The QEP, the Vision Statement
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Strategic Plan initiatives involving professional development and technology enhancements emerged as key elements of the QEP. Quality Enhancement Plan components such as student portfolios, a writing center and an online writing center available to all students, faculty and staff, and a Writing across the Curriculum professional development program all help to integrate the QEP with the CCC and TI Strategic Plan, Vision Statement, and the institutional planning process.
As working groups submitted preliminary reports, the QEP advisory committee developed the following timeline for plan components, implementation, and assessment. As a part of this timeline, a QEP writing assessment team will be established each year to work under the direction of the QEP director to review QEP implementation and assessments.
Beginning in 2006-07 academic year, CCC and TI will implement the Blackboard Academic Suite, which contains a component for electronic student portfolios. Using these portfolios to store student artifacts, the QEP writing assessment team will review writing samples collected throughout the academic year and evaluate these writing samples using the holistic rubric.
Periodically, the QEP writing assessment team will send random samples of student writing to external reviewers to evaluate writing proficiency. Results of these evaluations will be used to monitor the success of the CCC and TI QEP.
Each year, the QEP director will submit an annual assessment report outlining strengths and weaknesses of QEP implementation, including Writing across the Curriculum professional development initiatives and the direct assessment of student learning outcomes. Any areas of concern will be addressed in the following year.
Ultimately, students will become the beneficiaries of these assessments as the achievement of plan objectives continues to enhance classroom instruction.