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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.


Student Success Projects for 2014

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-mamechanicjors. 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

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: Rerespbecca Mobley

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

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

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.



Selected 2013 CQI Projects

Below are some of the improvement projects going on this year, along with contact names.

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Kaizen Team.  Rick Greene, Kim Hachet, Regina Harper, and Brian Seeger talk about their work on this unique CQI team.

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Operation Ceasefire.  Don Ricker talks about his demographic study on Columbus's Near East Side for a violence prevention project.

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Student Engagement through Athletics & Campus RecreationJudith Cockrell, Patricia Fabrisi, Amanda Jennings, Darrylene Mason, Mikhail Shmukler and Todd Taylor.  Improving student success and attainment through intercollegiate sports and recreation is the goal of this project.  A Leadership Institute project.

pdf icon   Improving Online Student Success & Attainment with Embedded Librarians.   David Metz, Jonathan Kreger, Julie Collins, Kim Leggett, Maurice Anderson, Martina Cora. Integrating librarians into online classes enhances connectedness and student success. A Leadership Institute project.

pdf icon   The Alumni Engagement Project.  Patty Gabrenya, Doug Gray, Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, Jon Moorehead, Angie Schreiber, Sandy Kellam.  Colleges depend on their alumni for many vital activities.  This project will identify ways to develop those relationships.  A Leadership Institute project.

pdf icon   Office Supply Project.  Kimberly Brazwell, Lydia Gilmore, Murray Holmes, Michael Johnson, Christina Stillion.  Streamlining and simplifying the ordering of office supplies will be easier once this project is implemented.   A Leadership Institute project.