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Newsletter- March 2014

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Nursing Program Recognized | Update on Action Projects | AQIP Online Orientation

Nursing Program Recognized

This is the fourth in a series of articles to recognize the continuous improvement efforts of MCC’s faculty and staff.

We found not a single individual but an entire Department to recognize as Continuous Improvement champions this issue: the Nursing and Nurse Aid programs.  These dedicated professionals are constantly striving to make their teaching more effective and classes more interesting.

These are some of the ways in which the Nursing program is improving instruction:  

  • With new updates in the Nursing curriculum, learning outcomes for the students will be clearer than before.
  • Student access to information has been increased by recording several lectures.  
  • By having these recorded lectures, class time is increasingly used for case studies, simulations, debates, small and large group discussions and role playing.
  • The Nursing department is using Desire 2 Learn (D2L) more for turning in papers, completing quizzes and for proctoring tests and students are becoming more comfortable with the process.  D2L allows professors to post the syllabus, class notes, power points and other class content.

In the Nurse Aid program, Lynne Collins is adding to the learning experience by creating her own collection of “specimens,” including examples of urine, blood, andImage: Lynne Collins poses with her collection of fake bodily secretions. other bodily secretions. Collins advises us that by using these specimens in class, it is “less shocking when they see it in real life.”  Just explaining what to look for is not as memorable as seeing an example. Collins hopes to attend a Moulage conference where she will learn how to create additional specimens to be used in her classes.

Collins also has her students use glasses and goggles that have been altered to understand the different kinds of eye problems that many patients experience. Macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma are a few of the eye disorders that patients can have and by experiencing these disorders, if only for a little while students are more empathetic to their patient’s needs. In addition, Collins has students wear different kinds of gloves to experience the sensation of a person with a tactile disorder. This helps the students better understand the unique circumstances that each patient has to deal with on a daily basis.

With changes in the medical field happening all the time, it is important to remember in the Nursing and Nurse Aid programs that the patient is the most important aspect of the learning process and that is the priority at MCC.

Congratulations to the Nursing and Nurse Aid Programs for being selected as our Champions of Continuous Improvement.

Update on Action Projects

AQIP member institutions sustain at least three active continuous improvement projects at any given time.  Here is the status of MCC’s Action projects.


Action Project #36Marketing Segmentation Audit

The purpose of this project is to perform a marketing segmentation audit in order to maximize the efficiency of the College’s marketing budget, using the resources and funding currently available. The primary end result is to have a more clearly defined target audience and increased enrollment through new targeted marketing campaigns catered towards the newly identified audiences, with a secondary goal of increasing retention in the process.

Last fall the CLARUS company reviewed MCC’s marketing materials and sent a representative to campus to conduct interviews with our various constituents, including students, staff, faculty, the MCC Foundation, and community members. While waiting on the final written report, CLARUS returned to campus on February 6 to give an in-person debriefing. The initial feedback indicates that we have potential untapped audiences of “traditional” students (ages 18-23), ESL/GED students coming from Adult Basic Education, and a soon-to-be surging Hispanic population that may require MCC to become more diverse and produce certain marketing materials in both English and Spanish. Additionally, MCC will need to create branding standards to be implemented at all levels of MCC activities.

Once we receive the final written report from CLARUS, MCC’s marketing department and MLT will review the results internally and devise a plan in the coming months in order to reach the audiences identified in the audit and best strategize the College’s branding.



Action Project #37:  Administration and Financial Dashboard

The dashboard on your car provides you with constant feedback about your car including items like speed, oil pressure, and battery charge.  Data dashboards work much the same way providing feedback on items like retention rates, course enrollments, and FTE.  Recent and upcoming upgrades to the Colorado Community College System data management systems (Banner, EDW, and Cognos ODS) will allow us to begin developing and using these tools.

By the end of the Spring term, it is anticipated that there will be a system wide data dashboard that will provide summary data on how Morgan Community College is performing on Colorado’s Higher Education Performance Measures.  These measures focus on 4 goals: Increasing Attainment, Improving Student Success, Reducing Gaps, and Restoring Fiscal Balance.

In January, Derek Grubb attended the first of five trainings aimed towards allowing us to develop data dashboards.  The next 4 trainings will occur during the months of April and May and will conclude with the creation of the aforementioned pilot project.  Once the system-wide pilot project is completed, we will be able to begin developing our own personalized dashboards.  MCC’s pilot project will be developing a dashboard for Administration and Finance that will address needs for program review and other management needs.  The goal is to develop this dashboard during the Fall 2014 term with refinement and final deployment occurring during Spring 2015.  We expect other ideas for data dashboards will arise as this project continues and will continue to develop those solutions as priorities dictate.  If you have questions or ideas, do not hesitate to contact Derek Grubb, Director of Institutional Effectiveness.



Action Project #38:   Academy for Assessment of Student Learning


One of MCC’s ongoing goals has been to improve institutional assessment. With Project #38, MCC builds on past efforts by enrolling in the Higher Learning Commission’s Academy for Assessment. The Academy is a multi-year sequence of activities focused on helping institutions assess and improve student learning. Teams from participating schools learn from mentors and work collaboratively with teams from other schools as they develop projects to improve their assessment of student learning. The goal of the Academy is to improve student learning by developing a comprehensive assessment plan. MCC’s team includes project director Kathy Frisbie, Betty McKie, Derek Grubb, Jason Glasnapp, and Carol Kuper. The project is in the very early stages; in fact, MCC has just been informed of its acceptance into the Academy. The project will kick off in June with the team attending the Academy Roundtable in Chicago.

All current and past projects can be viewed on the MCC website.  (From the homepage, select the “About” menu, then “Accreditation/AQIP”, then “Action Projects”  or click here.)

AQIP Online Orientation

As you all know, new employees to MCC must complete a checklist of activities as part of their orientation to the college.  This checklist includes an orientation to accreditation (AQIP).  In the past Greg Thomas has conducted these orientations personally, but is happy to announce the process has been converted to an online format.  This will eliminate scheduling difficulties, while  allowing new employees to learn about AQIP at their own desks.  

If you are a recently hired employee who has not yet completed the AQIP orientation, please do so in the next few weeks.  You can find the link on the portal (look for the AQIP box on the “Welcome” tab), or click here.  

Any other staff member desiring a refresher on AQIP may also take the orientation.

A...QuIP of the Month:

On learning by experiment:

“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?" ― Steven Wright