A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a multi-year plan developed by the institution that,
The QEP Leadership Team created a Focus and Development Team in Fall 2018 to review institutional data and engage ATC’s campus and community in selection of the College’s topic. This broad-based team reviewed a variety of institutional reports (APER, CCSSE, SENSE, Desktop Audits, Graduate Surveys, and Student Achievement Data, among others) and consulted with the ATC Area Commission and the ATC Student Leadership Council on their findings. This data review process led to the development of two leading QEP topics: Reading and Writing and First-Year Experience. Concerning the topic of Reading and Writing, the review of institutional data indicated that only 58% of 2018-19 students in either RWR 032 or ENG 101 were achieving success (As, Bs, and Cs) in those courses. Further, only 37.6% of students who required Transitional Reading and Writing (RWR 032) were completing their college-gateway English course (ENG 101 or 160) within two years. In a College-wide vote, 117 of 211 respondents (55.5%) selected Reading and Writing as ATC’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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QEP Overview November 2019
QEP Overview January 2020
QEP Overview August 2020
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Aiken Technical College
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Aiken, SC 29802