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St. Petersburg College SACS-COC Decennial Reaffirmation 2018

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Download the Ready, Set, Succeed! – SPC’s Quality Enhancement Plan.


Quality Enhancement Plan – Summary

The mission statement at St. Petersburg College is to “promote student success and enrich our communities through education, career development and self-discovery.” The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) allows SPC to focus on college readiness for long-term success as an essential element to help students start smart and finish strong. Ready, Set, Succeed! (RSS!) provides a framework and focus for students that are not yet college ready to begin to know themselves by strengthening their self-efficacy, preparing themselves by understanding how they learn best, and using those strategies to persist and complete their academic goals. These areas will be explored as part of small learning communities, or neighborhoods, which will include faculty mentors and learning support specialists, who will be success coaches. Research on best practices and national statistics, as well as college-wide data, has shown that flexible opt-out students (those students who have opted out of at least one recommended developmental class) need the greatest support in college-level classes since they are the most underprepared of SPC’s student population.

The QEP will focus on three key areas:

  • Ready: Students will identify their learner mindset, including their motivation, and take ownership of their academic goals.
  • Set: Students will learn strategies, such as time management, knowledge monitoring, and comprehension, to help them along their academic path.
  • Succeed: Students will show how the learner mindset and learning strategies have helped them in persistence, retention, and completion of their degree or certificate..

The implementation of the QEP will begin with a pilot in Fall 2017 with a sample of students, representing two campuses, the St. Pete/Gibbs campus (South County) and Clearwater campus (North County). Each year, the program will be expanded to additional campuses.

For this program, these students will be placed in learning communities called Neighborhoods for Success (N4S) and will interact with their faculty mentor and success coach. The students will engage with others in their neighborhood through face-to-face meetings and on-campus events, as well as online modules in MyCourses, SPC’s Learning Management System. Within these neighborhoods, students will find membership, belonging, and support; engage in meaningful, interdisciplinary, integrative coursework promoting diverse views; and gain encouragement to persist toward completion of their academic goals.

Since the mission of the institution is to promote student success through education, career development, and self-discovery, the QEP will enrich SPC’s focus on the College experience as a way to help students finish what they start. This program will provide an opportunity for all of the student support systems to work collaboratively to provide intensive support for this student population.

📰 Ready, Set, Succeed!

As we move into October and our SACSCOC accreditation re-affirmation visit, we want to make sure that you know about our Ready, Set, Succeed plan. There are a few things you can do:

  1. Take the training. In order to do this, first Log on to MyCourses.  At the top of the page, choose Select a Course. Search for “SACSCOC, RSS! QEP and Me?” and click on the course. Complete the SACSCOC/Ready, Set, Succeed! QEP Video and Quiz.  Once you are complete, Click on Complete to get Swag (to receive your pin and bracelet—and to get credit for the training).
  1. Participate in the contests:
  • The Health Sciences and Veterinary Technologies Career and Academic Community has challenged all of the other communities to have a 100% completion rate for the SACS Ready! Training. So, the first community to receive a 100% completion rate will receive a special prize.
  • Each week, there will be a random drawing for those who have completed the training. This will start on Monday and will be included in the e-mail with weekly e-mail reminders.
  • Each day, Dr. Jennifer Haber will be on a different campus and award a prize to someone who has completed the training and is wearing the Ready, Set, Succeed! bracelet and pin. The goal is to get everyone to wear the pin and bracelet to get ready for our SACSCOC visit.
  • Dr. Haber will also be wandering the campuses to ask random QEP questions. Those who answer the questions correctly will be awarded with a price.
  • Prizes will also be awarded for those posting and using the hashtags on various SPC social media outlets. #getreadyspc
  1. Attend one of the information sessions on your campus. This week, we will be at AllState, 129Jn on Tuesday, Sept. 26th from 9am to 4pm, Vet Tech, VT-143 on Wednesday, Sept. 27th from 11am to 4pm, Midtown, JC-141 on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 8am to 1pm, and Downtown DT-210 from 2pm to 4pm, and our final QEP session on Friday, Sept. 29th at Seminole, UP-303 from 10:30am to noon.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jennifer Haber at haber.jennifer@spcollege.edu.

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