Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Curricula


Philosophy of General Education

The General Education component of college life is designed to expose all students to a common body of knowledge. The learning outcomes of general education will be common to all students regardless of major. Goals leading to these outcomes will be incorporated into classroom practices by faculty so that course objectives will be clearly linked to the goals of general education.

Academic Assessment

North Arkansas College maintains a procedure to assess student learning and educational outcomes which is led by the Academic Assessment team. Assessment is essential to continuous improvement, and therefore a commitment to assessment is deeply embedded in College activities. Assessment applies not only to student learning and educational outcomes but to the College’s approach to improvement of institutional effectiveness.

For student learning, Northark is committed to assessment at the general and program level that proceeds from clear goals, involves faculty at all points in the process, and analyzes the assessment results.  The College improves its programs or ancillary services or other operations on the basis of those analyses. North Arkansas College reviews programs regularly and seeks external judgment, and benchmarks assessments.  North Arkansas College directs attention to persistence and completion indicators of quality and foci for improvement.

General Learning Outcomes

Faculty shall determine a set of General Learning Outcomes that will be assessed in all academic programs. Common learning outcomes is integrated and aligned, with a mature, faculty-led academic assessment process championed by the Academic Assessment Team (AAT), requiring on-going college-wide departmental and program assessment.  Northark’s common outcomes for student learning, which are identified as six General Learning Outcomes (GLOs), are widely recognized and promoted through the use of common syllabi throughout departments.

Each instructional department links its courses to the College’s GLOs which are assessed through Embedded Assessments and collected every semester. Results of assessment are presented to academic leaders on an annual basis in order to address gaps that inform the departmental action plans for the following year.

The General Learning Outcomes for North Arkansas College Students are:

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving across disciplines.
  2. Life skills in areas such as teamwork, interpersonal relationships, ethics, and study habits.
  3. Clearly communicating in written and oral formats.
  4. Using technology appropriate for learning.
  5. Understanding issues of a diverse global society.
  6. Using math and/or statistical skills.

 

Program Learning Outcomes and Assessment

North Arkansas College ensures the academic program outcomes are relevant and aligned with student, workplace, and social needs. Program level learning outcomes and assessments are evaluated and reported at regular intervals. Program-level assessment is the process by which Northark faculty in programs formulate clear outcomes for their overall program of study, collect student data from courses across the program in order to assess how well students are meeting the program outcomes, and make improvements in program curriculum to help students better achieve competency with the different outcomes. The purpose of program-level assessment is to 1) help students improve their performance on program outcomes and 2) help instructors across programs to better articulate and teach those outcomes. In addition to assessing program learning outcomes, Northark faculty are also informed by external bodies such as specialized accreditors, advisory councils, ADHE, HLC, and industry partners. 

The purpose of determining program outcomes, broken down by division and department, is to provide relevant data to academic leaders and Faculty in their individual areas of instruction for improving teaching and learning.  It is the intent of this policy that these data, presented in this form, will allow Northark Faculty to see potential areas for improvement and the ability to directly address any potential areas of concern.

State Minimum Core Curriculum

North Arkansas College provides for the establishment of a minimum core of courses which will apply toward the general education core requirements for transfer to baccalaureate degrees at state-supported institutions of higher education. North Arkansas College follows the State Minimum Core as described in ADHE Policies in Section 3.

Before transferring to any institution, a student should check with the transfer counselor at that institution to verify courses required by particular majors. Courses included in the college’s core curriculum are described in the Higher Education Policies Section 3.6.

