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Establishing Coherent Partnerships between Institutional Research and the Quality Enhancement Plan Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, Coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan Dr. Jackie Bourque, Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia SACS Annual Conference Orlando, Florida December 2011
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Page 1: Rooted in Research: Establishing Coherent Partnerships between Institutional Research and the Quality Enhancement Plan

Establishing Coherent Partnerships between Institutional Research and

the Quality Enhancement Plan

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, Coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan

Dr. Jackie Bourque, Director, Office of Institutional EffectivenessJ. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia

SACS Annual Conference Orlando, Florida December 2011

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The Session’s Goals

• Present J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s use of institutional research to1) identify, develop, and implement its QEP, and

2) bring a variety of college units into effective partnerships.

• Share the challenges and the successes the College has encountered in gathering data and in making effective use of data to improve student learning in distance education.

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Outcomes of this Session

By the end of this session we hope you will be able to• Identify best practices in effectively gathering and using

institutional data points for the selection, development, and implementation of a QEP topic.

• Develop effective, collaborative partnerships between the QEP Team and the Office of Institutional Research.

• Share with your colleagues templates for gathering the grounding institutional data that helps to guide QEP selection teams towards an effective QEP topic, to develop the substance of the QEP, and to assess the effectiveness of the QEP during

implementation.

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Student Success

in

DistanceLearning

StudentOrientation & Student Support

Faculty Training

StudentReadiness

The Ripple Effect: Transforming Student Success in Distance Learning, One Student & One Instructor at a Time

The Quality Enhancement Plan at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

The Ripple Effect

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QEP Topic Selection

Digging into Data

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Growth in Number of Distance Learning Enrollments

1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Summer 751 856 984 1079 1282 1529 1979 2132 2437

Fall 1049 1140 1223 1584 1814 2175 2524 2817 3414

Spring 1085 1189 1463 1680 2086 2462 2710 2802 3393

TOTAL 2885 3185 3670 4343 5182 6166 7203 7768 9244

0100020003000400050006000700080009000

10000

Summer

Fall

Spring

TOTAL

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Growth in Number of Distance Learning Sections

1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Summer 65 75 83 80 97 109 136142 144

Fall 83 108 111 115 138 148 167176

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Spring 95 103 119 121 139 166 172185

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TOTAL 243 286 313 316 374 423 475502 534

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2003 - 2004 2006 - 2007 2008 - 2009 2009 - 2010

Full-Time

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Increasing Numbers of Faculty Teaching Distance Learning Sections

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Student Success Rates in DL Classes Original Template

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Student Success Rates in Face-to-Face Classes Original Template

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Student Persistence Rates in Face-to-Face versus Distance Learning Classes

An Example of the New Data Template

Discipline/

Domain

On-Campus, Face-to-Face Distance Learning

p< .10 Disadvantage

Persisted Withdrew Persisted Withdrew

N % N % N % N %

ACC -

Accounting

ACC 115 86 88.7% 11 11.3% 57 76.0% 18 24.0% * Online

ACC 211 382 85.3% 66 14.7% 147 90.2% 16 9.8%

ACC 212 272 95.4% 13 4.6% 131 94.9% 7 5.1%

ADJ –

Administration

of Justice

ADJ 100 33 100.0% 0 0.0% 33 97.1% 1 2.9%

ADJ 105 31 86.1% 5 13.9% 60 89.6% 7 10.4%

ADJ 201 33 100.0% 0 0.0% 29 93.5% 2 6.5%

ART - Art

ART 100 57 89.1% 7 10.9% 330 88.7% 42 11.3%

ART 101 37 92.5% 3 7.5% 29 70.7% 12 29.3% * Online

ART 102 17 70.8% 7 29.2% 55 93.2% 4 6.8% * Regular

ART 106 17 94.4% 1 5.6% 41 97.6% 1 2.4%

ASL – American

Sign Language

ASL 201 38 90.5% 4 9.5% 8 100.0% 0 0.0%

BIO - Biology

BIO 101 1051 91.9% 93 8.1% 98 91.6% 9 8.4%

BIO 106 113 91.1% 11 8.9% 53 82.8% 11 17.2% * Online

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QEP Development

Defining a Data-driven Plan

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Growing the Plan

External Research

Best practices: Identifying national standards relevant to our QEP Topic

Other institutional efforts: Identifying other institutional efforts, particularly at compatible colleges, similar to our own

A review of the literature: Developing annotated bibliographies in order to present an academic review of the material

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Growing the PlanInternal ResearchEvaluating topical data:

Distance Learning Student Survey and Report – what do our students think about course design; who are our online students; what are the barriers to their success?

