The institution defines and publishes requirements for its graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs.  These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs.

Compliance Judgment:  In compliance

Narrative

Evidence that East Carolina University Defines and Publishes Requirements for Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs of Study:

East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU, the institution, or the university) has a long history of publishing graduate catalogs with detailed program requirements.  These catalogs are the university’s official publications used to define and publish requirements for all graduate and professional post-baccalaureate programs (Graduate Catalog: Academic Programs).  These catalogs are produced and maintained by the Office of Program Planning and Development. An archive of past versions (.pdf snapshots) is maintained on the university’s official catalog web site. Two versions are maintained in a current academic year.  One version is continuously updated (html) as new programs are established or existing programs revised.  The second version is a snapshot taken just prior to the start of the current academic year.

Evidence that coursework and program requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices:

All graduate program requirements meet or exceed commonly accepted standards and practices for post-baccalaureate education graduate degree programs. A rigorous curriculum and program development and approval process has been in place for decades to ensure this standard of performance is maintained.  The curriculum and program development process is initiated by program faculty in the corresponding field of study, reviewed by the Graduate Curriculum Committee and recommended for approval by the Graduate Council and Educational Practices and Policies Committee (EPPC) to the Academic Council, the Chancellor and Board of Governors as appropriate. This process is described in detail on the next page of this document.

The requirements for the ECU post-baccalaureate, graduate, and graduate professional programs are published in the ECU Academic Graduate Catalog in both HTML and PDF versions.  The Brody School of Medicine Bulletin and the School of Dental Medicine Bulletin publish their respective requirements.

General requirements of all master’s degree programs and the Educational Specialist intermediate degree include a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work and successful completion of a comprehensive assessment, and require that at least one half of the credits earned be in 6000 level courses or higher.

All doctoral programs require at least three to four years of study beyond the bachelor’s or master’s degree and successful completion of a comprehensive assessment.

All graduate programs require maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 in addition to time limit requirements, continuous enrollment requirements, and residency requirements for graduation (Graduate Catalog: Residence and Graduation Requirements).

Evidence that all print and electronic publications provide consistent information about each program:

The Office of Academic Program Planning and Development (OAPPD) reviews annually all publications—print, electronic, and university web sites (including all departmental web sites) —related to program requirements.  This oversight includes a process that ensures APPD conducts a mandatory review of all projects submitted to University Marketing and Publications for design, production and printing when the content includes information about programs or program requirements.

The process for approving post-baccalaureate programs—both new programs and revisions to existing programs—has been in place for several decades and requires comprehensive reviews by the Graduate Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Council (replacing the former Graduate School Administrative Board), and the Educational Policy and Planning Committee. Changes to the graduate catalog and related web sites are not authorized or posted online by OAPPD until final approval and notification is received from the appropriate approval authority.

Internal Faculty and Committee Structures that Provide Oversight for Development and Revision of Graduate Program Coursework

East Carolina University's faculty and committee structures evaluate graduate programs’ consistency with accepted disciplinary standards.   The OAPPD in conjunction with the Graduate School coordinates new graduate degree program planning and establishment, graduate curriculum proposals and changes, and graduate program review.  Additionally, the OAPPD conducts faculty workshops offered through the Office for Faculty Excellence for academic units interested in creating new courses or programs.

New Graduate Program Development – Master’s Level

The unit curriculum committee and Graduate faculty initiate proposals of new graduate program or changes to an existing graduate program Graduate Curriculum Committee.  The proposal review process is as described in the Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual.

