Austin Community College District's Quality Enhancement Plan

Digital Fluency & Innovation was chosen by an inclusive and multi-staged process as ACC’s Quality Enhancement Plan, a requirement of the accreditation reaffirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Because of its important role in the Central Texas community, ACC serves a pivotal responsibility by promoting and developing digital skills and competencies for the workforce of the future.

The Digital Fluency & Innovation QEP core team is supported by the QEP Implementation Committee which is made up of representative members including faculty from both academic transfer and workforce areas, Student Affairs, Institutional Research and Analytics,  Learning Labs, and other key areas of the college. These members assist in the achievement of the project plan, timeline, and budget, advocate for college-wide adoption of the microcredentials, and contribute to data collection and analysis.

Central goal of ACC’s QEP:

Promote equitable academic and career outcomes by providing microcredentials in digital and professional workforce competencies required by the 21st century workplace.

orange ribbon graphic with text that says "QEP 2022-2027, ACC's Quality Enhancement Plan"

QEP Leadership

Linda Smarzik
Dean, Digital Fluency & Innovation [email protected]
Karina Hernandez
Assoc. Dean, Digital Fluency & Innovation [email protected]

QEP Implementation Committee

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QEP Monthly Updates

April 2023 QEP Update

April was very productive. Three more microcredentials were finished, uploaded into BrightSpace Leap, and will be piloted in the Summer. Additional student feedback was collected, evaluated, and where appropriate, changes

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March 2023 QEP Update

March was a short, but productive month. Significate progress was made in the development of Digital Navigator qualifications, which were approved according to SACSCOC parameters, which brought us one step

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February 2023 QEP Update

February saw the ongoing development of our program. A SWOT analysis was conducted and the results were shared with Dr. Kehoe. South Texas College requested a meeting to learn about

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January 2023 QEP Update

January marks significant program achievements. The first six microcredentials (M1-M6) were presented and approved as credentials by ACC’s curriculum committee (the first in the college), paving the way for DFI

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December 2022 QEP Update

The focus for December was on continuous improvement and development of microcredential content and assessment strategies. The VALUE rubrics workshop, at the SACSCOC annual meeting, offered insight into how to

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November 2022 QEP Update

In November the DFI core team focused on outlining strengths and opportunities based on feedback from students, special population programs, administration, faculty, and QEP implementation committee members. Identified core dependencies

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Detailed Reports

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5-Year QEP Report

Read about how the QEP was formed and how it will operate, including identifying the topic, developing the framework and implementation plan, organizing the resources and budget, and assessing milestones and deliverables.

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5-Year Timeline – showing progress

Follow along with the progress of the QEP, step by step, for each year. View the detailed task items checklist from the QEP report in Google Sheets. This checklist will be updated as the QEP progresses through the full implementation.