Discipline Review of Online Courses demonstrating broad gaps between face-to-face and online student success rates

Consulting faculty:

Distance Learning Faculty Focus Group – what are their perceptions; what do they consider to be the barriers to student success?

Faculty training needs – evaluating needs in technology training and instruction in pedagogy, course design, assessment of student learning.

Evaluating general college data:

Continued evaluation of general college data: enrollments, success rates, persistence rates

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An Example of Data Collected and Evaluated:FTES Comparison - Fall 2009 with Fall 2008

by campus

Campus Fall 2008 10/20/08

Fall 2009 10/19/09

FTES Change

% Change

Campus One 3,060.93 3,375.27 314.33 10.27

Campus Two 1,692.20 1,867.67 175.47 10.37

Campus Three 228.93 250.87 21.93 9.58

Off-Campus 12.00 9.60 -2.40 -20.00

Off-Campus 830.60 482.27 -348.33 -41.94

Virtual 792.00 1,056.20 264.20 33.36

Unknown 12.40 0.00 -12.40 -100.00

Total 6,629.07 7,041.87 412.80 6.23

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QEP Implementation

Driving, Detouring, and Documenting

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The Driver: the QEP Assessment Plan

Using the Emerging Data to Drive the Plan

Student Readiness –1. A student profile emerges through SmarterMeasure.2. We evaluate the relationships between this profile and

student success.3. We construct our distance learning orientation around

institutional data.

Student Orientation –1. Students and faculty provide qualitative feedback.2. We evaluate success of orientation by measuring impact on

students.3. We modify the orientation based on data

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The Driver: the QEP Assessment Plan (continued)

Faculty Training –

1) Faculty provide self-assessments of their own skills and understanding of course design and online teaching

2) Ongoing peer-to-peer reviews provide qualitative and quantitative data.

3) We evaluate student success and student persistence rates of trained and untrained faculty.

4) Faculty provide feedback about the impact of the training.

5) We assess our own training services through the modules that have been designed and delivered.

6) The QEP Team makes modifications based on the results of the data.

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Partnerships in Institutional Research

QEP Coordinator

Faculty Member

with online experience

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

• Research Analyst

Office of Student Affairs

QEP Assistant Coordinator

Office of Professional

Development

Technology Training

Office of Academic

Affairs

Center for Distance

Learning

ExecutiveVice President

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The Detours

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) Program

Rewards and Recognitions Program

New Faculty Certification for Distance Learning Policy

New Communications Tools

The New Faculty Development Database

Assessments leads into new sprouts.

Leaving room for growth and expansion into new territories has been both challenging and rewarding.

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Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) Program

Although PALs developed from the QEP and from a limited, on-campus program, it presented new challenges:

• Funding

• Recruitment and Training of Peer Leaders

• Administrative Oversight

• New Marketing

• New Assessment Tools and Activities

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New Communications Tools

The

QEP

Blog

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A New Faculty Development Databasethat also integrates HRMSIS and the Knowledge Center

Fall 2010 Statistics

Number of Current Distance Learning Faculty

Number of CurrentDistance Learning Faculty who have completed either Tier One or Tier Two Training

Number of CurrentDistance Learning Faculty who have not completed either Tier One or Tier Two Training

153 48 105

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Current Distance Learning Faculty

Number of Current DL Faculty who have completed either TOP or IDOL

Number of Current DL Faculty who have not completed either TOP or IDOL

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The Documentationusing data to support QEP initiatives

• Reporting to College Executives: WEAVE Online

• Reporting to Broader QEP Team: SharePoint

• Annual Reports to general college audience

• Regular summaries and reports of ongoing assessment efforts and results on public blog

• Ongoing presentations to internal audiences

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Digging, Driving, DocumentingIn summary, we have found that the ongoing effectiveness of and enthusiasm for the QEP is built upon three primary factors, and they all relate to the research of the QEP:

Digging into the data (gathering, evaluating, discussing)

Driving with data as the guide (building, daydreaming, detouring)

Documenting the data (communicating and sharing)

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for more information

Jackie BourqueDirector, Office of Institutional [email protected]

Ghazala HashmiCoordinator, Quality Enhancement [email protected]

www.reynolds.edu/qep


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