STANDARD TWO

Institutional Integrity

The institution subscribes to, advocates and demonstrates honesty and truthfulness in representations to its constituencies and the public; in pursuit of truth and the dissemination of knowledge; in its treatment of and respect for administration, faculty, staff and students; in the management of its affairs; and in relationships with its accreditation association and other external agencies.

 

1. The institution represents itself clearly, accurately, and consistently to its constituencies, the public, and prospective students through its catalog, publications, and statements, including those presented in electronic formats. Precise, accurate, and current information is provided in the catalog concerning (a) educational purposes; (b) degrees, curricular offerings, educational resources, and course offerings; (c) student fees and other financial obligations, student financial aid, and fee refund policies; (d) requirements for admission and for achievement of degrees, including the academic calendar and information regarding program length; and (e) the names of administrators, faculty, and governing board.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

Irvine Valley College's catalog (2.1) is published annually and has been recognized with numerous awards for its layout, organization, and design. The educational purpose of IVC is described in the mission statement which states, in part, that "Irvine Valley College is …dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning needs of its students and constituent communities" (2.1, page 7). To meet this commitment, IVC currently offers 38 majors leading to an associate of arts degree, 30 majors leading to an associate of science degree and 30 fields providing an occupational certificate (2.1, page 23). Due to a printing error, the specific general education requirements for an associate of arts degree are found on a one-page, canary yellow sheet that has been inserted into the catalog. The general education requirements for an associate of science degree are found in the catalog (2.1, page 22). Specific course requirements for each associate degree, and/or occupational certificate are listed with the program descriptions in Part II of the catalog starting on page 50. Part II also offers a general description of the curriculum of the departments within each of the 10 academic schools (e.g., accounting courses within the School of Business Sciences) and transfer information.

 

Student fees and other financial obligations, such as health fees, application fees (if any), and instructional materials fees are described in detail in the catalog (2.1, page 14) and policies regarding all categories of fee refunds are described on page 15. IVC is strongly committed to providing financial aid to students with a demonstrated need and believes that no student should be denied access to an education for lack of funds. The financial assistance programs currently offered at IVC, and the general eligibility requirements for these programs, are listed on page 31 of the catalog.

 

IVC's requirements for admission, including eligibility, application process, residency, and F-1 Visas, are found on page 8 of the catalog. The academic calendar is printed on the inside cover of the catalog, and the names of support staff, administrators, and faculty start on page 268. The South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) administrators are listed on page 2 of the catalog, as are the members of the Board of Trustees.

 

Available student support services are listed on pages 31-34 of the catalog and include descriptions of Counseling, the Health and Wellness Center, the Transfer Center, the Career Center, the Re-entry and Women's Center, and Child Care Services. Information on Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S), Learning Disabilities Program, Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) and the Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education (CARE) program are all found on page 34 of the catalog.

 

Schedules for both credit and non-credit offerings (2.2, 2.3) are published each semester and are disseminated throughout the SOCCCD. The schedule of classes is posted on the World Wide Web with some instructors maintaining hypertext links to individual course outlines, class syllabi and home pages (http://iserver.ivc.edu/faculty/llong/spring98/ index.htm). Each school within the college has either already developed its own Web site (http://www.ivc.edu/) or is in the process of developing one. The schedule (2.2) also contains much of the same information about the following items as found in the catalog: the academic calendar (page 1), general education requirements (page 80), degree and certificate requirements (page 79), student fees (page 14), refunds (page 15), financial aid (page 74), and admission requirements (page 2). The schedule also contains information regarding assessment (page 7), clubs (page 77), corequisites and prerequisites (pages 4-6 and 5-6, respectively), grading policies (page 84), information about the IVC library (pages 77-78), a map of the campus (inside back cover), parking (page 86), registration (pages 3-12), student government (page 76), and tutoring (page 78). A student handbook (2.4) is produced by the Office of the Vice President of Student Services and is available to all students and staff. The student handbook contains information about academic schools and majors (pages 4-5), college resources (pages 12-20), and clubs and organizations (pages 22-23).

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

IVC is diligent in representing itself with clarity, consistency and accuracy. The catalog, schedule, publications, printed statements, and electronically formatted information are all presented in order to provide accurate and current information regarding the college and its offerings.

