Freshman Encounter: e³4 life

Lawson State Community College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Freshman  Encounter: e³4 life is designed to equip, engage and empower (e³) freshmen with skills and knowledge that will contribute to their success at Lawson State and provide effective engagement strategies to facilitate their success.  The QEP has three components:  The Freshman Academy (ORI101 Orientation Course for incoming students); the FAME instructors (Faculty Academy Master Educators) who teach the ORI101 classes, and the SPACE Center (a multi-dimensional Student Services support center).  The three-pronged initiative assists students in making the academic and social transition to college and is integrated in the college’s mission, vision and goals. The QEP is designed to help students learn to better navigate the scope and depth of what a full college experience has to offer; improve student engagement levels; broaden individual skills, abilities and horizons; strengthen intellectual and individual responsibility and independence; and actively involve students in the learning process. 

   Years in the Making.  Go Back in Time to Learn about the QEP:

To gain more insight, view our QEP informational video that was produced when we first launched the QEP at the institution in the fall of 2010. 

The strategic approach of the QEP involves three key components which serve to embed student engagement campus-wide and prove student learning. The plan includes the revamping of the freshman orientation course (newly entitled, The Freshman Academy), the Faculty & Staff Academy, and the creation of a SPACE Center (Student Persistence through Assistance and Collaborative Efforts).  The QEP Plan was initially implemented in 2010 (after being approved by Lawson State's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools / Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) and has been running successfully since that time.  In 2015, the QEP was reviewed again and was successfully approved during its 5th Year Review (without any recommendations from SACS COC) based on the submitted QEP Impact Report below.

QEP 2015 (5 Year Impact Report)