Higher Learning Commission Policy Number: CRRT.B.10.010
Criterion Three: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
3.C. The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
- The institution has sufficient numbers and continuity of faculty members to carry out both the classroom and the non-classroom roles of faculty, including oversight of the curriculum and expectations for student performance; establishment of academic credentials for instructional staff; involvement in assessment of student learning.
- All instructors are appropriately credentialed, including those in dual credit, contractual, and consortia programs.
- Instructors are evaluated regularly in accordance with established institutional policies and procedures.
- The institution has processes and resources for assuring that instructors are current in their disciplines and adept in their teaching roles; it supports their professional development.
- Instructors are accessible for student inquiry.
- Staff members providing student support services, such as tutoring, financial aid advising, academic advising, and co-curricular activities, are appropriately qualified, trained, and supported in their professional development.
The North Central Association of Colleges and Universities and the Higher Learning Commission (NCS HLC), the national accrediting body for Joliet Junior College, provides guidance in determining qualified full time and adjunct faculty. In general terms qualified faculty consist of “people who by formal education and tested experience know what students must learn.” Such faculties “create the curricular pathways through which students gain the competencies and skills they need.”
Faculty members teaching in higher education should have completed a significant program of study in the discipline they will teach or develop curricula at least one level above that of courses being taught or developed. Those teaching general education courses (English, Math, Humanities, Speech, Social Sciences and Sciences) typically hold a master’s degree and should have completed substantial graduate course work in the discipline of those courses. In some cases, such as a practice-oriented discipline or programs, tested experience in the field may be needed as much or more than formal education preparation. Tested experience implies that some objective measure ensures that the individual’s knowledge and expertise are sufficient for determining what students must learn.
These general guidelines and principles should be used for full time, adjunct, or temporary faculty. To this end, Joliet Junior College has set the following minimum standards for all faculties.
- Those teaching for transfer general education courses (courses that are part of the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Science, and the Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education degrees, that may be used as college credit towards a four-year degree and/or are Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) identified courses) must have a master’s degree in the content area or a master’s degree plus 18 semester hours of graduate level credit in the discipline of instruction.
- Those teaching in non-transfer courses (courses that are part of a degree or certification that prepares the individual for employment in a specific field – Associate of Applied Science degree, Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion) must have a degree one level above that of courses being taught or developed with tested experience showing certification or licensure within the content area.
Individuals who do not explicitly meet college minimum degree and course work requirements can be justified on an individual basis by documenting other qualifications (see section IV. Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review.)
**The preferred standards would be that all full time faculty in general education courses have a master’s degree in the content area of the discipline or program and all other faculty have a master’s degree that will enhance what students must know.**
A faculty member is credentialed in a specific discipline to provide instruction in T=Transfer; N=Non-Transfer; P=College Prep (Developmental); CE=Continuing Education courses. In some cases, a faculty member may be alternatively credentialed (AC) to instruct (see IV. Alternative Credentialing Review). If a faculty member is credentialed T or AC-T for instruction, he/she is then able to instruct in all other courses in that discipline unless special certifications or course work requirements apply e.g. Creative Writing, Technical Writing, CISCO, ASE.
Training for Online Instruction: iCampus
All faculty and staff using software to deliver online or blended courses will complete the required training for JJC certified online instructors. This training is also strongly recommended for seated instructors who will utilize online formats to enhance their classroom instruction. The training is considered essential in ensuring quality courses and faculty comfort and confidence in using the delivery software.
Faculty members who wish to become a certified JJC online instructor are required to complete the following training prior to being assigned to an online or blended course:
- Faculty members are required to complete either a 6 week online course sponsored by the iCampus department (if available) or the 8 week Illinois Online Network MVCR course “Online Learning an Overview” prior to teaching iCampus courses. Topics covered in the "“Online Learning an Overview” course include instructional design and online pedagogy.
- Faculty members are required to complete training for the learning management system. This training may consist of both online and in-person components.
Online Instruction Training: Faculty members have two options for completing the online course portion of the training:
- The Illinois Online Network (ION) offers an 8 week “Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality” (MVCR) course titled “Online Learning an Overview.”
When available, the iCampus department offers a 6 week online course titled “Preparing to Teach Online” that is facilitated by an experienced JJC instructor. This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters when there is sufficient demand. Anyone interested in participating in this course should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An email is sent out by the Director of iCampus a few weeks prior to the beginning of each course offering which includes instructions for registering as a JJC –affiliated faculty/staff member and steps needed to quality for the course to be applied towards salary advancement.
- More information about course offerings can be found at http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/courses/register/