As part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) 2020 Reaffirmation of Accreditation process, Pasco-Hernando State College is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The process of developing the QEP began when a committee consisting of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and community members was established to identify a topic specific to the needs of PHSC in line with the institution’s vision and mission. Through the work of the QEP Topic Selection Committee, College Readiness was identified as the topic.      

Following topic identification, another committee was established, the QEP Development and Implementation Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, students, administrators, and one member of the District Board of Trustees. This committee has been working on defining the topic of College Readiness and planning a course of action to improve student success.

The mission of PHSC’s QEP seeks to improve student success in introductory college-credit-bearing courses and increase completion and retention rates by providing engaging, meaningful, and relevant learning experiences in four specific areas of College Readiness. PHSC’s mission will help students utilize problem-solving skills, pursue intellectual openness, effectively manage time, and persist in achieving academic goals. The course of action will be a College Readiness Experience for targeted first-time-in-college students.

“Through their dedicated efforts, research and creativity, QEP Development and Implementation Committee members will continue the outstanding work that has already been accomplished for the betterment of our students and their learning,” said Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and faculty development and college provost. “We are confident that the development of a phenomenal College Readiness Experience will most certainly improve student success.”

The College Readiness Experience is a new program for PHSC.