 

The Institutional Effectiveness Survey (2.5) was distributed to approximately 525 IVC faculty and staff members. Of these, 176 actually completed the survey, including 11 administrators; 67 full-time and 47 part-time faculty; 32 full-time and nine part-time classified; and 10 participants who did not indicate their staff affiliation but whose responses were included in the survey results. The Institutional Effectiveness Survey, Item 45 (2.5, Section Three, page 16), reflects that 93% of the 159 respondents agreed that the "institution provides accurate information to its students about its programs, policies, procedures, regulations, standards of conduct, expectations and the rights and responsibilities of students."

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

2. The institution has a readily available governing board-adopted policy protecting academic freedom and responsibility which states the institutional commitment to the free pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and fosters the integrity of the teaching-learning process.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

Per Board Policy 6122 (2.7), academic freedom is assured to members of the IVC faculty. The policy, last revised in 1989, states, "The District guarantees academic freedom and encourages the faculty to exercise this right in the selection of instructional materials."

 

All board policies are included in the Board Policy Manual. A copy of this manual is distributed to all offices, departments and schools within the district and is required to be readily accessible to all personnel and students. Any board policy that is added, deleted or modified in any way is then distributed to all offices, departments and schools; it is the responsibility of those areas to ensure that the Board Policy Manual is kept current (2.6).

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

Based on the Institutional Effectiveness Survey response to Item 5 (2.5, Section Three, page 2), a large majority of all employee groups (71.9% of 153 respondents) have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities under academic freedom and 63.9% (106 of the 166 respondents to Item Four) feel they work in an atmosphere of academic freedom (2.5, Section Three, page 2). Although Board Policy 6122 (2.7) assures faculty of academic freedom, a specific board adopted policy which clearly delineates the rights, responsibilities and obligations of academic freedom for both faculty and students would be helpful. In April 1995, the IVC Academic Senate directed the Committee on Academic Affairs to develop a proposed policy statement on academic freedom and to forward its recommendation to the Academic Senate for consideration. In November 1995, the Committee on Academic Affairs put forward its recommendation for Proposed Board Policy 110: Academic Freedom (2.8). This proposed policy clearly states that IVC is committed to rights of academic freedom for its faculty and students in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and truth. The document also defines the responsibilities and obligations of the Board of Trustees, of the faculty, and of the students to protect and foster academic freedom within the district. Proposed Board Policy 110: Academic Freedom was unanimously approved by the Academic Senate on November 30, 1995, and was then forwarded to the Saddleback College Academic Senate. The Saddleback College Academic Senate drafted and approved its academic freedom policy in spring 1998 with the goal of arriving at a joint academic freedom policy to be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval.

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

3. Faculty and other college staff distinguish between personal conviction and proven conclusions and present relevant data fairly and objectively to students and others.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

The faculty and staff of IVC ensure the integrity of the learning process through the development and adherence to course outlines approved by the Committee on Courses (2.9), a subcommittee of the college Academic Senate. In accordance with provisions of Title V, each school maintains a comprehensive file of course outlines and syllabi, being certain that critical thinking skills, writing assignments, and other measurable objectives appear as part of each course offering (2.10). As part of a dynamic learning process, faculty members gather resource information from varying points of view and present it openly and honestly, while encouraging critical thinking and debate.

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

The faculty and administration are committed to a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum. Academic rigor and teaching effectiveness are routinely evaluated through the district's faculty evaluation protocol (2.11, Article 12, Appendix A). Of the faculty and staff members responding to Item 6 of the Institutional Effectiveness Survey (2.5, Section Three, page 2), 65% agreed that "[t]hrough instruction and campus activities, the institution encourages a balanced perspective of multifaceted issues, beliefs and worldviews".

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

 

4. Institutions, which strive to instill specific beliefs or world views or to require codes of conduct of faculty, administrative and support staff, or students, give clear prior notice of such policies.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

IVC does not strive to instill specific beliefs or worldviews. The college's mission statement states that the central purpose of all programs and services offered by the college is "…the education of students who think critically, who become well-informed, culturally aware, competitive individuals who strive to achieve personal and professional goals" (2.1, page 7).

