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
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 attend at least eight coaching sessions will, at the end of their formal coaching program, demonstrate an increase in academic self-efficacy.
Students who attend at least four coaching sessions each semester 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
How will we accomplish this?
STRIVE will be implemented through 3 Key Activities:
- creating a success coaching model,
- creating and providing professional development to coaches, and
- providing coaching sessions to students.
What will coaches do?
STRIVE Coaches will establish an appreciative coaching relationship with assigned students
to help them maximize their strengths and build their academic self-efficacy. They
will commit to fully engage in professional development, assessment activities, and
as active participants in the program. Coaches will 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?
STRIVE coaches will be 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, the coaches’ skills will be developed by working with recipients of the Legacy Scholarship.
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
What is the STRIVE support structure?
STRIVE is supported by a Director, Coordinator, Steering Committee. Resources to support
STRIVE include contributions from the College’s Foundation, grants, and other local revenue.
Interested in serving as a STRIVE coach?
Complete the STRIVE Coaching Interest form and a STRIVE team member will reach out to you promptly.
STRIVE Steering Committee
Dr. Lee H. Grimes – STRIVE DIRECTOR
William Torres - STRIVE Coordinator
Erin Casey Richardson
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