The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a document developed by the institution that,
An initial QEP Steering Committee developed a Topic Selection process that began with Student and Faculty/Staff QEP Focus Groups in January and February 2009. Focus groups were asked to address the following: “In your experience, what do ATC students struggle with most in their studies that negatively impacts their learning?” The results revealed twenty themes related to student learning struggles. The QEP Topic Selection Committee narrowed the list to three topics to be further studied and abstract proposals to be developed and put fourth for a campus wide vote in September 2009. The three top topics were critical thinking, study skills, and English/writing. When all ballots were counted, the critical thinking topic received the highest votes and is now the College’s QEP topic.
Aiken Technical College’s (ATC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “READ, WRITE, ACHIEVE!” targets four core student success goals:
The College envisions that the QEP will positively impact the ATC community, support the College mission, and help students achieve the College’s Core Educational Outcomes through the following expected outcomes:
- Create and utilize an early warning process for students needing additional support
- Offer coaching as needed to students
- Offer Academic workshops
- Conduct in-class student information sessions regarding available resources through the SSC
- Track and record student visits to the SSC
It will aid our community’s most disadvantaged population in attaining their educational goals and ultimately finding gainful employment. It further reflects the core values of ATC, specifically Excellence in teaching, learning, engagement, and development, as well as Innovation via new approaches, risk-taking, flexibility, change, and leadership. The innovative elements of ATC’s plan—particularly the implementation of a co-requisite approach, eschewing traditional transitional/developmental strategies—involve some level of risk, though this will be mitigated by careful stewardship of the plan, continual assessment of the plan’s elements, and flexible modification of the QEP based on this assessment.
ATC’s “READ, WRITE, ACHIEVE!” QEP is directly linked to ATC’s mission to provide the citizens of greater Aiken County opportunities for educational and workforce development.
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