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Federal Requirement 4.2
Program Curriculum

9. The institution's curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded.

Judgment of Compliance:

Compliance

Narrative/Justification for Judgment of Compliance:

Florida Gateway College’s (FGC) curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded.

FGC's mission [1] is to provide superior instruction, nurture individual development, and enrich the community through quality higher education programs and lifelong learning opportunities. The curriculum is developed to support this mission and is based on the requirements established by the Florida Department of Education. In order to fulfill its mission, Florida Gateway College offers baccalaureate, associate and certificate programs [2].

FGC District Board of Trustees (DBOT) policy 6Hx12:4-03 [3], Award of Degrees and Certificates, authorizes the college to provide instruction and to confer degrees and certificates as stated in Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Rule 6A.14.030 [4]. FAC 6A.14.030 explains the degrees, certificates, and diplomas Florida College System Institutions are authorized to provide. Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Rule 6A-10.024 [5] explains the rules that facilitate articulation between universities, community colleges, and school districts.

Florida Statute 1007.25 [6] identifies general education courses; common prerequisites; and other requirements for degrees offered by Florida College System (FCS) institutions. Florida Statute 1007.24[7] describes the requirements for the statewide course numbering system (SCNS). SCNS is database of post-secondary courses for educational institutions. Courses offered by the college must be approved by SCNS [8] to facilitate articulation and seamless transfer to higher education programs within the Florida College System.

FGC curriculum meets the requirements for baccalaureate degrees which includes common prerequisite courses and course substitutions identified in The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Common Prerequisite Manual [9].

Curriculum for career and technical instruction is developed based on the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Career & Technical Education Curriculum Frameworks [10], [11]. The frameworks represent coherent programs appropriate to higher education and industry standards, and are aligned to career clusters outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.

FGC faculty develop and revise curriculum according to college policy, FAC rules, and related statutes. Curriculum development and revision for online and traditional courses is identical.

The college’s Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) [12] approves curriculum development and revisions. Approved EAC actions are submitted to the FGC DBOT for approval. Once approved by the DBOT, curriculum information is submitted to the SCNS for approval.

Faculty review curriculum on an annual basis considering any changes to state laws, licensure and certification requirements, curriculum frameworks, state common prerequisites, statewide course numbering systems, and industry needs. Faculty meet with industry advisory committees [13] periodically to ensure course offerings are consistent with industry and professional expectations. Faculty submit proposals for curriculum changes to the appropriate vice president on the EAC action form [14]. Proposals must contain detailed, specific information about the need and reasons for the action.

Curriculum is also reviewed in the comprehensive program review completed approximately every five years. Comprehensive program review [15] is an in depth self-study of academic and occupational programs. Student achievement, quality of instruction, relevance of curriculum, resource needs, and contribution to the overall mission of the college are evaluated. Information from the self-study is evaluated to ensure the programs offered are directly related to the college’s mission and are meeting the needs of students and industry.

[1] FGC's mission
[2] List of Programs
[3] FGC DBOT Policy 6Hx12:4-03
[4] FAC Rule 6A.14.030
[5] FAC Rule 6A-10.024
[6] Florida Statute 1007.25
[7] Florida Statute 1007.24
[8] Statewide Course Numbering System Manual
[9] Common Prerequisite Manual
[10] Career & Technical Education Curriculum Frameworks
[11] Career & Technical Education Curriculum Frameworks Program Example
[12] Educational Affairs Committee Handbook
[13] Industry Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
[14] EAC Agenda and Minutes
[15] Physical Therapy Assistant Program Review

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