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Standard 6

Unit Governance and Resources 

6a. Unit Leadership and Authority

Unit management and coordination of programs.  At Southeastern, COEHD has the responsibility to coordinate programs for initial and continuing preparation of teachers and other PK-12 school personnel.  All departments within COEHD and departments outside COEHD that offer and deliver curricula for degrees in teacher certification are coordinated by COEHD.  The COEHD Organizational Flow Chart (Exhibit 6a.1) describes the Unitís responsibility to include all entities in regard to teacher certification.  COEHD manages the Unit through the CTE.  The Council, made up of representatives from each teacher education program at Southeastern and school partners, reviews and must approve all teacher education design plans as well as catalogue changes to existing programs.

Professional community participation.  In addition to faculty representatives, the CTE has both public school and student representation.  Approval from the CTE membership is required before changes to a teacher education program can be referred to the University Curriculum Council and the Provost.  Discussion and input from CTE members precedes approval by the full committee.  See the CTE web site for CTE membership, archived meeting minutes and by-laws (Exhibit 6a.2). 

Candidatesí access to student services and counseling.  The Unit ensures that all teacher education candidates have access to both academic advising and personal/mental health counseling.  Academic advising by senior advisors in the Center for Student Excellence is required for all freshmen in COEHD.  After the second semester, candidates for teacher education programs are assigned to a faculty mentor in their academic department.  The faculty mentors are responsible for advising, curriculum mapping, career planning, and course substitutions if needed.  See COEHD Faculty Handbook policy on advising in Exhibit 6a.3.  The Teacher Development Center (Exhibit 6a.4) receives referrals from faculty for candidates who exhibit disposition issues or other difficulties in their professional education course work.  Candidates may also be referred to the Southeastern Comprehensive Counseling Center (Exhibit 6a.5) for personal and mental health counseling. 

Recruiting and admission policies.  The Selective Admissions and Retention in Teacher Education Committee (SARTE) monitors the recruiting, admission, and retention of candidates into or from any of the teacher education programs (Exhibit 6a.6). 

Accuracy of academic information.  University and Unit recruiting and admission policies are accurately described in various forms of media.  The accuracy of these published documents is assured by the requirement that all such documents are produced by the Office of Public Information.  Click here for electronic examples of publications including admission and recruitment policies.

6b. Unit Budget.

Budget to support programs.  The University and COEHD budgets are displayed in exhibits 6b.1 and 6b.2.  Exhibit 6b.3 shows that COEHD is the second highest funded college of five at Southeastern per student credit hour produced.


Financial support for professional development.  Funds are provided for professional development of faculty through the CFE and supplemented by individual departments.  Exhibit 6b.4 displays faculty who received professional development funds.


Budget changes from last visit.  For the 2007-08 academic year, Southeastern received a $20 million dollar increase in funding from the state legislature to bring funding to the Southern Regional Average.  This funding was used to enhance the quality of COEHD programs.  The 2007-2008 budget is listed in Exhibit 6b.5.


6c. Personnel

Institution and unit policies.  Faculty workload policies at Southeastern are listed in both the University Faculty Handbook (Exhibit 6c.1) and the COEHD Faculty Handbook (Section 5, Exhibit 6c.2). 

Workloads for teaching and clinical supervision.  The actual faculty teaching load at Southeastern is 15 hours, but faculty are given reassigned time to conduct other tasks for which they are responsible.  Workloads for COEHD faculty are 12 hours for undergraduate faculty, 9 hours for masterís level faculty, and 6 hours for doctoral level faculty.  Actual faculty workload data can be calculated from the annual PEDS reports that are submitted to AACTE each year.  PEDS reports are archived at the following web site in the NCATE electronic exhibit room at and summarized for the last three years in Exhibit 6c.3.  COEHD faculty supervise student teachers and interns as part of their faculty workload.  The Title 2 institutional report card includes actual faculty load in regard to student teaching supervision.  Exhibit 6c 4 gives the actual student teaching ratio reported in the last four Title 2 reports.  These ratios are between 3.8 and 5.4 (the 5.4 was an anomaly). 

Relationship between workload and productivity.  Faculty T&P policies (Exhibit 6c.5) describe the expectations for faculty workload.  These policies and practices permit and encourage faculty to engage in a wide range of activities on a community, state, regional, and/or national level.  The work climate within the Unit promotes intellectual vitality, best practices, and scholarship. Faculty productivity may be evidenced by the quality and quantity of professional activities in the areas of teaching, professional activity, and service.  These are summarized in the Standard 5 report and reported in Exhibit 6c.6. 

Use of part-time faculty.  COEHD hires both full-time and part-time faculty to meet the Collegeís mission.  The full-time faculty are the primary faculty who teach COEHD majors.  Part-time and adjunct faculty are used in emergency situations when full-time faculty members cannot immediately be replaced, while a search is being conducted, or to help carry out the Collegeís mission of outreach and public service to the service region.  Exhibits 6c.7 and 6c.8 list information about the composition of the COEHD faculty, by academic rank by college for the past few years. 

Support personnel. A list of support personnel within the COEHD is found in Exhibit 6c.9.  The support staff includes civil service full time clerical and secretarial staff, graduate assistants, and student workers. 

