Section 6000 - Instruction

 

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6000 Instruction

6050 Off-Campus Locations
6070 University Center Partnerships

6100 Curriculum - MCL 389.105; 389.121(b)
Curriculum
Technology
Resources
Financial
Planning
Research
Curriculum Adoption
Instructional Materials
Student Work Experience

6115 Copyrights and Patents
6116 Employee Developed Software
6117 Computer Literacy
6120 Microcomputer Software Utilization

6300 Field Trips

6410 Transfer Credit - “C” Grade

6510 Certificate of Achievement
6520 Honors Program


6050 Off-Campus Locations

General: The Board may establish off-campus locations, extension centers, and other delivery sites within the College District, as well as in neighboring counties, as determined by demand and economic conditions. In considering expansion, the Board reconfirms a commitment to maintain diversity and a multicultural environment at every campus.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. The President will identify the need for off-campus locations based on a demonstrated educational need and adequate markets.
  2. Proposals for off-campus locations must include a comprehensive needs assessment and a complete budget proposal.
  3. The President is authorized to negotiate terms and conditions of off-campus locations with potential partners, agencies, businesses, landowners, their agents, and other interested parties.
  4. The President must refer consideration of new off-campus locations to the Board for their approval.
  5. The President will abide by all existing Board policies related to recommending contracts, purchase agreements, leases, joint operating agreements and other statutory requirements.

LEGAL REF: MCL 389.103, 121 and 128, as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6070 University Center Partners

General: The University Center is a valuable means of providing educational opportunities to MCC students and the community beyond the scope of programs offered by MCC, including four-year baccalaureate programs and graduate programs.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. The President may approve University Center partners from among Michigan’s public and private universities.
  2. University Center partners must enter into a lease agreement. The lease should set forth all conditions of occupancy and offset operating costs.
  3. In lieu of paying operating costs, a University Center partner may provide comparable services, equipment, or other tangible items.
  4. MCC students will have preferential admission in University Center programs.
  5. Partnerships in the College University Center are limited to accredited Michigan universities and colleges.

LEGAL REF: MCL 389.103, 105 and 143, as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6100 Curriculum

General: The College’s administration, in cooperation with College faculty and staff, will develop curriculum based upon valid educational research which encompasses the philosophy and educational mission of the College, the resources of the College, the needs of the community, and the state of Michigan.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. Curriculum: Curriculum shall be developed in accordance with state statutes, NCA standards, the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), and best practices, to provide strategy for continuous and cumulative learning through articulation at all levels.
  2. Technology: Computers and related technology may be used to enhance instruction, distance learning and other modes of instructional delivery. Computers should also improve management and delivery of instruction to all students.
  3. Resources: The Administration is encouraged to utilize any available resource in the development of a comprehensive curriculum.
  4. Financial: The President is encouraged to investigate the availability of a variety of funding sources for developing, enhancing and expanding the curriculum.
  5. Planning: The President has the responsibility of organizing the staff in appropriate committees to plan, study, modify, change or develop a comprehensive curriculum, consistent with College Professional Study Committee (CPSC) procedures, contained in the collective bargaining agreement.
  6. Research: The administration will develop research and evaluation programs which will provide the Board with data to be used in the development of curriculum areas. Use of research findings of other agencies, departments, colleges and universities is encouraged.
  7. Curriculum Adoption: No program of study may be eliminated, or new program added, without approval of the Board. Alterations or reductions of a program of study previously approved by the Board may be made by the administration and that alteration or reduction must be provided to the Board.
  8. Instructional Materials: Instructional materials will be aligned with course and/or program outcomes.
  9. Student Work Experience: The College may require on-the-job training or work experience in specialized program areas.

LEGAL REF: MCL 389.103, 105, 121, 123, 124 and 143, as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6115 Copyrights and Patents

General: Faculty and staff members are encouraged to write and develop original and professional materials in their specific fields. The provisions of Article XXI of the faculty Master Contract, “Intellectual Property Rights for Distance Learning Courses and Courseware Created by MCC Faculty” applies to all distance learning courseware developed at the College.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. The College does not claim any ownership rights to the traditional intellectual property of the faculty outlined in the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  2. All items prepared by faculty for extra compensation and by staff members on college time, including data processing programs, will become the property of the College.
  3. The Board may elect to copyright or patent their materials or devices in the name of the College.
  4. All earnings or profits from original materials become assets of the College except as specified in the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  5. An effort should be made to recognize employees for outstanding publications or presentations of their work at conventions and /or meetings.

