DCC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Every ten years, regionally accredited colleges undergo a review by their regional accrediting agency. In the southeast, that accrediting body is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). One major part of the review is called a compliance certification document and the other is called a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
A QEP is the document that reflects and affirms the commitment of the College to improving student learning and/or processes/systems at the College that can contribute toward that improvement in student learning. DCC’s topic is associated with enhancing student engagement and among the sub-topics is a significant improvement in our advising processes.
From October 5 through 8, 2015, a team of reviewers will arrive on the DCC campus to confirm that the activities outlined in the compliance document and the QEP are indeed happening. One thing the review team will do is confirm that the majority of the College’s stakeholders—you!—know about the QEP (the title, topic, and importance of the plan).
A committee of faculty, staff, and administrators has been meeting weekly for more than 20 months to develop DCC’s 2015-2025 QEP entitled AGENTS, which stands for Academic Goals: Engaging, Navigating, and Training for Success. In short, the AGENTS QEP identifies academic advising as a focal means of enhancing the learning outcomes for DCC students.
Ultimately, learning outcome successes are increased through the completion of two goals:
(1) students will complete a personal education plan to help navigate their academic career and
(2) students will become engaged with college resources if they encounter obstacles to achieving their academic goals. Completion of a personal education plan, housed in an online repository accessible by both the student and institutional agents of the college, is essential for the timely attainment of academic goals.
This plan will be reviewed by institutional agents acting as academic advisors, ensuring that the student’s goals match their overall personal education plan. As the student progresses, this plan becomes a living document that can be revised and updated based on circumstances unique to the individual. Additionally, early intervention software utilized by institutional agents will help identify students in academic distress and connect those students to college resources designed to engage them and improve learning outcomes. By learning how to set realistic goals, creating a map to navigate toward the goals, and engaging with useful resources to support the goals, students will be trained to succeed in any endeavor.
Be on the lookout for the exciting signs of the AGENTS QEP when you are on campus this fall…DCC’s faculty, staff, and administrators are working hard to continually improve the quality of your DCC educational experience!