Monday, August 14, 2006

AQIP: Have your say in the future of the college

AQIP, Academic Quality Improvement Program, is the process Columbus State will use to renew our accreditation. Since 1971, Columbus State has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and since 1999 there have been two methods for accreditation: AQIP and the Program for Educational Assessment of Quality. Columbus State has been selected to participate in a new process, AQIP, to assess ourselves and select areas for improvement.

Instead of evaluating Columbus State’s existing programs, AQIP will judge the college based on its plans for continuous improvement. Columbus State is one of 21 colleges in Ohio selected to retain its accreditation through the AQIP program.

During the AQIP process, you can and need to make your voice heard. Starting today, AQIP will require everyone’s assistance in making Columbus State the best it can be.

The AQIP process consists of three simple steps that will take place over the next couple of months: a Constellation Survey, a Conversation Day, and Action Steps.

1.   The Constellation Survey: Take it today

The Constellation Survey asks for campus input on what the college values and how we are performing in a variety of areas. This is a survey (online and print) of all college employees. The survey gives employees a chance to comment on which of the college’s processes work well—and which ones could use improvement. This survey will be administered beginning today, August 14–September 22.

To take the survey, go to Use the password “cscc” to log in.

The confidential and anonymous survey contains a total of 89 questions and takes an average of 28 minutes to complete. Your progress will be saved as you complete the survey. If you need to leave the site and continue the survey at a later time, you can. In order to do so, you must print the survey ticket number given to you at login and reenter this number when beginning the survey again.

All employees should print their survey ticket number in order to be included in prize drawings to be announced at a later time.

2.   Conversation Day

Using the results of the survey, the college will hold a Conversation Day to discuss our next steps. Conversation Day is scheduled for In-Service Day, October 25, and will identify continuous improvement projects and define goals for the college.

3.  Action Projects

After the survey and Conversation Day, the college will identify about three improvement projects to begin working on. These projects will address the college’s most pressing needs and make an immediate impact. New improvement projects will be selected as the accreditation process continues.


Professional quality music produced at Columbus State

Any musician looking to get a leg up on the competition should look at Columbus State’s audio production courses.

Through a sequence of three courses, Music 251 Audio Production I, Music 252 Audio production II, and Music 253 Audio Production III, students learn recording techniques for studio and live performances, sound reinforcement techniques, editing techniques and principles, and post-production techniques.

“The courses are a great way for a band to put together a mix of their work,” says Kenny Ruffin, media production technician in the Educational Resources Center and instructor of the courses.

While he says many students taking the courses are already active in the local music scene, the courses are “a great way to get professional quality recording for a fraction of the cost.” Ruffin also says that after learning the production techniques in the sequence of courses that “students might find employment in recording live concerts for bands.”

A copy of additional works by students is available on reserve in the ERC.


Woodwind Ensemble to highlight classical and American works

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a free 45-minute concert on Tuesday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room.

The concert will include the works of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky, as well as American composers Randall Thompson and William Grant Still.

For more information, contact Thomas Lloyd


“Mere Mortals” to be staged

Theatre Columbus State will present “Mere Mortals” by David Ives August 24–26 in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Nancy Kephart, associate professor in Communications Skills, will direct the production.

Tickets to these six one-act comedies are free.

Performance times are:

  • Thursday, August 24: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  • Friday, August 25: 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 26: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Kephart at 287-2534.

Open house in Pickaway County August 16

As a reminder, Columbus State and Ohio University are co-sponsoring an open house at Teays Valley High School on August 16 from 6–9 p.m. Representatives from the Student Assistant Center, Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling and Advising, and Off-Campus will be representing the college.

“This is our first event in this county, and we are excited about the opportunity to serve this area and provide an ease of access to higher education in this district,” says Susan Norris-Berry, administrator of Off-Campus programs.

If you would like to attend or if you have questions, contact Susan Norris-Berry at ext. 5083.