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3.4.11

Educational Programs: All:Academic Program Coordination
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.

Judgment
  Compliant      Non-Compliant      Not Applicable

Narrative

Under the direct supervision of the instructional division heads, the quality and quantity of the instructional programs of study reside with the faculty. Programs of study must continually be reviewed by the faculty and the Instruction Council. Any program of study considered for adoption must support the purpose and philosophy of the College.

College Major and Program Coordination

A major, defined as a concentration of coursework within a particular discipline, is designed to produce entry-level competencies for specific career fields.

Each program of study listed in the Northeast Student Catalog is assigned major advisors who have experience and/or knowledge in the field and who have assigned responsibilities for curriculum coordination.  The following table list the programs of study with the assigned primary faculty advisor (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 44-45, 77-175; Advisor Handbook 2008-2009, 5; Adjunct Faculty Handbook 2008, 4).

University Parallel
Programs of Study

Primary Faculty Advisor

Accounting

Robbie Coleman

Agriculture

Rocky Hughes*

Agriculture Education

Rocky Hughes

Architecture

Helen Thompson*

Art

Steve Donaldson

Art Education

Judy Tucci*

Athletic Training

Ricky Ford

Biology

Rocky Hughes

Business Administration

John Yarber

Business Education

Pam Needham*

Business Information Systems

Vicki Ramsey

Chemistry

Nathan Crawford*

Commercial Music

Jerry Rains*

Communications

Belinda Russell

Communicative Disorders

Tara Blansett

Computer Science

Tom Hill

Criminal Justice

Bill Odom

Dentistry

Nick Alexander*

Early Childhood Education

Cathy Higgins

Elementary Education

Laura Gillham

Engineering

Rebekah Donahue

English

Deborah Kehoe

English Education

Amanda Garvin

Family and Consumer Sciences

Sandra Ford*

Family and Consumer Science Education

Sandra Ford

Fashion Merchandising

Sandra Ford

Forestry

Don Thompson*

Health Information Management

Michelle Baragona*

History

Tom Cockrell

Interior Design

Judy Tucci

Liberal Arts

Lynn Burns

Library Science

Carol Killough

Mathematics

Helen Thompson

Mathematics Education

Helen Thompson

Medical Technology

Beverly Kirk*

Medicine

Beverly Kirk

Modern Foreign Languages

Jeff Tuttle*

Modern Foreign Languages Education

Jeff Tuttle

Music

Ray Harris

Music Education

Jerry Rains

Nursing (BSN)

Angela James

Occupational Therapy

Michelle Baragona

Optometry

Nathan Crawford

Pharmacy

Ray Cozort

Photography

Terry Anderson

Physical Education

Ray Scott

Physical Therapy

Stephanie Freese

Physics

Allen Nock

Political Sciences

Joe Miller

Psychology

Collin Billingsley

Religious Studies

Bill Stone

Science Education

Wilda Pounds

Social Studies Education

Carla Falkner

Social Work

Pamela Floyd*

Sociology

Pamela Floyd

Special Education

Wendy Scott

Theatre

Chris Schager

Veterinary Medicine

Rocky Hughes

Career and Technical
Programs of Study

Accounting Technology

Angela Mott

Business and Marketing Management Technology

Vickie Huggins

Civil Engineering Technology

Robert (Bobby) Scott

Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technology

Susan Scott

Computer Information Systems Technology

Nick Newell

Construction Engineering Technology

Ray Gaillard

Country/Western Music

Jerry Rains

Culinary Arts

Tim Gilmore*

Dental Hygiene Technology

Nick Alexander

Diesel Power Technology

Ben Pratt*

Early Childhood Education Technology

Sandra Ford

Electrical Technology

Jimmy Whitehead*

Forestry Technology

Don Thompson

Heating and Air Conditioning Technology

Johnny Wright*

Hotel and Resturant Management Technology

Tim Gilmore

Industrial Maintenance Technology

Jimmy Whitehead

Landscape Management Technology

Jim Tidwell

Machine Tool and Die Technology

Mike Snowden

Medical Assisting Technology

Kaye Roberson

Medical Laboratory Technology

Shannon Goolsby

Microcomputer Technology

Kathy Wallace

Nursing (A.D.N)

Rebecca West

Office Systems Technology

Pam Needham

Paralegal Technology

Janet Cox

Radiologic (Medical) Technology

Jennifer Davis

Respiratory Care Technology

Beverly Prince

Certificate
Programs of Study

Auto Body Repair

E. G. Lindsey

Automotive Mechanics and Service Technology

Greg Hardin

Culinary Arts

Tim Gilmore

Diesel Power Technology

Ben Pratt

Heating and Air Conditioning

Johnny Wright

Machine Tool and Die Technology

Stevie Loveless

Office Systems

Pam Needham

Practical Nursing Education

Jane Williams

*Because of interconnectivity and low numbers of advisees, the institution has determined these faculty members can fulfill the advising responsibilities of more than one program of study. 

