While the college has a number of standing committees, three deal specifically with curriculum issues.
1. Faculty Affairs Committee:
The Faculty Affairs Committee assists the administration in improving college work, the educational environment, and the welfare of all instructors. Membership is composed of four members selected and/or elected from each of the four curriculum divisions. Members serve two-year terms.
The role of the committee is:
- To act as an open forum for discussing issues that pertain to ACC faculty.
- To make recommendations to the executive vice president pertinent to the faculty and the educational environment.
- To select a faculty member as the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award and an adjunct faculty member as the recipient of the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award.
- To develop the academic calendar for the next school year.
The committee chairperson or designee attends Board of Trustees meetings. The committee maintains communications with faculty associations and their activities at other community colleges in order to enhance the committee’s efficiency and accomplishments.
2. Instructional Evaluation Committee:
The Instructional Evaluation Committee assists in the evaluation and improvement of the instructional process. Membership is composed of five representatives from each curriculum division. All members serve a two-year term. Terms are staggered so that one-half of the committee will be replaced each year. The Associate Dean of Curriculum Programs and the Institutional Researcher serve as ex-officio members of the committee.
The role of the committee is:
- To coordinate and participate in conducting faculty peer observations annually.
- To plan and recommend schedules of data collection for student evaluations of full and part-time instructors.
- To plan and evaluate procedures used in collecting student evaluation of instruction.
- To plan, evaluate, and recommend other procedures or activities that might be used in addition to student evaluation to ensure the continual upgrading of the quality of instruction.
- To perform other special assignments requested by the executive vice president or the president.
3. Curriculum Evaluation Committee:
The Curriculum Evaluation Committee reviews curriculum proposals and provides recommendations for the curriculum review process. It has two representatives from each curriculum division of the college, with no department having more than one representative. The Associate Dean of Curriculum Programs and the Institutional Researcher serve as ex-officio members.
The role of the committee is:
- To review all new curriculum proposals for consistency with the mission of the college, coordination of courses with existing departments and scheduling practices, and availability of needed resources.
- To provide guidelines and support for an ongoing curriculum review process assuring an in-depth program evaluation for each curriculum at least once every four years. These activities are coordinated with the appropriate division associate dean and department head who are responsible for conducting the review with assistance from the Institutional Researcher.
- To evaluate proposed changes in courses adopted from the Common Course Library, course sequence, or prerequisites which result in a significant departure from those presently existing when the course in question is utilized in more than one department, and when a change would significantly affect another department’s offerings.
- To engage in other curriculum evaluation activities as may be requested by the executive vice president or president.
B. Advisory Committees
The college consults representatives of area businesses and governmental units to maintain and develop programs that meet current and future employment needs. Advisory committees have played a vital role in the success of ACC’s educational programs. Through their awareness of the daily needs of the workplace, advisory committees add immeasurably to the college’s ability to provide students with the skills, competencies, and technical information to enter employment or to keep abreast of technological changes in business and industry.
The role of advisory committees is:
- To meet at least twice annually. The department head or director should coordinate the scheduling of meetings with the advisory committee chairperson. Notice of scheduled meetings is sent to the division associate dean or dean, the executive vice president, and the president, as well as other department personnel.
- To make recommendations for administrative consideration.
- To keep minutes of all advisory committee meetings and submit them to the department head or director. It is the responsibility of the department head or director to maintain copies of advisory committee meeting minutes and to forward copies to the division associate dean or dean and to the executive vice president.
Although the advisory committee has no official authority in the creation of policy or procedures, the advisory committee can be an invaluable aid in planning and evaluation for:
- Curriculum subject matter recommendations
- Instructional material and equipment recommendations
- Textbook evaluations
- Recruitment of students
- Placement of graduates
- Recruitment of instructors
- In-service training opportunities
- General ideas for departmental problem-solving
- Technical expertise
- Advice on current practices in business and industry
- Promotion of cooperation between the college and business, industry, and civic groups.
Advisory committee membership is updated annually. Terms are two years and should be staggered to provide continuity of membership.
Department heads or directors make recommendations for new members for approval and invitation by the president. Committees should have at least five members. Generally, no more than one member should come from the same business or industry. The members elect a chairperson and a secretary. No faculty or staff member may serve as chairperson but may serve as secretary if elected.