VC to 'SEAL' the deal with plan to improve student success

Oct. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

Tom Butler

Tom Butler

Victoria College is developing a plan to improve student success by helping students become more actively engaged in their education.

Increasing active learning in the classroom will help students improve their critical thinking and communication skills, said professor Marty Stockbauer.

"Active learning may include pausing during a lecture and asking students what they understood from the material discussed," Stockbauer said.

President Dr. Tom Butler said the college is committed to helping students succeed, and active learning is another proven strategy that leads to student success.

"Student engagement in the classroom has been shown to have a positive impact on student success - from mastery of the concepts, to persistence in one's course of study to successful completion," Butler said.

Active learning is the topic of the college's quality enhancement plan, or QEP - a required component of the college's reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, commonly referred to as SACS.

In spring 2012, the college organized a QEP topic selection committee, which asked the campus and community to complete a survey regarding student learning specific to the college.

The committee compiled the 1,000 responses, analyzed other student success data and then selected a QEP topic: active learning, as it specifically addresses critical thinking and communication skills.

This fall, Tempi McLeod was hired to serve as the QEP director.

She immediately began working with a QEP development committee to formulate a plan and slogan based on the topic selected.

"The slogan, students engaged in active learning, summarizes what the QEP is all about, and the acronym SEAL symbolizes our ultimate goal to help students succeed," McLeod said.

Moving forward, the college has begun hosting small focus groups involving faculty members from each of the college's five academic divisions.

"We want to give the faculty a voice as we continue our research on best practices of using active learning strategies in the classroom," McLeod said.

In order to help students learn more about the QEP and its importance, the college will hold a QEP logo contest between Oct. 15 and Oct. 26.

Current students are invited to submit a logo that they think best represents the QEP slogan: SEAL (Students Engaged in Active Learning).

All participants who enter the contest will receive a flash drive wrist band.

The winner will be selected in November and will receive a $50 Visa gift card as well as campuswide recognition.

The college will use a version of the winning logo in future communications regarding the QEP.



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