Courses included in the college’s core curriculum are as follows:

English/Communications (Nine hours required from the following)

ENGL 1013 - English Composition I 
ENGL 1023 - English Composition II 
SPCH 2303 - Public Speaking  

Math (Three hours required from the following)

MAT 1213 - Quantitative Literacy 
MAT 1223 - College Algebra 
MAT 2123 - Survey of Calculus 
MAT 2133 - Introduction to Statistics 
MAT 2204 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 
MAT 2304 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 
MAT 2404 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus III  

Science (Eight hours required from the following)

BIOL 1004 - General Biology for Non-Majors 
BIOL 1014 - General Biology 
BIOL 1144 - Environmental Biology 
BIOL 1304 - General Botany 
BIOL 1504 - General Zoology 
BIOL 2014 - Microbiology 
BIOL 2214 - Anatomy and Physiology I 
BIOL 2224 - Anatomy and Physiology II 
CHEM 1214 - Fundamentals of Chemistry 
CHEM 1415 - College Chemistry I 
CHEM 1425 - College Chemistry II 
GEOL 1014 - General Geology 
PHSC 1004 - Fundamentals of Physical Science 
PHSC 1044 - Introduction to Astronomy 
PHSC 1104 Earth Science  
PHYS 2014 - College Physics I 
PHYS 2024 - College Physics II 
PHYS 2144 - University Physics I  

Humanities (Six hours required from the following in 2 areas)

ENGL 2013 - American Literature I 
ENGL 2023 - American Literature II 
ENGL 2213 - World Literature I 
ENGL 2223 - World Literature II 
ART 1003 - Art Appreciation 
FA 1203 - Film Classics I 
FA 1213 - Film Classics II 
FL 1303 - Beginning Spanish I and II 
FL 1313 - Beginning Spanish II 
FL 2303 - Intermediate Spanish I 
FL 2313 - Intermediate Spanish II 
DRAM 1003 - Theatre Appreciation 
MUS 1003 - Music Appreciation 
PHIL 1003 - Introduction to Philosophy 
PHIL 1103 - Critical Thought 
PHIL 2203 - World Religions  

Social Sciences (Three hours required from the following)

HIST 2003 - United States History I 
HIST 2013 - United States History II 
PLSC 2003 - American National Government  

Social & Behavioral Sciences (Six hours required from the following)
ECON 2313 - Principles of Macroeconomics 
ECON 2323 - Principles of Microeconomics 
GEOG 2003 - Human Geography 
HIST 1113 - World Civilizations I 
HIST 1123 - World Civilizations II 
PSYC 2003 - General Psychology 
PSYC 2103 - Human Growth and Development 
SOC 2013 - Introduction to Sociology 
SOC 2203 - Social Problems  

 

Transfer Curriculum

North Arkansas College provides seamless transfer of academic credits from a completed designated transfer degree program to a baccalaureate degree program without the loss of earned credits and without the receiving institution requiring additional lower-level general education credits. The College seeks to eliminate unnecessary, duplicative, and/or hard-to-determine degree requirements when a transfer student has completed all courses required for the state minimum general education core and a transfer degree approved by the AHECB.

Guidelines for associate degrees that are fully transferable.

Associate of Arts. The Associate of Arts degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete a program of collegiate level work that is transferable toward a baccalaureate degree. The degree must include the 35-hour state minimum general education core (Appendix C) that requires courses in English/writing, the humanities and fine arts, history and the social sciences, mathematics, and the natural sciences. The curriculum must require a demonstration of competency in communications (oral and written) and mathematics, and a mastery of skills and knowledge against specified performance standards in specific areas or disciplines. Remedial/developmental education courses must be used for placement purposes only and cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Typically, the field of study is not specified in the degree title. The range of hours is 60-64 semester credit hours. Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Policies Section 3.10 - Appendix B.

 

Associate of Science. The Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete a program of collegiate level work with an occupational objective of which the majority of occupational courses and all general education courses are transferable 3.10.20 toward a baccalaureate degree. The degree must include the 35-hour state minimum general education core (Appendix C) that requires courses in English/writing, the humanities and fine arts, history and the social sciences, mathematics, and the natural sciences. The curriculum must require a demonstration of competency in communications (oral and written) and mathematics, and mastery of skills and knowledge against specified performance standards in specific areas or disciplines.

Remedial/developmental education courses must be used for placement purposes only and cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Typically, the field of study is not specified in the degree title. The range of hours is 60-72 semester credit hours.

Exceptions to the range will be allowed when required by accrediting or approval agencies.

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Policies Section 3.10 - Appendix B.