QEP article

The Athens Technical College administration is inviting faculty members, staff, and students to submit their ideas to be considered for our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a student-centered learning initiative and part of ATC’s reaffirmation of accreditation process established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), our regional accrediting organization.

“Designation as an accredited college assures students access to federal aid and demonstrates that the college meets or exceeds required quality standards for teaching and learning,” said Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Athens Technical College was first accredited by SACSCOC in 1988. “The QEP is a new part of the accreditation process for the college, Dr. DiGiacomo said. “It gives our college an opportunity to look at our institution, look for areas around student learning that need to be improved, and then focus on a specific area and develop a plan to address that area of student learning and/or the learning environment,” she said. Already a QEP topic selection team representing faculty, staff and students from all the college’s divisions, has been reviewing institutional data and reports to determine what can be done to improve learning at Athens Technical College.

From those studies and student surveys an overarching theme — the student completion experience — emerged as a broad topic of concern. During March and April, college administrators visited all college campuses to present to faculty, staff, and students on the reaffirmation and QEP process. Administrators also gave presenations to the Athens Technical College Board of Directors and will be presenting to the college advisory committees. Students on the Athens campus as well as on the Elbert, Greene, and Walton campuses were advised that if they had an idea and wanted help to put their idea into words, help is available. Dr. Yancey Gulley, director of student activities, and Dr. DiGiacomo will visit all college campuses during the week of April 16th to work with any students requesting assistance. Please check the calendar for exact dates and times. “Now the task is to narrow that broad issue to a topic that can then be developed further into a plan for the student learning initiative,” DiGiacomo said. To that end, the QEP topic selection team is asking all members of the Athens Technical College community to submit ideas for consideration from now until May 15. Information about how to submit a proposal is available at http://www.athenstech.edu/qep/proposals.cfm.

All proposals meeting submission requirements will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. For more information and contact information on Athens Technical College’s QEP, visit www.athenstech.edu/qep/.

Dr. DiaGiacomo of the CTL

Photo Caption: Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, Center for Teaching & Learning discusses the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) with students Thursday in the Athens Technical College auditorium. 2012


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