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  Timeline for QEP 2013 January 2013 Develop QEP Draft FS Sub-Committee: Draft facilities report; resources including personnel needs and facility needs PD Sub-Committee: Draft training for instructors re: FS course Logo Contest – work with ATD Marketing Success Committee February 2013 Develop QEP Draft Full Development Team meeting PD Sub-Committee: Draft Faculty/Staff FYE Training Modules Meet with the ATC Board of Directors Meet with Faculty Council Logo Contest – work with ATD Marketing Success Committee March 2013 Develop QEP Draft First Semester Seminar and Professional Development Subcommittee meetings April 2013 Full Development Team meeting Develop QEP Draft Meet with Academic Division Program Chairs and Deans Meet with Program Advisory Committees May 2013 Develop QEP Draft Attend SCALE Institute June 2013 Develop QEP Draft July 2013 Revise and complete QEP document August 2013 Review and complete QEP document. September 2013 Continue work on the QEP to prepare for implementation QEP documentation to SACSCOC On-site Committee members QEP Published Plan October 2013 On-Site Committee Visit – October 21-24, 2013 Pilot Professional Development Faculty/Staff trainings

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January 2012 SACSCOC Leadership Team Orientation February 2012 Leadership selects QEP Topic Selection Team (QEP TST) QEP Topic Selection Team Kick-Off Meeting QEP Timeline and Process presented to ATC president and vice presidents March 2012 QEP TST meeting – review key findings in data provided by ATC I.E.; identify emerging topics; present topics to senior leadership for approval to move forward with next steps ATC Faculty, Staff, Student Meetings – (Athens, Elberton, Greene, Walton, Board of Directors) facilitated by President, V.P.I.E., QEP Chair, Director Student Activities to present SACSCOC Reaffirmation and QEP process and timeline. Develop and deploy QEP website April 2012 Call for Proposals 4/2-5/15/2012 QEP TST Meeting, April 19th from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. May 2012 Post QEP Proposals to web site – QEP Chair QEP Proposals College-wide Feedback 5/15/2012 – 6/1/2012 June 2012 QEP TST Meeting, 6/7/2012 – review feedback, narrow list of QEP proposals QEP TST Meeting, 6/29/2012 – updates, target population, next steps Topic selected – announce to college at August 22nd meeting July 2012 Select QEP Development Team Convene 1st QEP Development Team meeting August 2012 Develop QEP Draft Divide into two sub-committees – Freshman Seminar and Professional Development Each sub-committee conduct research and…

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  Executive Summary First-Year Experience Initiative (original document is enclosed below as a PDF) The purpose of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for Athens Technical College is to improve the first-year experience of students by providing a foundation for academic and career success. Members of the College community have worked for many months to develop a First-Semester Seminar (FSSE) course and Student Success Professional Development program to support and sustain the College’s mission and number one strategic goal of student success. Comprehensive research on how to improve student engagement, persistence, and program completion at Athens Technical College led to the QEP topic selection of the first-year experience. The FSSE course is designed to introduce new students to the academic skills they will need to attain their educational and career goals. The course will also introduce students to the resources available to them as they work toward those goals. Through the use of academic strategies and self-discovery, students will acquire knowledge and skills to help them succeed at Athens Technical College and in life. Students new to the college will take the FSSE course during their first semester of enrollment. The course will be a three-credit-hour hybrid course (a blend of…

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QEP News for November 2013 Our SACSCOC On-Site Committee visit was a great success. The committee found our plan to be acceptable and provided excellent feedback. We are integrating their feedback into the QEP as we continue to move forward with the First-Year Experience Initiative at ATC. This is wonderful news. Thanks to all who contributed to the creation and development of an excellent plan!! Next Steps: The FSSE 1000 sub-committee meets weekly to finalize the course syllabus. The FSSE 1000 course will be piloted Spring Semester 2013 The Professional Development sub-committee is piloting the FSSE Instructor Preparation Course with eight faculty and staff. The pilot will be completed in early December. The instructor preparation course will be scaled up spring semester. QEP News for October 2013 The FSSE 1000 Instructor Preparation Course pilot begins in mid-October. A small group of faculty and staff are participating in the pilot. The group will meet on five Fridays in October and November. The course is a hybrid course with on-grounds meetings scheduled in October and November. The group will use ANGEL for the online component of the course. The development of the FSSE 1000 course is well underway as we prepare to…