6d. Unit Facilities

Adequacy of facilities.  The Unit has outstanding facilities on campus and with PK-12 partners to support candidates in meeting standards.  In 2003, the Teacher Education Center (TEC) was expanded to add a new wing that provides 14 additional classrooms, 34 additional faculty offices, two new computer labs, and a 200-seat lecture hall.  Additionally, greatly updated technology teaching resources make the enhanced TEC an outstanding facility for educator preparation.  The TEC houses the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, and the Southeastern Laboratory School (K-8), which was renovated at the same time that the new TEC annex was built.  The lab school offers one section of each K-8 grade level and includes a gymnasium; music, A-V, and science rooms; and teachersí work room/lounge.  The TEC Learning Resource Center (LRC) serves Department of Teaching and Learning faculty and students through materials and services. The librarian consults the Department Head and the Director of the Laboratory School when acquiring and/or updating materials.  Significant technology purchases made in recent years are available for reference or instructional use by faculty.  In addition to conventional library resources, the LRC operates a LAN throughout the TEC building. 


The Department of Counseling and Human Development (CHD), located in White Hall on the south side of the campus, offers a CACREP accredited Counselor Education masterís degree program and the Family Consumer Sciences degree programs.  The CWSE-accredited Social Work (SW) degree program is also a part of CHD and is located in McGee Hall.  A White Hall renovation project is on the state capital outlay schedule and is scheduled to begin during the 2007-08 academic year.  The renovation of White Hall will allow SW faculty and staff to move into White Hall in December 2007 so that all CHD programs will be in the same building.


Sims Memorial Library continues to provide materials and professional support required by the various academic disciplines of the University, as well as within the Unit, in their pursuit of teaching effectiveness and quality scholarship.  In addition to traditional library facilities, the library houses a Media Department, the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, and a computer laboratory.  The library provides access to resources such as ERIC, CIJE, and RIE.  Online access to the ERIC collection is provided through EbscoHost with links to full-text for some recent journal articles and to the ERIC website for most ERIC documents published since 1993.  ERIC Documents produced before September 30, 2004, are also available on microfiche in the Government Documents Department of the Library.  During the 1999-2000 academic year, the library began a multi-faceted restructuring of its journal collection.  Library faculty and students may now access the libraryís indexes and full-text databases, including ProQuest Education Journals and Wilson Education Abstracts, from remote locations, thereby meeting the needs of a growing population of distance learners.  Beginning in February 2001, Sims Memorial Library purchased several collections of full text electronic books (ebooks) from net Library to augment the print book collection.  The Library is a member of the statewide Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium (LALINC) of public and private college and university libraries.  Through this consortium Southeastern faculty, staff and students have reciprocal borrowing privileges at member libraries.


Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station is the field research station of Southeasternís College of Science and Technology.  Its predominant use is by faculty and students in the Biology Department, but teacher education and PK-12 partnership programs also use it.  Other outstanding off-campus facilities include the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, which opened in Fall 2005 as a result of a 1999 partnership between Southeastern, Livingston Parish School Board, and the federal court.  The Center offers Southeastern core curriculum courses including COEHD evening undergraduate and graduate courses, continuing education programs, business training, community music programs, high school scholars program, and summer academic camps.  The St. Tammany Center, located in Mandeville near the intersection of I-12 and Louisiana 59, enrolls approximately 2,000 students each semester in core curriculum classes, including both undergraduate methods and graduate education courses.  In addition, the Unit offers off-campus undergraduate and graduate courses for continuing preparation of teachers and administrators in several surrounding parishes.  


6e. Unit Resources Including Technology

Technology resources to support faculty and students.  Faculty and candidates have wide access to library, curricular, and informational technology resources to prepare educators to integrate technology into PK-12 instruction.  In addition, Southeastern utilizes Blackboard as the electronic course management system for all courses offered at Southeastern.  All TEC classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards and computers with video projectors, and the TEC has a video conference room and four computer laboratories.  Exhibit 6e.1 displays a list of TEC technology resources.  White Hall technology resources for the Social Work, Counseling, and Family and Consumer Science degree programs also include Smart Boards and projectors in all classrooms. Exhibit 6e.2 lists White Hall technology resources.  Faculty self report their technology usage in annual performance assessment surveys, while student usage of technology is monitored by examination of their electronic portfolio artifacts.  The University provides funds to replace every faculty and staff computer every three years.


Resources to support assessment system.  The Unitís assessment plan is supported by PASS-PORT), a data base management system designed for the assessment system.  The Board of Regents originally developed and paid for the use of PASS-PORT for all Louisiana universities. In 2006, the system was sold to a private provider and now candidates are required to purchase a seven-year license to PASS-PORT in their first education course.  All assessment artifacts are stored in the database, which allows aggregation of all data on demand.  Through its Gradebook feature, Blackboard also allows faculty to manage assessment of their students and students to track their own progress.


Library and curricular resources.  In addition to assisting students and faculty, the Unit serves as an information technology resource beyond teacher preparation programs, serving the Unit, the institution, and community.  In 2006-2007, Sims Library provided 198 presentations to groups totaling approximately 4,694 individuals.  To ensure currency, Sims solicits the Unit faculty annually for education acquisitions.  The CFE serves the Unit and institution with current information on a wide variety of topics including personal and professional growth, funding opportunities, and service learning.  The Center also helps faculty assess and incorporate technology into their teaching through workshops, seminars, and individualized training.




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