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VGCC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) 2023-2028

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an integral component of the accreditation process with SACSCOC. Developing a QEP as part of the reaffirmation process is an opportunity for VGCC to enhance overall institutional and instructional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue to improving student learning.

SACSCOC/QEP Leadership Team

Name Title
Dr. Rachel Desmarais President
Cecilia Wheeler Acting Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success
Dr. Jerry Edmonds Vice President of Workforce & Community Engagement
Dr. Ken Lewis Vice President of Institutional Research & Technology
Steven Graham Vice President of Finance & Operations
Kevin Tompkins Executive Director Human Resources
Dr. Brandy Bowling Co-QEP Coordinator
Jason Bryan Co-QEP Coordinator
Julie Hicks Director of Planning & Research
Dr. Angela Thomas Dean Health Sciences
Kali Brown Dean of Student Access & Support
Dr. Antonio Jordan Dean of Students, Equity, Retention & Success

 

QEP Directors

  • Jason Bryan, Co-leader
  • Brandy Bowling, Co-leader

 

QEP Committee Members

  • Jason Bryan, Co-leader
  • Brandy Bowling, Co-leader
  • David Wyche, Department Chair English
  • Betty Clark, English Faculty Member
  • Frankie Frink, English Faculty Member
  • Curtis Henderson, English Faculty Member
  • Ruth Holton, English Faculty Member
  • Gregory Wilson, English Faculty Member
  • Maggie Morgan, English Faculty Member
  • Ian Wolf, English Faculty Member
  • Cecilia Wheeler, Dean Arts & Sciences (promoted 1/22)

 

QEP Executive Summary

Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) has selected Writing as the Cornerstone of College Success as the topic for the next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The process for the selection of this topic involved a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders. During the Fall of 2020, the College formed a QEP committee and identified co-directors to lead the process. The committee considered a number of potential topics, all of which easily integrated into the college’s strategic planning and Achieving the Dream (ATD) work.

During VGCC’s initial year as an ATD school, the college focused on student success by examining data specifically concerning retention, completion, and course success rates. This data was disaggregated by race, Pell Grant eligibility, and age to help identify equity gaps in programs and gateway courses. The data revealed poor success rates in English and Math courses particularly when disaggregated by race and gender. The North Carolina Community College System Office confirmed these results when they released an Equity Report in 2019 (Appendix A) which revealed equity gaps in English and Math courses completed during the initial academic year of the student’s enrollment at VGCC.

Between March and April 2019, VGCC held a series of Community Engagement Sessions in each county of the college’s service area as part of the Strategic Planning Process and to inform ATD work. Community Engagement sessions were held at Franklin Campus (Appendix B), South Campus (Appendix C), Warren Campus (Appendix D), and Main Campus (Appendix E). These sessions revealed that the community wanted the college to focus on workforce training to ensure students had not only technical skills, but soft skills as well. The findings from the Community Engagement sessions were synthesized with the ATD data to help formulate VGCC’s Strategic Plan and ATD Action Plan.

As part of the ATD initiative, an internal analysis of institutional course success rates revealed that the three-year course success rate of English 111 was almost 14 points below the institutional average in other courses (Table 11). As a result of the findings from VGCC’s ATD data analysis, Community Engagement Sessions, and published course success information from the North Carolina Community College System, the English gateway class course success rate became the ideal area on which to focus the QEP. The QEP committee then reviewed English course rates at other NC Community Colleges and ATD institutions which demonstrated greater success rates and reached out to those schools to identify strategies they were using to meet and maintain higher course success rates. Additionally, the team surveyed former VGCC students about their experiences in the ENG 111 gateway class. The committee proposed that the College choose Writing as the Cornerstone of College Success as the topic for VGCC’s next Quality Enhancement Plan because almost all students at the college take ENG 111 . Thus, by focusing on improving writing ability as a workforce skill, it would allow the college to impact more students with better course success, student persistence, and institutional completions. Furthermore, this QEP topic strongly reflects VGCC’s overall mission “to educate, inspire, and support a diverse community of learners to achieve professional and personal success.”   

