC Board of Trustees
10/14QEP Committee meeting to discuss selection of topic and review best practices for First Year Student Experience programs
10/14QEP Committee meeting to review SACSCOC QEP measures and assessment standards; institutional student data, identify potential learning goals for FYSE program and potential SLOs
11/14Administration of institutional surveys – Students – College Knowledge; Faculty/Administrator – Potential Topics for Orientation Course
11/14QEP Committee meeting to finalize overarching goal of FYSE; finalize components of FYSE
11/14Administrative Council briefed on QEP progress
12/14QEP committee meeting – Student Success 360 workshop led by FYSE content expert; developed institutional student success definition; members assigned to component sub-committees
1/15QEP committee meeting – continuation of Student Success 360 workshop; finalized FYSE mission statement; identified data metrics for success; sub-committee assignments
2/15QEP Sub-committees meet to develop proposal for each component of FYSE
2/15Administrative Council briefing on QEP progress
2/15QEP Sub-Committee – Early Alert & Intervention workshop conducted inclusive of campus wide representatives
2/15QEP Marketing Team meeting to develop ideas and timeline
3/15QEP Sub-Committee proposals completed and reviewed
3/15Completion of schedule for communicating QEP to faculty, staff, adjunct faculty
3/15Poplarville Faculty Association briefed on QEP progress
4/15Forrest County Center faculty & staff briefed on QEP progress at Lunch & Learn program
4/15Presentation to Dr. Lewis of QEP cover designs for documents and website page options
4/15QEP Topic Committee meeting to review all Sub-committee proposals and finalize each of the four components
4/15QEP Committee meeting to continue review of QEP draft
4/15Identification of QEP expert
4/15QEP reviews – Presentations to Poplarville Campus, Forrest County Center, and Hancock Center faculty, staff, and administrators
4/15Completion of QEP budget and position descriptions of FYE personnel
4/15QEP Assessment Team Appointed
5/15QEP Committee meeting to review draft
5/15QEP Assessment Team meeting to finalize QEP Chapter 5
6/15Completion of QEP draft
7/15Identify Passport to Success institutional review committee
7/15Administrative Council review of QEP
7/15External QEP Evaluator – review of QEP
7/15Present Executive Summary of QEP to Administrative Council
8/15Launch marketing and professional development of QEP
8/15Implementation of plans for assessment of learning outcomes for QEP baseline data
8/15QEP Committee meeting to plan student kickoffs, review marketing strategies, and review all components of QEP
9/15Passport to Success – QEP Kickoff for students
9/15Completion of PRCC faculty and staff sessions regarding the QEP/SACS Compliance Report
9/15Submission of QEP to SACSCOC On-Site Committee for review
9/15QEP Committee meeting to finalize presentation for On-Site Review Committee
9/15Prepare for SACSCOC On-Site Visit

Year 1 of the QEP was a success!
Check out our results from each component, as well as our summative report.

QEP Yearly Update

 

QEP Institutional Goals & Outcomes

 

QEP Summative Report

Year 2 of the QEP was a success!
Check out our results from each component, as well as our summative report.

QEP Yearly Update

 

QEP Institutional Goals & Outcomes

 

QEP Summative Report

Year 3 of the QEP was a success!
Check out our results from each component, as well as our summative report.

QEP Yearly Update

QEP Institutional Goals & Outcomes

QEP Summative Report

Year 4 of the QEP was a success!
Check out our results from each component, as well as our summative report.

QEP Yearly Update

 

QEP Institutional Goals & Outcomes

 

QEP Summative Report

Quality Enchancement Plan (QEP) Committee

Dr. Amy TownsendAssociate Vice President of Student Success Center and Director of QEP, Chair
Dr. Karen BondDirector of Dual Enrollment
Dr. Craig CarrigeeInstructor of Mathematics (Hancock Center)
Scotty FletcherWomen’s Basketball Coach/Athletic Dirctor
Dr. Trevor HuntDepartment Chair of Fine Arts and Communications/Director of Brownstone Performing Arts Center
Maghan JamesAssistant Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Arlene JonesDirector of Nursing Education
Matt LoganChief Information Officer
Christina Sumrall MillerInstructor of On-Line Public Speaking
Michele MitchellDirector of e-Learning
Robin NixInstructor of Spanish and English
Dr. Amanda ParkerDean of Academic Instruction
Dr. Aaryn PurvisInstructor of Sociology (Forrest County Center)
Dr. Martha SmithSenior Vice President for Instruction/Provost
Michelle Wilson-StokesDean of Student Services and G Special Populations Coordinator (Forrest County Center)

QEP Advisory Committee Updates

Resources

 

Best Practice

Source

Learning Outcome 1

 

Students will understand and apply skills needed to achieve academic success.

Orientation

ROAR

·        

Institution’s opportunity to make a good first impression (Cuseo, n.d., c.)

