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.

As success is one of PHSC’s core values, the College ensures that achievement is prioritized and uniquely individualized for each student. Efforts focus on the personal and professional achievement of competencies and skills that empower students to make lifelong decisions relevant to successful careers and personal growth.

As an opportunity for enhancing student success, PHSC is in the process of developing and implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focused on College Readiness titled Bridge to Success.

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.

The QEP is a document developed by the institution that:

  1. has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes
  2. has broad-based support of institutional constituencies
  3. focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and student success
  4. commits resources to initiate, implement, and complete the QEP
  5. includes a plan to assess achievement

SACSCOC 2018 Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Section 7.2, page 58-60

SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan Framework

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.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provided data and information relevant to PHSC and student learning for committee members to consider. Four potential QEP topics were identified: (1) college readiness; (2) advising; (3) retention and completion; and (4) developmental education.

Ten focus groups, with a total of 119 College stakeholders, were conducted. Additionally, a QEP Topic Selection Survey was administered collegewide. The focus group and survey findings were used to guide the QEP Topic Selection Committee to determine the preferred topic of College Readiness—recommended to and approved by PHSC’s District Board of Trustees at their January 2018 meeting.

QEP Development and Implementation Committee

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 identifying the best practices necessary to address the topic. In addition, the Committee will write, implement, assess, and maintain the QEP. The Committee began meeting in September 2018.    

QEP Development and Implementation Committee Members

QEP Development and Implementation Subcommittees

In order to efficiently perform the development duties and responsibilities of the Committee, several subcommittees were formed. Committee Members were provided the opportunity to serve based upon their interests. The various subcommittees include: activities, branding and marketing, budget, course of action, curriculum and assessment, implementation, instructor certification, QEP Outcomes, and student population.

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.

Currently, the Committee is working on finalizing the development of the curricular and co-curricular experiences as well as considering launch and wrap-up experiences to be included as part of the fresh, new PHSC College Readiness Experience, Bridge to Success.