Frequently Asked Questions
The Quality Enhancement Plan is part of CCC&TI's SACS reaffirmation process. Every institution that belongs to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) must develop and execute a QEP in order to have their SACS accreditation reaffirmed. CCC&TI's plan focuses on enhancing student writing and creating an institutional culture that supports superlative writing.
For the purposes of this plan, it's the ability to produce unified, coherent, well-developed written communication using standard English.
The CCC&TI QEP Committee developed a rubric, or a set of guidelines, to help instructors assess student writing assignments; however, instructors may develop their own rubrics to suit the needs of their own areas. In additional, professional development opportunities will help faculty and staff understand what good writing means in the context of our Quality Enhancement plan.
Heidi Goodrich, a rubrics expert, defines a rubric as "a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work or 'what counts.'" So a rubric for a multimedia project will list the things the student must have included to receive a certain score or rating.
Rubrics help the student figure out how their project will be evaluated. Goodrich quotes a student who said he didn't much care for rubrics because "if you get something wrong, your teacher can prove you knew what you were supposed to do."
Our strategies for achieving our goals include:
No one is forced to participate, but most faculty are excited about the possibilities offered by this program.
Writing to learn is the use of writing activities in the classroom to facilitate critical thinking and learning.
WAC stands for Writing Across the Curriculum, an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes writing in all disciplines, not just English classes.
No problem! That is what the professional develop program will provide.
One component of the QEP is a detailed assessment plan. Each year QEP assessment committee will analyze the year’s assessment activities making recommendations to the QEP director and executive vice president through an assessment report.