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Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

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Howard College LEADS ... Your Way: Learn. Experience. Achieve Defined Success. Howard College recognizes the significance of fostering student engagement with peers, faculty, staff and the community during the first stages of a college career. National data reveals that strong relationships are formed early on when students get involved in college programs and group activities outside the classroom. Student engagement will help students to chart their pathways to success and lifelong learning. Put simply, the HC LEADS ... YOUR WAY program is a student's foundation to a successful college experience!

HC LEADS is a comprehensive program consisting of academic instruction, student engagement, and community involvement through skill-based activities that are designed to empower students during their freshman year and beyond.Howard College LEADS - Learn. Experience. Achieve Defined Success. Logo (White)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions: QEP

Question mark in a circle.What is a Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP?

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan, an extremely significant component of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation process.  SACSCOC defines the QEP as a "carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue related to enhancing student learning."  The QEP gives Howard College the opportunity to develop a targeted five-year plan that improves some aspect of its studentsí education.

Question mark in a circle.Why do we need a QEP?

Howard College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which requires the college to submit a QEP as part of the 2016 accreditation reaffirmation.  SACSCOC expects the QEP to enhance institutional quality by improving student learning in a focused area as well as have a culture-changing effect on HC.  In other words, without accreditation, a degree from HC wouldn’t be acceptable to employers and other colleges or universities.  Plus, students can only get financial aid from accredited institutions.

Question mark in a CircleHow does the QEP Project help students?

Aside from being a huge piece of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, the whole idea behind a QEP is to focus on an area where we can do a better job to help our students learn.  Not to mention it’ll help HC to be more in tune with today’s students and what they need.

Question mark in a circle.Who's working on the QEP project?

Well, pretty much EVERYONE at HC!  Our QEP topic selection was led by a team of faculty, staff and students.  Right now though, our QEP Task Force members are working hard with other college employees to identify and design specific strategies on how to improve the first year college experience for our students.

Question mark in a circle.What is the focus of Howard College's QEP?

The Howard College QEP is titled "Howard College LEADS Your Way".  It is designed as a first year experience which fosters the success of first-time, full-time students by strengthening their academic and social engagement.

Question mark in a circle.Why was a first year experience selected as the focus for the QEP?

HC wants to create a challenging environment which will help you to be more engaged in planning for your academic and career goals.  But we also want you to realize how important it is to be engaged in campus and community activities and service work.  Studies show that students who are actively involved in what’s going on around them are more likely to succeed.  Bottom line, we want you to be successful!

Question mark in a circle.How can I Help?

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Question mark in a circle.As a student in this program, what will I have access to?

  1. A 12-week LEADS course which will help me identify my own strengths and areas that I need to improve so that I will become a strong, goal-oriented student who loves to learn!
  2. A Coach who will focus on my specific learning cluster by meeting with me and my peers weekly to make sure we’re staying on the path to success.
  3. Mentors who will meet with me and counsel me whenever I have personal challenges or just have questions.
  4. Student activities local to me such as lecture series, community projects, social events and student clubs related to my educational goals.

Goals & Objectives

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Goals

QEP Goals

The main goals of the QEP are as follows:

  1. Students will demonstrate necessary skills to successfully complete their first year of college.
  2. Students will engage in career and academic planning.
  3. Students will engage in campus and community activities and service work.

Timeline

QEP Timeline

Fall 2014 - Fall 2015 QEP Plan Development
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Target population performance tracking and focus groups
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Soft pilot (2 clusters of 10 students at Big Spring and San Angelo), training, professional development, marketing
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Full implementation with target population
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Continue implementation with initial target population
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Continue implementation adding students taking 9 or more SCH
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Continue implementation adding students taking 6 or more SCH
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Final year of implementation / write 5th year report
Summer 2022 Finalize and submit 5th year report

Plan Overview

QEP Plan Overview

Plan: Each student will complete a LEADS plan over the course of two semesters:
   

Academic / Career: Activities that focus on academic achievement, career exploration and planning, and college success.

Social / Personal Enrichment: Activities that engage the student in college life, engage the student in their local community, and introduce them to service work.

Coaches &
Mentors:
Each Learning Cluster will have the following:
   

Coach: Faculty or staff; qualifications must be met; teach the LEADS course; lead the learning cluster activities

Mentor(s): Faculty or staff; qualifications must be met; work directly with the coach and students; serve as a guide / counselor for students in cluster
Student Mentor(s): Year 2 of implementation; $150 scholarship; student resource

Professional
Mentors:
A marketing campaign will be carried out in each local community to get participation from various professional and civic groups.  LEADS will have a pool of available professionals among the learning cluster divisions to come speak with students and serve as career and professional role models.

Strategies

QEP Strategies

The target population for this project is first time in college, college ready, full-time students.  Students who are first time in college and college ready but are not enrolled full time will be added beginning in year 3 of the program.  Students will be placed in Learning Clusters that are grouped by student areas of interest.  The six clusters are: Health Sciences, Business & Industry, Arts & Humanities, STEM, Public Service and Undecided. Each Learning Cluster will include the following:

  1. Coaches: Faculty and/or qualified staff members who will lead a cluster.
  2. Mentors: Faculty and/or staff members who will guide or counsel students in a cluster.
  3. Student Mentors (effective year two after implementation): At the end of the first academic year, LEADS students will apply to mentor students entering year two Learning Clusters. Student mentors will receive a $150 scholarship. 

Faculty and staff will apply to participate in clusters as mentors and coaches. Participants will receive appropriate training so they will understand all expectations and duties associated with their roles.

The Learning Cluster Coach, as part of his/her duties, will teach a LEADS Course during the fall term. All Learning Cluster LEADS Courses will cover the same general core objectives (time management, study skills, test-taking skills, etc.), but will also cover specific objectives focused on each clusters' area of interest. During the program, each individual student will develop a LEADS Plan which will consist of specific outcomes that must be met by the end of the first academic year.

Components

The LEADS Plan is compromised of two main component areas:

ACADEMIC / CAREER SOCIAL / PERSONAL ENRICHMENT 

Completion of LEADS Course
Community involvement (academic / career) 
Completed academic and career path plan 
Documentation of advising / registration 
Attendance at combined events
First semester survey
Orientation
Course evaluations
Student satisfaction survey
End of program reflection
Fall attendance
Spring attendance at LEADS Cluster meeting

Involvement in college activities
Community involvement (social / personal)
Service to others
Campus involvement

 

QEP Task Force

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QEP Task Force

QEP Task Force

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Contacts

QEP Contacts

Cindy Smith
QEP Co-Director
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(432) 264-5034
Tish Gutierrez
QEP Co-Director
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(325) 481-8300 ext. 3246 

Assessment & Evaluation

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LEADS Cycle of Assessment and Evaluation

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Big Spring, TX 79720

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