Faculty are guided through the proposal review and approval process by degree approval check sheets for Masters (Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III) degree programs. Requests to establish new Master’s degree programs are processed in three phases:

 

1)      Request for Authorization to Plan (RAP):  Unit/Department prepares a preliminary degree program package that includes an “Assessment of Readiness to Offer New Degree Program,” a budget, letters of support letters from director/department chair and dean, and documentation of notification of the campus space planning office.  This package receives multi-level review as follows: 

 

2)      Request to Establish A New Degree Program (RAE):  Unit/Department prepares RAE documentation, updates Assessment of Readiness to Offer New Degree Program and budget, letters of support for Unit/Department Chair and College Dean, and documentation of notification to campus space planning office.  Unit/Department submits new degree program package for review as follows:

3)      Program Development:  Process by which coursework is certified as conforming to commonly accepted standards and practices:

Unit/Department develops degree requirements and course proposals, secures approved Notification of Intent to Plan, and seeks approval from Unit Curriculum Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee, and Graduate Council. “If BOG authorization to establish is received before the curriculum approval process has been completed, a moratorium will be placed on degree implementation until a quality curriculum has been finalized” (Faculty Senate, Part VI, VII).

 

New Doctoral Degrees

Requests to establish new Doctoral degree programs are developed in three steps and processed through the same multi-leveled review process as used for new Master’s degree program.  The three development steps are:

1)      Request for Authorization to Plan (RAP)

2)      Request to Establish A New Degree Program (RAE)

3)      Program Development

 

 For doctoral programs, the Request for Authorization to Plan (RAP) approval process adds two additional steps including (a) review and approval by the University of North Carolina Graduate Council and (b) approval by the UNC Board of Governors.

Graduate Curriculum Committee: Process for determining what Coursework is included in Graduate Programs

The Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC) consists of ten graduate faculty members nominated by college deans through a process established by the college.  The Graduate Council reviews the credentials of the nominees and approves members to serve on the GCC.  Members serve staggered three-year terms.  The Chair of the GCC is elected to serve a one-year term by and from the membership of the GCC.  GCC members are limited to serving three consecutive terms.  The GCC:

The Graduate Curriculum Committee makes recommendations for action to the Graduate Council.  The Committee charge and meeting minutes are posted online.

Periodic Program Reviews

ECU conducts periodic program reviews, including all graduate programs, on a seven year cycle. Programs with professional accreditation are reviewed according to their accreditation cycle. As part of this process, periodic reviews by discipline-specific external reviewers from peer institutions ensure program requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs.  The Office of Academic Programs guides and manages the Unit Academic Program Review process.  The review process includes (1) preparation of a Self-Study by the unit’s undergraduate and graduate faculty, (2) on-site review by a Review Committee of external experts, (3) receipt of the Review Committee’s evaluative report and recommendations, (4) drafting of the program faculty’s response to the review report with prioritized resource needs, (5) negotiation with the college/school to attain necessary resources, (6) development of an action plan that is reviewed by the college/school, Graduate School, and university administrators and (7) biennial progress reports. The Biennial Progress Report has two components: (1) a unit action plan implementation report and (2) a unit assessment plan implementation report.  The Biennial Progress reports are reviewed for progress on action plans and outcome assessments.  A new template for the Academic Program Review Process was approved November 12, 2008, and unit reviews with the new template began in the spring 2009 semester.  Reviews are housed on a SharePoint site maintained by the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research (IPAR).  Examples include:

 

College/ Department

Degree/

Program

Self-Study

External Review

Educational Policy and Planning Committee Acknowledg-ement

Faculty Response

Academic Council Acknowledgement

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences/

Department of Mathematics

Master of Arts in Mathematics

October 7, 2009

March 1, 2010

March 24, 2011

Preliminary Response: March 31, 2011

Full Response: April 11, 2011

May 27, 2011

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences/

Department of English

Master of Arts in English

2009-2010

March 25, 2010

March 24, 2011

October 24, 2010

 

Action Plan: January 2011

May 27, 2011

 

Doctorate of Philosophy/ Technical and Professional Discourse

 

 

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences/

Department of

Chemistry

Master of Science in Chemistry

February 1, 2010

May 2010

December 13, 2010

July 2010

 

College of Fine Arts and Communication/

School of Communications

Master of Arts in Communication

April 2010

May 22, 2010

December 13, 2010

November 2010

February 25, 2011

 

