Federal Requirement 4.2

 

The institutionís curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded. (Program Curriculum)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon Collegeís curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through its instructional programs. In keeping with that philosophy, the Vernon College Mission Statement outlines that the College will provide: Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; vocational programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; and freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees.

 

Vernon College develops and maintains curricula at the Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), and Certificate of Completion levels in keeping with the College mission. The curricula for all degree and certificate programs are clearly outlined and described in the Vernon College General Catalog which is published annually.  All degrees and certificates offered by the College are first approved by the Vernon College Board of Trustees and then by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The THECB requires justification of need for all new degree/certificate proposals. Vernon College is required to follow the policies and procedures of the THECB in developing new programs, revising existing programs, and in terminating programs that no longer meet student needs or the needs of the business and industry as reflected by low enrollments and graduation rates.  Workforce program and curriculum review/change is initiated through Program Advisory Committee members and academically qualified and experienced 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 Vernon College Employee Handbook.

 

These procedures are evidenced through Program Advisory Committee Minutes, Academic Council Agendas and Minutes, and the form the President initials to indicate his approval of the Academic Council recommendations/proceedings.

 

Documentation

1.              Program and Curriculum Changes, Vernon College Employee Handbook