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WCU Quality Enhancement Plan

 

Quality Enhancement Plan Update

As you are aware, WCU is seeking reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This is an update about the current accreditation-related activities occurring at WCU. 

A QEP Topic Development Committee has been formed to develop the proposal, Courses to Careers: Building Psychosocial Competency, which was authored by Ty Marion and Shauna Sleight. The committee is chaired by Tonya Westbrook, Associate Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work. The first meeting was held on October 19, 2015. The remaining committee members include: 

  • Beau Busby - Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs
  • Lori Caudle - Assistant Professor, Human Services, College of Education and Allied Professions
  • Theresa Cruz-Paul – Director, Center for Career and Professional Development, Academic Affairs
  • Katy Ginanni - Collection Development Librarian, Hunter Library
  • Ann Green - Budget Analyst, Administration and Finance
  • Adam Hampton - Director of Inter-Club Council, Student Government Association
  • Christine Harringer- Associate Director, Center for Career and Professional Development, Academic Affairs
  • Tony W. Johnson - Former Dean of The Citadel School of Education, Former Dean of West Chester University's College of Education, WCU Alumnus
  • Devan Lalas - Graduate Student, Higher Education and Student Learning
  • Marco Lam - Associate Professor, Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law, College of Business
  • Ty Marion - Graduate Student, Business Administration
  • Jayme McGhan - Director, School of Stage and Screen, College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • David Onder - Director of Assessment, Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness
  • Annette Parris- Office Manager, Coulter Faculty Commons
  • Arthur Salido - Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Arts and Sciences; Director, SACSCOC Reaffirmation, Office of the Provost
  • Rubae Schoen – Director of Brand Experience, University Marketing
  • Shauna Sleight - Director of Campus Recreation & Wellness, Campus Recreation & Wellness
  • Sara Smith - Instructional Technology Consultant, Information Technology
  • Wes Stone - Associate Professor, Engineering & Technology, The Kimmel School of Construction Management & Technology

The Quality Enhancement Plan Topic Development committee will use the Courses to Careers proposal, institutional assessment data, and wide-ranging input from many constituents for the creation of a focused and assessable QEP which will improve student learning.

Compliance Committee Update

The Compliance Committee has been working since November 2014 to prepare the SACSCOC Compliance Report, which will be submitted on September 6, 2016.  The committee is on-track to complete a rough draft of the report by November 15, 2015 which will allow sufficient time for review, editing, and fine-tuning of the report narratives and supporting evidence.  The Compliance Committee is chaired by Michael Smith, Department Head and Joe W. Kimmel Distinguished Professor of Construction Management. The remaining committee members include:

  • Jane Adams-Dunford - Assistant Vice Chancellor, Kneedler Child Development Center, Student Affairs
  • Ashley Beavers – Visual Arts Specialist, Communication and Public Relations
  • Shea Browning  - Associate General Counsel, Title IX Coordinator, Legal Counsel and Technology Transfer
  • Dale Carpenter – Dean, College of Education and Allied Professions
  • Timothy Carstens  - Associate Dean of Library Services, Hunter Library
  • Cory Causby - Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and Payroll, Administration and Finance
  • Keith Corzine - Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Kristen Crosson – Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budgets, Financial Planning and Analysis, Budget Office, Administration and Finance
  • Greg Hodges  - Director, Academic Resources and Business Operations, Office of the Provost
  • David Hudson - Associate Professor, Physical Therapy; Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Leroy Kauffman - Associate Professor, Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law, College of Business
  • David Kinner - Associate Professor, Geosciences and Natural Resources; Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brian Kloeppel - Associate Professor, Geosciences and Natural Resources; Acting Dean, Graduate School
  • Tim Metz - Assistant Vice Chancellor, Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, Office of the Provost
  • Stacey Miller - Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance / Senior Woman Administrator, Athletics
  • Bob Mulligan – Professor, School of Economics, Management, and Project Management, College of Business; Acting Associate Dean, Graduate School
  • David Onder - Director of Assessment, Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness
  • Trina Orr - Director of Financial Aid, Student Affairs
  • Christina Reitz - Associate Professor, School of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Kristin Rowe - Associate Registrar for Academic Affairs
  • Arthur Salido - Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Arts and Sciences; Director, SACSCOC Reaffirmation, Office of the Provost
  • Brandon Schwab - Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • David Steinbicker - Controller, Controller’s Office, Administration and Finance
  • Tonya Westbrook - Associate Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work

Be assured that WCU’s reaffirmation effort is being accomplished by talented and hard-working students, employees, and alumni. Please thank these individuals when you see them. Feel free to direct questions or comments to me, Arthur Salido, or to the committee chairs, Tonya Westbrook and Michael Smith.

 


WCU community chooses ‘Courses to Careers’
as QEP topic!

 

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Read the Abstract and Whitepaper of our winning topic!

http://thereporter.wcu.edu/2015/09/wcu-community-chooses-courses-to-careers-as-qep-topic/


Every 10 years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) conducts a comprehensive review of each of its accredited institutions. Western Carolina University will undergo its next SACSCOC review in 2017, and at the center of that review will be the examination of WCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP must be centered around a single, well-defined idea that will improve the institution and enhance student learning.
More than 50 topics were submitted for consideration for WCU's next 10-year QEP, and 8 finalists were chosen. Now, all members of the WCU campus community will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the winning idea as we collaborate to design the future of our university.
The QEP will align with the WCU 2020 Plan and become a defining design for the next decade at Western Carolina.


 
Review the Final Topics HERE!
Click here to watch the video from last Spring, 2015, QEP Topics Sessions Campus Wide Open Forum.

 

 

 

 

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