Each College Connections instructor works closely with his or her JCC faculty liaison through site visits and other forms of communication.
Your liaison will provide you with a template for your course syllabi. Prior to the start of your course, your faculty liaison approves the course syllabus and textbook, which ensures that your course outline meets the same outcomes as the respective course on campus. Review of course syllabi ensures consistency in:
Your faculty liaison will send you a syllabus review form each semester, which serves as a checklist for syllabus requirements.
Typically, the same textbook that is used for on-campus courses is also used in the high school. In some cases, a faculty liaison may approve an alternate text. Some high schools choose to purchase textbooks and loan them to students, while others may require their students to purchase textbooks from a JCC campus bookstore. If students will be required to purchase texts from the JCC campus bookstore, the textbooks must be ordered ahead of time.
Classroom observations help to ensure that college courses offered through College Connections are consistent with those taught on campus. They also offer the opportunity for collegial interaction between campus and College Connections instructors. Faculty liaisons conduct classroom observations the first two times a course is offered and then at the discretion of the liaison. At minimum, a classroom observation is completed once every three years, which is consistent with JCC’s classroom observation policy for part-time faculty.
Effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, we will be moving to an annual professional development model. Instructors will be required to attend one half-day annual professional development workshop for each discipline in which they are teaching. Instructors teaching in multiple disciplines must attend each workshop. The date and format of the workshop will be determined by your faculty liaison(s) and will be offered in the fall or spring semester. Those teaching during the fall or spring semester must attend workshops for the current academic year.
In accordance with the contractual agreement with the high school, our high school partners agree to provide 1.5 days of release time for each program instructor so attendance should not be an issue. If JCC recognizes a pattern of absence over a two-year period, the program instructor will meet with program administrators to discuss future program participation.
College Connections instructors are required to verify course rosters in the Banner web system by the 6th week of class.
College Connections instructors are required to enter grades into the Banner web system. Instructors will have two weeks at the end of the semester to submit their grades.
College Connections students complete course evaluations for each of their courses. Once course evaluations have been processed, instructors receive an e-mailed summary report of the results.
All master syllabi include a set of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) which are assessed on a three-year cycle. Your faculty liaison will notify you when your course and/or SLO’s are being assessed and what assessments will be collected. You will be required to submit these assessments to your faculty liaison.
Throughout the year College Connections teachers and their students are invited to participate in various College Connections enrichment opportunities. These events aim at providing enriching educational opportunities for College Connections students and recognizing their hard work and dedication across numerous disciplines.
Each year College Connections recognizes a teacher who best exemplifies the core program standards. The teacher of the year is chosen from among those nominated by program liaisons and administration.