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Standard 6: Unit Governance and Resources

The unit has the leadership, authority, budget, personnel, facilities, and resources, including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet professional, state, and institutional standards.

6.1 Statement about the evidence

The College of Education (COE) is the unit responsible for the preparation of teachers, principals, and school counselors. A dean heads the unit and is assisted by an associate dean, a director of initial certification programs, a director of the alternative certification program and certification officer, a director of field experiences and clinical practice, director of the school guidance counselor program, director of principal preparation program, and director of the leadership education program. Policies for recruiting diverse candidates and college notifications for counseling services and admission requirements are clearly and accurately described in online publications.

The budget for the COE’s undergraduate and graduate programs has remained stable for the past five years. Over the last two years, the standard amount for professional development rose from $750 to $1000 for each unit full-time faculty member. According to the Scorecard, professional development continues to be valued by the unit and supported financially.

Faculty workload policies are defined in the university’s Faculty Handbook. Full-time faculty who have no administrative reassignments are normally responsible for 12 semester hours of instruction or its equivalent. The unit’s workload policy is 12 undergraduate hours or adjusted to nine graduate hours for each semester. Field supervision carries credit hours as does supervision of independent studies. There are three administrative assistants for office support.

The unit has adequate campus and school facilities to support candidates in meeting standards, including the use of technology enriched classrooms. A document identifies the university’s technology facilities in a variety of places across campus: Spalding University Campus Informational Resources Library; Egan Learning Center; Mansion, East and West; Third Street Academic Center; University Center; College of Health and Natural Science Building; and Morrison Residence. The Mansion, primary housing for COE classes, contains six smart classrooms and an education lab with 20 student stations. All facilities are wireless. Full time faculty members have computers which are upgraded on a rotating basis. Site licenses are also provided for the most frequently used software programs.

The unit uses several technology resources for faculty and candidates. Among those resources is WebAdvisor for university functions like registering for classes and entering grades. Datatel is used by faculty and staff as integrated university-wide student management software that supports candidates’ records, transcripts, advising information, course catalogs, and schedule of courses offered. Datatel is integrated with both WebAdvisor and LiveText, a data management system. LiveText is used by candidates to maintain an electronic portfolio. The unit uses LiveText as its platform for data collection and analysis.

Spalding Library has four full-time staff, each working 40 hours a week. There is a part -time reference librarian working 10 hours a week as well as an open position for a reference librarian working evenings 30 hours a week. The library is staffed 200 hours a week with at least one professional librarian on staff 85 hours per week. The hours of operation are clearly posted on the library’s home page.

The Metroversity collaboration agreement provides the unit’s candidates and faculty with access to library resources in neighboring universities and area public libraries. The Spalding University Library Home Page confirms access to the libraries at Bellarmine University, Indiana University SE, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, University of Louisville, the Kentucky Virtual Library, and public libraries of Louisville, Jeffersonville Township, and New Albany-Floyd County. These arrangements have greatly increased access to library resources available to faculty and candidates in addition to the traditional interlibrary loan option. As a member of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), Spalding candidates and faculty have web access to additional scholarly journals. All resources are available on a 24/7 basis.

6.2 Progress toward meeting the target level on this standard. Not applicable to this standard

6.3 Feedback on correcting previous areas for improvement (AFIs)

AFIs corrected from last visit:

AFI Number & Text Apply to AFI Rationale
The library has insufficient ITP,ADV The library now appears to have sufficient
professional staff to assist candidates staff.
in their research.
Limited library resources are available ITP,ADV Library resources now appear to be
to faculty and candidates. adequate.

6.4 Areas of concern related to continuing to meet the standard. None

6.5 Evidence for the Onsite BOE Team to validate during the onsite visit

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