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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

January 29, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384,  lpifer@mnsfld.edu.

The following Curricular Change Proposals have been proposed by the Department of Health Sciences:

 

Proposal 1: Exempt A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy majors from the following General Education Requirements:

HPE requirement

Fine Arts requirement

Completion of required courses in at least 3 of 5 distribution areas

 

Rationale:

This A.A.S. is a terminal degree program, preparing students to enter the work force upon completion. The accrediting agencies, Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), require us to offer the current curriculum courses. In order to meet accreditation requirements, our students are only on the Mansfield campus during their initial fall semester, before transferring to Sayre to begin their clinical training. During the first semester at Mansfield, our students carry 17 credits, including 2 lab science courses. We presently have an attrition rate of 40%, exceeding CoARC's recently published "thresholds of success."

Imposing additional requirements will exacerbate the attrition rate in this program and increase the probability of an accreditation crisis.

 

 

Proposal 2: Exempt A.A.S. in Radiology Technology majors from the following General Education Requirements:

HPE requirement

Fine Arts requirement

Completion of required courses in at least 3 of 5 distribution areas

 

Rationale:

This A.A.S. is a terminal degree program, preparing students to enter the work force upon completion. The accrediting agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) requires us to offer the current curriculum courses. In order to meet accreditation requirements, our students are only on the Mansfield campus during their initial fall semester, before transferring to Sayre to begin their clinical training. During the first semester at Mansfield, our students carry 16 credits, including a lab science course.

Our students are already feeling overwhelmed with the current class and curriculum load, and the attrition rate in the program for the past three classes averaged 23.03%. Imposing additional requirements will exacerbate the frustration of the students and will increase the attrition rate of the program.

 

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