 

Guidelines for student conduct are set forth in the California Education Code, California Code of Regulations, Title V, policies of the board of trustees, and all civil and criminal codes. A general code of conduct for students is published in the IVC catalog (2.1, page 264), schedule (2.2, page 86), and student handbook (2.4, page 27) and is supported by Board Policy 5401 (2.12). As stated in the catalog and schedule, the students at IVC "are expected to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the function of the college as an educational institution and to respect and obey all civil and criminal laws." The Board Policy 5401 (2.12) states, "Students shall be held responsible for observing rules and regulations for student conduct promulgated under the authority of this policy by the Board of Trustees or the district's administration." The catalog (2.1, page 264) and the Student Handbook (2.4, page 27) also publish the specific regulations governing student behavior, which are in compliance with California Education. Other board policies (4000.3, 4000.5, 4016, 4054 and 4309) (2.13) address matters regarding the prohibition of workplace violence; discrimination and harassment; a drug-free workplace; employee political activities; and the duties and responsibilities of the faculty. All employees of the SOCCCD are subject to the tenets of the California Education Code. Other conduct-related issues are relegated to the collective bargaining contract.

SELF-EVALUATION

 

IVC encourages a balanced perspective of beliefs and worldviews, both in and out of the classroom. Of the 165 respondents to Item 6 of the Institutional Effectiveness Survey (2.5, Section Three, page 2), 64.9% agreed that the institution "encourages a balanced perspective of multifaceted issues, beliefs and worldviews."

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

 

5. The institution provides faculty and students with clear expectations concerning the principles of academic honesty and the sanctions for violation.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

Academic honesty is held as essential to the success of every educational program and is the responsibility of both faculty and students. As stated in the catalog (2.1, page 263), schedule (2.2, page 85), and student handbook (2.4, page 26), "IVC actively promotes academic and institutional honesty. Academic dishonesty runs counter to a healthy intellectual environment and tarnishes the educational opportunities offered." The catalog (2.1, pages 263-264) states "the following policy defines such acts and outlines the responsibility of students, faculty, and administrators in addressing this serious issue" and clearly presents the responsibilities and definitions for students regarding academic honesty and dishonesty. The IVC Academic Senate passed an academic honesty policy, which included a recommended range of disciplinary procedures, in March of 1997 (2.14).

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

IVC has taken active steps to ensure a clear, unambiguous and accessible policy regarding academic honesty as it affects students, faculty, and administrators. Of the 165 responses to Item 8 on the Institutional Effectiveness Survey (2.5, Section Three, page 3), 70.9% of the respondents concur that the college "provides faculty and students with clear expectations concerning the principles of academic honesty and the sanctions for violations."

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

6. The institution demonstrates through policies and practices an appropriate understanding of and concern for issues of equity and diversity.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

The college mission statement reads "IVC asserts that a high quality, accessible, and relevant education is the right of every individual." (2.1, page 7). IVC supports this goal by providing a variety of support services and special programs.

 

The Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) is "designed to provide all qualified disabled students with the services and resources they need to reduce educational barriers" (2.4, page 15). The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is "designed to help qualified economically and educationally disadvantaged students to successfully complete their educational goals" (2.4, page 16). The Honors Program, currently on hiatus due to a lack of agreement on release time vs. stipend offered for the chair of the Honors Program, is "designed to meet the unique needs of academically talented and highly motivated students by ensuring course enrichment and accelerating their intellectual and creative development" (2.4, page 17). The International Student Office assists "with acculturation to Southern California and the college communities" (2.4, page 17). The Re-Entry and Women's Resource Center "promotes academic and personal growth of both men and women who are returning to school after a hiatus from education…" (2.4, page 19). The School of Health Sciences, Physical Education and Athletics regularly offers PESS 1: Adaptive Physical Education, a CSU/UC transferable course that is for individuals with physical limitations, and PESS 4: Wheelchair Basketball, a course that is designed for all skill levels of wheelchair users. The college supports the championship women's wheelchair basketball team (2.2, page 62). The SOCCCD, through its department of Human Resources, provides training sessions on affirmative action programs and policies, sexual harassment identification and prevention, and Americans with Disability Act compliance.

