Action Projects

NIACC Syllabi Policy

In an effort to ensure all faculty are clearly informing students of  key information necessary to be knowledgeable of stated policies and success in the classroom based on individual instructor policies a common syllabus content policy will be developed.  This policy will include the required components of a standard NIACC syllabus that will ensure all faculty have covered specific topics in their individual syllabi.  We expect this action project to ensure the communication between faculty and students includes all pertinent information to inform students in a consistent manner the necessary course content as well as policies that pertain to their success, retention and graduation.  This policy will also serve as a means to strengthen the mandatory syllabi requirement for NACEP accreditation is being met in a uniform manner.

Implementing Quality Matters

The College desires to expand its online offerings and in doing so set consistent standards for quality measures. This project was the primary focus of our work at the May Strategy Forum. The College has joined the Iowa Community College Consortium which adheres to the standards of Quality Matters (https://www.qualitymatters.org/). The purpose of this project is for a consistent student experience, set quality standards and to develop a process for onboarding new online courses. The project requires participation by all faculty members and adjunct instructors and ranges from initial implementation to evaluation of Quality Matters. Select faculty members will complete Quality Matters certification training to become peer reviewers. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will develop supporting materials to assure faculty success. Academic Affairs will oversee and assure process and academic standards are met.

Advancing Continuous Quality Improvement

The purpose of this project is to advance the College’s current Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts via an immersion strategy which includes widespread use of common tools and training of CQI Facilitators. Rather than widespread blanket training for all staff, this seepage approach will focus on a few vital projects. The intention is to continue to build a culture of quality by bringing people together for a common focus with attention to students, process/systems, and data using tools, communication, and consensus building.

Planning the CQI training began with the Strategy Forum in May, 2014. From there, a specific training plan has been developed. Members of the Presidents Council, AQIP Quality Council and selected CQI Facilitators will be trained on the CQI agenda format, flowcharting, and problem solving strategies. After implementation all committees and meetings will be required to use the CQI agenda and minute format. A team of trained CQI facilitators will then be assigned to work with Action Project teams. The facilitators and Action Project team champion will provide monthly updates to the AQIP Quality Council.