Based upon the 2007-2008 class schedules and a review of individual instructor records, the following has been noted:

The courses offered within the various curricula are determined by the faculty (subject to the mandates set forth in the Articulation Agreement an agreement between the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges) and are approved by the Instruction Council and forwarded through the President the Board of Trustees for final aproval (Articulation Agreement 2007). Additions to and deletions from the curriculum originate with the faculty. In career-technical programs of study, an advisory committee, in compliance with the Mississippi State Board of Community and Junior Colleges’ Reviews, assists faculty in career-technical curriculum matters (Advisory Committee Minutes-23 October 2007 PNE).

Curriculum Establishment and Revision

The curriculum is established and administered by the faculty and its committees (Northeast Procedures Manual 2008-2009, 60-62) To establish a curriculum or to alter a curriculum within a division, a curriculum proposal form (submitted by a faculty member or a group of faculty members) must be presented to the division head. Upon receipt of the proposal, the division head submits the proposal to the division’s faculty for review and evaluation. If the proposal is found acceptable by the division’s faculty by a simple majority vote, the proposal is forwarded to the Instruction Council that is comprised of the division heads of the various instructional divisions and the Distance Learning Coordinator. The Dean of Instruction chairs the committee. The proposal, if approved by the Instruction Council, is forwarded through the President to the Board of Trustees for final approval (Northeast Procedures Manual 2008-2009, 60-61; Curriculum Proposal Form Culinary Arts, 17 October 2006; Instruction Council Minutes-17 October 2006; Board of Trustees-Agenda-14 December 2006; Board of Trustees Minutes-14 December 2006; Instruction Council Minutes-2 October 2007; Curriculum Proposal Form English 2153,October 2007).

University-parallel programs are designed for transfer students. Courses within a program or curriculum are determined by the universities’ requirements and state uniform curriculum and local needs (Articulation Agreement 2007). To ensure that curriculum and courses are equated to those of the universities, articulation conferences are held regularly with university deans and Northeast division heads. Periodically, the division heads and faculty must review the program of study and recommend curriculum changes to the Instruction Council (Instruction Council Meeting Minutes-2 October 2007). The Dean of Instruction serves as the liaison to the senior colleges and universities and links Northeast with these institutions.

Career and technical programs are in keeping with the demands of local enterprises. These curricula are under constant review and evaluation by local advisory committees and the faculty. Although seventy-five percent  (75%) of each career-technical curriculum is established by the Bureau of Career-Technical Education and State Department of Education, the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) is under local control. Therefore, as changes occur in local and regional enterprises, compatible changes are made in the locally-controlled portion of the career-technical curriculum (Advisory Committee Minutes-26 October 2004, 23 October 2007 CAD).

Curriculum Review and Evaluation

In order to assure students that the curricula offered by Northeast are current, appropriate and complete, evaluations of the degree programs of study are completed regularly. On a scheduled rotating basis, faculties review the particular curriculum for depth and breadth and complete a Curriculum Review Instrument (Northeast Procedures Manual 2008-2009, Appendix I). This instrument is part of the evidence used in the Curriculum Review Process.

 A Curriculum Review Committee composed of college and non-college personnel will evaluate curricula yearly. During the evaluation, each curriculum will be reviewed in the following areas:

  • Past successes of major/grades
  • Relevance of courses within curriculum
  • Documented need for the curriculum
  • Compatibility of curriculum and institutional purpose
  • Credentials of faculty to adequately teach curriculum
  • Financial support for the curriculum

All curriculum recommendations from the Curriculum Review Committee will be forwarded to the Instruction Council. Actions by the Instruction Council will be forwarded through the President to the Board of Trustees for final action (Northeast Procedures Manual 2008-2009, 61-62; Curriculum Review Instrument-Culinary Arts Technology Certificate; Curriculum Review Agenda, 29 April 2008; Program Evaluation-Business & Business Technology).

The career/technical curricula are evaluated, on a pre-determined rotating basis, by the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges (Curriculum Revision Plan, May 2008). These curricula are also reviewed annually by the local advisory committee. Additionally, various accrediting agencies may exert some influence as to the course content of various programs of study (Advisory Committee Minutes-26 October 2004, 23 October 2007 CET).

 
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