Frequently Asked Questions

The QEP is a 5-year project that is designed to improve student learning outcomes or improve student success. Currently a QEP is required to be implemented by SACSCOC when the colleges goes through the SACSCOC reaffirmation process.
VGCC’s QEP is called “Writing as the Cornerstone of College Success”.
VGCC’s QEP will focus on student success in English 111.
Students will be supported by supplemental instruction, faculty relationships, and reflective writing during this class.
Research shows that student cite relationships as a main reason for staying in College.
Supplemental instruction and tutoring helps normalize college as a place they belong and positively affects all students.
This is an exercise where students get to evaluate their own writing helping enable learning, growth, and continuous improvement.
To increase student success and reduce withdrawals in ENG 111 .

 

QEP Timeline

Implementation Timeline

Piloting of the QEP Writing as the Cornerstone of College Success began in Spring 2022. Select English faculty members were involved in data analysis to create benchmarks of the selected strategies. Beginning in Fall 2022, all ENG 111 courses will begin implementation of all three strategies of the QEP. Data collection will begin at the end of the fall term, allowing assessment of the first short-term measurable outcomes. Following Spring 2023 data collection, the QEP team will analyze data for medium-term measurable goals, in addition to continuing short-term measurable goal analysis. Long-term measurement and analysis are anticipated to start in Spring 2025. Measurement of long-term goals would continue annually for the following three academic years in preparation for the QEP Impact Report 5-year interim report. Table 12 outlines the QEP Implementation Timeline.

Table 12. Implementation Timeline for Writing as the Cornerstone of College Success

Writing as the Cornerstone of College Success

Strategies:

  1. Students will establish an early relationship with their ENG 111 : Writing and Inquiry instructor through individual meetings.
  2. Students earning less than a C on the first ENG 111 : Writing and Inquiry essay will be required to seek supplemental instruction.
  3. Students will incorporate reflection and reflective writing activities in ENG 111 : Writing and Inquiry.

Spring 2022

Time Frame Responsible Party Method
January 2022 QEP Directors Initiate piloting of strategies in select ENG 111 courses
January-May 2022 English Faculty Pilot QEP strategies
May 2022 English Faculty Forward preliminary piloting data to the QEP Directors
June 2022 QEP Directors Analyze piloting data to create baselines
June 2022 QEP Directors Consult with Academic Success Center regarding staffing

2022-2023

Time Frame Responsible Party Method
August 2022 Academic Success Center Initiate QEP strategies implementation
August 2022 English Faculty Analyze staffing needs of tutoring center
August-December 2022 QEP Directors Implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
December 2022 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
January 2023 English Faculty Assess short-term measurement
January-May 2023 QEP Directors Continue to implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
May 2023 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
June 2023 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurements
July 2023 QEP Directors Assess medium-term measurements

2023-2024

Time Frame Responsible Party Method
August 2023 Academic Success Center Analyze staffing needs of tutoring center
August-December 2023 English Faculty Implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
December 2023 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
January 2024 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurement
January-May 2024 English Faculty Continue to implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
May 2024 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
June 2024 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurements
July 2024 QEP Directors Assess medium-term measurements

2024-2025

Time Frame Responsible Party Method
August 2024 Academic Success Center Analyze staffing needs of tutoring center
August-December 2024 English Faculty Implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
December 2024 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
January 2025 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurement
January-May 2025 English Faculty Continue to implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
May 2025 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
June 2025 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurements
July 2025 QEP Directors Assess medium-term measurements
July 2025 QEP Directors Assess long-term measurements

2025-2026

Time Frame Responsible Party Method
August 2025 Academic Success Center Analyze staffing needs of tutoring center
August-December 2025 English Faculty Implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
December 2025 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
January 2026 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurement
January-May 2026 English Faculty Continue to implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
May 2026 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
June 2026 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurements
July 2026 QEP Directors Assess medium-term measurements
July 2026 QEP Directors Assess long-term measurements

2026-2027

Time Frame Responsible Party Method
August 2026 Academic Success Center Analyze staffing needs of tutoring center
August-December 2026 English Faculty Implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
December 2026 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
January 2027 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurement
January-May 2027 English Faculty Continue to implement QEP strategies across all ENG 111 courses
May 2027 QEP Directors Collect QEP data
June 2027 QEP Directors Assess short-term measurements
July 2027 QEP Directors Assess medium-term measurements
July 2027 QEP Directors Assess long-term measurements