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What Has AQIP Done For You?

In one way or another, AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) projects cause change and produce results!  Did you know AQIP Action Projects were the force behind the initiation of these accomplishments since 2007?

  • Digital Library
    • The Library was built and two librarians were hired. The library is operating as a successful service to our students, faculty, and staff.
  • New Academic Advising Model  
    • A SSC Team attended the 2010 NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Conference where they began the process of designing a new model.  The advising process now in place is an area of continuous improvement that was built upon that design.
  • Academic Assessment Process Advanced
    • SSC received a “monitoring report” in 2000 as part of our last accreditation site visit, which required us to develop an assessment process that used data-based decision-making.  Academic assessment is a federal compliance requirement and is a critical component of remaining in good standing with our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  Feedback received for the 2010 Systems Portfolio and satellite site visits indicated significant improvement in this area. The College now has a data-based decision-making process that demonstrates that students are gaining the knowledge and skills expected of our graduates.
  • Non-academic Assessment Process Developed
    • A process to assess student services and other departments was developed and approved in 2008.  Each department has developed its mission, vision, values, and goals.  Various quantitative and qualitative measures, including surveys, rubrics, case studies, and portfolios are being used to demonstrate that students are gaining the services expected from the respective departments and to demonstrate their quality improvement efforts.
  • Policies and Procedures (P&P) Manual Reviewed
    • A comprehensive review was undertaken to ensure consistency in policy statements within the P&P Manual and across official College publications. The P&P Manual is being updated accordingly. 
  • Academic Program Review Process and Template Developed
    • Academic Program Review (APR) is a federal compliance requirement and is a critical component of remaining in good standing with our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The first formal cycle of Academic Program Review begins Fall 2013 and will use a template developed by the Action Project Committee.
  • Internal Methods to Track Student Success Identified
    • The combined use of existing processes and new ventures were identified as a means to improve data collection to track students who exit SSC (transfer students, certificate recipients, and degree recipients).  The Action Project supported the University System of Ohio (USO) Strategic Plan
  • AA and AS degrees Incorporated into the College Culture
    • Twenty-two AA and AS concentrations have been developed as of Spring 2011.  The offering of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees was embedded into the culture and infrastructure of the College.
  • Faculty Performance Evaluation
    • A new adjunct faculty performance evaluation was developed and will be implemented when approved.  Recommendations to update other performance evaluations to reflect the growth and size of the College were submitted to the Human Resources Department.
  • Student Evaluation of Instruction Updated
    • Both the policy and the student evaluation rating form were reviewed and revised.  Updating the student evaluation of instruction rating form and corresponding policy and procedure improved the current processes and systems for helping students learn.
  • Quilt Project: Academic Quality Improvement Woven into the Fabric of our College Culture
    • The main goal of the Action Project was to reinforce our quality improvement efforts and make quality improvement a college-wide initiative. The Project was designed to build a culture of systematic, data-based decision makers who support quality improvement initiatives.
  • Getting to Know You: Acknowledging Employees as Central to Fulfilling our Mission
    • The Action Project was designed to identify systematic ways to acknowledge and value our employees in order to improve our working environment, thus enhancing student learning and success which is central to our mission.  Concerns and accolades were solicited from college employees as a means of supporting our quality improvement initiatives and our mission.


Current Action Projects

  • Initiating an Ongoing Program to Create and Support a Quality Workplace
    • The Action Project is designed to initiate ongoing professional development programming to disseminate information and to provide the tools and skills required to maintain a positive, ethical, and productive work environment. The project will focus on the necessity of ethical conduct in the workplace, the tools and skills required for ethical decision making, and the promotion of pillars of character. Stakeholders will be trained on the Ohio Ethics Law and Related Statues as well as an introduction to resolution/mediation of conflict. The Action Project establishes a starting point for both formal and informal professional development to support a commitment to excellence, collegiality, respect, professionalism, and personal integrity. The College believes that a sense of community is achieved when these ideals and values are reflected in the behaviors of its members towards one another.
  • Developing a Plan to Implement “Fast-Track” Career Enhancement Certificates
    • The Action Project is designed to develop a comprehensive plan to successfully implement fast-track Career Enhancement Certificates. The plan will include a review of current certificates as well as the development of potential certificates. The local economy will be analyzed to determine economic development priorities. Strategies will be identified to support internal “buy-in,” ongoing engagement, and implementation of the certificates. The implementation process will include plans for marketing, student recruitment, and assessment of learning outcomes.
  • Advancing, Communicating, and Celebrating our Quality Initiative Successes
    • There are three main, related goals of the Action Project that will advance the College’s quality commitment and culture.   The project will: 1) develop a process to review/assess our past Action Project successes and ensure they are still working as expected, 2) develop a process to report completion of an Action Project, its accomplishments, and lessons learned and 3) develop a process to celebrate our quality improvement successes in support of our strategic value and goal on People.   The three goals build momentum for additional achievements and will answer, in part, the process question of “how effective are we at communicating our successes” and the results-related question “how well is our quality initiative working?”