First Year Experience /LSSS 300/EDUC 1200 - Navigate Your Future (QEP)

2017 Update:

Navigate Your Future launched fall 2016 for our EDUC 1200 and LSSS 300 students General Studies students as the pilot.   Spring 2017 was our launch semester for the 5-year study.  The courses used are developed as templates in the Blackboard format offering instructors assignments, quizzes, and lecture materials available for use in the courses.  Campus2Careers, a career exploration and e-Portfolio software, is incorporated into the courses for students to explore Lee College degree plans and careers. This allows students to explore career clusters, career pathways, workforce skills, and programs of study for Lee College and University transfer.   A Strengths Quest Coach Program was tested in fall courses with the goal of students developing areas of strengths instead of weaknesses to increase student retention and success rates.  Advising was revisited during the pilot semester as to increase the instruction and advising component.  The General Studies advisor now speaks to each EDUC 1200 and LSSS 300 course to offer reinforcement information on campus services, Campus2Careers, and degree changes.  The student survey was revised for the pilot semester.  Questions were added to the end-of-semester survey to help determine if the student is ready for a degree change.  Open-ended questions were also added to allow the student to help identify strengths and weaknesses in the Blackboard course. The program is assessed each semester and students are tracked in disaggregated data to determine effectiveness.

2016 Update

The QEP mentioned last year was more fully developed in 2015-2016 following an accreditation site visit from SACSCOC and does indeed include a Student Success Course, EDUC 1200 or LSSS 300 for developmental education students. "Navigate Your Future" replaced FACETime previously noted. It also is focused solely on students who declare General Studies as their major. Navigate Your Future is Lee College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that aligns the college’s student success priorities with its accreditation requirements under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.   Navigate Your Future, represents the ultimate coordination and cooperation between Instruction and Student Affairs where faculty, advisors and staff will be the facilitators of the learning experience. Set to launch in fall of 2016, the QEP will help students clarify their career and transfer goals, assist students in developing and implementing an educational plan and equip students for their transition (transfer or career) through the development of self-assessment strategies that enable them to determine their progress toward transfer or employment and the support of a case management advisor or counselor.

2015 Update
First Year Experience has been integrated into the Quality Enhancement Plan:
In March 2015, Lee College submitted its institutional self-study for re-affirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  Broad engagement of constituents over the past year guided the development of the institutional Quality Enhancement Plan, F.A.C.E. Time: Faculty, Advisor and Counselor Engagement. Its primary focus is to assist General Studies and Undecided students, one of the least successful FTIC groups, connect to a career as early as possible and support them through a high touch first and second year experience. The alignment of case management strategies, faculty mentors, freshman follow-up, and the mandatory student success course all figure prominently into the QEP.

Fall of 2014 will bring with it mandatory enrollment in LSSS 300 for any students testing into any level or area of developmental education. For students testing only into developmental math, a credit bearing student development course has been created - EDUC1200. This course has been added as a institutional common core option for students. In addition, new policies affect the student's first year experience including Mandatory remediation. Students must begin developmental education in their first semester for any area required for their intended award. Students must continue to enroll in the developmental sequence until college level is achieved. The first year experience has expanded to include mandatory orientation, mandatory first and second semester advising. Developmental students will maintain a hold on their account preventing registration each semester until an advisor clears the hold. This hold will remain as long as the student remains below college level. 


Formulation of a comprehensive first year experience program is underway beginning first with mandatory orientation, mandatory financial aid orientation for students applying for financial aid, mandatory advising and no late registration. Faculty advising models are being piloted in some areas. For many students LSSS 300 is a part of their first year experience. LSSS 300 is a non-credit Learning Strategies and Study Skills course required of all students testing into two areas of developmental education or two levels down in any area. Qualitative data shows that students feel this course is valuable. With only a year of course completion data, it is too soon to draw any conclusions regarding the efficacy of this course. Unexpected benefits: faculty support from many disciplines for the LSSS 300 course, professional development opportunities, collaboration through monthly meetings for teachers of LSSS 300, a common syllabus developed, a better understanding for faculty who may not teach developmental education the challenges faced by this population. One of our early Achieving the Dreams initiatives was an increased awareness and use of student support services. Mandatory orientation, Financial Aid orientation, advising and LSSS 300 have all contributed to meeting this goal. Student planners are provided at orientation, plasma screens placed prominently in buildings on campus scroll student support services information and the Lee College AtD website further increase awareness of student support services.

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