RIC Faculty Liaisons
Each academic department offering EEP course(s) must designate one or more faculty liaison(s) who will serve as the main contact to the EEP staff and the high school EEP Instructors. The liaison plays an important role in maintaining the academic quality and rigor of the program through review of courses and teachers for possible acceptance into the EEP. NEASC requires that teachers approved for concurrent enrollment programs (i.e., EEP) meet the standards for adjunct faculty in the department.
An academic department may require any approved EEP Instructor to use the department's syllabus for the course.
In addition, any liaison who cannot continue his/her responsibilities for any reason (retirement, load, sabbatical, etc.) should notify the EEP office and department chair. The office staff will contact the chair to request a replacement, whether temporary or permanent.
Faculty Liaison Responsibilities
Approval of EEP Instructors and Courses
· Review résumés, undergraduate and the graduate transcripts of prospective EEP Instructors to determine if they have the qualifications set by the RIC department. A teacher may receive full approval or may be approved conditionally for up to one year (i.e. teacher needs to complete an additional course in the subject area).
· Evaluate the high school course syllabus to determine if the course meets the standards of the equivalent Rhode Island College course. The liaison may request that the high school teacher adjust the course content, syllabus, etc., for the course to be accepted into the program. Departments may require EEP Instructors to use the department's syllabus for the EEP offering
· Inform the EEP Office about the acceptance or denial of the teacher and the course (with an explanation for any denials). The EEP Office will then notify the high school's On-Site Coordinator and the teacher.
· Notify the EEP Office immediately if any course seems to have deviated from the criteria for which it was originally approved. NOTE: Student teachers may not provide instruction in any EEP course.
The EEP Office does NOT require nor recommend any specific type of visit, discussion, or evaluation. It is recommended that the RIC Faculty Liaison and the EEP Instructor mutually determine in what way the visitation would be beneficial to both parties. Liaisons should schedule an annual visit to each EEP Instructor (one visit per teacher, not section). . Visits may occur in the fall or spring semester. This visitation is required by the EEP Office in accordance with the standards of National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). Please notify the EEP Office immediately of any difficulty in scheduling a visit.
Because it may be difficult for one faculty liaison to cover the number of schools and teachers offering department courses, additional faculty (including adjuncts) may be added to assist with visits, although the department will still have one designated liaison. Names of any additional faculty assisting with visits should be sent to the EEP office.
Liaisons submit a report at the end of each semester identifying the EEP instructors who were visited, verifying the continued adherence to the approved course standards along with a brief general description or explanation of each visitation.
RIC Faculty Liaison Stipends
RIC faculty liaisons will receive an annual stipend for their responsibilities related to the review of high school courses and teachers seeking acceptance into the EEP.
In addition, faculty liaisons (and any other designated faculty making visits) receive a stipend for teacher visits (per EEP Instructor, EEP course-not section) for which they are assigned. Stipends are calculated instructor on teacher visits per i(described under # Faculty Liaison Responsibilities). RIC faculty liaisons (and any other designated faculty making visits)
To be paid, all liaisons/faculty must document their visits by completing and submitting to the EEP the EEP Liaison Payment/Visitation Form. A W-9 form must be submitted along with the grade sheets on or before June 30 each year.
EEP Assistance to Faculty Liaisons
To assist faculty liaisons, EEP will
• Supply an accurate list of high schools, courses, teachers with their email addresses and the number of students in each course for the purpose of school visitations.
• Forward electronic copies of updated EEP course syllabi.
• Send the EEP e-newsletter each semester.
• Provide all documents necessary for the EEP instructor approval process.
• Address any issues experienced by faculty liaisons.
• Distribute stipends promptly for all duties performed.
Professional Development Opportunities
The EEP Office is considering offering professional development opportunities for EEP Instructors and will seek input from Faculty Liaisons regarding possible content and format.