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 improve 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).
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About the QEP (Components--The Three Tiers)
The Freshman Academy (ORI101) is course designed to equip, engage and empower students and provides students with an array of experimental learning opportunities geared towards seven specific student learning outcomes. Each expected outcome addresses a specific and targeted area that the college (faculty, staff, students and administrators), the community and other stakeholders as well as strategic planning data have indicated as areas in need of improvement. The targeted areas include: technology skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills (oral, written and listening), social skills, time management skills, study skills, leadership skills and accepting personal responsibility.
The Faculty & Staff Academy is housed in the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (CTEL) and is designed to equip, engage and empower faculty and staff with enhanced engagement skills. Select faculty and staff (identified as Faculty Academy Master Educators--FAME) are exposed to a variety of seminars, workshops and activities that are focused on the teaching and learning process and how to engage students in that process. Participants gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in fostering student learning and enabling the College to meet its goals college-wide. All instructors who are selected to teach the Freshman Academy successfully complete the Faculty Academy (which is a full year of training). Professional development for FAME instructors is designed to provide faculty with a variety of experiences that enable them to become more versed in student engagement, classroom technologies, learning styles, motivation techniques, team building, and so forth.
The SPACE Center (Student Persistence through Assistance and Collaborative Efforts) is a collaboration between the Instructional division of the college and Student Services and is designed to foster and facilitate student success. It is a comprehensive integrated academic, career, and counseling service center that addresses both academic and non-academic factors facing students and is designed to better equip, engage and empower students to success. Services include tutoring, counseling, advisement, mentoring, technology services, financial services assistance, academic support, non-academic support, referrals, and more. The center is broad based in nature and is housed on both campuses of Lawson State.The strategic approach of the QEP involves three key components which serve to embed student engagement campus-wide and improve 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).