I. Academic Programs

B. Program Development

Guidelines for establishing a new instructional program at Nashville State comply with Tennessee Board of Regents Guidelines A-010 and Policy 2:01:01:00. Nashville State's Curriculum Committee Manual is available in the Academic Affairs Public Folder in Outlook and on SharePoint. The following suggested steps outline the process for proposing new programs:

  1. Investigate the need and feasibility of a new program through discussions with advisory committees, professional groups, employers, and TBR staff.
  2. Design the necessary curriculum.
  3. Survey business/industry partners to obtain input regarding the program and curriculum design.
  4. Prepare the curriculum proposal for the new program in accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents Guideline A-010.
  5. Submit the proposed program to the Curriculum Committee for review and approval.
  6. Present the approved curriculum to the Faculty Senate, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President for approval.
  7. Submit the approved curriculum to the Tennessee Board of Regents and, if
    approved, to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Program termination and inactivation follow similar steps.

C. Other Curriculum Revisions

Proposed changes and revisions of courses are presented by the Division Dean responsible for the curriculum to the Curriculum Committee for action and, if appropriate, for recommendation to the Faculty Senate. Upon final approval by the Curriculum Committee, the material is submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval before curriculum modifications will be implemented.

D. Program Assessment

Comprehensive, systematic assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness of all aspects of the academic program is an ongoing process. The assessment process includes:

  1. Accreditation review of programs eligible for professional accreditation;
  2. Five year assessment cycle of other degree and certificate programs;
  3. Assessment of continuing education, general education, and academic development programs;
  4. Annual evaluation of all personnel;
  5. Student rating of classroom performance; and
  6. Participation in the Performance Funding program as established by THEC.

The statewide Performance Funding program awards points and supplemental funding to campuses based on points earned through institutional effectiveness. Performance Funding standards include assessment of general education and of major fields, placement, enrollment goals, retention rates, and Alumni and Enrolled Student Surveys.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs coordinates academic assessment of programs. Information and recommendations resulting from the assessment process are integrated into the institution's strategic planning process.

E. Articulation

See TBR Guideline A-030.

F. Distance Education

See TBR Guideline A-075.

G. Workforce and Community Development

Special interest courses, Continuing Education courses, workshops and seminars are offered through the Workforce and Community Development Department. Courses are developed to meet employers’ requirements for trained personnel and to assist individuals who desire to broaden their knowledge in a special area of interest. Special interest courses are not part of an Associate Degree program.

Students must drop Continuing Education courses and open enrollment courses one week prior to the start date in order to receive a full refund.