President's Charge - QEP Dev. Committee
September 3, 2010
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an integral part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process, as outlined in the Principles of Accreditation, CR 2.12 and CS 3.3.2. As an action plan that is designed to have a significant impact on student learning, the QEP requires broad-based institutional input. During the past year, Alison Thimblin, in her capacity as Special Assistant for the Quality Enhancement Plan, has worked closely with NOVA's six campuses, including discussions with faculty, staff, and students, to listen to their ideas and examine data from the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment. These included results from graduate surveys and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. In addition, several QEP proposals were developed by various groups. These proposals were discussed with the Instructional and Student Services Committee, the Deans Working Group, the core team of the Achieving the Dream Initiative, and other constituencies to receive feedback. After careful consideration by the Reaffirmation Steering Committee, four proposals were sent to the Administrative Council for their review.
Enhanced Academic Advising was selected by Administrative Council as the topic for the QEP. Academic advising has been shown to be a key factor in student success, and it is clearly aligned with NOVA's general education goal for personal development, which calls for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding to make informed academic, social, personal, career and interpersonal decisions. The creation of an action plan to help students develop these abilities will have a significant impact on student learning at NOVA.
The membership of the QEP Development Committee represents NOVA's diverse constituencies. Certain individuals will serve as the operational group of the effort, while the full committee will serve in an active consultative role, with members representing their campus or college unit.
The QEP Development Committee will be responsible for the following steps, as outlined in the Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation:
- Define the student learning outcomes
- Research the topic
- Identify the actions to be implemented
- Establish the timeline for implementation
- Organize for success
- Identify necessary resources
- Assess the success of the QEP
- Prepare the QEP for submission to the COC
In addition, the QEP Development Committee will work closely with the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee, the Administrative Council, and other college units and initiatives in order to foster faculty, staff, and student support for the project.
As requested by the Administrative Council, the QEP Development Committee will provide a detailed status report by early December and will complete the document by August 2011 for formal sharing with the college community and review by the SACS COC on-site review team in November 2011.
Robert Templin, Jr.