Chattahoochee Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a vital part of the college’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The purpose of a QEP is to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on a topic that improves student learning and/or the learning environment.
eMap Mission Statement:
The educational Master Advising Plan (eMAP) will empower students to take charge of their educational careers by sharing responsibility with their academic advisors for developing educational plans that are compatible with career aspirations. The plan provides an environment supportive of learning, teaching, retention, and graduation consistent with Chattahoochee Technical College’s educational experience.
CTC’s QEP, eMAP: An Educational Master Advising Plan, will begin Spring 2014 with a pilot group. The complete implementation will occur over five years and will impact all CTC students.
Ten Things You Should Know About the QEP:
QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. The plan addresses a well-defined, focused topic designed to enhance student learning and/or the learning environment. A QEP is a requirement for Chattahoochee Technical College’s reaffirmation (reaccreditation) of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Chattahoochee Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan is “eMAP: An Educational Master Advising Plan.” Through the plan, CTC will formalize academic advising to support student success, graduation, and attainment of educational and career goals.
The academic advisement process contributes to student success by improving planning skills necessary to the attainment of student educational goals. At CTC, student educational goals may range from successful completion of a course to transfer on to another college all the way to attaining a diploma or degree in a student’s chosen field. CTC’s QEP will encourage collaboration among colleagues and departments across the institution to promote student learning and development, persistence, and success.
Input on our QEP topic was gathered from over 515 stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, advisory board members, and local board of directors from February through April of 2012. Academic advisement was the first choice of students, advisory board members, and local board members; it was the second choice (behind retention) of faculty/staff.
Several college faculty and staff will be responsible for the implementation of eMAP:
Dr. Victor Greco, Faculty Director of the QEP; John Parton, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness; Director of Advising (to be named); Dr. Trina Boteler, Executive Vice President.
The QEP Planning Committee included 23 faculty and staff and three ex-officio administrative members. Once the topic was chosen, the Planning Committee was dismissed and the QEP Development Committee was convened and still serves. That committee consists of 20 faculty and staff and five ex-officio members. Six members have served on both committees.
SACSCOC requires that our college QEP include broad-based involvement of all institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the plan. This includes faculty and staff involvement in the QEP committees, as well as gathering input from college advisory committees, the local Board of Directors, and students.
The QEP has not yet been implemented. For the last two years, CTC has been determining the topic and developing the plan. The process started by surveying students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders to determine the most relevant topic (academic advising). The QEP committee has been developing the plan through identifying best practices, determining learning outcomes, and coming up with marketing/communication strategies. The SACSCOC On-site Reaffirmation Team will review the plan and all documentation and determine the acceptability of the QEP in October of 2013.
Upon SACSCOC approval of eMAP, a pilot project involving randomly selected students in four business majors (ACCT, MGMT, MRKT, BAT) will be implemented in the Spring of 2014. Pending success and approval, eMAP will roll out to include all business majors in the Fall of 2014. Upon approval, eMAP anticipates that Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) and Criminal Justice (CRJU) majors will begin a pilot program in Fall 2014 and roll-out to all students in Spring of 2015. Upon approval, all other business and technical programs will follow in subsequent years from Fall 2015 through 2018.
SACSCOC is Chattahoochee Technical College’s regional accrediting body. SACSCOC accredits CTC to award degrees and requires a reaffirmation (reaccreditation) process every ten years. Successful completion of the reaffirmation process verifies that CTC complies with SACSCOC’s accreditation requirements. The process also provides internal and external stakeholders an evaluation of the extent to which the college achieves its mission and acknowledgement of the college’s efforts in enhancing the quality of student learning, its programs, and the services it provides.