Comprehensive Standards

For every Comprehensive Standard mandating a policy or procedure, it is implicit that the policy or procedure is in writing, approved through appropriate institutional processes, published in appropriate institutional documents accessible to those affected by the policy or procedure, and implemented and enforced by the institution.

For obtaining or maintaining accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must meet the following Comprehensive Standards:

INSTITUTIONAL MISSION, GOVERNANCE, AND EFFECTIVENESS

SACS REQUIREMENT

MCC RESPONSIBILITY CENTER

1.

The institution has a clear and comprehensive mission statement that guides it; is approved by the governing board; is periodically reviewed by the board; and is communicated to the institution's constituencies.

Dr. Cleary

CS – 1

Governance and Administration

2.

The governing board of the institution is responsible for the selection and the evaluation of the chief executive officer.

President
CS - 2

3.

The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution's governance structure:a) the institution's mission;b) the fiscal stability of the institution;c) institutional policy, including policies concerning related and affiliated corporate entities and all auxiliary services;d) related foundations (athletic, research, etc.) and other corporate entities whose primary purpose is to support the institution and/or its programs.

President
CS - 3

4.

The board has a policy addressing conflict of interest.

President
CS - 4

5.

The governing board is free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies, and protects the institution from such influence.

President
CS - 5

6.

Members of the governing board can be dismissed only for cause and by due process.

President
CS - 6

7.

There is a clear and appropriate distinction, in writing and practice, between the policy-making functions of the governing board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy.

President
CS - 7

8.

The institution has a clearly defined and published organizational structure that delineates responsibility for the administration of policies.

President
CS - 8

9.

The institution has qualified administrative and academic officers with the experience, competence, and capacity to lead the institution.

President
Vice Presidents
Mrs. BecK
CS - 9

10.

The institution defines and publishes policies regarding appointment and employment of faculty and staff.

Mrs. Beck
CS - 10

11.

The institution evaluates the effectiveness of its administrators, including the chief executive officer, on a periodic basis.

Mrs. Beck
CS - 11

12.

The institution’s chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.

President
CS - 12

13.

The institution's chief executive officer has ultimate control of the institution's fund-raising activities.

President

CS - 13

14.

An institution-related foundation, not controlled by the institution, has a contractual or other formal agreement that (a) accurately describes the relationship between the institution and the foundation, and (b) describes any liability associated with that relationship. In all cases, the institution ensures that the relationship is consistent with its mission.

President
Ms. Lowery
CS - 14

15.

The institution’s policies are clear concerning ownership of materials, compensation, copyright issues, and the use of revenue derived from the creation and production of all intellectual property. This applies to students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Rosen
CS – 15

Institutional Effectiveness

16.

The institution identifies expected outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative and educational support services; assesses whether it achieves these outcomes; and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results.

Dr. Cleary
CS - 16

PROGRAMS

Educational Programs

Standards for All Educational Programs*

1.

The institution demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is (a) is approved by the faculty and the administration, and (b) establishes and evaluates program and learning outcomes.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-1

2.

The institution's continuing education, outreach, and service programs areconsistent with the institution's mission.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-2

3.

The institution publishes admissions policies consistent with its mission.

Dr. Bowman
Dr. Rosen
P-CS-3

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.

Dr. Bowman
Dr. Rosen
P-CS-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.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-5

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.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-6

7.

The institution ensures the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortia relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the agreement against the purpose of the institution.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-7

8.

The institution awards academic credit for course work taken on a noncredit basis only when there is documentation that the noncredit course work is equivalent to a designated credit experience.

Dr. Bowman
Dr. Rosen
P-CS-8

9.

The institution provides appropriate academic support services.

Dr. Bowman
Dr. Rosen
P-CS-9


* Includes all on-campus, off-campus, and distance learning programs

10.

The institution defines and publishes general education and major program requirements for all its programs. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for undergraduate programs as well as graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree programs.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-10

11.

The institution protects the security, confidentiality, and integrity of its student academic records and maintains special security measures to protect and back up data.

Dr. Bowman
P-CS-11

12.

The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of its curriculum with its faculty.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-12

13.

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.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-13

14.

The institution's use of technology enhances student learning, is appropriate for meeting the objectives of its programs, and ensures that students have access to and training in the use of technology.

Dr. Cleary
Dr. Rosen
P-CS-14

Standards Specific to Undergraduate Programs

15.

The institution identifies competencies within the general education core and provides evidence that graduates have attained those college-level competencies.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-15

16.

The institution awards degrees only to those students who have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by that institution.

Dr. Bowman
P-CS-16

Standards Specific to Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Programs

17.

The institution's post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, and its master's and doctoral degree programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs.

DNA
P-SC-17

18.

The institution ensures that its graduate instruction and resources foster independent learning, enabling the graduate to contribute to a profession or field of study.

DNA
P-CS-18

19.

The majority of credits toward a graduate or a post-baccalaureate professional degree is earned through the institution awarding the degree. In the case of graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns a majority of credits from the participating institutions.

DNA
P-CS-19

Faculty

20.

20. The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline in accord with the guidelines listed below. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its entire faculty.

Credential Guidelines:

a.Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: a doctoral or a master's degree in the teaching discipline or a master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).

b. Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: a doctoral or a master's degree in the teaching discipline or a master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).

c. Faculty teaching associate degree courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree: a baccalaureate degree in the teaching discipline, or an associate degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.

d. Faculty teaching baccalaureate degree courses: a doctoral or a master's degree in the teaching discipline or a master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline). At least 25

e. Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work: earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Graduate teaching assistants: master's in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations.

Dr. Rosen
Associate Deans
P-CS-20

21.

The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status.

Dr. Rosen
Mrs. Beck
P-CS-21

22.

The institution provides evidence of ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-22

23.

The institution ensures adequate procedures for the safeguard and protection of academic freedom.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-23

24.

The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters.

Dr. Rosen
P-CS-24

Library and Other Learning Resources

25.

The institution provides facilities, services, and other learning/information resources that are appropriate to support its teaching, research, and service mission.

Dr. Cleary
P-CS-25

26.

The institution ensures that users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of the library and other learning/information resources.

Dr. Cleary
P-CS-26

27.

The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff--with appropriate education or experiences both in library or other learning/information resources-to accomplish the mission of the institution.

Dr. Cleary
P-CS-27

Student Affairs and Services

28.

The institution publishes a clear and appropriate statement of student rights and responsibilities and disseminates the statement to the campus community.

Dr. Bowman
P-CS-28

29.

The institution protects the security, confidentiality, and integrity of its student records.

Dr. Bowman
P-CS-29

30.

The institution provides services supporting its mission with qualified personnel to ensure the quality and effectiveness of its student affairs programs.

Dr. Bowman
P-CS-30

RESOURCES

Financial and Physical Resources

1.

The institution's recent financial history demonstrates financial stability

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-1

2.

The institution provides financial statements and related documents, including multiple measures for determining financial health as requested by the Commission, which accurately and appropriately represent the total operation of the institution.

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-2

3.

The institution audits financial aid programs as required by federal and state regulations.

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-3

4.

The institution exercises appropriate control over all its financial and physical resources.

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-4

5.

The institution maintains financial control over externally funded or sponsored research and programs.

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-5

6.

The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community.

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-6

7.

7. The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that are adequate to serve the needs of the institution's educational programs, support services, and mission-related activities.

Ms. Probstfeld
R-CS-7

 

Last Updated 9/21/04