Welcome to the New Faculty Training Series

This is a required training module for all full and part-time faculty.

Welcome to New Faculty Orientation Training on LSCC.  You will have two-weeks to complete this part of the training series.  The Welcome to New Faculty Orientation Training on LSCC.  You will have two-weeks to complete this part of the training series.  The Training Series includes 11 lessons with quizzes (be sure to scroll down for Lesson 11 on Strategic Planning. Click on the links below to access each lesson. Quizzes, if given for a specific lesson, are linked at the end of each lesson.  Once done, go back to your  main training page  and complete your  Blackboard training  (as part of the complete training series) via the HR website for new faculty orientation.  Or, click on the Blackboard Basics icon below (for even faster access to the modules).

Click on the links below to access each lesson in the New Faculty Training Series

Lesson 1
--Qualities of Effective Instruction

Lesson 2--FERPA

Lesson 3--Getting to Know LSCC

Lesson 4--CTEL & Faculty Evaluation

Lesson 5--MyLawson!   (Coming Soon!).  Email Sherri Davis for more information.

Lesson 6--Degree Works  

 (Coming Soon!) Email Sherri Davis for more information.

Lesson 7--ADA

Lesson 8--Concerns & Complaints (Procedures)

Lesson 9
--Filing Official Complaints, Title IX & Reporting a Code of Conduct Violation
Incident (on a Student)

Lesson 10--Our QEP--Quality Enhancement Plan

Lesson 10:  Lawson State's Strategic Planning Process:  TAP--Team Assessment and Planning (Review below)


Lawson State Community College maintains a strategic plan and unit level operational plans for the purpose of continuous growth and improvement throughout all divisions and departments of the institution. The purpose of the planning process is to create an college-wide comprehensive approach to improvement that is sustained and continuous and centers on the mission of the institution, its

goals and indicators.  Change and improvement within all divisions and departments MUST connect back to the Mission of the institution and work to support that Mission.  The planning process identifies specific actions the College (through its divisions and departments) will take to reach its mission and vision; acts as a compass for the College’s strategic direction in pursuing its vision for the future; provides a framework from which constituents can work to achieve the institution’s mission, and sets priorities in decision making.  The Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee coordinates the development of  specific goal indicators. These indicators serve as measurable statements and be used to focus assessment and evaluation.

Unit Planning (Unit Plans)

Each academic and educational support unit within the College is responsible for submitting a Unit Plan (Action Plan) which outlines specific objectives designed to help meet the institutional goals and strengthen their division/department. This includes the reporting of the QEP. Unit Plans focus on the department’s/unit’s strengths, weaknesses, and outline specific, targeted areas to improve; serve to track those improvements and use of results (from such improvements).
Student Learning Outcomes Instructional Departments (including the Library and QEP Leadership Team) and select Student Services Departments must also identify and track student learning outcomes (which showcase student learning achievement gains). For Instructional Departments, Student Learning Outcomes center on the competencies of their graduates (exiting their programs) and should be outcome of importance.  Student Services Learning Outcomes focus on what students should be able to “do” based on specific and targeted approaches to teach students specific skills as it relates to Student Services operations (i.e., demonstrate proficiency in registering online, etc…) 

Reporting Cycle

Unit Plans and Student Learning Outcomes are tracked and reported on annually by department / division representative, including the QEP Leadership Team. The cycle begins at the beginning of the fall term and ends every summer, culminating with a Strategic Planning Hearing.  Unit Plans reflect a unit’s evaluation and critical assessment of goals, outcomes and related activities. Student Learning Outcomes reflect student learning gains. The reports also define
the use of results and any modifications that will be made for the following year (if the objective was not reached).  3-Year Cycle of Outcomes Although outcomes are assessed annually, Unit Plans and SLO Reports run on a three year
cycle achievement cycle. The planning and evaluation schedule integrates the planning process and the budgeting process. Outcomes can be held over beyond the third year, if the Unit manager makes the proposed to the Planning Hearing Committee and it is approved.  NOTE: Planning Hearing Process is defined below.  

Program Reviews

Annually, the Vice President for Instructional Services coordinates the review of twenty percent of the College’s instructional programs to assess centrality of the program to the institution’s role and mission, program vitality and demand, use of resources, and uniqueness.  Recommendations, suggestions, and commendations are made, if needed, for each program  reviewed. The report addresses issues of quality and quantity through the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, and discusses performance in relation to the past five years and looking ahead to the next five years and beyond. Indicators of quality will vary among programs and may include: enrollment management, collegiate transfer, career and technical programs, health professions programs, developmental studies, learning resources technology, student development services, financial and physical resources and workforce training and adult education. For more specifics regarding the Program Review process, refer to the Program Review Guide.

Understanding the Strategic Planning Cycle

Lawson State Community College’s Planning, Evaluation and Improvement Process has always been an annual process. However, in 2012, the Strategic Planning Process was refined based on feedback received at the 2012 Planning Hearings. This new process, called “TAP” (Team Assessment and Planning), serves to simplify the planning process and breakdowns the process in clear, distinguishable parts geared towards better facilitating team planning and shared decision making.  “TAP” stands for Team Assessment and Planning. It has three parts—a beginning planning phase (TAP1) in which Unit Outcomes and SLO’s are selected or reapplied for the year; a middle planning phase (TAP2) which serves to assess outcomes at the mid-year point; and a third and final phase (TAP3) which takes place each summer and serves to report year-end outcome results and use of results (during an official and oral Planning Hearing). 

TAP 1: Beginning Process--Drafting Outcomes as a Team

TAP 1 marks the beginning of the planning cycle.

This initial planning cycle runs from August through September annually. Divisions meet (as a collective team) to complete unit outcomes; define student learning outcomes; determine appropriate multiple assessments and plan out their unique approaches to reaching each outcome. Shared planning is emphasized. Unit Plans and Student Learning Outcomes should represent the highest ordered of importance. Once TAP 1 is completed, the department/division begin implementation of the plan(s).  

TAP 2: Assessing Outcomes at Mid-Year 
TAP 2 marks the mid-point / mid-review of all unit planning and student learning outcome efforts. Divisions report on all unit planning outcomes and students learning outcomes (at mid year) and make an assessment (where possible) of where they “are” in terms of reaching the goals set to under each outcome. 

TAP 3: Final Reporting of Outcomes--The Planning Hearings
TAP 3 marks the end of the annual planning cycle. Administrators, faculty and staff representing each division and department of the college report their outcomes achieved and/or not achieved for their Unit Plans and Student Learning Outcomes (where applicable). Use of Results are highlighted and discussed, as well as Action Plans for outcomes that are not achieved. The Hearings are also used as a way to better support and guide divisions in achieving better outcomes for future use.

CLICK HERE for the Strategic Planning and Hearing Manual (for more information on this process).