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3.4.11 Academic Program Coordinators

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. (Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11)

Compliance

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Narrative

For each major in a degree program, Longwood 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 Longwood does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration.

Academic degree programs at Longwood are housed within the academic departments of the three colleges. Overall responsibility for program coordination, including curriculum development and review, rests with the academic department chairs. Longwood's Faculty Policies and Procedures Manual (FPPM) outlines the duties of and selection process for academic department chairs.

The duties of and selection process for area coordinators is given in the FPPM. Coordinators are appointed annually by the department chair and their responsibilities include providing leadership in curriculum development. Larger departments may have one or more area coordinators.

The Program Coordinators table lists the qualified faculty member (department chair or area coordinator) with direct responsibility for each degree program. Longwood believes that possession of the terminal degree in the field is a valid criterion for proving a faculty member's qualification to direct an academic program. Other factors also important in the appointment of area coordinators include departmental experience and knowledge of the curriculum development process. Of the 47 faculty members listed as area coordinators, 44 (94%) have the appropriate terminal degree in the field. For the three who do not possess the terminal degree (Davis, Devine, and Menegoni), justifications for their abilities to direct their respective programs are included in the table, and their current curriculum vitae are provided as supporting documentation. The table also includes additional relevant information for several programs. For example, curriculum development of the MBA program is guided by an advisory council composed of four faculty members with terminal degrees and an administrative chair who is listed as the program coordinator.

Each academic department also has a curriculum committee. For departments that host more than one degree program, each program in the department is usually represented by at least one faculty member appointed to the committee so that all curricular proposals affecting a program are vetted by at least one faculty member qualified in the discipline. This level of representation is common practice and is mandated in some departmental bylaws. Department chairs must also approve any curricular changes related to programs in their departments. Once approved by the academic department and college dean, undergraduate curricular proposals move to the appropriate college curriculum committee, then to the Committee on Educational Policy, and then to the Faculty Senate. After passing through the departmental curriculum committee and college dean, graduate courses are also vetted by the Graduate Committee (which is comprised of graduate coordinators from all departments hosting graduate programs) before going to the Committee on Educational Policy.

Longwood has an expectation that courses offered online or off-campus meet the same standards of quality as traditional, on-campus courses. Therefore online and non-traditional courses must follow the same curricular approval path as face-to-face courses. All Longwood faculty members who wish to offer a course online must attend and complete LOTI, the Longwood Online Technology Institute, before being able to offer the course.

Supporting Documents

Name of Document Location
Area Coordinators (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 P74-75.pdf
Cheryl Davis - CV Curriculum Vitae, Cheryl Davis.pdf
Committee on Educational Policy (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 139.pdf
Curriculum Committee Chairs (Curr Dev Hdbk 2009) CurriculumHdbk_09 6.pdf
Department Chairs (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 P70-73.pdf
Erin Devine - CV Curriculum Vitae, Erin Devine.pdf
Graduate Committee (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 154.pdf
Program Coordinators (2009-10) Program_Coordinators.pdf
Sharon Menegoni - CV Curriculum Vitae, Sharon Menegoni.pdf
Statement on Distance Learning and Non-Traditional Instruction (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 54-55.pdf