Compass: Chart Your Course

Compass is PC’s Quality Enhancement Plan. As one of several Promise of PC initiatives designed to ensure student success, the Compass program enriches the student learning experience by providing highly focused opportunities to develop the problem-solving skills required in today’s rapidly-changing world. From their first semester at PC to their last, students are challenged to identify their values, talents, and academic and vocational interests, to decide on which academic and vocational pathways to follow, and to engage in complex problem solving to better prepare them for life beyond PC.


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Inquire, Decide, Engage, Achieve

Compass Chart Your Course

First-year Exploration
  • Explore personal academic and vocational interests
Second-year Exploration
  • Identify, analyze, and manage a complex issue in a field of interest
  • Connect self-exploration with academics and vocation
Coursework in Field of Inquiry
  • Engage in decision making and problem-solving in the classroom
Signature Work
  • Apply cumulative learning and problem-solving to a senior project, performance, or exhibit


What are the main components of the Compass program?

The First- and Second-year Exploration Courses and senior Signature Work.

When did Compass launch?

Compass launched in August of 2018.

What is a QEP?

A QEP is a five-year plan designed to improve student learning and the environment in which student learning takes place. PC’s QEP, Life Beyond PC: Inquire, Decide, Engage, Achieve (IDEA), was approved by SACSCOC in December 2017.

What is SACSCOC?

SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of most degree-granting higher education institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.

Dr. Sharon Knight | Compass Director, Professor of Spanish | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

Dr. Sharon E. Knight

Compass (QEP) Director, Professor of Spanish
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