QEP Steering Committee

  Robert Brandon - Chair
  Kris Brooks
  Diane Dalton
  Cheryl Evans
  Lori French
  Mary Gomez
  Tony Gunn
  Lynne Haynes
  Tommiann Hill
  Derick Satterfield
  Kim Shireman
What is the QEP?

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an important and required component of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) re-accreditation process. It describes an in-depth, focused five-year plan that RCC will develop with broad-based community support to significantly enhance student learning on the RCC campus. As such, unlike much of the work associated with accreditation, the QEP looks to the future. The selection of the QEP topic is one of the more important decisions we will be making this year. Your participation is critical to the success of the QEP. In order to develop the right plan for RCC’s future, we need contributions/ideas to improve student learning from faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community.

SACS recognizes that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning. The QEP is an opportunity and an impetus for an institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues the institution considers important to improving student learning. The plan launches a process that can move the institution into the future characterized by creative, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences for students (SACS Handbook,21).
QEP Timeline

3/6/2009 - Care & Keeping of Students
10/2010 - QEP Open Forum
10/2010 - Faculty/Staff QEP Survey I
11/2010 - Faculty/Staff Focus Groups
4/7/2011 - SWOT Analysis I
3/2011 - Noel - Levitz Survey
4/2011 - Strategic Planning Committee
8/2011 - QEP Steering Committee Formed
10/2011 - All RCC Email Users Survey
10/2011 - Student Focus Groups
10/2011 - Board of Trustees Questionnaire
10/2011 - Program Advisory Groups
11/2011 - Rockingham Co. Civic Groups
12/2011 - Preliminary Topic Selection
12/2011 - Preliminary Topic Presented to
              Board of Trustees

What QEP Topics Have Others Chosen?

Quality Enhancement Plans: Lists and Summaries Since 2004

Examples of QEP's from Two-Year Community and Technical Colleges

Northwest-Shoals Community College "Strengthening Mathematical Foundations Through Innovative Teaching"
James Sprunt Community College "Bridge to Success"
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College "Personalized Advising for Student Success"
Horry-Georgetown Technical College "GPS-The Guided Plan for Success"
River Parishes Community College "Improving Student Information Literacy Skills"
Jefferson Davis Community College "Improving Student Performance in High-Risk Mathematics Courses"
Blue Ridge Community College "Be Ready for Online Classes"
San Jacinto College "It's in the Book!"

QEP Steering Committee Minutes
     August 15, 2011

Campuswide QEP Planning Meetings
September 24, 2010
     'Developing a QEP' presentation  November 5, 2010
     'Identifying a QEP' presentation

     Possible topics identified

Related Links
SACS Accrediting Standards
SACS Commission on Colleges

Possible Topics Identified by RCC Faculty/Staff

Improving Critical Thinking Skills in RCC Graduates
Enhancing Student Learning Through Academic Advising*
Attaining a Real Classroom Experience in Online Courses
Developing a "First Semester" Experience
Becoming a More Sustainable Campus
Improving Writing and Speaking Throughout the Curriculum
Enhancing Students' Quantitative Literacy
Planning and Implementation of an Honors Program
Increasing Student Involvement and Engagement to Enhance Student Learning
Improving Reading Comprehension
Thinking Across the Curriculum
Developmental Math: The Key to Academic Success
Assuring Student Retention and Completion: Addressing College Barriers to Ensure Completion

*Preliminary topic chosen and awaiting approval as of 3/22/2012                                                        

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