PCC Faculty and Staff to Present at Annual Conference Hosted by the College’s Accrediting Agency

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Four members of the Piedmont Community College curriculum team will be presenting the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at the 2016 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) annual meeting in December.

Dr. Joyce Johnson, Vice President, Instruction and Student Development, Wayne Cohan, Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lisa Cooley, Director, PCC Quality Enhancement Plan, and Lisa Covington, Instructor, Psychology and Sociology were informed that their proposal was accepted by SACSCOC in May. The presentation, entitled, “The Hunt for the Elusive QEP,” will share best practices with colleagues from over 800 two- and four- year colleges and universities in the U.S. and Latin America.

Their material will highlight the process that Piedmont Community College followed to develop their QEP, Quantitative Reasoning for You (QR4U). Participants will leave with a clear sense of the “bottom-up” process needed to fulfill the SACSCOC QEP requirements in a way that may help them identify critical issues at their home institutions.

QR4U is Piedmont Community College’s first Quality Enhancement Plan. Upon planning, faculty and staff asked a lot of questions about the development process and how to create a meaningful learning opportunity for students. The presentation at SACSCOC is intended to provide information for others who now find themselves at the beginning of the QEP development process, asking “how do I do this?”

“The Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP is a key component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College. The QEP includes PCC’s process for identifying a key issue that emerged from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning,” commented Johnson. “With a great emphasis on student success, PCC’s QEP is one of several initiatives that’s designed to help students be more successful as they matriculate through their respective programs of study. We believe that a significant number of attendees at our session will learn a great deal about the pros and cons of this important and necessary process.”
PCC’s QR4U project is in its third year of working to improve students’ quantitative reasoning skills with an across the curriculum approach that utilizes problem solving and real-life applications. The QR4U slogan emphasizes that quantitative reasoning is a skill that everyone needs in their daily lives.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states and some Latin American countries. The SACSCOC mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.