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CQI Activity Form

CSCC improvement projects come in all shapes and sizes. But the bottom line is that quality is what we strive for every day. Here's the form you can use to tell us about your special project.  

In-Service Day Projects

Spring In-Service Day once again featured a call for CQI projects. Below are thirteen improvement efforts that are currently underway.

•  The Learning Object Project - sponsored by Business Programs: John Eldridge, team leader.
The Learning Object project will give business students a new way to engage course concepts through the innovative use of media and graphics. The project concludes Summer Semester 2014.

•  BLUEprint Student Success Workshops - sponsored by Advising Services: Sheri Harrington, team leader.grad faces
With a Student Success Innovation Fund Grant, the BLUEprint program will expand its services.  Plans include interactive web workshops, more in-person workshops during evening and weekend hours, and the development of a 'best practice' model.  

• College Completion Coaches - sponsored by Advising Services and Developmental Education: Jan Rogers and Marisa Vernon, team leaders. 
This project takes aim at students in six sections of COLS 1100 and 1101 who received FOCUS Early Alerts. Two coaches will provide a minimum of three coaching sessions to each student along with other hands-on help. Data metrics will be examined longitudinally in consultation with the IR office team.  

• Phase II: Connect2Complete Peer Advocate Program - sponsored by Advising Services: Marisa Vernon, team leader.  
Peer Advocates provide a helping hand to fellow students in many ways including scholarship applications, Ohio Benefits Bank assistance, general student services' referrals, COLS 1100/1101 assignments and SEAL opportunities. TutorTrac will monitor student persistence, completion and civic engagement outcomes.  

Connections - sponsored by Advising Services: Beth Stanley, team leader.  
Connections is an electronic newsletter for students which covers all the breaking news in Advising Services, Records and Registration, Financial Aid, TRIO, Disability Services and Career Services. New issues are updated at the beginning of each semester.  

•  Graduation Initiatives Team - sponsored by Advising Services: team leaders include Marisa Vernon, Janet McDermott, Stacie Odhner-Sibley, Holly Green, Lorrie Ritchey, Allen Parsons, Cassi Stewart and Stephanie Pfeifer. 
Building new student institutional loyalty and goal completion are the aims of this project. The team will promote timely submission of Petition to Graduate forms, long-term completion advising, a Graduation Fair and a milestone recognition program.  

•  Math Advising - department sponsors include Mathematics, Arts & Sciences, Advising Services and the Telephone Information Center: Sue Judd, team leader.
Math Advising will streamline the process for students requesting a review of their math transfer credit for the purpose of fulfilling a CSCC prerequisite or completing a CSCC math degree requirement.  Without this process, students can end up taking the COMPASS math test unnecessarily and taking additional math courses they may not need.  

•  Registration Workshop - sponsored by Advising Services and the Student Assistance Center: Marisa Vernon and Marcy Leeds, team leaders.  
In lieu of a formal orientation program, daily advising sessions were created to address the needs of new students who were not always familiar with the college process. Topics covered are placement scoring, majors and programs, time management and course selection,  

•   Report Advising Training - sponsored by Advising Services: Mary Whitt, team leader.  
The goal of this project is to achieve continuous quality training of new and current staff in Advising Services on policies, procedures, academic programs, and articulation agreements through the use of department meetings, outside professional development opportunities, and an annual staff retreat.

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Student Success Projects for 2014

• Advising
In this project sixteen academic advisors will be dedicated to specific content areas and faculty.
Goal: improve directed advising on scheduling and pathways through specific degrees, certifications, and pre-majors. Arts and Sciences will have six advisors, one for Development Education and five for remaining departments. Career and Technical Areas will host ten advisors, five for Health and Human Services, and five for Business and Engineering.
In Progress: identify space for new advisors; determine expenses for space and training.
Project Lead: Desiree Polk-Bland

Math Strategy Team
This three year project focuses on the five remedial math courses.
Goal: reduce student time spent in remediation. Data collection will compare how MATH 1099 students have functioned in subsequent Math courses.
In Progress: course development for contextual courses, and identification of programs that may need such courses; budget estimates for additional lab space; development of a survey on projected success rates, retention and cost savings.
Project Leads: Julie Hallas, Kelly Hogan, Dan Marketos

