Bridge to Success: The College Readiness Experience

Pasco-Hernando State College believes in the power of education. Committed to an open door policy, the College supports the pursuit of knowledge and provides accessible and affordable opportunities for all students to reach academic and career goals. The College embraces diversity and values the contributions of our students, faculty and staff, and the unique communities within our district. Embracing a student-centered environment lies at the heart of our mission.

What is a QEP?

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accreditation agency. The plan 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. The plan is implemented over a five-year period.

PHSC’s QEP Topic Selection

In fall of 2017, PHSC established a QEP Topic Selection Committee, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The charge of this Committee was to identify topics that focused on improving specific student learning outcomes and student success that aligned with the College’s vision and mission.

QEP Development and Implementation Committees

The QEP Development and Implementation Committee was established after the topic was approved by the District Board of Trustees. This Committee is comprised of broad-based College stakeholders to oversee the development and implementation of the QEP. The specific charge of this Committee is to build upon the work of the QEP Topic Selection Committee by researching the chosen QEP topic and

Summary of PHSC QEP

To date, great work on the development of PHSC’s QEP topic College Readiness has been accomplished. The QEP Development and Implementation Committee has approved a Mission Statement, selected a target student population, selected a course of action (essentially a First-Year Experience focused on four specific areas of College Readiness), selected student success outcomes, and selected student learning outcomes.

QEP Executive Summary

Mission Statement - PHSC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) improves student success by providing engaging, meaningful, and relevant learning experiences in four specific areas of college readiness: problem solving, intellectual openness, time management, and persistence.

Target Student Population - A part-time or full-time student who is attending Pasco-Hernando State College for the first time (FTIC), has earned 6 or fewer credit hours from an accredited institution of higher education, and is enrolled in coursework that leads to an Associate in Arts degree.

Course of Action - A first semester experience designed to enhance the first year of college by addressing college readiness issues for participating students.

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will be able to:

  • Reflect on successful and unsuccessful actions and outcomes used in solving problems.
  • Use a process to effectively solve problems.
  • Engage in discussions with others of different viewpoints and opinions.
  • Demonstrate willingness to explore new ideas and concepts.
  • Manage how they spend the hours in a day to effectively accomplish stated goals.
  • Engage in self-reflection to monitor how they spend their time.
  • Recognize their ability to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrate effort to achieve goals.
  • Adapt plans in order to overcome obstacles.
  • Identify the impact of both interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences.

Student Success Outcomes -

  • Increase first-year retention rates.
  • Increase two-year completion rates.

    Summary of Course of Action - Bridge to Success: The College Readiness Experience is comprised of a course, SLS 1106 Journey to Success. This course emphasizes study in four specific areas of college readiness: problem solving, intellectual openness, time management, and persistence. The primary purpose of this course is to help students develop the attitudes and skills necessary to be successful in college. The SLS 1106 Journey to Success course also includes co-curricular activities that expose students to PHSC’s student support services.