Quality Enhancement Plan
Why a QEP?
A Quality Enhancement Plan allows our college community to put college resources and energy behind an umbrella topic as an opportunity to improve what we do. The QEP process is also a big part of our re-accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Major change can and will come from the QEP topic selected and executed.
Board supports student success QEP topic
(Aug. 28, 2014) The CF Quality Enhancement Plan moved to the next phase with approval of a topic by the District Board of Trustees Aug. 28. The project addresses student success and persistence over the first 15 credit hours.
The QEP is a required component of re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The goal is to identify and develop a plan that improves the culture and learning environment at CF.
“The Freshman Fifteen,” as it is tentatively labeled, was identified after extensive input from broad representation of college stakeholders.
The project aims to increase the number of students who complete the first 15 credit hours through enhanced academic support services and faculty engagement.
QEP team members say three factors support the choice of topic.:
- CF loses 25 percent of students within the first year and 40 percent of those students by the second year.
- Incoming students struggle to navigate the CF college experience.
- Some college gateway courses experience high failure and withdrawal rates.
With board approval, teams will now be formed to develop the QEP proposal, research best practices, and create plans for implementation, assessment and budget. Along the way, the process will include many opportunities for the campus community to participate.
The project may include a revised model for academic advisement that better meets the needs of students and leverages technology to maximize effectiveness.
It may include faculty-led initiatives with a possible emphasis on specific gateway courses, teaching/learning strategies aimed at student success, and a faculty-driven revision of our Early Alert system, which identifies students who are at risk of not being successful.
To learn more or to participate, contact Marilyn Ladner, 352-854-2322, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2103, Dr. Jennifer Fryns, email@example.com, 352-854-2322, ext. 1728, or Sandra Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 1361.
The CF community spent fall 2013 talking about possible areas for improvement through open forums, discussions, online surveys, advisory councils and department meeting discussions. The most prominent topics were aligned with the college’s strategic plan and our student learning outcomes. The Request for Preproposals is now available, and we are accepting those through March 13, 2014. Going forward, the college will select an overall topic as the subject of the Quality Enhancement Plan and spend about a year creating a QEP to propose to SACSCOC in 2015 in advance of our 2016 re-accreditation. If accepted, we will have five years to execute the plan, measure our progress, and alter the plan if needed.
The College of Central Florida has begun the search for our next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic. The topic will be selected and a plan proposed to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a part of our 2016 reaccreditation. The QEP, a plan for improvement, is our chance to identify a key topic or issue that our college community can use to improve student learning. CF’s previous QEP focused on our developmental education program and resulted in the College Success Initiative and Academic Foundations.
How can members of the CF community contribute?
There will be a role for many college staff, faculty and students to play in this process. In addition to the QEP Leadership Team and the Topic Selection Team (currently active), there will be teams for Literature Review, Design, Marketing and On-Site Visit who meet and work over the next year. If you are interested in serving on one of these teams, please contact Sandra Cooper at 352-854-2322, ext. 1361, or email@example.com; or Dr. Jennifer Fryns, ext. 1728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.