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IV. Programs

Educational Programs

Comprehensive Standards for All Educational Programs

1. The institution demonstrates that each educational program

a. is approved by the faculty and the administration.
b. has stated program and learning outcomes and ensures appropriate levels of student achievement.

2. The institution ensures that off-campus and distance education programs meet comprehensive standards applied to educational programs.

3. The institution publishes admission policies consistent with the institution's mission.

4. The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating and awarding credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are collegiate level and comparable to the institution's own degree programs.

5. The institution publishes and disseminates academic policies to students, faculty, and other interested parties and produces publications that adequately and accurately represent the programs and services of the institution and that adhere to principles of good educational practice.

6. The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for awarding credit for courses it offers.

7. The institution is responsible for ensuring the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortial relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive standards, and evaluates the agreement against the purpose of the institution.

8. The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a non-credit basis only when there is documentation that the non-credit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience.

9. The institution has an effective program of academic advising.

10. The institution protects the security, confidentiality, and integrity of its student academic records and maintains special security measures to protect and back up the data.

11. The institution places primary responsibility for the quality and oversight of its educational program with its faculty.

12. 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.

13. The institution's use of technology enhances student learning, is appropriate for meeting the objectives of its programs, and ensures that students have access to and training in the use of technology.

Comprehensive Standards for Undergraduate Programs

14. The institution defines and publishes general education and major program requirements. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices of collegiate institutions.

15. The institution identifies competencies within the general education core and provides evidence that graduates have attained those college-level competencies.

16. The institution awards degrees only to those students who have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by that institution.

Comprehensive Standards for Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Programs

17. The institution's post-baccalaureate professional degree programs and its master's and doctoral degree programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs.

18. The institution provides adequate resources to support its graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree programs.

19. The institution has an appropriate means for determining admission and completion of graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree requirements. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices of institutions offering graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree programs.

20. The institution ensures that its graduate instruction and resources foster independent learning enabling the graduate to contribute to a profession or field of study.

21. The institution has sound and acceptable practices for awarding or accepting graduate credits.

22. The majority of credits toward a graduate or a post-baccalaureate professional degree is earned through the institution awarding the degree. In the case of graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortial arrangements, the student earns a majority of credits from the participating institution.

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