FLC's Quality Initiative Overview

The Quality Initiative, a focused and systematic improvement project, is one of the most innovative changes in the revision of the HLC accreditation process.

Fort Lewis College's Quality Initiatives are to increase student success and improve student retention and graduation rates by:

Improve student advising

Current Status: Every student is assigned a faculty advisor and a staff advisor. Students must obtain authorization from their faculty advisor (and only their faculty advisor) to register for classes. In addition to assigned advisors, students seek input from various places on campus, including, but not limited to, NAC, El Centro, TRiO, Leadership Center, and Disability Services. Advising is uneven, and there are no clear roles for those involved in advising students. There is no uniform evaluation of advising in faculty review. Objectives: Create clear roles and guidelines for advisors. Create a mechanism to evaluate faculty advising based on newly established roles and obligations. Utilize technology more efficiently to improve degree tracking for both students and advisors. Create trigger points to ensure students monitor the progress toward degree completion more effectively.

Require students to select their majors by their third term

Current Status: A student is not required to declare a major at a particular time before graduation.

Objectives: Create a “Mother Plan” to guide students toward a four-year graduation. This would include academic progress goals and implications for academic probation and termination of financial aid if consistent progress is not being met. Prevent student malingering.

Provide a clear curriculum map to graduation

Current Status: No systematic navigation tools assist students towards degree completion. Some departments have their own tools; however, the catalog is updated annually, making it very difficult to navigate degree requirements.

Objectives: Create a map for graduation for each program of study (for first-year students and third-year transfers). Maps will be available to students on the departmental and/or program website. Each program of study will develop and implement a detailed four-year instruction plan. This would include annual course offerings, faculty teaching, and sabbatical schedules. Move to a two-year catalog schedule.


Big Picture Questions