Quality Enhancement Plan
Southeastern Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “MESH” for Success, (Mathematics Enhancing the Sciences and Health), is designed as a broad-based college initiative to improve student learning for Health Science students in understanding the application of mathematical concepts. Student learning will be enhanced through the development and implementation of a curriculum-specific math course.
In the early stages of development, stakeholders representing the college community analyzed and evaluated key issues that surfaced from a review of annual institutional assessment results. Specific issues identified were poor skills in applying mathematical concepts and weak computational skills of students, especially those in Health Science programs.
Health Science majors comprise 51 percent of Southeastern Technical College’s student population. Student success in Health Science programs is important to the state and local community in order to have a sufficient pool of skilled workers to fill positions in the expanding healthcare fields. However, retention in these programs is low. These factors led to the decision to focus the QEP on addressing Health Science students’ poor mathematical problem solving and weak computational skills.
Research in these areas validated the need to alter methods of delivering instruction as a strategy to develop students’ mathematical problem solving and computational skills. The development and implementation of a curriculum specific math course combined with contextual teaching methods will be employed to improve student learning in understanding the application of mathematical concepts utilized in Health Science programs. This should indirectly improve student retention and program completion.
In addition to the development of a curriculum-specific math course, the incorporation of math into program-specific courses within the Health Sciences department will be part of the design strategy. Faculty development in the utilization of various instructional methodologies will be integral to the success of the QEP.