Frequently Asked Questions
Who should I contact if I have any questions?
Sharon Wilson, QEP coordinator
What is a QEP?
As part of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) reaffirmation process, GNTC must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan. This plan is a carefully designed, well-defined, and focused college-wide initiative to enhance student learning. The selection of Georgia Northwestern's QEP topic is an important decision to be made by everyone involved with the college. It will include faculty, staff, students, board members, trustee members, graduates, and other community partners. A time line has been established that will show the steps we will take in an effort to enhance student learning for GNTC.
Why is it important?
The most important aspect of the QEP is that it should help us identify a potential area for improvement while working together as a college. SACSCOC requires that the topic selected for a QEP be creative and vital to the long-term improvement of student learning. There should be evidence that developing the QEP engaged the entire college community in the process.
How will GNTC select a QEP topic?
GNTC will start the process by asking several groups of the college community to answer a very brief survey. The responses will guide the QEP development process by focusing the college's attention on the highest priority for student learning. In accordance with SACSCOC requirements, a QEP must contain specific well-defined goals that are related to an issue of substance and depth which lead to observable results. The results of the survey will be sorted by similar themes or categories. These will be reviewed by the QEP Planning Team and an invitation for more in-depth development will be made. Following thorough evaluation, a final topic will be selected. At that time, we will move forward in establishing the guidelines and committees accordingly.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College is seeking community input for an online survey that will assist the College in identifying areas that will improve student learning. This brief survey will assist us in developing a Quality Enhancement Plan to enhance student leaning and increase the success of GNTC students. (The survey was active from August 1-31, 2010. Thank you for your participation.)
When will we know which topic has been selected?
The three topics chosen by the Planning Committee using a rubric were presented March 4, 2011 to stakeholders at Planning Day. Comments were collected and sent to the authors so they can incorporate any changes to their expanded papers which are due March 31st. These will then be scored using a different rubric and sent to the GNTC SACSCOC Leadership Team for selection. An announcement will be made by the middle of April, 2011. In fall, 2011 a slogan contest was conducted amongst faculty and the slogan chosen was Math Matters. The slogan was sent to the students for a logo contest and we had two grand prize winners and combined the logos to send to marketing which came up with the current logo.
When will the QEP be presented to the college?
Math Matters redesign will be presented to the college community on planning day, March 9, 2012 with a huge marketing launch. The Math Matters team will present the QEP topic, ideas, and rationale to faculty, staff, and representative stakeholders at this time as we begin renovation on several campuses to accommodate the labs and classrooms necessary to improve student learning in math.