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Core Requirement 2.7.2

The institution offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated purpose and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education. (Program Content)



Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is compliant with this core requirement. The College adheres to a set of Curriculum Standards, programs of study, which are standardized throughout the North Carolina Community College System. Applications for new programs are approved by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges and contain the purpose of the proposed program and its relationship to the College's mission. The content and relevance of existing programs is validated by Advisory Committees, comprised of occupational and industry experts as well as faculty members, which meet at least annually. In addition each program of study is subjected to an extensive program review at least once every five years. The program review also includes consideration of the purpose and relevance of each program as it relates to the College’s mission and the needs of its service area.


All Cape Fear Community College degree programs contain coherent and appropriate higher education courses of study compatible with their stated purposes in support of the institutions mission. As mentioned in Comprehensive Standard 2.7.1, North Carolina community college programs of study, including their purpose statements and overall content, are standardized in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Curriculum Standards. Curriculum standards for all CFCC programs of study are attached (Programs of Study). To ensure program coherency, the College identifies pre-requisites for proper course sequencing and increasing course complexity based on the pre-requisites set by NCCCS. These pre-requisites are published in the NCCCS Common Course Library (Common Course Library) and are reflected in the Course Descriptions section of the 2005-2006 CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (Course Descriptions pg 144).

North Carolina community colleges establish new degree programs by making application to the State Board of Community Colleges following procedures outlined in Section 3 of the NCCCS Curriculum Procedures Manual (Curriculum Program Application Procedures). These procedures require colleges to demonstrate the purpose of the proposed program and its relationship to the college's mission. The applying college must also demonstrate student interest in the program, involvement of a curriculum advisory committee composed of key industry or occupational representatives, and project enrollment and employment opportunities for graduates of the program. The application must also address the adequacy of budget, faculty, library and other resources to support the program and must adhere to program accreditation criteria, job competencies and performance skills required to perform the tasks or duties identified for the curriculum. Finally, the college’s application must contain an appropriate curriculum design and document the acceptance of the program by senior administrators from other colleges in the North Carolina Community College System.

Once curriculum programs are established, validation of their content is conducted in two ways. First, for each Vocational Technical program, a Technical Advisory Committee is established (Advisory Committee Members). These committees, comprised of area occupational experts, employers and CFCC instructors and administrators, meet at least annually and review each program for relevance in the technical specialty. Committee responsibilities are specifically delineated in a brochure distributed to all members (Advisory Committee Information). Further, each Vocational Technical program and the College Transfer program are subject to an in-depth Program Review conducted by a program review team. The lead instructor of the program being reviewed will be an ad hoc member of his/her program review team. The reviewing team will have seven members from the Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee, including the dean of arts and sciences, the dean of vocational technical education, the director of career and testing services, two instructional department chairs and two members at large. The institutional researcher will serve as an ex officio member. Cross-institutional membership of the review team ensures that the program review process is thorough and objective. The program review team examines strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for each program by looking at issues such as purpose, enrollment, graduation rates, student outcomes and assessments, staffing, curriculum relevancy, facility and equipment requirements, and student survey results (Program Review Process for Vocational and Technical Programs) and (Program Review Process for College Transfer Programs). Each program is reviewed at a minimum of once every five years (Program Review Schedule). Programs with low enrollment or other significant issues or problems are reviewed more frequently. Program reviews are documented with copies maintained in the office of the appropriate dean and department chair (Medical Transcription Program Review).



Source Location

Programs of Study,
Curriculum Standards links from NCCCS Website

Common Course Library,
NCCCS Website
Course Descriptions,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 144)

Curriculum Program Application Procedures,
NCCCS Website,
Curriculum Procedures Reference Manual
Section 03, April 17, 2002

Advisory Committee Members advisorymembers.pdf

Advisory Committee Information

Hard copy maintained in the office of the
Dean of Vocational Technical Programs

Program Review process for
Vocational Technical Programs,

January 11, 2006


Program Review process for
College Transfer Programs,

January 11, 2006
Program Review Schedule,
Hard copy maintained in the office of the
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Medical Transcription Program Review,
February 15, 2005
Hard copy maintained in the offices of the
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and
the Dean of Vocational Technical Programs



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