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ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR
Chapter 3 JUNIOR COLLEGES OF
To be considered for accreditation as a junior college of business, an institution shall have been in continuous service for a period of time sufficient to make possible an evaluation of the programs; and, shall have offered its principal program for at least three years. Based on total enrollment, a reasonable number of associate degrees or diplomas must have been conferred during each of the three years preceding application for accreditation. Should the average number of degrees or diplomas granted annually over the previous three years fall below ten (10), an explanation by the chief executive officer of the college shall be included in the application for accreditation.
3-3-101-PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES.
The junior college of business places greater emphasis on achievement beyond the purely vocational; frequently, objectives require courses of considerable breadth, including general education, citizenship, research, etc. In addition to occupational objectives dependent upon skills, students are prepared for state-conferred designations or licenses upon examination. Transfer credit for appropriate work in other collegiate institutions is granted or may be contemplated.
3-3-200-THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM.
3-3-201. The curriculum is the usual means by which the objectives of a college are achieved. Hence, each institution applying for accreditation shall be expected to show that it offers courses appropriate to its specific goals and objectives, including an adequate program of general education, basic business education, and business courses related to the objectives of the institution. The organization of the curriculum shall be of service to the students and shall be determined by each institution.
Junior colleges of business may offer work in fields such as: accounting, business administration and management, economics and finance, marketing, and secretarial science. Second-year work in these business areas shall be offered and based upon appropriate first-year prerequisites.
3-3-202.. The curricula shall approximate, quantitatively and qualitatively, the standards in effect in recognized collegiate institutions offering associate degrees in business with due allowance being made for meeting regional or other special objectives. Instructional procedures, texts, and materials shall be suited to the purposes, curricula, and standards of collegiate instruction.
3-3-203. A junior college of business confers upon graduates an appropriate diploma or associate degree, provided the institution is legally authorized under the laws of its state to grant the associate degree. The associate degree or diploma of a junior college of business requires the completion of a minimum of 60 standard semester hours earned over a period of four semesters of 14 to 19 weeks of instruction each, or 90 quarter or term hours earned over a period of six quarters or terms of 10 to 12 weeks of duration each, or the equivalent thereof.
Of the total credits for the associate degree or diploma, a minimum. of 30 standard semester hours, or equivalent, in business or economic subjects and at least 16 standard semester hours, or equivalent, in general education are required. General education courses. include subjects other than business that give breadth and balance to the total program. Economic principles, economic history, and economic geography may be included in either category.
3-3-204. Enrollment in the second year of a two-year program must be sufficient to support regularly scheduled and conducted classes and laboratory work.
3-3-205. An accredited college is not barred from offering other programs of shorter or longer duration than two years, provided they are taught at the collegiate level, except for specially circumstanced programs. Appropriate consideration shall be given to colleges enrolling less than full-time students.
3-3-300-ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION, AND CON
In evaluating the administration, emphasis will be placed upon the manner in which functions are performed. Attention shall be given to such matters as the board of control, the overall administrative system, the administration of academic matters, student personnel services, the financial administration, and supervision of the plant and equipment.
3-3-400-THE ACADEMIC STAFF: INSTRUCTION.
3-3-401. In no case shall the faculty number fewer than four fulltime or full-time equivalent faculty members who shall be representative of the principal areas of instruction offered by the college.
3-3-402. In judging competence, consideration shall be given to the academic preparation and business experiences of each teacher. At any one time, no teacher should be assigned to teach in more than three fields of instruction, and preferably in not more than two fields. Teachers shall be assigned in terms of their major and minor preparation, interests, and related business experience. At least one-half of the faculty teaching second-year classes shall have the master's degree, LL.B., J.D., C.P.A., or other approved professional equivalents. Attention shall be given to the proportion of the faculty which has attended or has been graduated from the college being evaluated.
3-3-403. Teaching loads shall not be greater than 20 credit hours per week, including evening classes. Consideration shall be given also to the number of clock hours of regularly assigned instruction, which shall not exceed 25 per week, and the number of different preparations required.
3-3-404. Teachers shall be appointed by the official action of the board of control, upon recommendation of the designated administrative officer. Notices of appointment shall be in writing and contain all the conditions of employment, including the period of time for which employment is offered. Such notices, when accepted in writing by the staff member, constitute the contract between the individual and the college. Preferably, appointments should be
made for a term of one to three years, renewable for stated periods, if work is satisfactory.
3-3-500-THE LIBRARY AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. The library shall be under the direction and supervision of a trained librarian with a sufficient number of assistants to provide an adequate staff for the library. An adequate, annual, budgetary allowance shall be expended for the purchase of books, periodicals and other materials, and for salaries of librarians and assistants.
The Dewey Decimal, Library of Congress, or other appropriate system of classification should be used; and records of circulation, books and periodicals, inventory data, and finances shall be accurate and up to date.
A library for a junior college of business shall contain up-to-date volumes appropriate to the size of the institution and the breadth of its offerings, as well as magazines and essential professional
ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR
1. In order for a senior college of business to be considered for accreditation, it shall have been in operation as a four-year college for a period of time sufficient to make possible an evaluation of its programs; and, it shall have graduated at least three four-year classes.
2. The institution shall be legally authorized by the appropriate state agency to confer baccalaureate degrees. A baccalaureate degree shall require the completion of a minimum of 120 standard semester hours normally acquired and earned over a period of 8 semesters of 14 to 19 weeks of instruction each, or 180 quarter or term hours normally earned over a period of 12 quarters or terms of 10 to 12 weeks of instruction each. Normally, a class hour refers to a net of 45 to 50 minutes of class time.
3. Transfer credit for appropriate work in other collegiate institutions is granted.
4. An accredited college is not barred from offering programs of one or two years in length, provided that all programs, except for those specially circumstanced, offered by the college are taught at the level of collegiate instruction.
5. Based on total enrollment, a reasonable number of baccalaureate degrees must have been conferred during each of the three years preceding application for accreditation.
3-4-101-PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES.
The objectives of the senior college of business should place greater emphasis on achievement beyond the purely vocational. Frequently, such objectives will require courses of considerable breadth, including general education, citizenship, research, etc. Professional objectives of high level should be stressed. Objectives may include the preparation of students for state-conferred designations or licenses upon examination.