 

·        

Gain attitudes, knowledge, skills, and institutional values while transitioning to college (Hernandez, 2015)

First-Year Seminar

Passport to Student Success

·        

Most researched course (Greenfield, et al., 2013)

 

·        

Student-centered approach to teaching and learning (Prince, 2004)

Early Alert  & Intervention

Wildcat Connect

·        

Proactive strategies for preventing attrition to avoid disengagement (Greenfield, et al, 2013)

 

·        

Reactive strategies that provide “mattering”; responding to student, not the problem (Schlossberg, 1989)

Peer Leaders

·        

Peer leader participants persist at higher rates than like group non-peer leaders (Cuseo, March  2010)

 

·        

Win/Win–students benefit from support of peer leaders; peer leaders benefit from the support they provide (Cuseo, March  2010)

 

Best Practice

Source

Learning Outcome 2

 

Students will understand and apply motivations for success in college.

Orientation

ROAR

·        

Initial experience for holistic development of student (Cuseo, n.d., c.)

 

·        

Allows students the opportunity to learn what they most need prior to start of classes (Lynch-Holmes, 2014)

First-Year Seminar

Passport to Student Success

·        

Tool in the overall development of a holistic student and citizen (Padgett, Keup, & Pascarella, 2013)

 

·        

Most powerful predictor of first-year persistence to sophomore year (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005)

Early Alert  & Intervention

Wildcat Connect

·        

Offers at-risk student opportunity to connect with support person on campus (Lynch-Holmes, 2014)

 

·        

Provides clear & concise steps for recovery (Lynch-Holmes, Troy & Ramos, 2012)

Peer Leaders

·        

Peer group most important factor for growth and development in early college years (Astin, 1993)

 

·        

Peer leaders serve as role models, support/referral agent, and life coach (Cuseo, May 2010)

 

·        

Participation with peers can lead to improved social skills and self-efficacy–belief in one’s ability to succeed (Harmon, 2006–as cited in Cuseo, May 2010)

          

SACSOC
FAQs

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. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. For more information, see http://www.sacscoc.org/.

Every 10 years, institutions accredited by SACSCOC undergo an intensive self-study, followed by a thorough review by peers, to determine their compliance with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. These standards serve to ensure accountability and quality in all aspects of the institution. For more information, see the Principles of Accreditation at http://www.sacscoc.org/principles.asp.

The reaffirmation process, which Pearl River Community College has been undergoing, allows an institution to study itself. Through a variety of broad-based campus committees, the College has documented its compliance with each of the core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements outlined in the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. The resulting document has been extensively reviewed by an off-site committee of peer educators. Based on their feedback, PRCC submitted a Focused Report in September, providing additional documentation and details.

The next step will be an October 27-29 on-site visit from a team of peer educators, who will examine data and interview a variety of individuals on campus to determine that PRCC is in compliance with all standards. The visit culminates with a campus presentation by the committee detailing their findings. While on campus, they also will complete a draft report.

The Quality Enhancement Plan is an integral part of the accreditation process, emphasizing SACSCOC’s and the institution’s commitment to continuous improvement. The QEP addresses a single, specific issue that can help strengthen and improve student learning. The QEP will be the major focus of the site visit in October.

The PRCC QEP is “Passport to Success – First Year Experience,” a five-year effort that focuses on creating a first-year student experience that enriches the learning environment wherein students ENHANCE self-efficacy skills, ENGAGE with the college culture, and ESTABLISH academic goals. To learn more, see http://prcc.edu/qep.

The on-site team will be very busy! They will have only two full days to review required areas of compliance. But they may ask questions of anyone on campus. To learn more about reaffirmation of accreditation in general and SACSCOC, see http://www.sacscoc.org/about.asp.

Our On-Site Peer Review Committee will be on campus October 27-29, 2015. Please be sure that you are available to assist the Committee during their visit to PRCC. Reviewers will interview members of the PRCC community, including students, staff, and administrators to resolve any questions remaining from the compliance certification, the Focused Report, and our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The Chair of our On-Site Peer Review Committee is Dr. Jerry Faulkner, President at Volunteer State Community College. He will review our Compliance Certification, Focused Report, and Quality Enhancement Plan and provide expert advice to lead the On-Site Review Committee in their deliberations. Dr. Nuria Cuevas is the staff liaison for PRCC and is a Vice President at the Southern Accreditation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She will be working with Dr. Lewis and Dr. Seal to help review our documentation and prepare for a successful site visit.

Other members of the On-Site Review Committee include:

  • Brad Garner (QEP Evaluator)
    Director of Faculty Enrichment
    Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Dr. Diane M. Minger
    Business/Management/Marketing Program Coordinator
    Cedar Valley College
  • Ms. Misty R. Rasmussen
    Director, Institutional Effectiveness
    Carteret Community College
  • Dr. Jerry Faulkner
    President
    Volunteer State Community College
  • Dr. Maxine B. Singleton (Retired)
    Vice President of Instruction and Student Development
  • Ms. Makena N. Stewart
    Dean, Student Development
    South Piedmont Community College
  • Mrs. Virginia Lucas
    Vice President of Finance and Auxiliary Services
    Sampson Community College 
  • Dr. Adam Breerwood, President
  • Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Programs
  • Mr. Roger Knight, Senior Vice President for College Operations
  • Dr. Jennifer Seal, Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research
  • Dr. Martha Lou Smith, Senior Vice President for Instruction/Provost
  • Jeff Long, Vice President for Poplarville Campus and Student Services