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2.7.2 The institution offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated mission and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education. (Program Content)
✔ Compliance Partial
Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is in compliance with this core requirement. The College adheres to a set of Curriculum Standards that are established for each program throughout the North Carolina Community College System. The FTCC Curriculum Committee, the College President, the FTCC Board of Trustees, and the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges approve Curriculum Program Applications for new programs. The curriculum program application contains the purpose (I.B) of the proposed program, as well as the relationship to the College’s Mission Statement. The content and relevance of existing programs are reviewed and validated by program Advisory Committees and through the annual program review process.
All Fayetteville Technical Community College degree programs follow guidelines (identified as Curriculum Standards) of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) for inclusion of required and recommended courses, course numbering, and credit hours. The NCCCS guidelines also specify the range of credit hours to be included in a degree program of study. Statewide pre-requisites and co-requisites are published in the NCCCS Combined Course Library. Local pre-requisites are determined by the departmental faculty and approved by the FTCC curriculum committee. State and local pre-requisites are reflected in the Course Descriptions section of the 2009-2010 (FTCC) Catalog.
NCCCS maintains a statewide curriculum committee for review of curriculum/program changes or additions to the Curriculum Standards or the Combined Course Library. NCCCS also conducts periodic statewide review of departmental curricula through a Curriculum Improvement Process (CIP). This process ensures currency, relevancy and need for programs of study, sequencing, and courses.
North Carolina community colleges establish new degree programs by submitting applications to the State Board of Community Colleges and following procedures as outlined in Section 3 of the NCCCS Curriculum Procedures Manual. These procedures require colleges to demonstrate the purpose of the proposed program and its relationship to the college's mission. The applying college must also demonstrate student interest in the program, involvement of a curriculum advisory committee composed of key industry or occupational representatives, project enrollment and employment opportunities for potential graduates of the program. The application must also address the adequacy of budget, faculty, library and other resources to support the program and must comply with program accreditation criteria, job competencies, and performance skills required to perform the tasks or duties identified for the curriculum. Finally, the College’s application must contain an appropriate program of study format and senior administrators from other colleges in the North Carolina Community College system must document the acceptance of the program.
Once curriculum programs are established, validation of their need and content is confirmed through two ways. First, an Advisory Committee is established. Advisory committees are comprised of area occupational experts, employers, FTCC instructors, and administrators. Advisory Committees meet at least three times within a year to review each degree, diploma, and certificate for relevancy, currency, and delivery. Committee responsibilities are specifically delineated in the Advisory Committee Handbook.
The second form of review and validation of each FTCC curriculum program is through the Annual Program Review Process conducted by the departmental faculty and staff. Each departmental program review team prepares a Program Review Report delineating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, currency, and relevancy. Team members study and analyze issues and trend data such as enrollment, graduation rates, student outcomes and assessments, staffing, curriculum facility and equipment requirements, and student survey results.
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