What is a QEP and why do we need one?

 The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a carefully designed and focused course of action taken by colleges and universities that addresses a well-defined topic(s) or issue(s) relating to enhancing student learning or the environment supporting student learning as part of the accreditation process.

How did we arrive at our QEP topic?

The development of a QEP topic was a two year-long process that involved extensive work by a diverse twenty-one member committee. This committee was charged with guiding the institution through a process of identifying the most significant achievement gaps and utilizing feedback from the College community to formulate a strategy to close these gaps. The QEP Committee reviewed statistical data, conducted focus groups, reviewed research, and held a number of campus wide engagement sessions to solicit feedback on priority areas, topic refinement, and finally, ACE it plans.

 

 What our QEP is all about. – Helping our students ACE it: Advise, Connect, Empower.

ACE it Mission: The ACE it program exists to support student success by empowering students to take charge of their educational careers through a collaborative mentoring relationship between coach and student, connecting the learner to Brazosport College and community. By weaving together a network of inescapable student support services and learning experiences, the ACE it program nurtures successful college students who take responsibility for developing and achieving academic, career, and personal aspirations. 

All First Time at Brazosport College (FTaBC) students except dual concurrent and casual students will complete a four semester, 9 meeting sequence of supported coaching sessions with an assigned ACE it coach whose professional training and role at the college align with the interests and major of each student.

In these meetings, student and coach will work through structured conversations to:

o   Guide students through interest and aptitude measures connected to employment data to inform career exploration

o   Teach students about the policies, procedures, and expectations at Brazosport College

o   Develop a customized pragmatic semester-by-semester degree plan that takes into account student life circumstances, course pre- and co-requisites, course availability, as well as  toxic and complimentary course combinations

o   Nurture student’s ability to formulate contingency plans when life or educational plans change

o   Connect student with campus resources including course specific and co-curricular opportunities

o   Identify and address potential pitfalls through an Early Alert and Intervention System

o   Foster a professional relationship with students by asking about, and responding to, their individual goals, experiences, successes, and setbacks

o   Cultivate student’s Growth Mindset (grit/resilience/productive persistence) through a stacked, sequenced curriculum over the nine-meeting progression of ACE it

o   Train and support students in their use of ACE it technology

o   Introduce and encourage students to participate in career building opportunities such as internships, volunteering and co-ops

o   Transition students to greater, informed, self-direction

o   Reinforce student’s rights, responsibilities, opportunities, and advocacy

o   Encourage students to utilize employment preparation services in the Career Center

o   Help transfer intended students understand and prepare for transfer

o   Assist students in the graduation application process

 

ACE it Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing the ACE it program, Brazosport College students will:

Advise

  • A1 – Through self-evaluation and partnering with an ACE it coach, produce an educational plan in an area of study that supports educational and career goals.
  • A2 – Evaluate course-selection risks with an ACE it coach.
  • A3 – Articulate knowledge of policies that affect educational pathways.

Connect

  • C1 – Identify college resources and articulate how those resources will assist in reaching educational goals.
  • C2 – Articulate the role coaches, faculty, and staff play in assisting students to achieve success
  • C3 – Articulate the importance of co-curricular programs and how participation is related to student success.

Empower

  • E1 - Communicate and explain how personal values and interests, in conjunction with strengths and weaknesses, affect educational and career goals.
  • E2 – Articulate and apply concepts of growth mindset to college experiences.

 

Expected benefits of the QEP for students.

Colleges who have implemented similar programs have seen retention and graduation rates increase by more than ten percent. This is particularly remarkable given that in Texas, only 28 percent of all degree seeking first time in college students graduate within six years. Graduation rates at BC are commensurate with this statewide trend. For our students, this type of improvement in student goal attainment equates to a better chance of reaching personal and educational goals including securing stable, family-sustaining employment, embracing and enhancing community life, and elevating their intellectual and social potential.