The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is part of the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The QEP involves developing and accessing a strategy to improve an area of student learning or student success in a significant way through a campus-wide, five-year initiative.
COMPASS: Chart Your Course, Integrated Career & Academic Planning, the College of Coastal Georgia’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), is focused on creating an environment that promotes student growth and development through integrated career and academic planning. The goal of the QEP is to direct a cohort of first-time freshmen to apply their interests and abilities toward developing educational and career goals to choose and stay on an academic pathway through degree completion.
How was the QEP topic selected?
In March 2020, Coastal Georgia formed a QEP Topic Selection Committee to identify the College’s next QEP. Reviewing quality enhancement plans from peer institutions, institutional assessment data on student success, and best practices to enhance student learning, the Committee identified integrated career and academic planning as its Quality Enhancement Plan topic.
What is the goal of the QEP?
The goal of the QEP is to direct and apply students’ interests and abilities toward developing career goals so that they choose and stay on an academic pathway until degree completion.
What will students learn through their participation in the QEP?
The goal of the QEP is to direct a cohort of first-time freshmen to apply their interests and abilities toward developing educational and career goals to choose and stay on an academic pathway through degree completion. The plan’s goal will be accomplished through the following student success outcomes:
How does the QEP impact the College’s Momentum Plan?
The Momentum Plan supports students in deepening their purposeful choices, cultivating productive academic mindsets, maintaining full momentum along a clear pathway, heightening academic engagement, and completing critical milestones. The QEP supports the Momentum Plan by helping students develop a career plan, which is essential for selecting and staying on an academic pathway.
What are the intended outcomes of the QEP?
Beyond achieving the student learning outcomes connecting first-time students’ academic and social experiences to personal growth and career development, the QEP will increase student retention and progression and assist students in completing their degrees on time.
Who will monitor the QEP?
The QEP Coordinator will work with the QEP Advisory Council and the COMPASS Center to provide oversight of and make recommendations on the implementation of the QEP. The Council will ensure that focus remains upon enhancing student learning and effectively assessing student learning and programmatic outcomes.
What was the last QEP?
In 2012, Coastal Georgia launched its first QEP, Learning through Engagement: Service-Learning, which focused on service-learning, designed to help students make meaningful connections between their in-class and out-of-class experiences.
What actions will be implemented through the QEP?
Over the next five years, a cohort of first-time freshmen will be engaged in career exploration, developing a career goal, and selecting and persisting on an academic pathway to complete their degrees. As the QEP is implemented, the College will:
How will the QEP be evaluated?
The College has developed an assessment plan to measure the success of the QEP. It is designed to measure student learning and program effectiveness outcomes and the progress the QEP is making towards meeting its intended goal.
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