Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

To the Pellissippi State Community:

As part of the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Process, PSCC will develop a QEP for the 2022-2027 timeframe.

SACSCOC defines a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as “a document developed by the institution that

  1. includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment,
  2. focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution,
  3. demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP,
  4. includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP, and
  5. identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.”

The first step in this important process began during Summer 2020, when representatives from a broad cross-section of faculty, staff, and administrators considered timely ideas for the next QEP. Members of the committee engaged in weekly discussions of potential plans that would meet the QEP criteria while actively promoting an increase in student engagement and success. The group also considered integrating ongoing TBR initiatives, the PSCC Strategic Plan, and Achieve the Dream feedback into potential QEP topics.  Each plan was presented during the Fall 2020 inservice and is accompanied by a whitepaper authored by each subcommittee. They are as follows:

The next phase of the process will involve review of the topics by the PSCC college community during a 2-week comment period: Tuesday, September 8 through Tuesday, September 22. You may review the whitepapers for each of the preceding topics by clicking on the link associated with each topic.

The QEP Selection Committee welcomes comments from each member of the college community; please use the comments section below to post your comments, ideas, and suggestions on any topic(s) of your choice. After your review of these materials, you also will have the opportunity to take part in a poll that will allow you to rank your preference for a topic. Please rank your preferences on this form.

While SACSCOC considers your input a key component of a QEP (see #4 above), more importantly every PSCC voice is critical to the direction and success of this important plan. During this unprecedented Fall 2020 semester, it is difficult for me to ask for your time to do “one more thing.”  Please be assured that each member of the QEP Selection Committee values your input and is grateful for the time you will spend in review of these topics. On behalf of the committee, thank you in advance for your participation. Please do not hesitate to contact me personally (lpreeves@pstcc.edu) if you have any questions.

Linda P. Reeves, PhD
QEP Selection Committee Chair
Associate Professor, Biology

9 thoughts on “Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)”

  1. The ideas proposed are excellent. I am in favor of the proposal named “Building cultural competency and eliminating bias both inside and outside the classroom”. It is not only a TBR high impact practice, but the proposal is intentional. Instead of ignoring individual differences, being exposed to viewpoints that are not homogeneous will help all stakeholders (faculty, staff, students) better understand and interact with one another. The proposal has the potential to impact students’ academic and personal lives. Instead of viewing different as scary, viewing different is a way to connect to others and expand one’s knowledge bank to build bridges.

    • Department: Liberal Arts- Communication Studies
  2. My choice is “Maximizing Learning and Support Environments to Reduce Barriers in all Aspects of the Educational Experience” mainly because it seems that the other two may be addressed somewhat through other efforts. However, all proposals present great ideas, and I would happily support whatever QEP is chosen.

    • Department: Paralegal Studies
  3. “Maximizing learning and support environments to barriers in all aspects of the educational experience” is the freshest idea of the three. It calls for a cross-section of the campus community to be involved in troubleshooting said environments and to rethink learning spaces. Although not stated directly, replacing high school-style desks would be a welcome change in accommodating our adult population.
    “Building cultural competency and eliminating bias both inside and outside the classroom” reflects the current tension in society surrounding identity and equality. It is valuable work that we are already doing and should continue to do.
    “Creating an intentional and holistic first year experience both inside and outside of the classroom” suggests that urgent action is needed for a project that we are already working on and should continue to develop.
    I applaud and thank all of the subcommittee members for their work in researching and writing these papers.

    • Department: English
  4. Out of the three proposals presented, I believe that “Maximizing Learning and Support Environments to Reduce Barriers in all Aspects of the Educational Experience” is the most likely to have clear, concrete success in a short amount of time. Knowing the “not ideal” set-up of many of the classrooms at Strawberry Plains and having recently gone head-deep into accessibility in learning, I think this proposal has the highest “bang for its buck.” My second choice is “Creating an intentional and holistic first year experience both inside and outside the classroom,” as it is very reminiscent of the successful first year seminars I took at my undergraduate institution that taught students how to use the LMS, where to get tutoring, gave them program/graduation timelines, etc. This will take a lot of leg work to implement, but in the long run will benefit our students immensely. As for “Building cultural competency and eliminating bias both inside and outside the classroom,” I worry the goals are lofty given that bias is a systemic issue at multiple social levels, but praise the forward thinking of the committee for pushing a successful program forward.

    • Department: Natural & Behavioral Sciences
  5. Each proposal carries value and practicality. I’m most persuaded by the argument for a FYP (First Year Program), but most convinced by the plan set forth for addressing cultural competency. This is not to say that finding ways to adjust learning environments is not a strong idea, just one that has yet to be fully flushed out; and rightly so, we don’t have the data. Paired with the comments above, I would be in support of “Maximizing Learning and Support Environments to Reduce Barriers in all Aspects of the Educational Experience” for our upcoming QEP.

    • Department: Lib Arts- Comm
  6. If “Maximizing Learning and Support Environments to Reduce Barriers in all Aspects of the Educational Experience” is done well with well-shaped strategies for addressing goals, the other two suggested QEPs will simultaneously be addressed. For example, increasing student awareness of the value in culture difference and perspective would be addressed by reducing the barriers to communications and increasing the opportunities to build relationships in the classroom through shared work. If this particular strategy is used in freshman classes, students will be simultaneously placed in situations that help them realize their direction and responsibility as college students.

    • Department: NBS
    1. As for ranking the QEPs, I select “Maximizing Learning and Support Environments to Reduce Barriers in all Aspects of the Educational Experience”. Regarding my ranking for the next two QEPs, I fully agree with Ann Kronk who noted: “Ïf ‘Maximizing Learning and Support Environments to Reduce Barriers in all Aspects of the Educational Experience’ is done well with well-shaped strategies for addressing goals, the other two suggested QEPs will be simultaneously addressed.”

      • Department: Liberal Arts
  7. While all three are excellent topics, we have done much work in the first year experience already and most CTE students are beyond first year entering their programs of study. Cultural bias is a national topic, but is it the biggest deficit at PSCC?
    Learning support and environment is where most if not all students, both general education and CTE, need true support and faculty need more training and resources.
    The papers are all interesting and present great ideas.
    Thank you.

    • Department: Nursing

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