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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

As part of the 10-year reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), all colleges and universities are required to develop a QEP that focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes.

Blinn’s QEP is titled “Horizons: A Pathway to Literacy” and is designed to support developmental education students' academic success through literacy-focused pedagogy, professional development for faculty and tutors, and academic advising.

QEP Steering Committee

Clay Redding, QEP Director

Dr. April Kinkead, QEP Co-Director

Current Members

Dr. Marcelo Bussiki, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Sandra Chumchal, Department Head, Parallel Studies

Victoria Fowler, Assistant Dean, Mathematics

Dr. Joyce Langenegger, Dean, Academic Support Services

Dr. Kenneth Masenda, Dean, Student Engagement

Dr. Michelle McGehee, Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Charles Smith, Dean, Business and Mathematics

Dr. Katherine Wickes, Assistant Dean, Psychology

QEP Faculty-Led Advisory/Developmental Education Task Force

Dr. Deeanna Antosh, Mathematics

Reanna Carr, Mathematics

Julie Coskey, Mathematics

Dr. Mischa Enos, Parallel Studies

Martha Johnson, Parallel Studies

Dr. Jim Lanfrey, Parallel Studies

Dr. Judith Lanfrey, Parallel Studies

Dr. Heather Mathison, Mathematics

Dr. Emily Monteiro, Parallel Studies

Aaron Penton, Parallel Studies

David Perez, Parallel Studies

Dillon Phipps, Parallel Studies

Kevin Still, Parallel Studies

Lisa Wall, Parallel Studies

Jennifer Wellman, Mathematics

2021 Focus Groups Participants

FutureWorks Leadership Academy

Instructional Divisions’ Faculty and Staff

Student Government Association

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Student Services (Advising, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar)

Contact Us

Computer Lab

Clay Redding, QEP Director
Phone: 979-209-7555

Dr. April Kinkead, QEP Co-Director
Phone: 979-209-8028

Quality Enhancement Plan FAQ

“The Quality Enhancement Plan is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue that the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success. The document submitted by the institution demonstrates that its QEP (a) has a topic identified through its ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes; (b) has broad-based support of institutional constituencies; (c) focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; (d) commits resources to initiate, implement and complete the QEP; and (e) includes a plan to assess achievement. The On-Site Reaffirmation Committee reviews the document and conducts interviews to determine whether the institution has demonstrated compliance with Standard 7.2.”

Not only is a QEP necessary for reaffirmation of accreditation with SACSCOC, but also it focuses the entire College on a project that aims to support student success and improve student achievement. As part of an ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation process, the College identifies an area for improvement that will have a long-term impact on student success and achievement.

Horizons: A Pathway to Literacy evolved from a series of focus groups held across the Blinn College District, whereby a consensus across the College’s constituencies to support underprepared students emerged. Therefore, the QEP committee examined internal data and decided to focus its efforts on students entering the college without having passed the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA).  Data shows that this population is growing at Blinn College post-Covid pandemic and represents a significant percentage of Blinn College District students.

The Blinn College QEP aims to offer developmental students robust academic support by providing literacy-focused instruction and by providing the QEP population with enhanced tutoring by the College’s learning centers, writing centers, and Library support services. Blinn College’s Division of Student Services will play a pivotal role in guided advising ensuring that students undergo in-depth advising prior to registering for class. To equip faculty and Learning Center and Writing Center tutors with literacy-focused pedagogy, the Center for Teaching and Learning will provide professional development in the form of workshops, conferences, student and faculty eCampus literacy modules, among other initiatives.

A growing number of students enter Blinn College lacking strong, college-level literacy skills (ability to read and write at the college level), which is an increasing source of concern to the College community. Horizons: A Pathway to Literacy seeks to support developmental education students with guided advising, enhanced tutoring, and literacy-focused instruction.

All Blinn College District employees are invited to participate in the College-wide initiative by becoming familiar with the College QEP, support its goals, as appropriate to one’s role in the College, and by being an advocate for the QEP and its population.

The plans for the Blinn College’s Quality Enhancement Plan were strategically, implemented very early to allow for a pilot program and course correction, if necessary, prior to submission to the SACSCOC. The following is the QEP timeline.

  • QEP Organization (Spring 2021)​
  • Breakout Groups Explore New QEP Focus (Spring 2021)​
  • Presentation of QEP Proposals to Executive Council (Spring 2022)​
  • Board Presentation for Approval of QEP Design (Fall 2022)
  • Update Board of Trustees on new design (Spring 2024)
  • Organization, Design, Marketing, IRE Planning (Spring 2023-Summer 2024)​
  • Pilot and Submission to SACSCOC (Fall 2024)​
  • Reaffirmation Visit and QEP Presentation (Fall 2024)​
  • Implementation (2025-2029)​

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