QEP: Quality Enhancement Plan

QEP Advising

Halifax Community College (HCC) is a public two-year college and a member of the NC Community College System. HCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). In order to maintain its membership with SACSCOC, HCC must adhere to the requirement of developing, implementing, and completing a Quality Enhancement Plan QEP).

I Plan for Success! Advising Works

Halifax Community College has a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that focuses on advising is designed to help students enter an academic pathway and stay on an academic pathway to achieving their goals.

The plan includes:

  1. A Career Assessment as part of the enrollment process – The Economic Modeling Specialists International’s (EMSI) Career Coach Assessment has been added as Step 1 in the admissions and enrollment process for new students wishing to attend HCC. (Helping students get on a path)
  2. Enhanced academic advising – Students will meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least twice each semester. Professional development for advisors will be provided on advising tools, resources and best practices to enhanced advising sessions. (Helping students stay on a path)
  3. Changes/modifications to ACA student success courses – ACA courses will incorporate Aviso academic planning, advising and monitoring academic success and progress activities. Students will be encouraged to enroll in the student success course (based on program requirements) in their first two semesters. (Helping students stay on a path)

SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation - Standard 7.2

The institution has a Quality Enhancement Plan that (a) has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes; (b) has broad-based support of institutional constituencies; (c) focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; (d) commits resources to initiate, implement and complete the QEP; and (e) includes a plan to assess achievement.

What is a QEP?

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success.

Why do we need a QEP?

HCC’s accrediting body, SACSCOC, requires its member institutions to develop and submit a Quality Enhancement Plan as part of the accreditation reaffirmation.

What is the focus of HCC’s QEP?

Resulting from HCC’s 2017-2022 strategic plan development process and area of focus survey results administered Fall 2017, the area of focus for the QEP is “Advising.”

Where can I find more information about the QEP?

More information about HCC’s QEP can be found on the QEP webpage at halifaxcc.edu/Depts/QEP/

For more information about the reaffirmation process, visit SACSCOC’s webpage at wwww.sacscoc.org.