Copiah-Lincoln Community College is in the process of preparing for the 2015 reaffirmation of accreditation with the southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Colleges (SACS-COC). As a requirement of this process, the College must identify a student learning topic for its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

Copiah-Lincoln Community College has selected a topic of “Strengthening Written Communication Skills”.  Currently Co-Lin is in the planning phase with the goal of beginning a pilot program in the Fall of 2014.

 QEP Director Selected

We are very pleased to announce that Copiah-Lincoln Community College has hired Dr. Rhonda Tilly as the QEP Director.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a college wide project that will be in effect for 5 years.  The director of the project must be well versed multiple areas related to the topic, statistical information and analysis, and a key player in documenting and writing reports affiliated with the QEP.  Dr. Tilly has extensive experience in Institutional Effectiveness and the interactions with SACS.  Additionally, Dr. Tilly is a former Co-Lin employee in Humanities at the Simpson County Center and understands the College dynamics.

Dr. Tilly is a wonderful addition to the QEP team and we are very excited about her insight and direction as we move through our 5 years plan focused on “Strengthening Written Communication Skills”.

Write Path Student Photo

"The Write Path" is a five-year plan focused on student learning.  The purpose of Copiah-Lincoln Community College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to improve student writing in the disciplines.  If approved, this initiative will begin on the Wesson Campus in the fall of 2015 and will expand to the other campuses later in the five-year plan.   The college has two action items to help fulfill this purpose:

  • Action Item One:  Courses in various disciplines will include intentional enhanced writing components to improve written communication skills. 
  • Action Item Two:  The college will provide services to support the student writing process. 

 Topic Selection

Over a year ago, the QEP Leadership Committee began the process of soliciting ideas and input of a QEP topic from several venues including students, faculty, staff, and community members, with both online and hard copy submission opportunities.  This broad-based participation helped guide the Leadership Committee to a compiled list of ideas that was brought to Topic Recommendation Committee.

The QEP Topic Recommendation Committee when met on several occasions during the Fall 2012 term to review a wide range of topic suggestions as well as elated internal and external data pertaining to possible QEP topics.  After carefully narrowing the topic options, the QEP Topic Recommendation Committee recommended for consideration “Strengthening Writing Communication Skills” as the QEP topic for the 2015 reaffirmation.

Dr. Nettles approved and endorsed the project as one that is a strong topic and will benefit our students.  The topic was then referred to the QEP Development and Implementation Team to begin the process of visiting other institutions including but not limited to the University of Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss, Alcorn State, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi College.

The visits have created many opportunities for questions, insight, sharing, suggestions, and ideas so that we may begin to develop our own plan of action. 

Next Steps:

We must be sure to develop a plan which includes research, methodology identification, training, and implementation.  We feel there will be two areas of focus for the QEP on writing: 1) pedagogy (faculty-professional development) and 2) environmental (student).  Once our goals are established, we will determine any training needed, options of professional development, and decide on the implementation strategy.  We will pilot our QEP plan starting in the Fall of 2014 with an opportunity to receive feedback and approval from SACS prior to the official implementation in the Fall of 2015.

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