As part of the overall plan to implement the Student Learning Outcomes, faculty development strategies have been identified to include Reading Apprenticeship training through WestEd, a national, nonpartisan, non-profit research, development, and service agency that works with educational and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. In addition, during the fall of 2013, faculty development will include professional development workshops that focus on strategic reading strategies, a reading committee, faculty teaching and learning communities, a collaborative website for faculty that contains reading resources, trained personnel who can administer and grade the Nelson/Denny reading test, and a common book program. The following activities will describe the implementation strategies associated with the faculty development initiatives.
Student Learning Outcome:
Hopkinsville Community College students will demonstrate an increase in participation in reading as a result of college and community activities implemented by the QEP. The actions that will accompany Student Learning Outcome are designed to encourage a culture of reading. They include:
During the academic year 2013-2014, a college-wide program will be initiated to encourage students, staff, and faculty to read a common book. A committee will be formed to consider nominations from the constituent groups and will select the book for the year at the beginning of the fall term. Multiple venues and times will be offered to encourage broad participation. A list of potential topics for discussion will be generated and will be linked to the college’s student learning outcomes which encourage thinking critically and learning independently. Facilitators of the groups should encourage participants to relate their life experiences to the book and to consider possibilities for further reading based on the discussion.
The website established to support the Quality Enhancement Plan will be used to enhance students’ experiences of reading in a variety of formats. Because many students prefer to read online materials, the site will feature a “Site of the Day” to highlight the breadth of materials available on the internet. The menu will appeal to a wide variety of interests, including arts, popular culture, science, politics, and practical living. Site nominations will be solicited from faculty, staff, and students. The information technology department will be instrumental in reviewing recommended sites and providing a “one click” access point from the QEP site.
Hopkinsville Community College’s student publication, News and Views, will be a featured instrument to enhance student reading, helping students to broaden their participation in the life of the college as they become more aware of events and issues at HCC. Incentives, such as hidden symbols or information that can be exchanged for a reward, will be developed to encourage wider readership.
The college will use its existing affiliations with Partners in Education (PIE) and the Christian County Library and Literacy Council (CCLLC) to encourage student participation in the literary life of the community. CCLLC sponsors Community Reader Day, and allows students to serve as role models in elementary classrooms. HCC’s relationship with Christian County Middle School offers opportunities for students to serve as tutors in reading and to model the importance of reading in academics and work-related settings. Additionally, the Christian County Education Coalition (CCEC) and the Pennyrile Area P-16 Council are also invited to become involved in reading events as both organizations remain committed to the proliferation of the HCC reading initiative.
HCC will begin a “Word of the Day” program to enhance student vocabulary. The day’s word will be announced via email and on the QEP website. Faculty will encourage the use of the word of the day in classroom discussion and assignments. Students will have an opportunity, physically or electronically, to submit their experiences using the word of the day, with incentives for participation.
HCC will institute a celebration of local authors and authors with ties to the community. The authors will be available for discussion groups, classroom presentations, and signings of their work. An effort will be made to secure authors of fiction and poetry as well as journalists in both print and electronic media.
The Three Book Challenge encourages emergent and less confident readers to develop reading habits through choosing, reading and expressing their views about books. Students will be invited to select and read three books during an academic year. They will also be expected to record their thoughts and impressions in a journal. Incentives will be offered throughout the year and certificates will be awarded to those who successfully complete the program.