W.E. Succeed - Work Ethic First

W.E. Succeed At-a-Glance

Four traits, each accompanied by six indicators, have been defined to guide the assessment and improvement efforts:

Teamwork: I will engage in teamwork by:

  • Delegating and accepting responsibility, demonstrating leadership
  • Adapting to change with flexibility
  • Cooperating and working well with others, showing assertiveness when needed
  • Showing a desire to improve, facilitating group self-evaluation of work
  • Seeking and supporting consensus, and working to resolve conflict
  • Celebrating successes of teammates and helping them remediate weaknesses

Integrity: I will act with integrity by:

  • Interacting honestly in relationships with others
  • Being honest about work created independently and by others
  • Avoiding and reporting harmful or unethical behaviors
  • Showing respect and being supportive in interactions with others (including those from different ethnic, cultural, economic, and gender groups)
  • Demonstrating loyalty and trustworthiness to others and to the institution, keeping all appropriate confidences

Productivity: I will be productive by:

  • Using time effectively; balancing work, studies, external responsibilities, and leisure
  • Showing initiative and enthusiasm to exceed expectations
  • Following directions; demonstrating self-discipline to meet deadlines and expectations
  • Giving and receiving feedback willingly
  • Requesting and using help willingly
  • Showing dedication to hard work, success, accuracy, and excellence

Professionalism: I will demonstrate professional behavior by:

  • Acting dependably, responsibly, and reliably
  • Arriving punctually, ready to work
  • Maintaining a neat and organized appearance and work environment
  • Respecting my own property and the property of others
  • Respecting and adhering to the chain of command, and following regulations

W.E. Succeed Update — August 2015

The Chattanooga State Community College (ChSCC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is entitled “W.E. Succeed – Work Ethic First.” ChSCC has long taught and assessed many workplace skills; however, until the development of this QEP, the most focused efforts had occurred in specific certificate and degree programs. Through this QEP, ChSCC is implementing a consistent, institution-wide initiative to impact the learning environment and to teach, model, and improve the attributes of Work Ethic demonstrated by students, faculty, and staff.

The Work Ethic Learning Outcome, which has been included as one of six Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs), is defined in terms of four key attributes: Teamwork, Integrity, Productivity, and Professionalism. Each attribute is described by specific indicators to provide consistent definitions and expectations for staff, faculty, and students. By developing a common Work Ethic vocabulary and defining a unified campus-wide purpose, W.E. Succeed anticipates its ultimate goal of individual ownership of, involvement with, and growth in the Work Ethic SLO across the entire campus.

W.E. Succeed is a dynamic 5-year quality enhancement plan and will be phased-in throughout the College, so that the impact is realistic, measurable, and sustainable. At the close of Year 3, much has already been accomplished with course-level instruction and mentoring, and the enthusiasm for campus-wide ePortfolio is becoming a reality.

Year 1: 2010–2011:
The QEP Action Committee refined the W.E. Succeed construct and began course-level implementation with a few pilot faculty.

Year 2: 2011–2012
General Education faculty integrated work-ethic attributes within courses, and a cross-divisional team of volunteers selected Digication as the ePortfolio platform.

Year 3: 2012-2013
General Education instruction continued, and volunteer faculty tested the W.E. Rubric with upper-level students. Ten student cohorts were trained and developed individual ePortfolios, and the Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty completed their annual faculty evaluation process digitally within ePortfolio as well. New-Student Orientation was redesigned, incorporating W.E. Succeed and ePortfolio development.

Year 4: 2013-2014
Previous implementation will continue, while strengthening use of W.E. Rubric and upper-level mentoring of students. EPortfolio will be campus-wide by the close of the year and all full-time faculty will be trained in the Digication platform through their own evaluation process.

Year 5: 2014-2015
W.E. Succeed will continue with full implementation, reflecting on strategies for improvement and growth, while looking forward to the next stages of the initiative in the 5-year summary.

For more information or to become part of the initiative please contact,
Dr. Amanda Hyberger, QEP Director
amanda.hyberger@chattanoogastate.edu
423.697-5548