Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

"The Quality Enhancement Plan was developed with one goal in mind and that is to help students. We know our students have the ability to be successful in meeting their goals, and we also know that many of our students are vulnerable to a variety of barriers that make it difficult for them. Having someone who is there for them can make all the difference."      -Dr. Steve Thomas, President


Will Torres
STRIVE Co-Director

Sondra Richards
STRIVE Co-Director



What Is Our QEP?

Through the broad engagement of faculty, staff, and students, Midland College has chosen STRIVE, a Student Success Coaching program, as the focus for its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). STRIVE is designed to develop academic self-efficacy in students and, thereby, improve student learning and success outcomes.

What are the expected outcomes?

MC has established one Student Learning Outcome (SLO) and six Student Success Outcomes (SSO):

  • SLO 1: Students who participate in coaching sessions will, at the end of their formal coaching program, demonstrate an increase in academic self-efficacy. 

Students who participate in the coaching program will demonstrate an/a:

  • SSO 1: Increase in successful completion of 15 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) in an academic year
  • SSO 2: Increase in successful completion of 30 SCHs in an academic year
  • SSO 3: Improve fall to spring retention
  • SSO 4: Improve fall to fall retention
  • SSO 5: Decrease semester credit hours to completion
  • SSO 6: Decrease time to completion

What will coaches do?

STRIVE Coaches establish an appreciative coaching relationship with assigned students to help them maximize their strengths and build their academic self-efficacy. These coaches will help and encourage students to set goals and overcome barriers so they can achieve success during their time at Midland College. They commit to fully engage in professional development, assessment activities, and as active participants in the program. Coaches represent the values and heart of our student-centered College and will be recognized as role models for their contribution.

Who will serve as coaches?

Currently, STRIVE coaches consist of full-time faculty and instructional staff. As the program expands, coaching opportunities will be opened up to full-time and part-time faculty and staff who volunteer to take part in the program.

Who will be coached and when?

During years 1 and 2 of STRIVE, recipients of the Legacy Scholarship will participate in the coaching program. In year 3, STRIVE will then expand more broadly to students with greater need. Legacy Scholars will be included throughout the STRIVE program, and in Years 4 and 5 other student groups will be phased in as institutional capacity allows.

What is the STRIVE support structure?

STRIVE is supported by by a Director, Coordinator, and Steering Committee. Resources to support STRIVE include contributions from the College’s Foundation, grants, and other local revenue.

STRIVE Steering Committee

Will Torres - STRIVE Co-Director
Director, Teaching & Learning Center

Sondra Richards - STRIVE Co-Director
Professor of Government

Kevin Goldsmith – STRIVE Coordinator
Instructional Designer

Heather Chavez
Director, Institutional Research

Michael Hubbard
Associate Professor, Art

Lee Grimes
Dean, Instructional Support Services

Debbie McNeely
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Steffie Oakleaf
Learning & Development Trainer

Miranda Poage
Dean, Math & Science

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