Standard Three: Faculty

The education, experience, responsibilities and performance of the faculty ensure that students will receive an education consistent with the objectives of the course(s) or program(s) of study. (Faculty includes instructional staff, librarians, counselors, and others who provide program services to students. Faculty functions include approval of academic policies, program planning and evaluation, academic advisement, consulting with students on assignments and related intellectual matters, instruction and evaluation of student work).

Criteria

The following criteria are used by professional staff members and evaluation committees as indicators of compliance for the standard.

  1. The institution:
  • provides a specific written plan for selecting faculty members;
  • provides written criteria for faculty members that reflect appropriate minimums of previous preparation and experience for the duties to be undertaken;
  • maintains a file for each faculty member that contains data validating each individual’s academic and professional competence;
  • publishes rules and regulations relating to faculty members;
  • evaluates each faculty member’s performance and effectiveness at least once annually;
  • makes available to prospective students a published list of faculty members, including their qualifications;
  • provides a faculty/student ratio sufficient to support the number of students enrolled, the quality of instruction and student access to faculty.
  1. The institution ensures that the number of full and/or part-time faculty members is appropriate to the size and objectives of the institution and is representative of the principal areas of instruction.
  2. The institution notifies NPEC of any unusual turnover of faculty or staff within thirty (30) days.
  3. The certificate-granting institution employs faculty members:
  • whose duties involve teaching, advising students and maintaining attendance and academic records;
  • that have demonstrated competency in the specific field for which training is offered, as evidenced by one of the following that can be documented:

o          a baccalaureate degree with a major in the specific field of instruction from an institution accredited by an United States-based accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education; for those educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided, including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service;

o          two years teaching experience in the specific field of instruction;

o          active state licensure or certification relevant to the specific field of instruction;

o          two years work experience in the specific field for which training is offered.

  1. The degree-granting institution:
  • employs a sufficient number of faculty members to provide individualized instructional services to each student including evaluation and correction services for examinations and necessary consultation for research projects;
  • ensures that a sufficient student/faculty ratio allows an appropriate level of contact between faculty and students;
  • ensures that faculty members provide effective teaching and learning appropriate to the subject being taught;
  • ensures that faculty members have input regarding courses taught, the development and approval of curriculum materials and the monitoring of part-time faculty work;
  • provides evidence that standards for part-time faculty members are appropriate to the level of instruction offered and that these standards are equivalent to those for full-time faculty members.
  • ensures that teaching loads do not exceed an average of 20 quarter credit hours (or equivalent) with consideration given to committee work, independent research, advising, etc.
  • ensures that all faculty members who teach can be documented to hold a master’s degree from an institution accredited by a United States-based accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education or equivalent in training and/or experience and a reasonable number have a doctorate or terminal degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
  1. The on-ground degree-granting institution ensures that faculty members are geographically located to directly serve students and are available for sufficient lengths of time to provide instruction and/or advising.
  2. The graduate degree-granting institution:
  • ensures that the graduate faculty is determined by a well-defined set of criteria based on qualifications and proficiencies required in programs offered;
  • ensures that each faculty member holds the highest earned degree in his or her discipline (experience and high productivity may be an acceptable substitute for the doctorate in some instances);
  • ensures that faculty members have the following educational credentials that can be documented:

o          Master’s degree from an institution accredited by a United States-based accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education (for those educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided, including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service;

o          Doctoral degree from an institution accredited by a United States-based accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education (for those educated outside the United States, additional documentation of education must be provided, including evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service);