QEP: Quality Enhancement Plan

Topic Selection

Halifax Community College began the process of choosing a QEP to guide us through the next five to ten years officially in Fall 2017. Research conducted during the development of HCC’s 2017-2022 strategic plan that included SWOT analysis from faculty, staff, students and board of trustees as well as findings presented in a February 2016 Aspen Institute feedback report revealed the need to address several key areas as a means to improve retention, persistence, and student success in general. Key focus areas based on research included 1.) advising, 2.) clear educational pathways, 3.) clearly defined student learning outcomes, 4.) improving performance measures, and 5.) retention/enrollment.

These findings resulted in the administration of an electronic (Survey Monkey) QEP Area of Focus Survey from November 3, 2017 to December 6, 2017. All faculty, staff, students and administration were given the opportunity to participate in the survey.

QEP Area of Focus Survey Results

Q1.Please specify your role at Halifax Community College.
question 1

Q2. Resulting from research conducted by the Aspen Institute (2016) and SWOT analysis data (2017) from students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees during the development of our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, the following themes emerged. For each them, please indicate how likely it is that focusing on it would improve student learning outcomes and/or student success.
question 2

Q3. On a scale from 1 to 6 (1 being the most important and 6 being the least important), rank the appropriateness of each (target group) as the focus of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to enhance student learning outcomes and/or student success.
question 3



Presented QEP process/update at HCC’s opening Convocation.

September – November
Reviewed and aligned data from strategic plan process and created QEP Area of Focus Survey. (SWOT Analysis, Aspen Institute feedback)

November – December
Administered QEP Area of Focus Survey to faculty, staff, students and administration


Presented QEP Area of Focus Survey results at Spring Convocation

Established QEP Task Force (core team)

1st QEP Task Force meeting; QEP Task Force will continue to meet regularly

QEP Task Force meeting
Held faculty/staff focus groups on advising

May - July
Began drafting the QEP document

Presented focus group results at Fall Convocation
QEP Task Force Meeting

QEP Task Force Meeting

November – December
Request for QEP Topic/Title Proposals (Nov. 6 – Dec. 5, 2018)


QEP Task Force Meeting

Administered QEP topic/title survey to faculty, staff and students to vote for voting

Held student focus group
QEP Topic Unveiling Event: Unveiling Presentation | Unveiling Summary
Began establish student-learning outcomes associated with selected topic