Educational Activities

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The major index of an institution’s quality is the effectiveness of its educational program. The educational program must be consistent with the stated mission, be adequate in breadth and context to achieve it, and produce measurable results. Its educational activities, whether residential or otherwise and whether group or individually oriented, shall include definable instruction, interaction, and evaluation. A second index of institutional quality is the resources available to instructors and students.

The third index of an institution’s quality is the competence of its faculty. The effectiveness of any institution depends upon contemporary teaching strategies and practices and upon the knowledge, ability, and commitment of its faculty. The selection, orientation, guidance, stimulation, and evaluation of the teaching staff are the most significant responsibilities of the administration. The faculty should actively participate in developing the total educational program of the institution.

The faculty shall have a clear responsibility, distinct from that of developing institutional policy, to participate in administering and implementing policy, especially as it pertains to academic affairs. The institution shall adopt and publish a policy on the responsibility and authority of faculty in matters of academic governance.

At a minimum, the policy should:

  • address the role of faculty in development of the educational program of the institution
  • selection of course materials, instructional equipment and other educational resources
  • systematic evaluation and revision of the curriculum
  • assessment of student learning outcomes
  • planning for institutional effectiveness

For institutions offering programs in which government certification, licensing, or registration is mandatory in order to become employed in a specific career field, curricula must contain the necessary course work to afford students the opportunity to obtain the minimum skills and competencies in order to become certified, licensed, or registered in that career field.

Where accreditation of a program by a specialized or programmatic accreditor is required for students to obtain entry-level employment where the institution is licensed or otherwise approved, the institution must obtain such accreditation in a timely manner.

The institution must provide and document notification to students as to 

  1. which programs hold specialized or programmatic accreditation
  2. whether successful completion of a program qualifies a student to receive, apply to take, or take licensure exams in the state or country where the institution is located. For on-line programs, this information must be provided for all states and countries from which the institution enrolls students; and
  3. any other requirements that are generally required for employment.

The institution shall assess the curriculum and/or the need for specialized accreditation and update it as needed to reflect current requirements for employment.