Section 3: Programs
The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic governance matters.
All full-time faculty members can register to become voting members of and participate in the Faculty Association. (LINK to Faculty Handbook, page 15) The Association by-laws define the purposes of the organization as follows:
To promote the welfare of the members of the Association, to develop a feeling of cooperation and understanding among the faculty, to make recommendations to the appropriate official of the College in policies that affect instruction, the faculty, and the students, to establish and maintain standards of professional ethics and conduct, to develop techniques for a continued evaluation of teaching methods and classroom rapport for instructional and professional improvement, and to cultivate a strong community-faculty relationship.
Administrative Policy 2198 of the Institutional Policy Manual provides for the president of the Faculty Association to serve as a member of the President’s Council, thereby providing the Association membership with opportunity for communication and input into administrative decisions.
Faculty members serve on a number of committees, and such service is included in the annual faculty evaluation process as noted in Board Policy 5600, 3, b and repeated in the Faculty Handbook. (LINK to pp. 49-50) Standing administrative committees are listed in Administrative Policy 2198 and include the following:
- Admissions and Registration Committee
- Athletic Committee
- Curriculum Committee
- Financial Aid-Scholarship Committee
- LRC-Faculty Committee
- Safety and Security Committee
- Student Welfare Committee
- President’s Council.
In addition to the committees listed in this policy, two other committees, the LVN Admissions Committee and the Curriculum Assessment Committee, have existed for a number of years and reflect faculty membership. Faculty participation on administrative committees is listed (with faculty members highlighted) in the list of Administrative Committees for the 2006-2007 school year.
Administrative Policy 4116, A, 2, k and n states that faculty are “to participate in evaluation and development of curriculum . . . [and] to participate in the budget planning process.” Furthermore, the faculty is primarily responsible for the content, quality and effectiveness of the college curriculum as provided in Administrative Policy 2198, Section 4, which provides for the Curriculum Committee to be made up of (1) two faculty members from each instructional department of the college serving staggered three-year terms (2) the lead counselor, and (3) the Dean of Instruction (ex officio). The policy further states that “The principle function of the committee is to ensure that control of the curriculum resides with the faculty, in compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ requirements.” In overseeing curricular issues, the committee also ascertains that course and/or curricular changes comply with guidelines mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in its Guide to Instructional Programs in Workforce Education and in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual.
Evidence of Support:
Administrative Committee Membership
Administrative Policy 2198
Board Policy 5600
Faculty Association By-Laws
Guide to Instructional Programs in Workforce Education
Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual