QEP Topic: Everybody Loves PIE
Prepare, Inspire, Educate

P- Prepare students with a goal-based advising model.
I - Inspire students, faculty, and staff with a campus-wide advising culture.
E – Educate and engage developmental students through an advising model their first semester on campus.

The College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), PIE: Prepare, Inspire, Educate: A Focus on Advising, plans to increase student retention through enhancement and training of the academic advising process. The QEP will create an advising syllabus for first semester distribution, train faculty advisors and staff on the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) model of advising, and create a developmental advising experience. Basing the interventions on research espousing the importance of the first semester of the college experience, WCC plans on creating the advisory experience to provide support and also engage the students in their discipline area.
Student learning is defined, for the purposes of this QEP, as persistence towards one’s academic goals. Engaging students in their academic plan and incorporating students within the academic family is crucial to retention. The PIE model aims to assist students in creating realistic goals and plans to achieve those goals as well as provide the support and resources for when plans go awry.

QEP Development and Implementation Team


Committee Member College Position
Paul Ahearn Fire Protection Technology Instructor
Courtney Altizer Business Administration Instructor
Brandon Craft Mathematics Instructor
Melanie Cruz Director of STARS Center
Leigh Goroski Coordinator of STARS Center
James Ham Student
Angela Herring Director of Distance Learning
Patricia Holsten Psychology Instructor
Robert Holsten Interim Vice President of Instruction & Student Development
Sandy Lackner Associate Dean of Enrollment Management
April Lamm Financial Aid Assistant
Tim Moore Advertising and Publications Manager
Sandy Pittman Music and Religion Instructor
Kim Tarkenton Early Childhood Instructor
Zachery Temple College Liaison for WECA
Andrew Walker Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Dawn Watson Associate Degree Nursing Instructor