CGTC Quality Enhancement Plan

What is the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)?

The QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. The QEP should be embedded within the institution's ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution's internal reaffirmation review. (SACS/COC QEP Handbook 2007)

Plan Guidance

The Plan is guided by a QEP Steering Committee. The QEP Steering Committee is comprised of members from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Information Technology. The Institutional Effectiveness Officer serves as an Advisor.

CGTC Topic/Focus

Improving Long-Term Student Learning Outcomes of Academically Disadvantaged Students

CGTC measures its performance against yearly, state-computed and federally approved normative benchmarks for specially selected core indicators. The selection of the QEP topic is the result of review and analysis of the College's performance on measures of institutional effectiveness derived from federal Carl Perkins Fund core indicator program statistics. One population, the academically disadvantaged, was underperforming by not meeting established benchmarks for success. Academically disadvantaged students are defined as award-seeking CGTC students who score below college-level proficiency on the reading, mathematics, and/or English portions of the college placement examination. To improve performance of the academically disadvantaged student, the College developed its QEP which addresses an area of student learning that is consistent with the overall mission of the College to provide quality academic and occupational education.

Overall Goals of QEP

To improve the following core indicators for the academically disadvantaged students:

1) Successful attainment of academic proficiencies
2) Successful attainment of occupational proficiencies
3) Successful attainment of a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree

QEP Outcome

100% of Students completing Learning Support (LS) will be program ready, as measured by the institution's placement standards.

English: The Student will be able to:
Recognize effective use of various simple sentences, including declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative, in paragraphs, and essays
Recognize correct and consistent use of capitalization in writing
Demonstrate overall proficiency with writing logically organized simple essays demonstrating sentence variety, unity, of organization and coherence
Recognize appropriate use of end punctuation
Identify correct use of subject-verb agreement
Identify correct use of pronoun cases
Write effective compound and complex sentences

Math: The Student will be able to:
Simplify radical expressions
Solve problems requiring addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions
Factor binomials and trinomials
Solve problems requiring addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of powers of signed numbers
Solve problems requiring addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals
Solve problems requiring addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic expressions

Reading: The Student will be able to:
Use word part recognition to determine word meaning
Use context clues to determine word meaning
Identify main idea, both stated and implied
Make inferences
Draw conclusions
Form generalizations
Predict outcomes
Determine author's opinion