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3.7.1 Faculty Competence

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. 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 faculty.

Link to Original Submission

http://sacs.pvamu.edu/pages/comprehensive_standards/3.7.1.html

Off Site Committee Review Findings

It was determined that there was not sufficient evidence to verify that all faculty had acceptable qualifications. The faculty members were largely cited because the institution failed to identify the discipline area of the degree. In many cases, of the ones cited, faculty without the terminal degree were teaching graduate courses. Full course names should be provided (the use of abbreviations was not adequate).

Prairie View A& M Response to Off Site Review

Prairie View A&M University is committed to ensuring that all faculty employed are qualified and possess the academic and professional experience needed to accomplish the mission [1] of the University. Prairie View A&M University adheres to the recognized faculty credential standards of the Commission on Colleges-Southern Association of colleges and Schools and other appropriate specialized accrediting agencies. In determining if faculty are qualified to teach, primary consideration is given to the highest degree earned in the discipline; however, to ensure that students receive the best and most relevant instruction possible, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, performance based honors and awards, research endeavors, and continuous documented excellence in teaching are also considered.

During the off-site review, the committee identified approximately sixty-four faculty members not having sufficient evidence to verify qualifications. Of the sixty-four faculty identified twenty-one were cited because insufficient information was provided in the compliance certification documentation. The faculty rosters below contain the names of the indentified faculty. The discipline areas have been noted and a copy of the transcript included.

Architecture Arts & Sciences Business Education Engineering

The remaining faculty members cited were again reviewed at the departmental and college level to determine if they possessed the necessary academic and/or professional experience that perhaps were not explicitly noted on the original faculty rosters submitted. This certification review was bolstered by the use of the attached Expanded Statement of Justification for Faculty Credentials Document [2]. This document was designed to outline the course description, course outcomes and the linkage between the faculty’s credentials and capabilities to deliver instruction to facilitate the acquisition of stated student learning outcomes/objectives. Through this recertification process several faculty, as noted in the official rosters below, were not certified and therefore reassigned and/or no longer employed.

Architecture Business Education Engineering Juvenile Justice Nursing University College

Additional Supporting Documentation and Links

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