Virginia Community College
March 27, 2014
President's Conference Room
Adams, Student Success Center Coordinator
Sandidge, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services
Gatti, Director, Bedford Off-Site Center
Lofaso, QEP - Co-Chair, Associate
Professor of Psychology
Randolph, Professor of English
Riley, Student Services Coordinator
Velez, QEP – Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of English
Mr. Ernie Wade,
Associate Professor of Economics
Ogden, Interim Dean, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
Lofaso called the meeting to order.
reminded the Committee that the next meeting on April 3 will be a noon instead
of 1pm due to a Governance Council Meeting scheduled at 1pm on that date.
committee discussed the April 10 meeting, which is the week of the New Horizons
Conference. Since many members will be
attending that conference, the meeting was cancelled.
committee members (Dr. Lofaso, Dr. Randolph, and Lana Velez) plan to visit the
tutoring center at Virginia Western Community College while in Roanoke
attending the New Horizons conference.
During the meeting scheduled for April 17, the committee plans to take
information from the Learning Resource Center subcommittee and those who
visited Virginia Western’s tutoring center and begin to make recommendations on
how to reallocate space in the Bedford building.
informed the committee that we now have five entries in the logo contest. The deadline for the contest is March
31. Members of the marketing
subcommittee previously decided that if we receive fewer than ten submissions,
the larger QEP committee will vote on the winner. (If we received more than ten, the marketing
subcommittee would narrow down the entries before presenting them to the larger
committee for a vote.) Choosing the
winning logo will be on the agenda for the April 3 meeting. Mr. Riley also plans to interview the artist
who wins the contest and send out a press release.
marketing committee is also planning a “game show” contest for Thursday, April
24. Playing on the friendly rivalry that
exists between Student Government members and Student Ambassador members, the
marketing committee is planning a game show contest that will incorporate
questions about the QEP.
committee also discussed setting up a booth during the student picnic on
Friday, April 25. QEP members will sign
up for times to sit at the booth and distribute information. Once the winning logo is determined, Mr.
Riley and the marketing subcommittee members will decide what marketing items
they can purchase and have in time to distribute at the picnic. Mr. Sandidge asked Mr. Riley to provide him
with budget information regarding the purchase of those items.
provided the committee with an update on assessment tools. English faculty who primarily teach ENF 3/ENG
111 reviewed Pearson’s draft of a post test and have sent the company suggested
changes. Once Pearson has those changes,
the company will start working on a
second version of the post test to use for ENF 1 and ENF 2 courses. The English department plans to administer
post tests at the end of this semester in order to have some baseline data and
also to “test drive” the process in preparation for the fall. In the fall, all ENF students will take a pre
test and a post test, and they will also participate in an essay
assessment. English department faculty
are currently working on the essay assessment instrument.
updated the committee on progress with the interactive time line website. She delivered materials to Mr. Wil Perez on
Wednesday, March 26. The materials
included 38 files with information such as power point presentations, results
of the ENF survey completed in the fall, and descriptions of QEP-related
meetings and events. She will continue
to work with Mr. Perez on this project and keep the committee updated on
noted that she and Ms. Velez sent out an “everyone” email to the college
community with an update on the QEP.
This email was sent on Tuesday, March 25. The QEP Co-Chairs were scheduled to present
at the Faculty Association meeting that day, but school as closed due to
inclement weather. Mrs. Velez also sent
out an additional email to all English faculty that included more specifics
regarding assessment. That email was
also sent on Tuesday, March 25.
informed the committee that she and Mrs. Velez will host two open forums
(“Coffee, Tea, and the QEP”) on Thursday, April 17. One will be at noon in the student center,
and the other will be late afternoon with the intent of reaching night students.
noted that she contacted Dr. Peter Dorman, who is editing the QEP document, to
let him know that Mrs. Velez, Dr. Lofaso, and Dr. Randolph will be focusing on
writing the QEP document over the summer.
April 1, Dr. Lofaso, Dr. Randolph, Mrs. Velez, and Ms. Ogden plan to meet to
discuss the QEP.
and Mrs. Velez shared information with the committee regarding the College of
Reading and Learning Association, which certifies tutoring programs. This group also offers tutor training
materials. Dr. Lofaso requested that we budget for membership in this
organization, which is $70 per person.
The committee decided that Ms. Adams, Dr. Randolph, Dr. Lofaso, and Mrs.
Velez should become members. Mr.
Sandidge requested that they provide him with the application materials next
was adjourned at 1:50 p.m. The next
meeting will be at noon on April 3.