The faculty members have the responsibility and authority in matters of academic governance relevant to the following roles:
- Participation in development and design of the educational programs of the University.
- By contribution to on-going reviews of the University’s educational programs in the fields relevant to them, by participating in the University’s Advisory and other faculty-based committees. When deemed appropriate, these committees will make recommendations to the Provost and President concerning suggested modification of the educational programs.
- Selection of course materials, instructional equipment and other educational resources. The faculty members are responsible for selecting or creating high-quality and up-to-date course materials, instructional equipment and other educational resources used in the courses they teach, in cooperation with the program directors, department chairs, other faculty members and the university administration.
- Systematic evaluation and revision of the curriculum. Faculty involvement in continuing development and evolution of the academic curriculum at the University includes individual courses, existing programs and suggested new programs. The Curriculum Committee consists of all full-time faculty members and those part-time faculty members who are elected or willing to participate. The Committee evaluates the curriculum on a yearly basis, and more often, as needed, assesses course and degree program content including course offerings, structure, currency, relevance and delivery. Faculty’s recommendations for curricular revisions on degree programs and individual courses are sent to members of the academic administration for final review and approval.
- Assessment of student learning outcomes. The faculty members are involved in assessment of student learning outcomes through the analytical activities during the University’s regular faculty meetings, the Curriculum Committee meetings, and Graduate Programs Advisory Committee meetings when applicable. The University looks at several parameters in its Student Learning Outcomes analysis: student GPA is analyzed for each program for each semester and academic year; GPA is also analyzed for each degree level (undergraduate, graduate, certificate) to figure out trends within the institution and find the right levels of generalization for further analysis and improvement; overall institutional GPA is analyzed for each semester and academic year; capstone courses –– important summarizing courses hand-picked by the Committee as representative of each academic program, usually offered close to completion of the program –– are analyzed to measure student engagement, acquired skills and performance near the completion of each degree program (for undergraduate and graduate degrees). The results of the student learning outcomes assessment will be the essential input in planning curricular or programmatic changes.
- Planning for institutional effectiveness. The University regularly analyses, modifies, adopts, and implements the Effectiveness Plan (EP) to ensure a strategic, data-driven plan for its continuing assessment, growth, and development that contribute to the University mission. The faculty members participate in the EP Committee meetings to provide their input to the planning for institutional effectiveness.