Improve Student Learning or Student Success

NOVA is gearing up for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) in 2022. This reaffirmation process requires the development of the Compliance Certification Report and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The QEP involves developing and assessing a strategy that NOVA will use to improve one facet of student learning or student success. According to SACSCOC, student learning addresses knowledge, skills, behavior, and values. It is an opportunity for NOVA to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by increasing student achievement in a single, critical area.

SACSCOC expects that the College has a QEP that:

(a) has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes;

(b) has the 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.

How do we choose our plan? Well, that’s where you come in! The QEP requires broad-based institutional involvement. The process will start with discussions with faculty, staff, and students from each campus. How do you think NOVA should enhance the quality of student learning or improve student success? Do you have a topic that you would like to discuss with your colleagues or a proposal that you would like to submit? Consider attending one of the brainstorming sessions in November taking place at each campus.

NOVA will investigate various topics and select by March 2020. A very detailed plan addressing the implementation and assessment strategy of NOVA’s QEP will be submitted to SACSCOC in August 2021 and reviewed by the on-site committee.

• Fall 2019: Discussion of the topic; proposal deadline is December 15.

• March 2020: Topics submitted to Administrative Council for approval.

• August 2021: QEP submitted to the On-Site Review Committee.

• Fall 2021: On-Site Review of QEP.

• June 2022: Decision by SACSCOC Board of Trustees.

• 2027: Impact Report submitted to SACSCOC as part of the Fifth-Year Interim Report.

What’s our QEP? Let’s decide together!

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