Chart Your Own Course

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Chart Your Own Course is designed to help students navigate their college experiences while promoting a culture of credential completion. By aligning academic and student support services with shared practices and resources, students will be empowered to take ownership of their academic and career goals.

Chart Your Own Course enhances student learning through personal and career exploration and strengthens student understanding of academic and career pathways leading to successful achievement of academic and career goals.

As part of Chart Your Own Course, students will

  • Identify a career goal that aligns with individual strengths
  • Develop an academic plan that aligns with the identified career goal
  • Demonstrate continued, measurable progress in the timely achievement of the academic plan

The College will use its academic success course, FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success, to help students chart their own course. FYE 105 assignments will be used to assess students’ identification of a career goal that aligns with personal strengths and to determine the extent to which students develop an academic plan that aligns with their career goal. The Appreciative Advising model will support student demonstration of continued, measurable progress in the timely achievement of their academic plan which will be assessed by student attainment of 15/30/45/60 credit hours, credential attainment, and transfer.

Download the Chart Your Own Course Quality Enhancement Plan.

During the application and admissions process, students will:

During the first semester, students will:

  • Take FYE 105 and identify a career goal that aligns with individual strengths
  • Chart Your Own Course in FYE 105 by developing an academic plan that aligns with an identified career goal
  • Complete the FAFSA and scholarship application (opens October 1)
  • Accumulate 15 credit hours toward graduation

During the second semester, students will:

  • Follow up on the FAFSA in January
  • Meet with an academic advisor and/or visit the Advising Center to discuss transfer
  • Accumulate 30 credit hours toward graduation

During the third semester, students will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor and/or visit the Advising Center to discuss transfer
  • Finalize transfer or career plans
  • Complete the FAFSA and scholarship application (opens October 1)
  • Accumulate 45 credit hours toward graduation

During the fourth semester, students will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor and/or visit the Advising Center to discuss transfer
  • Apply for graduation 
  • Accumulate 60 credit hours toward graduation

Academic Plan - complete list of classes required for a particular credential

Advising - an important part of your success at WKCTC and a shared responsibility that helps you clarify, plan, and achieve your academic and career goals

Student ID# - 9-digit identification number assigned to you for student records

Credential - certificate, diploma or associate degree proving your academic qualifications

Advisor - key person at WKCTC who you should meet with at least once a semester to answer your questions and help you define your goals

Grade Point Average (GPA) - average value of all your class grades and is important for earning scholarships, maintaining financial aid, transfer, and entering a selective admissions program

Credit Hour - units that measure the weight of courses toward the completion of a credential

Persistence - your ability to progress toward completion of your credential

Completion - when you have met all the requirements for your credential

Financial Aid - state and federal funding and/or scholarships which helps you pay for your education

Student Self-Service - online access to your student account

Campus Resources - various offices at WKCTC designed to support you in your academic pursuits, which includes, but is not limited to,

  • Business Office
  • Career Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Library
  • TRIO
  • Tutoring

Sanci Teague, QEP Director sanci.teague@kctcs.edu 270-534-3149

Renea Akin, Ed.D., Associate Vice President of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness: renea.akin@kctcs.edu
270-534-3461