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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a QEP?
QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan, a significant component of the SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) reaffirmation of accreditation process. SACSCOC defines the QEP as a "carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue related to enhancing student learning." The QEP gives Cedar Valley College (CVC) the opportunity to develop a targeted five-year plan that improves some aspect of its students' education.

Why do we need a QEP?
CVC is accredited by SACSCOC, which requires the college to submit a QEP as part of the 2012 accreditation reaffirmation. SACSCOC expects the QEP to enhance institutional quality and effectiveness by improving student learning in a focused area.

What is the focus of CVC's QEP?
The CVC QEP is titled It All Begins with ME – Math Empowerment. It is designed as a sustainable plan for student success in mathematics. The purpose of CVC's QEP is to improve student learning in developmental mathematics in preparation for successful completion of college-level mathematics.

Why was mathematics selected as the focus for the QEP?
Mathematics was selected for several reasons. Many students who enroll at CVC are significantly under prepared and struggle for success in the mathematics curriculum. Retention and completion rates within developmental mathematics are also problematic. After reviewing several years of data, a broad-based group of faculty, staff, students, and community members determined that successful completion of student learning outcomes in mathematics courses was a major obstacle for CVC students, often preventing them from completing their degree programs. The QEP will improve student learning in mathematics so that it is no longer a "road-block" in the pursuit of academic goals.

Who selected this topic?
Since 2009, CVC has engaged students, faculty, staff, administrators, advisory groups, and the Dallas County Community College District Board in the identification of the topic and development of the plan. The QEP Topic Selection Team chose the topic based on input from all campus constituencies.

What are the goals of the QEP?
There are two formal goals for the QEP:
Goal 1: Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate the knowledge and skills to successfully complete their developmental mathematics studies.
Goal 2: Students successfully completing their developmental mathematics studies will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to successfully complete their first college-level mathematics course at a rate greater than, or equal to, that of students who place directly into college-level mathematics. LifeMap is a student's guide to figuring out "what to do when" in order to complete their career and education goals. LifeMap links all of the components of Valencia (faculty, staff, courses, technology, programs, services) into a personal itinerary to help students succeed in their college experience.

How will these goals be achieved?
Strategies and initiatives have been developed to impact and empower CVC students for success from college admission to completion of their mathematics requirements. The advising strategy will utilize LifeMap, an online guide that assists students with college planning. The interactive components of LifeMap will provide students with virtual assistance and a comprehensive plan to navigate Developmental Math (DMAT) and Math (MATH) courses. The placement strategy involves Jump Start, a developmental mathematics "boot camp," providing students an opportunity to improve initial placement into DMAT or MATH courses, potentially accelerating their completion. The student engagement strategy will improve student participation in the classroom through the use of classroom innovation and technology. Traditional classroom lectures will be replaced with concept workshops and in-class learning activities utilizing technology such as student response systems and pencasts. The tutoring strategy will support students outside the classroom by offering peer tutoring and inside the classroom with supplemental instruction (in-class tutors). An informal tutoring area is also planned. Finally, the professional development strategy will support faculty and staff with targeted training and development opportunities to support all QEP strategies and initiatives.

How will I be involved with the QEP?
Students have been involved with the selection and planning of the QEP and will continue to be even more involved throughout the implementation. If a student is enrolled in a DMAT or college-level mathematics course, it is likely the student will benefit from one or more of the planned strategies and initiatives.

When will It All Begins With Me – Math Empowerment get started?
The QEP will be reviewed on campus October 16-18, 2012. Formally, the QEP will begin in Spring of 2013. However, pilots have been underway for the past year and have shown promising results. Effective strategies and initiatives will be institutionalized over the next five years and are expected to have a positive impact on CVC students for many years to come.

How will the success of the QEP be determined?
The QEP goals and student learning outcomes will be assessed annually. After five years, an Impact Report will be submitted to SACSCOC along with the Fifth Year Interim Report. Processes for documentation and evaluation are in place especially related to benchmarks, activities, timeline, budget, and evaluation plans.

Where can I find more information?
For more information about the QEP, visit CVC's website at www.cedarvalleycollege.edu/qep or contact the Mathematics Department at (972) 860-5211. For more information regarding the reaffirmation process through SACSCOC, visit www.sacscoc.org.
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