The Volunteer State Community College QEP

As a component of the College’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation renewal process, Volunteer State Community College is developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that will allow students the opportunity to learn about campus resources, co-curricular and social activities, and college traditions and culture to promote a sense of belonging within the campus community, to foster a mindset of self-awareness and well-being, and to develop a desire for life-long learning. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to learn more about – and participate in – the QEP.

SACSCOC Description of the QEP

According to SACSCOC, “The Quality Enhancement Plan describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic related to enhancing student outcomes.” To that end, Volunteer State Community College has identified goals and a plan to improve student retention. This project will involve the input and participation from a broad base of college stakeholders and will be financially and institutionally sustainable.

The Subject of our QEP and its parts

  • New Student Orientation
  • New Student Convocation
  • Student Success Courses

QEP Committees

The purpose of this committee is to explore (research) the various pieces of the topic and to identify and suggest best practices for the QEP.

Member Title

Len Assante

Faculty, Communication

Jennifer Brezina

Dean, Humanities

Julie Brown

Faculty, Library Services

Erin Bloom

Faculty, Biology

Jessica Buchanan Lewis

Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives

Jean Gorgie

Chair of Reading 

Dasha Harris

Project Coordinator – TN Promise Forward Grant

Connie Pimentel

Assistant Director of Admissions

Tabitha Sherrell Coordinator of Student Activities
Philip Williams Chair of Sociology

The purpose of this committee is to implement, assess, and review the QEP.

Member Title

Erin Bloom

Faculty, Biology

Terry Bubb

Director of Advising and Testing

Sherrie Cannon

CHEC Coordinator of Student Services

Penelope Duncan

Chair of Early Childhood Education

Jean Gorgie

Chair of Reading 

Heather Harper

Manager of Student Engagement and Support

Jeff King

Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

Jessica Lewis

Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives

Krista Mazza Carter

Faculty, Psychology

Eric Melcher

Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing

Ami Price

Upper Cumberland Assistant Chair of English

Tabitha Sherrell

Coordinator of Student Activities

Cindy Thrasher

Faculty, Communication

 

Provides leadership for the overall SACSCOC reaffirmation process.

Member Title
Jerry Faulkner President

George Pimentel

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Emily Short

Vice President of Student Services

Beth Carpenter

Vice President of Business and Finance

Karen Mitchell

Vice President of Resource Development & Executive Director of the College Foundation

Tami Wallace

Director of Public Relations

 

The purpose of this committee is to assist in the identification of a QEP topic by assessing institutional data, establishing criteria for a campus-wide call for proposals, and assessing all relevant information (i.e. brainstorming session results, survey results, topic proposals) that will lead to the establishment of a QEP topic.

Member Title

Jennifer Brezina, Chair

Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs

Renee Austin

Assistant Vice President of Business and Finance

Tom Ekman

Dean of Mathematics and Science

Patricia Anderson

Dean of Business and Technology

Jennifer James

Chair of Communications

Hilary Marabeti

Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education

Kimberly Chrisman

Faculty, Health Sciences

Talia Koronkiewicz

Assistant Vice President of Student Services

Doug Shaw

Chair of Biology

Carol Topping

Faculty, Social Science

Sheri Waltz

Faculty, Communications

Lynda Vincent

Library Services

Bob Berry

Faculty, Business and Technology

Johnnie Griggs

Student Representative

Lauren Aschoff

Student Representative

Carol Bazenet

At-Large

Bob Carter

At-Large

Wanda Grimes

At-Large

James Brown

At-Large

Billy Dye

At-Large

Sheela Brachey

At-Large

Cynthia Wyatt

At-Large

Pete Johnson

At-Large

Greg Pryor

At-Large

Scott McMillan

At-Large

Rick Parrent

At-Large

Nancy Batson

Ex. Officio - Audit Director

 

The purpose of this subcommittee is to assess information collected by the Topic Selection committee to refine the topic the college will move forward for its QEP.

Member Title

Patty Anderson

Dean of Business and Technology

Laura Black

Faculty, English

Kim Christmon

Faculty, Health Sciences

Billy Dye

Faculty, Biology

Peter Johnson

Faculty, History

Talia Koronkiewicz

Assistant Vice President of Student Services

Michael Torrence

Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lynda Vincent

Library Services