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Athens Technical College (ATC) has been involved in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives from their early foundations in online learning to moving towards a community of practice.  Examples of our OER efforts include professional development opportunities for faculty and staff,  building a repository of open content, and formation of an OER Committee with representation across campus.  In 2012, ATC received a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant which in part provided funding and support for OER initiatives. This opportunity enabled the CTL team to scale OER integrations through administration-faculty partnerships, including establishment of an OER steering committee; and lead efforts to reduce costs for students attending the College.The CTL’s portfolio of initiatives include: Raising awareness and collaborating with faculty including formation of an OER Committee Learning more about OER and Open communities through networking and professional development (OpenEd Conference, Symposium on the Textbook, OSCON, among others)  and participating in MOOCs (OER MOOC from BC Campus) Serving as advocates across campus and regionally through curating and creating materials, presenting at conferences, and other opportunities  such as participating in OpenAccess Week 2014 Investing in technology to support OER Developing a learning object repository to store and share digital…

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Here are a few Open Access resources to get you started (and don’t forget you can search many social media and sharing websites like Flickr and Youtube by rights): Learn about OER CTL’s curated resources: Free on the Internet (Overview of OER, Tools & Tips) http://goo.gl/sXVXy5 OA/OER Brief http://goo.gl/5HVfXq Searching Tips (Internet Archive, Google) http://goo.gl/MHKcEH Rights / Copyright Tools http://goo.gl/aYNyHj This document http://goo.gl/KZ7Bex   OE Consortium – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) , http://oerconsortium.org/ ;  Webinars http://www.oeconsortium.org/resources/webinars/ Open 4 Us, http://open4us.org ; Webinars http://open4us.org/events/ College Open Textbooks http://collegeopentextbooks.org/ Affordable Learning Georgia http://affordablelearninggeorgia.org/ Merlot http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm Searching by rights Creative Commons search: http://search.creativecommons.org/ DPLA (all formats, some public domain): http://dp.la/ Internet archive (all formats; some public domain; can limit to rights via advanced searching, https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php ): http://archive.org ; Georgia related items http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/iadl_search.html Library of Congress (all formats; some works in public domain) : http://catalog.loc.gov/ Open Access library: http://www.oalib.com/ University of Montana list of public domain (books, manuscripts, music, maps, visual art) http://libguides.lib.umt.edu/content.php?pid=119432&sid=1042278   Search collections by format Books CTL’s Evolving list https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lT13shffVXVqVODqm0crC5fHupRjtoypoaN5jZw1ILY/edit Affordable Learning Georgia http://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/find_textbooks/open_textbooks Amazon Kindle Public Domain books: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?node=154606011&p_15=public%20domain Georgia Download Destination : http://gadd.lib.overdrive.com/EC22239B-CAE9-4F57-AAF0-CA4160193BB5/10/50/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm Google books (some public domain) http://books.google.com/ ; to limit searching to public…

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QEP

CTL staff have participated in the planning and implementation of the QEP including developing the FSSE 1000 (FirstYear Initiative) Course, in addition to producing materials such as published plan, posters, the student video. About the QEP The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) requires each of its member institutions to develop a QEP as a component of the accreditation process (Core Requirement 2.12).The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a well-defined plan of action for improving some aspect of student learning and/or the student learning environment. The plan is developed by the institution and includes identifying key issues emerging from institutional data. This plan will demonstrate Athens Technical College’s capability and commitment for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP. It will include broad-based involvement of institutional stakeholders in the plan’s development and proposed implementation and will identify goals and a plan to assess our success. The QEP is a great opportunity for all members of the Athens Tech community to participate in selecting our plan’s topic and contributing to the development of a plan that will positively impact student learning in the coming years. Below is our archive of QEP related information. QEP News (2013)…

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As more federal agencies begin requiring grant recipients to make research results freely available to the public, college librarians have taken on a new role: helping researchers comply with open-access rules. A February 2013 memorandum from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said federal agencies with more than $100 million in research-and-development expenditures would have to require that results be available within a year of publication. Read more about this http://chronicle.com/article/Librarians-Leap-to-the-Aid-of/231997/?key=HG1yd1M7Pn1HZnFgMTZAZT4Ab3BvNh4rYnRIOn1wblxRGQ==  

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