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College of Education

Quality Assurance Committee (QCom)

The Quality Assurance Committee (QCom) is responsible for managing, monitoring, and reviewing assessment data for each program, office, and committee in the Professional Education Unit (PEU). This includes oversight for the development, implementation, and evaluation of program and office assessment plans.

Updated August 2017

The Quality Assurance Committee operates under the direction of the Director of P-12 Educator Preparation (currently, the Dean of the College of Education). Committee members include:

  • One faculty representative from each College of Education (COE) department
  • One representative from the Professional Education Unit outside the COE
  • One P-12 representative
  • One representative from the South Carolina Department of Education
  • One representative from USC’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • The COE Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or representative
  • The COE Director of the Office of Assessment & Accreditation
  • The COE Accreditation Coordinator

Additional stakeholders, including department chairs, business leaders, and district superintendents are also invited to attend meetings, though their representation varies based on the program under review.

The Quality Assurance Committee has four primary duties:

  • To assist individual programs and offices with the development of assessment plans that will ensure quality programs
  • Periodically review these plans, aggregated data, related program changes, and provide feedback
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of data that are used to evaluate the Professional Education Unit as a whole, and to use these data for periodic review of the PEU
  • Evaluate the relevance of each program, based on the program’s impact on candidates and the candidates’ impact on students

During the 2012 – 2013 academic year, new review procedures were tested successfully, and were fully implemented in the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Previously, reviews took place on an approximate six-year cycle. Moving forward, reviews will be on an approximate three-year cycle, and will include two years of academic program reviews and one year of office, committee, and unit-wide reviews.

To evaluate the Professional Education Unit as a whole, the Quality Assurance Committee reviews:

  • Overall candidate and program quality
  • The unit-wide assessment system
  • The quality of clinical experiences including diversity, faculty, and unit governance.

Results of these reviews are compiled and shared with the Deans’ Executive Council, program coordinators, department chairs, Institutional Assessment and Compliance, and the chair of either the Basic Programs Committee or Advanced Programs Governance Committee, depending on the program being reviewed.

Reviews are conducted in a manner mirroring that of a CAEP review. Programs are notified of their upcoming review date at the beginning of each academic year. Program-specific assessment materials are distributed to the committee each month for an “off-site” review. The committee submits all questions arising from the assessment materials to the program approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled review. Program representatives return written responses to the committee prior to the meeting. During the “on-site” review portion, program representatives provide the committee with a 10-minute presentation detailing enrollments, trends, perceived strengths, plans for the future, and challenges they face. At the conclusion of the presentation, the committee takes 5-10 minutes to ask follow-up questions. Once all follow-up questions have been answered, the committee meets privately to determine the strength of the program’s assessment activities. A letter, indicating the final rating and detailing the committee’s perceptions of strengths and areas for improvement, as well as items for further consideration is sent to each program representative once the review is concluded. Minutes from each meeting are available on the College of Education’s website.

The current review schedule through the 2017 – 2018 academic year is included below. The schedule lists each program’s last date of review and the current contact for the program, as of July 2017.   

The 2017-2018 committee members are:

  • Allison Anders, Educational Studies representative
  • Panos Doutis, Physical Education representative
  • Angie Baum, Instruction and Teacher Education representative
  • Doyle Stevick, Educational Leadership and Policies representative
  • Virginia Nickles-Osborne, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brittany Ashley, Institutional Research and Assessment
  • La Trice Ratcliff-Small, Institutional Research and Assessment
    • La Trice & Brittany will share the responsibility of attending Quality Assurance Committee meetings - La Trice will focus on QCOM meetings reviewing academic programs and Brittany will focus on QCOM meetings that review offices/service units.
  • Regina Wragg, College of Education Director of the Office of Assessment & Accreditation
  • Lisa Peterson, College of Education Accreditation Coordinator
  • Jennifer Morrison, South Carolina Department of Education
    • Lydia Hutto will be Jennifer’s substitute in the even that she cannot attend
  • Katie Barber, Principal, Pontiac Elementary, Professional Development School Representative
  • Craig Wheatley, Teacher, White Knoll High School. School District Representative
  • Jody Davidson, Assistant Principal, Saint Andrews Middle School, School District Representative


Review Cycle 2017 – 2018

Program Date of Last Review Date of Next Review Program Contact
School Psychology (PhD) January 2015 September 2017 Scott Decker
Speech Pathology (MSP/MCD) September 2014 September 2017 Crystal Murphree-Holden / Julianne Miller /Kenn Apel
School Media (MLIS) November 2014 November 2017 Heather Moorefield-Lang/Gerry Solomon//Karen Gavigan
Teaching (MEd) November 2014 November 2017 Janie Goodman
Music Education (BM, MAT) October 2014 December 2017 Wendy Valerio
Art Education (BFA, MAT) October 2014 December 2017 Minuette Floyd
Physical Education (BS/MAT, PhD) March 2015 January 2018 Colin Webster
Foreign Language Education (BA/MAT) September 2013 January 2018 Lara Ducate, Catherine Wiskes, Paul Malovhr
Counselor Education (Cert, EdS [MCFC & School], PhD) January 2014 February 2018 Kathy Evans
Educational Psychology & Research Programs (MEd & PhD) February 2016 February 2018* Christine DiStefano
Curriculum & Instruction (EdD) January 2015 March 2018 Rhonda Jeffries (Curriculum Studies Track)Michael Grant (Educational Technology Track)
Foundations of Education (PhD) April 2015 March 2018 Kara Brown Payal Shah will present while Dr. Brown is away for the semester
Educational Administration (MEd, EdS, PhD) February 2015 April 2018 Peter Moyi
Higher Education (Cert, MEd HESA, PhD) January 2013 April 2018 Douglas Smith (Program did not have sufficient data to present in Spring 2016)
Special Education (MAT, MEd [including Early Childhood track], PhD) September 2015 May 2018 Chris Christle/Kathleen Marshall
Teaching and Learning (PhD) March 2013 May 2018 Gloria Boutte (Program did not have sufficient data to present in Spring 2016)



 Committee Minutes

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