Mitchell announces Quality Enhancement Plan
Mitchell Community College recently announced a proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as a part of the College’s upcoming reaccreditation site visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). QEP’s are developed to support both student learning and the mission of the institution.
Mitchell’s QEP is titled ExCEL: Exceptional Connections for Excellence in Learning. The purpose of this improvement plan is to provide students with the information and skills they need to achieve their education goals. Through enhanced connections using a variety of student mechanisms such as: proactive academic advising that focuses on success; academic coaches who help students develop habits of academic responsibility; increased student engagement on campus; and increased student satisfaction we plan to convey messages of success to students on a regular basis. Some strategies that will be implemented to achieve these goals are: assigning each student a success coach who will help them through their academic career, making new student orientation mandatory, and required ACA 122 learning objectives for all students. ACA 122 curriculum is designed to help ensure College Transfer Success for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution.
“We believe that through the implementation of these strategies students will develop stronger relationships with other students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Camille Reese, Vice President for Instruction, “These relationships and the use of other institutional support services will minimize non-academic challenges and increase the likelihood that students will complete their programs of study in a timely manner.” Educational goal completion enables students to enter the workplace with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. To learn more about Mitchell’s QEP, visit mitchellcc.edu/QEP.
As defined by SACSCOC, the QEP “is 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.” (Quality Enhancement Plans: Lists and Summaries Since 2004)