Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges – Fifth Year Interim Report

6. Qualified academic coordinators [CS 3.4.11]

Standard 6: 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 applies to a curricular area or concentration. (Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11)

Status: In Compliance

Berea College has a long history of recruiting nationally for faculty positions and for hiring faculty with terminal degrees in the areas in which we offer majors and minors.  These faculty members are then charged with responsibility for program coordination, including curriculum development and review.  In short, full-time continuing faculty members have ongoing responsibility for each program.  In every traditional discipline, we assign this core curricular responsibility (course development, teaching, curriculum development, curriculum review, curriculum revision, annual curriculum assessment and ten-year self-studies) to the core faculty, all or most of whom have the terminal degree in the field.  In the interdisciplinary fields, we assign this core curricular responsibility to faculty members who teach in the interdisciplinary fields, all of whom have degrees and/or scholarship and/or teaching experience in the appropriate related fields.

Recently, Berea College has changed the academic structure from departments to divisions. Previously, a department might have oversight for one to three majors, and each department had a department chair.  In the new structure, every major and minor has a Program Coordinator.  We have six divisions, each with a Division Chair that brings together between four and six programs.  In both the old and the new structure, the department chair, the program coordinator, and the division chair have leadership responsibility, but the ultimate responsibility for program coordination and curriculum review and revision lies with the full-time, continuing faculty who teach in that area.

Supporting Documents and Evidence

  1. Faculty Members Responsible for Program Coordination, Curricular Development and Review

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