Isothermal Community College

Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a required part of our 2016 reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS). It presents an opportunity for ICC to identify one of its most pressing student learning needs and develop a well-crafted plan to address that need.

For our previous reaffirmation process in 2005, ICC focused on improving the general education competencies and developed a strategy in capture student learning in portfolios. The portfolio has and continues to be a key part of an ICC student’s learning experience. However, we are now being asked to identify and address a new educational need.

The QEP process engages every aspect and every member of learning college. It represents a significant opportunity to focus creative energy and institutional resources on improving student learning outcomes.



Why is the QEP important to students, faculty, and staff at ICC?

The QEP is required as part of the accreditation process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). It provides ICC with an excellent opportunity to improve and enrich our overall institutional quality and effectiveness.

What is the name of CC's QEP?

Start Strong…Finish Strong

What is the focus of SCC’s QEP?

The "Start Strong...Finish Strong” program at Isothermal educates, engages and empowers first-time college students to achieve successful college completion through orientation, pro-active advising, and educational planning.

What are the goals of the “Start Strong...Finish Strong” Program

  • Goal 1: Educate first time students about  college policies, procedures, expectations and culture.
  • Goal 2: Engage first time students with the college resources.
  • Goal 3: Empower first time students to become self-directed learners.