Feedback and Response

3.4.5  The institution publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice. These policies are disseminated to students, faculty, and other interested parties through publications that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution. (Academic policies)


Findings of the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee

The University of New Orleans provided documentation of the process for developing its Administrative Policies and of the publication of these policies to interested parties. The compliance document indicates that, “Most academic policies are developed and regularly revised through standing or special committees composed of members of faculty, staff, and administration with input from students. Faculty members are the primary developers of academic policies and often this work takes place via committees formed by the Faculty Senate or the Faculty Council.” These policies are distributed via handbooks and catalogs.

Documentation of faculty participation in the development and review of academic policies was not provided.


Response and Actions Taken

The primary vehicle for faculty participation in the development and revision of academic policies is through committee work. The table below describes key committees involved in the development, revision and approval of academic policy. The charge for each committee and well as a brief description of the committee are provided.

University Academic Programs and Standards Committee

Charge

This subcommittee of Faculty Senate considers  matters related to academic standards that apply to all colleges.

Faculty Senate

Charge

Faculty Senate serves as the forum for meetings between University administration and faculty regarding relevant issues for debate and discussion, recommends faculty to serve on university-wide committees, establishes University and Senate Standing Committees, and is responsible for membership of Faculty Senate Standing Committees.

University Courses and Curriculum Committee

Charge

This committee includes faculty representatives from each academic college and the library and is responsible for the review and approval of all new and revised undergraduate courses and all new and revised undergraduate programs of study.

University Graduate Council

Charge

This committee is comprised of college faculty representatives with graduate appointments to approve all new and revised graduate courses and all new and revised graduate programs of study.

Faculty Governance Committee

Charge

This committee was established in 2014 to develop and implement a comprehensive academic program review process.

 

As requested, examples of faculty participation in academic policy development and/or approval are provided. Each example includes a brief summary of the action taken and a reference to the appropriate documentation of approval by the appropriate committee.

Syllabus requirements. The University Courses and Curriculum Committee reviews syllabus requirements on a regular basis and revises requirements to ensure that all faculty include appropriate information on course syllabi. The most recent revision of syllabus requirements addressed the need to add statements describing student verification and assignment/examination proctoring options. (Meeting Minutes [Page: 2] )

Number of substitutions. The University of New Orleans recently implemented a new degree audit system within the Peoplesoft. New procedures were adopted to limit the number of course substitutions within an undergraduate program. The recommendation was developed in the Deans’ Council and approved by the University Courses and Curriculum Committee to incorporate in the University Regulations of the Catalog. (Meeting Minutes [Page: 2] )

Course Levels. The Academic Program and Standards subcommittee responded to a need to assist faculty with differentiating the expectations for courses at varying levels by developing a guide. This guide was recommended by the Academic Program and Standards Subcommittee and approved by the Faculty Senate. In addition to assisting individual faculty with course development, the guide will be used by the University Courses and Curriculum Committee to increase the level of consistency in the course review process, particularly for issues related to Student Learning Outcomes and assignment of an appropriate course number. (Meeting Minutes)

Degree requirements. The University of Louisiana System revised its procedures related to undergraduate degree requirements in October 2012. The University of New Orleans adopted a new format for describing degree requirements for all programs of study. Each academic department, with faculty participation, reformatted the requirements for each degree program for inclusion in the 2014-15 catalog. The University Courses and Curriculum revised its procedures for curriculum approval to reflect the new format.

Residency requirements. Two governance bodies were involved in adopting more rigorous requirements for the residency requirements for undergraduates. The University of Louisiana System requires that course requirements for undergraduate degrees be divided into three categories: general education (core), other requirements, and major requirements. Major requirements must comprise a minimum of 25% of the total degree requirements. The University Courses and Curriculum Committee conducted interviews and reviews of peer institutions to recommend a percentage of the major requirements coursework that is completed at the upper division level (3000—4000). The Faculty Senate approved language that a minimum of 50% of the major requirements be completed at the upper level and that 50% of the major requirements be completed at the University of New Orleans. (Residency Requirements Proposal, Faculty Input Synthesis, Peer Review, Meeting Minutes [Page: 4] )

University courses and curriculum approval process. The University Courses and Curriculum Committee adopted new procedures related to Course and Curriculum Change, New Program Proposal, and Form Guidelines. (Meeting Minutes)

Academic program review. A rigorous program review process was begun in Fall 2014 by the Faculty Governance Committee, a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate approved for this purpose. The Committee is comprised of faculty representing each academic college and the library as well as the deans from each college (only one dean has voting rights), The Committee developed six criteria to guide the review process based on a model reported in the professional literature. Following the collection and analysis of enrollment, financial and performance data for each academic program, programs were divided into four categories (1. Enhance, 2. Sustain, 3. Restructure, Merge or Otherwise Transform, 4. Close). The Committee submitted a report [Page: 6] to the Provost and President recommending that three Category 4 programs of study be discontinued. The work of the committee continues as the focus shifts to programs in the other categories assigned by the Committee.

 

Supporting Documents

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Document IconFR_Course_Level_DescriptionsCourse_Level_Descriptions
Document IconFR_Degree_Requirements_SampleDegree_Requirements_Sample
Document IconFR_Faculty_Input_SynthesisFR_Faculty_Input_Synthesis
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Document IconFR_Faculty_Senate_Minutes_2015_02_24Faculty_Senate_Minutes_2015_02_24
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Document IconFR_Graduate_Council_ChargeGraduate_Council_Charge
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Document IconFR_Preliminary_Report_Program_Eval_2014_11_11FR_Preliminary_Report_Program_Eval_2014_11_11
Document IconFR_Residency_Requirement_Recommendations_UCCCResidency_Requirement_Recommendations_UCCC
Document IconFR_UCCC_ChargeUCCC_Charge
Document IconFR_UCCC_Form_GuidelinesUCCC_Form_Guidelines
Document IconFR_UCCC_Minutes_03_20_13UCCC_Minutes_03_20_13
Document IconFR_UCCC_Minutes_20130924UCCC_Minutes_20130924
Document IconFR_UCCC_New_Program_Proposal_ProcedureUCCC_New_Program_Proposal_Procedure
Document IconFR_UCCC_ProcedureUCCC_Procedure
Document IconFR_UNO_Catalog_SubsUNO_Catalog_Subs
Document IconFR_UNO_Course_Syllabus_Requirements_Fall_2014UNO_Course_Syllabus_Requirements_Fall_2014