CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION POLICY COMMITTEE MINUTES
The Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee met on January 6, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room. In attendance were Jim Atkinson, Ava Connelly, Donna Hobbs, Jeff Laub, Jim Lemons, Brent Lester, Cynthia Lofaso, Muriel Mickles, Kris Ogden, and Ernie Wade.
Brent Lester called the meeting to order. The minutes from the October 6, 2015, meeting were distributed. Jeff Laub made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Jim Lemons seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
Biotechnology Fundamentals Career Studies Certificate
Jeff Laub presented the Biotechnology Fundamentals Career Studies Certificate. This certificate was designed in cooperation with the STEM Academy to meet the needs of their students and the employers sponsoring the students in their internships. This is a stackable credential for the Engineering Technology degree. Jeff stated that the program is not eligible for financial aid because it is restricted to STEM Academy high school students. Kris Ogden recommended that the program be designated as financial aid-eligible, even though it is currently restricted to high school students. The college is applying to the Department of Education for the financial aid experiment to award aid to high school students. The committee agreed that the program will be submitted for financial aid-eligibility, even though the program will be restricted to high school students at this time. The committee recommended that a statement indicating the program is restricted to STEM Academy students be included at the beginning of the catalog description. The proposed implementation date is Spring Semester 2016.
For all programs developed for a restricted population, a statement reflecting this should be included at the beginning of the catalog description. Jim Lemons recommended that this be a part of the approval process, along with identifying the implementation date.
Ava Connelly made a motion to approve the Biotechnology Fundamentals Career Studies Certificate, with the addition of the statement that the program is restricted to STEM Academy students. Muriel Mickles seconded the motion. The program was approved unanimously.
Fire Science Technology A.A.S. Degree
Jim Lemons presented the Fire Science Technology A.A.S. Degree program. The proposed curriculum will provide an avenue of advancement for current fire service providers and will create an opportunity for those seeking to become fire service providers to become trained and obtain their certification. Fire science technology courses are currently being offered through the Northern Virginia Community College shared services distance education program. The local fire service providers have developed a professional development plan for their personnel, which includes a required educational component in their career path. They have indicated that they will assist us with the implementation of the program and will give our students the opportunity to apply to their academy. The proposed implementation date is Fall Semester 2016. Muriel Mickles made a motion to approve the curriculum as presented. Donna Hobbs seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Medical Coding and Compliance Specialist A.A.S. Degree/Medical Scribe A.A.S. Degree
Jim Lemons discussed the proposed Medical Coding and Compliance Specialist and Medical Scribe A.A.S. Degree programs, which have been developed in coordination with a group from Centra. The Medical Coding and Compliance Specialist program will provide students with a blend of clinical knowledge and health information management skills. This program will provide a very rewarding career path for the student who has an interest in a health care career, but does not prefer to work in a direct patient care setting. CVCC currently offers a Medical Coding Career Studies Certificate, which has been very successful. However Centra felt that the graduates need additional communication skills, computer training, and more basic education. The Medical Scribe program will train individuals to meet a critical need in the local medical community and will offer graduates a unique opportunity for one-on-one collaboration with a physician. Jeff suggested that due to the similarity between the two degrees, they could be offered as one degree with two specializations. The committee recommended changing the title of the program to Health Information Management Associate of Applied Science with a Specialization in Medical Coding and Compliance and a Specialization in Medical Scribe. Cynthia Lofaso recommended replacing PSY 120 with PSY 200, which will satisfy the social science elective requirement. Muriel suggested moving ENG 111 to the first semester of the first year and the humanities elective to the second semester. Jeff suggested deleting BIO 100, since BIO 141 and 142 are required in both specializations. BIO 100 will be replaced with a humanities elective, which satisfies a SACS requirement. Brent stated that Centra suggested including a business communications class. The committee recommended that ENG 100 be replaced with AST 205 – Business Communications. These changes will be made in both specializations. The proposed implementation date is Fall Semester 2016.
Jeff made a motion to approve the Health Information Management A.A.S. Degree with a Specialization in Medical Coding and Compliance, with the recommended changes. Muriel seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously. Donna made a motion to approve the Health Information Management A.A.S. Degree with a Specialization in Medical Scribe, with the recommended changes. Cynthia seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Muriel asked that the changes be made as soon as possible and e-mailed to Brent, with a copy to Ava, to be distributed to the committee for final approval. The divisions will make copies for the upcoming Board meeting for Jessica Riddick. An electronic copy should also be sent to Jessica.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Submitted by Ava Connelly
January 6, 2016