LEGAL REF: U.S. Constitution, Article I §8, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. and Black’s Law Dictionary 1156 (8th Edition), as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6116 Employee Developed Software

General: Faculty and staff are encouraged to develop software and support materials for instructional and administrative use by College constituents. Partnerships with private enterprises in marketing software are encouraged.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. The President may establish a fee structure for reproduction and distribution of computer software owned by the College.
  2. Staff responsible for developing computer software must communicate their intent to develop software to Information Technology Services for clearinghouse and technical assistance purposes. The President should be regularly informed of all development applications.
  3. The College will maintain full use, rights on all software, manuals, documentation and related materials developed by faculty and staff during work periods for which they are compensated.
  4. Software marketed with private organizations or other educational agencies may produce royalties in the form of financial remuneration, equipment or produced software. The President or his/her designee(s) must ensure that the College’s best interests are considered and protected when royalties are negotiated.
  5. Software developed by college staff must conform to the copyright and patent provisions prescribed in Board and College policy.
  6. The terms of all applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements will apply to software developed as part of a distance learning courseware package.
  7. Staff should adhere to copyright laws and software usage agreements when using commercially developed software for the purpose of developing individualized programs. The President may authorize staff members to utilize school-owned equipment, when available, to develop software and associated documents outside their staff assignment, provided development of that software is in the best interest of the College.

LEGAL REF: U.S. Constitution, Article I §8, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. and Black’s Law Dictionary 1156 (8th Edition) and MCL 389.124, as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6117 Computer Literacy

General: Instantaneous, networked, interactive communication systems have had an impact on the world that affects all aspects of life. Awareness, knowledge and technical ability must be priorities in the attempt to take the greatest advantage, and to reap the greatest benefit from these dynamic changes.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. The Board and all faculty and staff will have the opportunity to become aware of emerging technologies and computer-related developments.
  2. Awareness of technology and related concepts, equipment and software should comprise the basis for MCC computer literacy efforts. Emphasis should be placed on access, use of information and data security.
  3. Computer literacy should include all aspects of the work place, business and home environment.
  4. Concepts for ethical use of data and computer capacity must be included in the instructional as well as staff development activities.
  5. The College may provide a computer purchase program for College employees.

LEGAL REF: MCL 389.103, 105, 121 and 143, as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6120 Microcomputer Software Utilization

General: The Information Technology Services division provides faculty and staff training experience on hardware and the utilization, duplication, and generation of software for the College. The purpose of this policy is to ensure College compliance with the provisions of Public Law 96-157 of the US Code dealing with duplication and adaptation of computer programs.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. Individuals using college computer equipment and software are expected to adhere to provisions of Public Law 96-157, Section 7(b) which amends Section 117 of Title 17 of the U.S. Code to allow for the making of a back-up copy of computer programs. This section states that “it is not an infringement for the owner of a copy of a computer program to make or authorize the making of another copy or adaptation of that computer program provided:
    1. That a new copy or adaptation is created as an essential step in the utilization of the computer program in conjunction with a machine and that it is used in no other manner, or
    2. That a new copy and/or adaptation is for archival purposes only and that all archival copies are destroyed in the event that continued possession of the computer program should cease to be lawful.
  2. Instructors and other resource center staff must coordinate activities to protect and secure software.
  3. Duplication of software must be accomplished in accordance with provisions of the copyright law, Public Law 96-157.
  4. The ethical and practical problems caused by software piracy must be communicated in writing to those participating in microcomputer classes offered by the College.

LEGAL REF: U.S. Constitution, Article I §8, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. and Black’s Law Dictionary 1156 (8th Edition), as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6300 Field Trips

General: One method of enriching classroom programs is through student field trips where the student has a first-hand opportunity to participate in a learning experience away from the regular classroom setting. Field trips may take place during the normal classroom time or extend beyond it.

LEGAL REF: MCL 389.103, 105 and 143, as amended

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6410 Transfer Credit - “C” Grade

General: Many students enroll in Mott Community College courses and programs as transfer students.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. Transcripts of a student’s college credit will be reviewed by the Registrar to determine their eligibility for transfer.
  2. MCC will accept transfer credit for comparable courses with at least a “C” grade from all accredited institutions, provided the student has a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

LEGAL REF: MCL 103, 105, 121, as amended and OAG #5993 (1981)

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6510 Certificate of Achievement

General: The Board recognizes the need for recognition of student achievements short of a complete degree program.

The following basic policy statements apply:

  1. A certificate may be awarded to a student if the following conditions are met:
    1. The student has completed at least 30 credit hours, as officially specified by the department of study, approved through the college curriculum process;
    2. The student has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
    3. An application for graduation has been filed during registration for the final semester or session.
  2. Students are encouraged to complete degree programs where appropriate.
  3. A certificate of achievement will be issued to students meeting the above requirements.

LEGAL REF: MCL 103, 105, 121, as amended and OAG #5993 (1981)

Approved: April 24, 2000
Reviewed: May 19, 2008
Approved: June 23, 2009
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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6520 Honors Program

General: The Board supports the goal of academic achievement by establishing an honors program to recognize student achievement and accomplishments. Full details of the honors program will be published in the appropriate student and staff handbooks.

LEGAL REF: MCL 103, 105, 121, as amended and OAG #5993 (1981)

Approved: (Faculty Handbook)
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: November 23, 2009

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