3.4.1 The institution demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is approved by the faculty and the administration. ** In Compliance
Academic program approval:
An “inclusive” process is in place for curriculum actions via:
Curriculum committees from the departmental levels to the college level
Approval processes are participatory involving faculty and key administrators
Dynamics of the undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UGCC) are clearly described including general functions, channeling procedures, and regulations.
3.4.2 The institution’s continuing education, outreach, and service programs are consistent with the institution’s mission. **In Compliance
The mission of the University under-grids all program offerings including continuing education, outreach and service programs across campus.
3.4.3 The institution publishes admissions policies that are consistent with its mission. **In Compliance
Admission to Jackson State University is administered in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Trustees, State of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and by the Jackson State University Admissions and Credits Committee.
Clear admission’s criteria consistent to the University’s mission (urban) are published in multiple sources including university catalogs, websites, and handbooks.
Admissions policies are inclusive of regular and transfer students.
3.4.4 The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution’s own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution’s transcript. ** In Compliance
Jackson State University:
Maintains a permanent academic record for each student enrolled.
The Permanent Academic Record contains those grades received from course work completed at the University along with any transfer of courses and credits from any other accredited institution of higher learning that is used by JSU to fulfill the degree requirements.
All records are confidential, academic records and are considered property of the University which assumes responsibility for the quality of course work and credit recorded on the transcripts.
Policies for evaluation, awarding and accepting credit for transfer, advanced placement, experiential learning and professional certificates are clearly defined and widely published.
3.4.9 The institution provides appropriate academic support services. ** In Compliance
JSU offers a significant variety of appropriate academic support services as documented on the University’s webpage, University Catalog, and Student Handbook. Academic services appropriately support the needs of students, faculty and staff.
These academic support services include, for example:
Division of Library and Information Resources
Division of Student Life
Wright Writing Center
3.4.5 The institution publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice. These are disseminated to students, faculty, and other interested parties through publications that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution. ** In Compliance
Academic policies are consistent with standard educational practice and are published in print and electronically.
Policies are accessible to students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.
The University’s catalogs, webpage, Faculty Handbook, and Student Handbook are among relevant documents which include academic policy information
3.4.6 The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery. ** In Compliance
The process includes input from various levels including faculty, curriculum committees, the deans and vice president for academic affairs.
Guidelines for both on campus classes and off campus classes are detailed, along with provisions for on-line courses, courses for audit, CLEP and AP (advanced placement courses).
3.4.7 The institution ensures the quality of educational programs and courses offered through consortial relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the purpose of the institution. Pending
complies with the statewide articulation agreement which is aligned to the mission of the institution
3.4.8 The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a non- credit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience. (Noncredit to credit) Pending
Incomplete---Research in progress.
3.4.10 The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of the curriculum with its faculty. ** In Compliance
The University evidences an inclusive curriculum process in which the faculty is responsible.
--Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
--Core Course Development in Accordance with the Requirements Established by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board.
--Curricula Conform to Standards of National Accreditation Agencies and State Board Requirements.
3.4.11 For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration. (Academic program coordination) ** In Compliance
Programs are housed in Colleges and Divisions.
Highly qualified faculty with credentials and experience in designated areas of expertise coordinate degree programs.
Curriculum committee processes (for development, review and evaluation) are facilitated by competent faculty.
3.4.12 The institution’s use of technology enhances student learning and is appropriate for meeting the objectives of its programs. Students have access to and training in the use of technology. ** In Compliance
JSU provides rich technology-enhanced learning experiences for all students and at all levels of matriculation.
Experiences are designed to help students to demonstrate computer literacy in communicating, problem solving, research, and knowledge acquisition.
Varied technology resources and tools are available and accessible for students and faculty including computer labs and work stations throughout campus and in all academic colleges and divisions.
Classroom instruction integrates multi-media technology to support teaching and learning, and Distance and web-based classes are available in select programs. It also supports demonstrations and presentations as an integral part of the instruction and learning process.
Although methods for instruction may change, standards of program quality endure-- based upon learning outcomes of a diverse student population, curriculum driven and pedagogical decision making facilitated by qualified faculty.
Each program of study results in learning outcomes appropriate to the rigor and breadth of the program of study.
a. In the design of electronically program offerings, JSU provides a coherent plan for students’ access to all courses necessary to complete the program. Hybrid programs or courses, in which a combination of electronic and on-campus courses are offered, are designed to assure that all students have access to appropriate services.
b. JSU provides orientation and training to help to those responsible for electronic program development to become proficient in the uses of the program’s technologies, including course management.
c. JSU has considered issues of workload, compensation, and ownership of intellectual property resulting from electronic program offerings, and the implications of program participation for the faculty member’s professional evaluation processes.