QEP group presents at conference in Indianapolis

Darin Allred | Apr 3, 2014

Representatives from North Central Texas College were among the presenters at the annual Gateway Course Experience Conference held recently in Indianapolis, Ind.

The NCTC group, which was chosen to lead one of the breakout session, included staff members that are a part of the school's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Project Xtreme teams. Staff attending included QEP Coordinator Amy Klohn, Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Brent Wallace, English faculty member Dr. Rochelle Gregory, Director of Counseling and Testing Tracey Fleniken and Director of Student Success Mary Martinson.

The conference was hosted by the John N. Gardner Institute, as a part of Purdue University's Building and Scaling Analytics Capacity project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The focus of the conference was on improving institutional and student performance in gateway courses - courses that launch students on majors or programs of study. Many of these courses have high failure rates and thus close the door to student progression toward degree.

"At NCTC, three core courses produced the greatest number of students receiving a 'D, F or W': US History 1301, Composition I, and College Algebra," Klohn said. "To better serve students, gateway courses were renovated and re-designed as part of the Project Xtreme initiative to include key contextual academic behaviors and skills. These renovated courses facilitate students' integration and application of college readiness and study skills by imbedding academic contextual skills and structured academic support activities into course curriculum."

The presentation given by NCTC at the Gateway Course Experience Conference addressed the "construction" and implementation of these elements and addressed the challenges for implementing these initiatives as observed by the "building crew" during the project.

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS - The QEP group from North Central Texas College recently presented at a conference in Indianapolis. The group included (left to right) Dr. Rochelle Gregory, Dr. Brent Wallace, Mary Martinson, Amy Klohn and Tracey Fleniken.