Dr,. Maria Fraser Molina, Vice president of Instructional Services is all smiles as she reviews a report trom the NC Community College System office in Raleigh. PCC was at the top of the state’s list in this category.
More important than good grades on a report card is the work that created those good grades.
Pamlico Community College was recently recognized by the North Carolina Community College System headquarters in Raleigh as being the only community college of the 58 institutions in the system to meet or exceed five specific goals that relate to creating an environment conducive for academic success for its students.
But, according to Dr. Marìa Fraser-Molina, vice president for instruction, the real story is not the report from the state, but the effort underway at the college that put PCC in such a favorable position compared to its 57 sister institutions.
“A concerted effort called our QEP, a Quality Enhancement Plan, is underway which addresses the success and retention of first-year students. The QEP is an extremely well-thought out strategic effort with three main focal points developed by the PCC faculty and staff.
“First we require all first-year students to take and pass an academic success class. The course prepares students to create a career inventory for themselves. They develop an academic transfer plan if they expect to transfer to a four year college or university and the course emphasizes developing good study skills, use of college resources, and time management.”
A second feature of the QEP is an intense emphasis on academic advising. She said, “We provide the best opportunities possible for students to complete their goals by providing them with excellent academic advising from faculty leaders. This is a key component of the effort to help students meet their goals”
A third part of the QEP is the mandatory requirement that all incoming students go through a detailed orientation process. “We offer Orientation online for those students who find it more practical to participate in the process that way,” she reported.
She added, “I am confident that Pamlico Community College exceeding expectations on these five performance measures is proof of our commitment to creating an environment for student success and academic excellence. We have a very clear bottom-line goal at the college and that is helping students successfully complete their educational goals.”
She also noted that these efforts are campus wide, not just focused on academic programs of study, but also on those programs that fall under the description of workforce development and career training.
Pamlico Community College was the leader in North Carolina’s Community College System by meeting or exceeding these five goals:
Dr. Fraser-Molina added, “While we are certainly overjoyed at this report, we are by no means taking any time to rest on our laurels. The college’s Quality Enhancement Plan is an ongoing, living, day-to-day endeavor. Each day brings a new opportunity for us to examine everything we are doing to see how we can do it better.”
Noting that Pamlico Community College is the smallest of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina, Brandi McCullough, Director of Planning, Research, and Institutional effectiveness, observed, “Small is good. Because we are small, we can more easily see what works and what doesn’t work and adapt accordingly.”
Commenting on the distinctive report from the North Carolina Community College system, PCC President Cleve H. Cox said, “It is truly an honor to be associated with a group of employees who obviously are committed to their jobs and those we serve. I am proud of each and every one of the fine folks who work at PCC.”