Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Midland College is committed to providing services and programs to reduce barriers to success and to strengthen efforts in student retention. The College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), M Power: Plug in for Success, is designed to improve retention and successful course completion rates for first time in college (FTIC) students by targeting the skills (college knowledge) needed to be a successful college student.
Midland College’s QEP will focus on the development of a two semester credit hours student success course. Under the auspices of a Title V grant, a one semester non-credit hour student success course is being developed. The course will be requested of all students that failed two or more parts of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), the assessment and placement test for incoming students in Texas. Failing any part of the test (reading, writing, math) requires remediation in that area. Many students are not successful due to the lack of basic study skills. The one semester non-credit-hour course will teach them essential study skills.
The two semester credit hour course will further student development and build upon the knowledge and skills presented in the one semester non-credit-hour course. It will be required of all incoming FTIC students.
After successful completion of EDUC 1200 Student Success Seminar, students will be able to:
- Define and use college related vocabulary.
- Identify long term personal and career goals.
- Develop education plans.
- Identify personal learning styles.
- Demonstrate effective study skills.
- Demonstrate a variety of library tools and resources to find information and evaluate its relevance and quality in relation to the need.
- Manage behavior techniques to build constructive habits and eliminate unproductive habits.
- Apply learning strategies appropriate to tasks.
- Relate a personal learning system informed by the concepts, theories, strategies and techniques learned in this course.
- Apply the elements of critical thinking to analyze a position on an issue, whether their own or someone else’s.
As a result of the implementation of the Student Success Seminar and success achievement of student learning outcomes, Midland College will realize an improvement in course completion rates and retention of FTIC students.
Baseline data on retention and student success will be gathered in 2011/12. The course will be piloted in spring 2012, again in the fall 2012 and spring 2013, with full implementation in fall 2013. In addition to evaluating the achievement of student learning outcomes with each class, the college will also monitor retention and success data with each new cohort of students.