Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11

 

For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applied to a curricular area or concentration.  (Academic Program Coordination)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

For each major in a degree program, Vernon College assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field.

 

The Dean of Instructional Services for the College is responsible for program coordination as well as curriculum development and review. Five Division Chairs comprise the instructional leadership team reporting directly to the Dean of Instructional Services. Each Division Chair heads one of the major instructional divisions: Behavioral and Social Science, Mathematics and Science, Communications, Information and Industrial Technology, and Career and Technology Education. They are academically qualified due to education, experience, and understanding of the mission, policies, and procedures of the College to provide program coordination and curriculum development and review. Division Chairs are assisted by coordinators or directors in the areas of Developmental Studies, Allied Health, and Distance Learning.

 

Workforce program and curriculum review/change is initiated through Program Advisory Committee members and academically/experientially qualified full-time faculty. Academic program and curriculum review/change is primarily initiated by academically qualified full-time faculty. All curriculum changes are channeled through the Division Chairs and the Dean of Instructional Services. All program and curriculum changes are presented to the Academic Council and the College President for approval. These procedures are outlined in the Employee Handbook. These procedures are evidenced through Program Advisory Committee agendas, Academic Council Agendas and Minutes, and Presidential approval of the Councilís recommendations/proceedings. The example provided in the links below illustrates how the procedures and policies were followed in adding a government course to the Criminal Justice Degree Program to enhance the studentís knowledge of the symbiotic relationship between the disciplines and facilitate transfer to the four year institution.

 

Documentation:

 

1.    Program Advisory Committee, Vernon College Employee Handbook

2.    Curricula Review Process, Vernon College Employee Handbook

 

3.    Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee agenda (November, 2007)

4.    Academic Council Agenda and Minutes (November, 2007)

5.    Presidential approval of Academic Council recommendations/proceedings (November 26, 2007)