Senate works to define co-curricular and addresses Core

The Academic Senate worked in small groups during its Jan. 18 meeting to provide feedback on establishing a collegewide definition of co-curricular programs and to initiate a review of Core.

As part of our accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, LCC must ensure its “co-curricular programs are suited to the institution’s mission and contribute to the educational experience of its students” (HLC Criterion 3.E.1.). HLC allows individual institutions to determine which programs are co-curricular (as opposed to extra-curricular), but also expects that, in the spirit of continuous quality improvement, we design an assessment program to examine where our programs are succeeding and where they can be improved.

The working definition of co-curricular, as developed by the Academic Senate, is, “Co-curricular refers to activities and events that enhance and complement the educational experience at LCC, relate to the institutional student learning outcomes, and connect students to the college and community.” If you have input on this definition or which college programs should be defined under it, please contact either your senator or LCC’s director of assessment Karen Hicks at hicksk10@lcc.edu.

During the meeting, the Senate also began a discussion of the Core curriculum. Core has not been re-examined in any substantive detail since it was established about 20 years ago. Following repeated discussions in the Curriculum Committee, Senate leadership decided to bring the issue to the full Senate. The Senate began reviewing Science Core, with an eye toward whether applied sciences and technologies, like many classes offered by the Computer Information Technologies Program, should be included in a revised Science and Technology Core.

The review of Core, and its relationship to the Michigan Transfer Agreement and HLC accreditation criteria, will be an ongoing task. Anyone with thoughts on these issues should contact their senator or Academic Senate president Mark Kelland at kellanm@lcc.edu.

Finally, the Senate approved for recommendation to the provost a new course, PFKN 201: Exercise Physiology Lab, as recommended by the Curriculum Committee. They also sent to the provost recommended revised course proposals for three child development classes. The changes align course learning outcomes with current industry standards. Revised proposals are for CHDV 100: Foundations of Early Childhood Ed, CHDV 215: Infant Toddler Program Dev, and CHDV 222: School-Age: Out-of-School Care.

The Senate will next meet Friday, Feb. 1, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.