Thursday, March 21, 2013

Faculty Development Morning Focuses on QEP

Academic Dean Dr. Paul Lampley (right) absorbs
QEP discussion with staff member Vivian Gulledge (left)
and QEP Committee Co-chair Ms. Martha Stovall (rear)
          The Rust College faculty spent Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, focusing solely on the QEP topic, Building Communities Academically for Total Student Success (B-CATS2). Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Dean Dr. Paul Lampley designated this half-day session of the monthly "Professional Development Morning" as a time for the faculty to engage in the nuts and bolts of the developing QEP. The faculty were asked to provide feedback to the Core Committee of the QEP as it moves into the final stages of presenting a finished document to the College in preparation for submission to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Components of the working document were separated by subject and assigned to several faculty discussion groups. Each group reported out to the open session, giving their reflections on how aspects of the evolving plan can work or what needs to be revised. In addition to faculty leaders, other comments were made by President David Beckley and SACS Liaison Dr. Sandra Vaughn. Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, QEP Director, and members of the Core Committee provided information to the faculty about the work and nature of the QEP process.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

B-CATS2 QEP Kickoff - A Lively Start!

President David L. Beckley addresses students
and the campus community at kickoff to B-CATS2 QEP Campaign

Rust College Marching Band

SGA President Chase Carr shows off QEP t-shirt.

L-R: Ms. Shelly Jackson, Chase Carr, President Beckley,
and QEP rapper Calvin Williams prepare for kickoff.

Miss Rust Shakaree Hale and QEP Committee member Shelly Jackson

Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha high step.

Brothers of Omega Psi Phi show their stuff at QEP kickoff.


Sophomore President Terry Dent flanked by two Sophomore class officers.

One of the Fenton sisters that performed mime chatting with
QEP Committee Co-chair Mrs. Martha Stovall

QEP Director Dr. Kenneth Jones

Fenton Sisters miming to "Lean On Me"


Monday, February 11, 2013

The QEP Kick Off
Wed., Feb. 27, 2013 · 3 pm
· McMillian Multipurpose Center

The Band · The Majorettes · The Cheerleaders
The Omegas · Alphas· Zetas · Sigmas · and AKAs
The SGA and Miss Rust
Even a QEP RAP! Everybody needs to be there! Come on!!
Contact: Ms. Vivian Gulledge, the COPE Center, (662)252-8000, ext. 4079

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SGA President Chase Carr (right foreground), Miss Rust Shakara Hale (to his right), class presidents, residential assistants
and other student leaders watch a music video for a QEP campaign from another institution
during a presentation by QEP Director Dr. Kenneth E. Jones. The campus is preparing
for the QEP kickoff later in the month of February 2013.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Timeline of the Rust College Quality Enhancement Plan
Spring 2012
President establishes focus groups consisting of faculty, staff and students to assess institutional data and propose a range of possible QEP topics
President, faculty, staff and students
April-May 2012
A tentative topic emerges.
The focus groups, President and President’s Cabinet.
May 2012
President appoints a director for the Quality Enhancement Plan at Spring Managers’ Retreat.
August 2012
Surveys administered to faculty and staff on proposed topic. Incoming Freshmen surveyed.
Faculty and staff; administered by FYE staff
Office support
September 2012
QEP Core Committee identified and approved; initial planning begins.
QEP Core Committee
Office support
October 2012
(1)QEP establishes guidelines for role of students.
(2) SLOs discussed.
(3)Timeline for the QEP planning finalized.
(4) Marketing ideas addressed.
Core Committee
Office support
November-December 2012
Topic for the QEP is narrowed; SLOs and proposed assessment methods discussed.
Office support
January - March 2013
QEP document and Implementation Plan are outlined (do-able and assessable) and presented for approval; QEP Promotions/
Marketing of QEP initiated; initiate discussion groups around the QEP topic.
QEP Committee and Director, President, President’s Cabinet, students faculty and staff
Office support
April-May 2013
Review Literature and begin writing the QEP document.
Core Committee and editing/
proofing team
Office support
June 2013
Feedback from first draft.
President, President’s Cabinet and Faculty
Office support
July 2013
Draft finalized.
President, President’s Cabinet and faculty
Office support
August 2013
Final QEP document submitted to SACS
SACS Liaison
Office support

Monday, August 27, 2012

Core Committee considers parameters for proposed QEP
The Core Committee of the Rust College QEP met on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at the COPE Center in the McCoy Administration Building on campus. The Committee discussed the current topic under consideration for the QEP, “Learning Communities that Strengthen the Academic Performance of First Year Students.” With QEP Director Dr. Kenneth E. Jones chairing, the committee was diligent in its discussion of the meaning of learning communities, different types of learning communities employed at other institutions, and which types of learning communities might best be proposed that would increase academic performance in the first year experience. The Committee also considered samples of how QEP documents are to be structured as recommended by the QEP Handbook posted on the SACSCOC website. Members of the Committee were given assignments to be reported at the next QEP meeting, mainly ideas for desired student learning outcomes, actions to be implemented, and timelines for implementation. The Committee also discussed promotional themes for the proposed QEP topic and future roles for students and the larger Rust College community for involvement in the QEP.
Members of the QEP Core Committee
Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, director/chair
Dr. Sharon Sarthou
Mrs. Martha Stovall
Dr. Rhonda Kuykindoll
Dr. Marco Robinson
Mrs. Shelley Jackson
Mrs. Chiquita Walls
Dr. Mahmudul Sheikh
Mr. A.J. Thurmon (student representative)

Results of the Faculty/Staff Attitudinal QEP Survey
It has already been reported that those in attendance at the Managers’ Institute at Lake Tiak O’Khata, in Louisville, MS, last May strongly supported the proposed QEP topic which focuses on learning communities for strengthening the academic performance of first year students. Now faculty and staff have shared their views on the QEP topic at the Pre-Planning Conference held on campus, August 9-10, 2012. One hundred and two (102) college professionals (staff and faculty) were asked to respond to a survey designed to assess their attitudes on the meaning of learning communities, the feasibility of implementing learning communities within a college-wide setting, and their level of commitment to the idea of making learning communities part of the college’s formula for academic success. Generally, the findings were as follows.
1. A learning community groups students as cohorts or partners and provides them structured, uniform curricular and co-curricular experiences with the goal of achieving positive learning outcomes.
            85% agreed or strongly agreed
2. At Rust College, we should be able to create learning communities around a range of subject matter, programs or disciplines.
            90% agreed or strongly agreed
3. First-year students who study together and have shared goals and academic experiences can demonstrate improved basic learning skills.
            91% agreed or strongly agreed
4. Student mentors, faculty advisors, instructors, administrators and staff can be important contributors to an effective first-year learning community.
            93 % agreed or strongly agreed
5. I’m not sure I am motivated enough to help first-year learning communities at Rust College be successful.
            71% strongly disagreed or disagreed
6. The only reason I would support first-year learning communities for improved academic performance of freshmen is because of SACS reaffirmation of accreditation.
            74% strongly disagree or disagreed
7. For me, better academic performance by first-year students should mean they should transfer to their major programs more easily.     
            80% agreed or strongly agreed.
8. As an employee at Rust College, my personal input into the success of learning communities that strengthen academic performance is key.
            85% agreed or strongly agreed
9. General Education courses and all programs for first-year students can be restructured to ensure the success of first-year learning communities at Rust College.
            79% agreed or strongly agreed.