Students Taking Education Personally (STEP) Project

As a part of the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC) accreditation process, LIT is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The STEP Project is LIT’s Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP provides an opportunity for LIT to improve the student learning environment and academic success while accomplishing the mission of the institution. To advance that mission, LIT chose a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that will improve the student learning environment and persistence among a select group of at-risk students.

The goals of the Students Taking Education Personally project are

  • To improve the success of at-risk students in select programs by improving the student learning environment.
  • To increase student learning in the gatekeeper courses.
  • To use survey data to design student support services to improve student persistence in select programs.


The STEP Project was designed to enhance the student learning environment and persistence among a select group of at-risk students. Using Starfish Early Alert System is one step in this effort. 

Starfish is a student retention system that is holistic, proven, and measured. It is based on the following philosophy:

  1. Success is a moving target
  2. Success entails academic achievement
  3. Success requires engagement
  4. Success must be measured

With Starfish, faculty and staff can form closer connections with students, encourage engagement, provide more timely feedback regarding course performance, and provide opportune information on campus resources.

For additional information contact the STEP Project Coordinator at 409-839-2043.


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