Standard 11: D. Educational Programs
Every TRACS member institution exhibits in its educational programs(s) certain essential characteristics that define quality in Christian educational programs. These are summarized as follows:
- The principal focus of the institution’s educational program is the education and academic preparation of students within a distinctly and clearly Christian context that is reflected in its admission policies and academic practice.
- The educational programs are derived from recognized fields of study normally found at the postsecondary level.
- Programs are composed of designated courses of study with clearly outlined procedures for completing the programs successfully.
- Course Offerings and admission practices are clearly set forth in a published, up-to-date Catalog. Possible ways to determine if students have the ability to benefit might include pre-admission testing or evaluations. Qualitative and quantitative admission requirements are stated specifically in the Catalog.
- A syllabus is prepared for each course and is distributed to students at the beginning of the course. Syllabi include course requirements, course content, course objectives, and the methods of student evaluation.
- An academic calendar is an essential element of any collegiate organization. TRACS does not recommend a specific calendar. A direct relation exists between in-class time and the teaching/learning process and the offering of courses in non-traditional formats recognize that the national norm for an academic calendar is a school year composed of thirty weeks of classes, composed of two semesters or an equivalency.
1. UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Standards and Evaluative Criteria