Initial project data indicates that the retention rate for those students going through tutoring is high (70-80% range) and that the success rate is in the mid 60% range.
Goal: create a comprehensive system of advising in multiple delivery methods and with flexible availability.
In Progress: creation of a training program; budget estimates for more peer mentors, adjunct tutors and related space requirements; development of searchable tutoring database.
Project Leads: David Reedy, Lynn Giese

Two new student pilot orientation programs – one in-person, one online – began in Autumn 2013.
Goal: provide registration workshop so "ready to register" students will leave with ID card in hand; faculty presentation will help interpret placement test results.
In Progress: develop pre-test/post-test survey; collect data on how many students stay through census date, and how many hours they complete successfully; identify vendor for online content and related videos.
Project Lead: Stephanie Albrecht

The new Honors Program will launch Autumn 2014 with a cohort of 50-100 students. The program will build on eleven courses that have honors sections. Several $2000 scholarships are available and renewable for up to two years.
Goal: grow the program and expan
d the offerings into multiple departments and areas; partner with Preferred Pathways, Admissions and other offices for seamless transition into the program.

In Progress: create website and application process for launch on April 1st, 2014; identify funding support to create new courses, and marketing and outreach campaign to area high schools; locate funding for office space and a dedicated lounge area; develop more opportunities for co-curricular and extra-curricular Honors Activities.

Project Lead: Rebecca Mobley

Textbook Affordability/Digitizing Content Initiative
This project replaces textbooks and lab materials with digitized content produced by college faculty. Currently faculty are getting 3 hours of reassigned time to create content materials. There will be room for about 5 courses in the current budget.
Goal: launch new cohort beginning March 31st, 2014.
In Progress: increase budget to allow for more faculty/courses to enter program. Plan to track the success data for courses with digitized content over a several year period.
Project Leads: Jon Kreger, Matthew Heywood

Starfish/FOCUS/Early Alert
In this project faculty are asked to provide real-time data on at-risk students and their academic progress. Multiple alerts can trigger an early intervention and contact with an advisor.
Goal: sustain the Early Alert work through
In Progress: with the budget cycle ending September 30, 2014, new funds must be identified.
Project Leads: Megan McWilliams, Teddi Lewis-Hotopp

Arts and Sciences Learning Communities
Learning communities increase student success.
Goal: advising, orientation and marketing will create the first pilot learning community of paired courses.
In Progress: determine budget for faculty reassign time, more course pairings, student and faculty marketing campaigns, and 'connectivity' social gatherings.
Project Leads: Joan Petrusky, David Tom

Kaizen Tackles Two More Projects

The Kaizen team was busy over the winter break. Two projects from this unique quality improvement committee are nearing completion.

Improving Graduation Rates is a joint effort between Records and Registration, Information Technology and Curriculum Management.  The project kicked off in July 2013 and wraps up in February 2014. The goal - "design a graduation process for students who meet requirements but have not attended Columbus State for at least one year." Team members include Brenda Dembraski, Sandra Downing, Julie Collins, Rick Greene, Kimberly kaiz peepsHachet, Regina Harper, Susan Norris-Berry and Brian Seeger.


In studio - Kaizen team members, from left, Kim Hachet, Ric Greene, Regina Harper and Brian Seeger during the taping of their first video.


Improving the Enrollment Process for Transient Students combines four departments - Records and Registration, Admissions, Financial Aid and Advising Services.  The project deadline was December 2013.  Team members are Mary Ashley, Tari Blaney, Jamel Chamberlain, Julie Collins,Jan Crozier, Brenda Dembraski, Sandra Downing, Tim Goetz, Rick Greene, Kimberly Hachet, Regina Harper, Marcy Leeds, Misty Mahefkey, Tisha Mcglaughlin, Susan Norris-Berry, Brian Seeger, Marisa Vernon, Suzanne Von Ahn, Michele Welsh, Mary Whitt, and Elizabeth Wyles.