NVC received a formal notice of investigation from SACS for EDUC 1300.
To Northwest Vista, Johnson wrote, “I am writing you today because recent information from media sources regarding changes to the core curriculum of the colleges system has raised questions about your institution’s ongoing compliance with the Principles of Accreditation.”
Johnson also included links to articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education and InsideHigherEd.
“I am requesting that the institution prepare a report, due April 15, 2014, that explains and documents the extent of its compliance with following standards” he continues by citing core requirements 2.7.3, 3.4.1, 3.4.10 and 3.12.1.
He requests that NVC “provide evidence of faculty approval of the change to the general education program at the institution, as well as evidence that institutional policies were followed. Include copies of the full institution and district policies for such approvals.”
Johnson also requested a copy of the syllabus for EDUC 1300 and catalog descriptions of the course.
The letter continues, “In light of reports of strong faculty opposition to portions of this curriculum change, please address the means by which the institution places primary responsibility for curricular content and quality with its faculty.”
He also writes, “The current situation also raises concerns about the autonomy of the colleges within the Alamo District and whether or not separate accreditation of the colleges within the system is appropriate. Please include examples of institutional autonomy related to the review and implementation of these curricular changes.”
Highlighting ours. This is an extremely worrisome statement. Administrators throughout the District have made similar comments about accreditation this week. Hmmmm.