Standard 15.6


Standard 15.6

 

5.6 Employs an appropriate percentage of full-time faculty. (Core Ratios)

a. At least 50% of courses in each term are taught by full-time faculty.

b. At least 30% of full-time undergraduate faculty have earned a terminal degree in their teaching field.

c. At least 25% of all full-time undergraduate faculty for each major offered have earned a terminal degree in their teaching field.

Compliance:

Teaching duties are assigned to faculty in accordance to the required core ratios.  In the 2016 fall semester there were a total of 68 courses offered, 38 of which were taught by full-time faculty which constitutes 56% of courses being taught by 8 full-time faculty.

For the 2015 spring semester 36 courses of the 65 are being taught by the 8 full-time faculty which constitutes 55% of the courses taught, 2 of whom hold terminal degrees in their teaching field.  This constitutes 28.5% of full-time faculty holding terminal degrees.

Two of the 8 full-time faculty or 25% hold terminal degrees in their teaching field.

Of the two full-time faculty in the Bible Program, none (0%) have terminal degrees.

Of the four full-time faculty in the Education Program, two (50%) have terminal degrees.

Of the one full-time faculty in the Music Program, none (0%) have terminal degrees.

Of the one full-time faculty in the Religious Arts Program, none (0%) have terminal degrees.

Of the one full-time faculty in the General Education Program, none (0%) have terminal degrees.

Documentation:

Exhibit:  Semester Class Schedule

Appendix H:  Instructional Staff Listings (2016-2017)

Plan of Action:

We are noncompliant in 15.6b and 15.6c. We do not have 30% of full-time undergraduate faculty with an earned terminal degree in their teaching field, nor do we have 25% of full-time undergraduate faculty for each major with an earned terminal degree in their teaching field.

  • Bible Majors: Ron Davis, the Bible Department chair, is working on a Ph.D. from Liberty University School of Divinity. He will be ABD in the Fall of 2017 and has plans to complete this degree by the Summer of 2019. This will bring the Bible Department into compliance in both 15.6b and 15.6c.
  • Music Majors: Susan Denton, the Music Department chair, has shown interest in pursuing a terminal degree. While this is not certain, it shows the forward thinking of our staff and desire to bring the college into compliance. If she cannot/does not pursue this degree, we will have to meet this need through hiring qualified personnel. We could also look at another staff member to see the interest in meeting this standard.
  • Education Department Majors: We have two faculty members with terminal degrees.
  • Religious Arts Major: Marc Holloman, who is also our Registrar, has shown interest in pursuing a terminal degree. While this is not certain, it shows the forward thinking of our staff and desire to bring the college into compliance. If she cannot/does not pursue this degree, we will have to meet this need through hiring qualified personnel. We could also look at another staff member to see the interest in meeting this standard.
  • General Education: D.J. Pendley, has shown interest in pursuing a terminal degree. While this is not certain, it shows the forward thinking of our staff and desire to bring the college into compliance. If she cannot/does not pursue this degree, we will have to meet this need through hiring qualified personnel. We could also look at another staff member to see the interest in meeting this standard.
  • Business Majors: This is a two year degree program and does not require the terminal degree standard. The faculty member who teaches in this department does have a MBA in the appropriate discipline.
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