ERIC Number: ED241079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Standards: The Faculty's Role. An Academic Senate Position Paper: Discussion and Action.
Hinkley, Barbara; And Others
Many community college faculty are concerned with academic standards at their institutions, in part because in the late 1960s and during the 1970s standards became associated, in the minds of many teachers and students, with personal rigidity rather than academic rigor. Faculty who wish to re-examine academic standards with their colleagues should: (1) discuss the nature and function of standards that require faculty to teach the subject matter with appropriate rigor and grant passing grades only to students who demonstrate competency in the subject; (2) have a meeting of faculty teaching a multi-section course, sequential courses, or courses within a particular program to review departmental course outlines or departmental syllabi, catalog descriptions, and ways of implementing the course outlines; and revise the materials or methods as deemed appropriate; (3) consider selecting textbooks or grading papers together; (4) sponsor cross-disciplinary discussions of standards to identify the skills and knowledge faculty members can expect of each other's students; (5) involve part-time faculty in discussions and meetings; and (6) accept responsibility for professionalism and professional growth by keeping abreast of developments in one's field, contributing to the institution, and reassessing course material. Having agreed upon standards themselves, faculty can provide uniform information to students about what is expected of them and insure the provision of an appropriate and rigorous education. (LAL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.