Program Accreditation

East Carolina University graduate programs conform to accepted standards.  A review of online university information from twelve UNC-approved peer institutions and two comparable UNC sister institutions shows Common Graduate Education Policies conform to accepted standards.  In addition, eligible East Carolina University’s academic programs are professionally accredited.  Such accreditation further indicates that the graduate programs conform to accepted standards.  The following graduate programs are among those accredited by professional agencies:

 

Program

Accrediting Agency

Political Science, MPA

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

School Psychology, MA/CAS

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/State Department of Public Instruction

Speech-Language and Auditory Pathology, MS

Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education State Department of Public Instruction

Communication Sciences & Disorders, PhD

Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Association

Occupational Therapy, MSOT

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

Physical Therapy, DPT

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Physician Assistant, MS

Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

Rehabilitation Counseling, MS

Council on Rehabilitation Education

Business, MBA, MSA

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

Dental Medicine, DMD

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), & CODA Committee for Advanced Education Programs

Teacher Education, MAEd, MS, MAT, EdD, EdS, MSA, MLS, CAS, Add-on-Licensure

Teacher Education/State Department of Public Instruction

Educational Administration and Supervision, EdS

Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Elementary Education, MAEd

Association for Childhood Education International

Middle Grades Education, MAEd

Middle Grades Education, MAEd

Physical Education

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

School Administration, MSA

Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Special Education, MAEd

Council for Exceptional Children

Library Science, MLS

American Association of School Librarians

Art,  MFA, MAEd

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/State Department of Public Instruction

Music & Music Education, MM

National Association of Schools of Music, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education of Public Instruction

Environmental Health, MS

National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council

Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education, MAEd

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/State Department of Public Instruction

Family and Consumer Sciences, MAEd

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/State Department of Public Instruction

Marriage and Family Therapy, MS; Medical and Family Therapy, PhD

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Social Work, MSW

Council on Social Work Education

School of Medicine, MD

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

Public Health, MPH

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Nursing, MSN

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, MSN

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Nurse Midwifery Concentration, MSN

American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation


 In summary, East Carolina University defines and publishes requirements for its graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs.  These requirements conform to accepted standards and practices for graduate programs.

Documentation

Reference Title

Location

Accredited Academic Programs

Accreditation Agencies Grad Programs SACS 3_6_4

Brody School of Medicine Bulletin

3.6.4 Brody Bulletin Curriculum

Common Graduate Education Policies

Graduate_Education_Policies_Peer_Universities_ECU

Doctoral Programs

UNC-GA 400.1.1.1G

ECU Graduate Catalog HTML

grad html

ECU Graduate Catalog PDF

grcat1112

Faculty Manual, Part VI, VII

Part V - Curriculum Development

Faculty Workshops

OFE Summer 2011 Workshops

Graduate Catalog: Academic Programs

grcat - academic programs

Graduate Catalog: Comprehensive Assessment

grcat - comprehensive assessment

Graduate Catalog: General Degree Requirements

grcat - degree requirements

Graduate Catalog: Residence and Graduation Requirements

grcat - residence and graduation requirements

Graduate Curriculum Committee

index

Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual

2011-2012-Grad-Curr-and-Program-Dev-Manual

Master’s New Check Sheets: Phase I

Masters_Degree_Approval_Process_Checklist_PhaseI

Master’s New Check Sheets: Phase II

Masters_Degree_Approval_Process_Checklist_PhaseII

Master’s New Check Sheets: Phase III

Masters_Degree_Approval_Process_Checklist_PhaseIII

Office of Academic Program Planning and Development

Office of Academic Program Planning and Development

Office of Faculty Excellence

Office for Faculty Excellence

Official Catalog Website

Catalog Archive

Outcome Assessments

Academic Program Review Guidelines

Periodic Program Reviews

3.6.4 Program Reviews

Request for Authorization to Plan (RAP)

Request for Authorization to Plan 400.1.1.3G

Request to Establish a New Degree Plan

3.6.1 Request-Authorization-to-Establish_092809

School of Dental Medicine Bulletin

3.6.4 Dental Prospective Students

Unit Academic Program Review Process

Academic Program Review Guidelines