CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION POLICY PROCEEDINGS
The Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee met on Monday, October 7, at 3 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room. In attendance were Joe Csaky, Ava Connelly, Joey Fronheiser, Judy Graves, Jeff Laub, Jim Lemons, Brent Lester, Julie Loving, Muriel Mickles, Charles Poff, Matthew Poteat, and Will Sandidge. Absent were Ruth Hedrick and Larry Scott.
Ernie Wade called the meeting to order. The minutes from the September 25 meeting were distributed for the committee to review. Judy asked if a statement regarding English proficiency should be included for the Welding Career Studies Certificate which was approved at the last meeting. The certificate will require proficiency equivalent to ENG 100 in the upcoming catalog. Muriel made a motion to approve the minutes. Jim seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science – Mechanical/Industrial Specialization. Jeff Laub stated that this program was being resubmitted with a modification to the curriculum which was approved at the September 25 meeting. MEC 161 Basic Fluid Mechanics, which includes a lab component, will be replaced with MEC 266 Applications of Fluid Mechanics, which is a lecture course. It was determined that MEC 266 will better meet the needs of students by including more theory. Ernie made a motion to approve the curriculum. Ava seconded the motion. The curriculum was approved.
Education Associate of Arts and Sciences. Muriel Mickles presented several changes to the curriculum as recommended by the advisory committee. The narratives for the Admissions Requirements and the Program Requirements were adjusted to provide consistency with the wording in other transfer programs in the catalog. ART, MUS, REL, and PHI prefixes were added to provide guidance to students for relevant humanities electives required at most four-year colleges and universities. EDU 200, which had been omitted from the proposed curriculum, was added to the first semester, second year, and an Approved Elective was deleted. Will suggested that PLS 211 be moved to the first semester, second year, and ECO 201 be moved to the second semester, second year. Judy made a motion to approve the curriculum with the recommended changes. Matt seconded the motion. The proposed curriculum was approved.
Administration of Justice Associate of Applied Science. Jim Lemons presented the proposed changes as a result of the resent advisory committee recommendations. The proposed revisions increase the number of electives available to students in the curriculum. New course descriptions for ADJ electives were included with the proposed curriculum. The electives will provide students the flexibility to choose courses that are appropriate for transfer to a four-year college or university or to prepare them to enter the workforce immediately after graduating. Jim stated that Old Dominion University accepts all courses in the Administration of Justice program. Jeff made a motion to approve the curriculum with recommended changes. Muriel seconded the motion. The curriculum was approved.
Law Enforcement Career Studies Certificate. Jim presented the proposed Law Enforcement Career Studies Certificate. This certificate program will be offered in coordination with the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and will be conducted pursuant to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services guidelines for Pre-Employment Training. The student will be eligible to obtain certification as a law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia upon successful completion of the program. Currently students who graduate from our Administration of Justice AAS program are not certified law enforcement officers. Law enforcement agencies who hire these graduates must sponsor them to attend the Criminal Justice Academy. Through an agreement between CVCC and the Academy, students who have graduated from the Academy have been awarded 17 credits by CVCC. The proposed career studies certificate includes these 17 credits. The Academy has agreed to hold four to six slots twice a year for CVCC students. Judy asked if students will be able to get jobs upon completion of this program. Jim stated that students will be able to go to work immediately as certified law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program will be restricted, and students will be interviewed by a joint committee from the Academy and CVCC. Jim said that the Academy has agreed to adhere to CVCC’s policies and procedures. The program is eligible for financial aid. Russell Dove, Chief of Police at CVCC, attended the meeting. Russell administered a similar program at Longwood University. He will be involved in the program as a liaison between CVCC and the Academy and will be responsible for issuing firearms, leather gear, and vehicles to students. Joey stated that since the entire program is being taught at the Criminal Justice Academy, a substantive change must be submitted to SACS. Once approval is received from SACS, the proposal can then be presented to the Local Board. It was decided not to include this in the upcoming catalog. Will stated that the proposed program needs to be presented to Dr. Capps for his approval.
Jim made a motion to approve the career studies certificate for submission to SACS as a substantive change, and once approval has been received, forward to the Local Board for approval. Jeff seconded the motion. The committee approved the motion.
Will asked that all revised proposed curricula be sent to Charles Poff and Judy Graves for final review.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.
Submitted by Ava Connelly
October 7, 2013