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IV. Programs

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Faculty

Comprehensive Standards

23. The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to a faculty member's highest earned degree in accord with the guidelines listed below. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching or other documented competencies, and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. The institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of all its faculty.

Credential Guidelines:

a) Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: a master's or a doctoral degree in the teaching discipline or a master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).

b) Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: a master's or doctoral degree in the teaching discipline or a master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).

c) Faculty teaching associate degree courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree: a baccalaureate degree in the teaching discipline, or an associate degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching field.

d) Faculty teaching baccalaureate degree courses: a master's or doctoral degree in the teaching discipline or a master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).

e) Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work: earned doctorate or a terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

f) Graduate teaching assistants: a master's in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, planned and periodic evaluations.

24. The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member, regardless of contractual or tenured status.

25. The institution provides evidence of ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners.

26. The institution ensures adequate procedures for the safeguard and protection of academic freedom.

27. The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters.

28. The institution's policies are clear concerning ownership of materials, faculty compensation, copyright issues, and the use of revenue derived from the creation and production of software, technologically delivered courses, or other media products.

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