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quinebaug valley community college

Strategic Priority 2: Foster academic innovation and exceptional service to our students

QVCC Quadcopter team

Priority and Metrics

  • Align and develop new academic program offerings to mirror our regional labor market and transfer needs.
  • Enhance our orientation processes for students and their families to ensure access to our academic and student support resources.
  • Implement guided pathways, intentional advising, and expand academic and early alerts to increase retention and completion.
  • Develop, scale, assess, and adjust flexible learning and course modalities while affirming and supporting face-to-face instruction to better meet the need of all learners.
  • Strengthen the assessment of student learning outcomes for continuous improvement through academic and student services program review.
  • Embed tutors into courses with high failure/high withdraw rates including Math pathway courses and librarians into gateway courses in English and First Year Experience to expand learning/information literacy.
  • Create CSC 101 First Year Experience course and tie to majors in alignment with CSCU requirements and overtime contextual the course to majors and pathways.
  • Enhance our physical footprint with development of our early childhood lab school and mechatronics programming.
  • Secure federal, state, and philanthropic grant funding to promote innovation and best practice.
  • Enhance and scale open education resources (OER), low-cost texts, course reserves, and free-to-student library e-resources.
  1. Align all QVCC programs to CSCC.
  2. New or redesigned programs are launched in credit and non-credit in alignment to labor market needs including health, IT, and manufacturing sector.
  3. Redesign orientation process is implemented, including training on Blackboard and online learning, fall to spring and spring to fall new student retention rates increase.
  4. Increase retention rates, increase completion rates, increase number and percentage of students using guided pathway advising sessions, increase rates of students on early and academic alerts with higher levels of success and lower rates of probation and suspension.
  5. Increase offerings of online modalities (online, hybrid, hyflex and LRON), increase student success in online modalities (online, hybrid, hyflex, and LRON), and increase and equivalent success rates in online modalities by ethnicity groups.
  6. All programs and departments are part of a 5-year cycle of program review, additional trainings offered to faculty on student learning outcomes and assessment measurements, and student services departments also put on a 5-year cycle of review.
  7. Increase student success rates in Math Pathway courses, English and First Year Experience and baseline data and metrics on student learning outcomes established for informational literacy outcome.
  8. Increase retention and completion rates for students who took the CSC 101 course. Decrease changes to major for those who took CSC 101 course. Similar outcomes across KPI equity framework indicators.
  9. Facilities upgrades occur related to the early childhood lab and mechatronics labs.
  10. QVCC opens early childhood lab school, baseline data on number of students served, and impact on their retention, and completion rates is recorded and studied.
  11. QVCC applies for and acquires additional federal, state, and philanthropic grants to expand programming and pilot best practice.
  12. Increase the number and percentage of courses with OER, low cost or course reserves or free-to-student library e-resources.
  13. Study the number of students impacted and quantify savings to students of implementing this goal.