Standard 2

Institutional Attention to the Program
The institution gives ongoing attention to the effective operation of each program, and resolves each program's administrative needs promptly.

ECE Program Coordination
Master's Degree and Specialist Credential programs are assigned to a program coordinator who normally reports to the Department Chair. Coordinators work directly with the faculty in planning, developing, implementing, evaluating, and modifying program components. The program coordinator serves at the pleasure of the Dean and function in accordance to policies described in the School of Education and Human Development Role of the Program CoordinatorPolicy statement. School-wide coordinator/directorships are also assigned i.e. INTERESC, Graduate Programs etc.

An appointed program coordinator oversees the ECE Program which includes the ECE Specialist Credential and Masters In Education at the graduate level and a Multiple Subject Credential ECE emphasis program at the post-baccalaureate level. In this capacity, she participates in the KSOEHD Coordinating Council and the KSOEHD Graduate Committee, and chairs the Early Childhood Program Advisory Board.

Advisory Committee for Professional Education

The purpose of this school-level committee is to obtain university-wide and community reviews and recommendations pertaining to KSOEHD credential and degree program proposals and/or modifications; to address issues and make recommendations pertaining to unit programs, operations and services; and to advise the Dean in terms of current and emerging issues related to KSOEHD programs, operations, and services to the schools and regional community.

Early Childhood Education Program Advisory Committee

The ECE Program has its own Advisory Committee that meets annually for program review. Representatives are from related disciplines and a wide-cross section of school districts, community colleges and other agencies and organizations that focus on ECE issues and children and families.

ECE faculty meet regularly to plan and solve problems. Student grievances are handled first by the professor involved, then referred to the ECE Program Coordinator, as necessary. The ECE- adopted Professional Problem-Solving Process first considers problems interpersonal in nature and accepts this as a natural occurrence and offers guidance for addressing the issue for those involved. This problem-solving process developed by the faculty to quickly address issues as they arise in order to maintain the high level of collegiality and collaboration that characterize the program. Only when the most familiar approach has failed, is the more formal grievance procedure advocated. The ECE program uses Formal grievances by ECE faculty, staff and students are resolved following unit and university procedures that are clearly delineated in the Policy Manual. The University has in place well-defined policies for student rights, grade protest, and review processes for student petitions. The process for grade protest is outlined in the Academic Policy Manual, the Faculty Handbook, the General Catalog, the Schedule of Courses, and on a handout from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. The policy detailing the student academic petition process is available in the General Catalog and on a handout from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Dean of Student Affairs and the Student Grievance Board handle all formal grievances with the exception of matters related to grading.

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