High School Initiative Instructors
Policy governing dual-credit/credit-overlay programs with area high schools
While OUS members are not bound by the Oregon Administrative Rules governing community colleges, the Office of High School Initiatives has developed policy which uses the OAR’s as a guideline in the area of dual credit/credit overlay contracts with regional high schools.
The disciplinary preparation for an instructor to be approved for purposes of credit overlay must meet the standards specified in Oregon Administrative Rules 589-007-0200 and 589-008-0100 (see Appendix) for dual credit programs and instructor approval for community colleges.
High School teachers who wish to offer courses for EOU credit shall meet the minimum qualification of a Master’s degree in the specific subject field where the course is being offered, or a closely related subject area, or hold an equivalent academic credential. Evaluation of this equivalence is at the discretion of the EOU faculty in that subject discipline. The teacher candidate should have prior documented experience teaching the designated course for at least three years at the high school level.
Course Proposal Guidelines
Note: Courses must be approved prior to being offered.
In order to be approved, the instructor must provide the following before offering the course:
- A detailed course syllabus indicating the nature of the course, texts to be used, assignments, assessment strategy. In particular, every course must include a comprehensive final examination to count for part of the course grade.
- A statement of standards and outcomes explicitly reflecting the goals of the course as offered on-campus and in support of the appropriate EOU Program objectives. The teacher must provide outcomes and means of assessment statements on his or her syllabi that reflect those of the designated Eastern program.
- A copy of the instructor’s vita (resume). If the instructor is applying for approval under the equivalences mentioned above, evidence is needed supporting the claim of equivalence, including copies of college/university transcripts (unofficial) specifically indicating the academic background and qualifications of the candidate.
- A set of representative student work to be used for calibration between the Eastern program and the participating high school program. That is, representative student papers, tests, and projects will be reviewed by the high school instructor and an Eastern faculty member for the purpose of aligning course expectations. Sample papers and projects may be reviewed during the course itself, while it is in progress, if it has already been approved.
- A completed Course Approval Form.
- Approved courses/instructors will be reviewed every three years in order to maintain standards. However, each time the course is taught the materials required above will have to be resubmitted.
Eastern Oregon University approves individual teachers and courses, not departmental offerings. That is, each course by a specific teacher must be certified individually. Once an offering has been approved, changes in course focus can be authorized expeditiously, as long as Eastern’s disciplinary program standards, means of assessment, criteria, and proficiencies are maintained.
Two Plus Two and Dual Credit Programs
(2) Before developing programs with high schools, each college shall file with the Department a policy for governing Two Plus Two and Dual Credit programs. Policies must include the following:
(a) Requirements for instructors equivalent to that of other college instructors in the discipline, including:
(A) Masters degree for instructors of Lower Division Collegiate courses; and …
Community College Personnel Policies and Instructor Approval
(1) Each community college Board of Education shall establish a personnel policy statement, including a policy on instructor selection and development which must include, but need not be limited to, the following:
(a) Definitions of the main terms used in the policy;
(b) Institutional standards for instructor qualifications (standards for teachers of lower division collegiate courses must include a masters degree in a subject area closely related to that in which the instructor will be teaching; however in subject areas in which individuals have demonstrated their competencies and served in professional fields and in cases in which documentation to support the individual’s proficiency and high level of competency can be assembled, the master’s degree requirement may be waived at the discretion of the college president); ……
Complete policy available at http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/rules/OARS_500/OAR_589/589_007.html
Policy Approved at EPCC; April 18,2006
Policy Approved at Assembly; June 6, 2006
High School Initiatives
Inlow Hall, Admissions
La Grande, Oregon 97850