Quality Enhancement Plan
The title of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s QEP is "Workforce Readiness: Ensuring the Skills of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Workers."
Employers are adamant about the need to better prepare students for the workplace. Studies show that the skills gap is widening, and, without intervention, students are not going to have the tools that they need to be successful in the workplace.
After reviewing several years of data, and conducting surveys and focus group sessions of faculty, staff, students, community members, and business/industry leaders, OCtech has determined that an workforce readiness program to be integrated into students’ course of student at the College is integral to their future success. Over the course of the spring of 2014, a broad-based QEP Team will use the data and survey results to formulate student learning objectives, as well as develop a five-year research-based plan to implement and assess these goals.
It is the goal of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College to ensure that today’s and tomorrow’s workforce has the skills, competencies and behaviors to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.
Overall Theme and Idea: SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Topic Isolation, Intervention Development, Implementation Timeline Creation, and Assessment Plan Advancement
To aid with topic generation by isolating issues and concerns related to student learning
To assist with the creation of an intervention by researching best practices
To contribute to the development of student learning outcomes for the designated intervention
To help generate measurable student learning outcomes for the QEP topic/intervention
To aid with the development of an implementation plan inclusive of timelines, budgets, assessment schedule, and personnel
To contribute to the completion of an assessment plan
Additional Professional Development: Professional development will include researching the successful QEP approaches of other colleges (mainly those similar to ours in size, demographics, etc.), researching best practices related to the eventual topic choice, visiting and/or engaging in conference calls with colleges that have had recent success with completing a QEP
Metrics for Assessment:
Completion of the following:
QEP topic (fall of 2013)
QEP Intervention (spring of 2014)
QEP Student Learning Outcomes (spring of 2014)
QEP Implementation Plan Draft (spring of 2014)
QEP Assessment Plan Draft (spring of 2014)—with possible aid of consultant