WCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “Preparing WCC for Online Success” is in its official implementation phase following WCC’s reaffirmation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in June 2016. The online success topic was chosen following a broad-based effort in 2013, with QEP development taking place from 2014 – 2016.
The two major QEP initiatives are an online readiness experience for students and professional development for instructors.
The student online readiness experience is offered through the college learning management system Moodle and is designed to help new students understand success strategies, online course expectations, and computer/Moodle skills. The experience is currently accessible to all new students through the college success courses ACA 115, 118, and 122.
CORE (Collaborative Online Reflective Experience) is the WCC-designed professional development experience for online instructors. Through a “learning community” approach, WCC instructors who teach online participate in a semester long experience guided by the WCC online course rubric focused on course design, instructor presence, assessment, and feedback. Peer Mentors lead the CORE groups. A two-semester experience is available to instructors who have never taught online; they design the course the first semester and teach it the second. Sixty WCC instructors have completed CORE as of May 2018.
A QEP is an institution’s plan that emerges from broad-based assessment and states how a college plans to impact student learning. All colleges and universities accredited by SACSCOC are required to develop and implement a QEP as part of their 10-year reaffirmation process and report on its impact in a Fifth-Year Report. WCC will submit its Fifth-Year Impact Report on “Preparing WCC for Online Success” in 2021. The report will include data and analysis related to the progress on two goals and four student learning outcomes:
- Goal 1: WCC will offer quality online courses.
- Goal 2: WCC will increase its online completion rate.
- Student Learning Outcome 1: Average student performance on targeted online assignments will increase.
- Student Learning Outcome 2: New WCC students will be aware of online course success skills.
- Student Learning Outcome 3: Students in college success courses (ACA) will demonstrate an understanding of time management strategies and how to apply them academically.
- Student Learning Outcome 4: Students in college success courses (ACA) will demonstrate online success skills.