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3.7.1

Faculty: Faculty competence
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty. (See Commission guidelines “Faculty Credentials.”)

Judgment
  Compliant      Non-Compliant      Not Applicable

Narrative

Morehouse College employs an outstanding faculty. Overwhelmingly, this cadre of distinguished scholars and teachers who have graduate degrees from some of the best institutions in this country are more than qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution.

A review of faculty credentials was undertaken to affirm the highest earned degree in the discipline relevant to the courses faculty were assigned to teach. Each faculty member’s teaching assignment was matched with his/her credentials as judged by a review of official transcripts.

The College established the 2006-2007 academic year as the baseline year. In other words, each faculty member, full and part time, who had a teaching assignment in that year was reviewed. For the 2007-2008 academic year, only new hires (full and part time) were reviewed. The SACS roster form for faculty was utilized to tabulate the review for the aforementioned academic years (see faculty roster forms). Official transcripts and resumes are also available on-line for review.

In our view, faculty who qualified without exception, were denoted as “meets credential guidelines.” In the instance, where a faculty member’s work experience or other experiences were used to qualify a faculty member, we have referred to extensive graduate hours and/or to the faculty member’s resume.

One instance was found where a faculty member was not qualified, (part time).  It was recommended to the provost that the individual not be re-hired. (See
e-mail below.)


Partial Compliance Recommendation

A small number of transcripts were not available for our review. Our plan is to procure those transcripts before the end of the Spring semester.

 
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