AQIP Systems Portfolio Overview
State Fair Community College’s vision is to be an exemplary college dedicated to institutional effectiveness, strengthening communities and partnerships, ensuring student success, valuing people, and practicing continuous quality improvement.
The college serves a diverse student body taking both credit and noncredit courses across a 14-county service area roughly the size of the state of Vermont. Fall 2012 credit enrollment was 5,119 students, about 53 percent of whom attended full-time. The average student age is 25 and women account for 65 percent of enrollment. Annually, about 96 percent of all full-time, first-year students receive some type of financial assistance.
SFCC employs 69 full-time faculty, 307 part-time faculty, 112 full-time staff, and 38 part-time staff across five major academic and administrative divisions.
SFCC’s credit programs include 40 Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate of Science degrees; 14 Professional Certificates; and 20 Skills Certificates. Noncredit programming is offered in developmental education, business and industry training and lifelong learning. Classes are offered during the day and evening, on-ground and online.
In addition to the Sedalia campus, classes are offered in Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Osage Beach, Warsaw, Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, and online. SFCC’s online campus has grown substantially since 2008 and accounts for nearly 25 percent of all credit hours. High school students may take dual credit courses at their high schools or at the State Fair Career and Technology Center (SFCTC) on the Sedalia campus.
SFCC has focused in recent years on resource diversification and has pursued partnerships and contracts with nontraditional entities. Key projects include a public-private relationship to build the Missouri Center for Waste to Energy and contracts with the state of Missouri to rebuild a historic state park dining lodge and to provide communication training for emergency first responders. SFCC recently accepted the private donation of a building in downtown Sedalia and plans to create an additional educational center.
Much activity has taken place since the college submitted its first Systems Portfolio in 2008. Feedback was received in February 2009, and in February 2012 an AQIP Quality Checkup visit was conducted. The college received a successful report in March. The HLC has recommended SFCC receive a Reaffirmation of Accreditation.
Internally, a concerted effort began in fall 2010 to brand the college’s quality program as Doing Quality Right. It comprised regular communication to the campus community, including a dedicated channel on the college’s portal, newsletters, training, and collegewide forums.
Several action projects have been started and completed, these three most recently:
- Identify causes for developmental students not completing within three years to ultimately evaluate processes leading to improved developmental student retention and success;
- Map the college’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) to courses and degrees to confirm that all ILOs are being addressed in curriculum; and
- Assess the current culture of continuous quality improvement at various levels of the college—individual employee, department or program, and division.
These milestones help direct the college’s next steps in Doing Quality Right. While a large component of AQIP is the reaccreditation process, an equally important piece is fostering a culture of continuous quality improvement at the college. The AQIP Oversight Team recognized that the college was ready to review its quality program and take it to the next level. In May 2012, the team commissioned a Re-engineering Team to develop a more mature approach to quality integration.
The college’s second version of AQIP—AQIP 2.0—will, through structure, function and education, change how SFCC achieves continuous quality improvement. It will empower all employees and committees to participate in continuous quality improvement and become more involved in day-to-day decision-making processes.