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

IVC complies with federal and state laws, including those laws regulating equity and diversity.

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

 

7. The institution demonstrates honesty and integrity in its athletic programs.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

IVC subscribes to and fully endorses the principles of honesty and integrity in all athletic programs and follows the Athletic Code of the Commission on Athletics of the Community College League of California. The college is a member of, subscribes to, and fully endorses the Athletic Code of the Orange Empire Conference. The college adheres to, and is in full compliance with, policies found in Title IX (2.15). All student athletes are bound by the standards of the Student Code of Conduct (2.1, page 264, 2.2, page 86, 2.13. 2.4, page 27)) as outlined in Question 4 above. Staff members at IVC, including coaches and the former president of IVC, have served on the Athletic Commission and other statewide groups and strongly support the Commission's Statement of Principles. The college's athletic program, under the leadership of the dean of fine arts, physical education and athletics as well as the athletic director, carefully monitor the college's athletic programs to ensure honesty and integrity. The eligibility of athletes to compete in varsity sports is checked weekly in accordance with regulations of the Orange Empire Conference and the Commission on Athletics.

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

IVC has done an outstanding job in developing and maintaining an athletic program of unquestioned integrity. It is a source of pride that IVC is in full compliance with Title IX (2.15), offering a completely balanced program and equal opportunity for female as well as male athletes including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, soccer and tennis.

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

 

8. The institution demonstrates honesty and integrity in its relationships with the Commission and agrees to comply with Commission standards, policies, guidelines, public disclosure, and self-study requirements.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

IVC ensures honesty and integrity in all its relationships with the Accreditation Commission through the appointment of a liaison officer dedicated to the process. The vice president for student services prepares annual reports and serves as the co-chair for the self-study along with a faculty counterpart appointed in consultation with the Academic Senate. The current self-study process has enjoyed input from faculty, classified staff, and college administration and has been coordinated through a representative steering committee (2.16), the faculty members of which have been approved by the Academic Senate. The current steering committee has among its members the president of the college, the president of the academic senate, members of the faculty, administration, staff and student government.

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

The college is committed to honesty and integrity in the self-study process and to ensuring strict compliance with all commission standards and requirements.

 

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

 

9. The institution regularly evaluates and revises institutional policies, practices, and publications to ensure integrity in all representations about its mission, programs, and services.

 

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

 

The college, in concert with the SOCCCD, regularly reviews and updates its board policies, administrative regulations and administrative manuals to ensure that the policies and practices of the institution are consistent with its educational mission, programs and services. IVC has published a "Six-Year Calendar of Reports and Review" (2.17), covering 1996-2001, which establishes a regular schedule of reviews of its planning documents, including the Educational Master Plan Review and the Facilities Master Plan Review. Schedules are revised and re-published every semester; the catalog, annually.

 

SELF-EVALUATION

 

This established program of review of institutional policies, practices, and publications ensures accuracy and integrity in all representations about the mission, program, and services of IVC.

 

PLANNING AGENDA

 

No changes are recommended at this time.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

STANDARD TWO

 

2.1 1997-98 IVC Catalog

2.2 IVC Schedule of Classes, Spring 1998

2.3 IVC Corporate and Community Education Schedule, Summer 1998

2.4 IVC Student Handbook

    1. Institutional Effectiveness Survey
    2. Letter From District Enclosing Updated Board Policy Materials

2.7 Board Policy 6122: Challenge of Adopted Instructional Materials

2.8 Proposed Board Policy 110: Academic Freedom (Senate Record, Nov. 1995)

2.9 IVC College Governance – Standing Committees

2.10 Sample Course Outlines and Syllabi

2.11 Academic Employee Master Agreement (Faculty Contract)

2.12 Board Policy 5401: Rules and Regulations for Student Behavior

2.13 Board Policy 4000.3, 4000.5, 4016, 4054 and 4309

2.14 IVC Academic Honesty Policy

2.15 Title IX Documentation

2.16 Accreditation Steering Committee Membership

2.17 Six-Year Calendar of Reports and Reviews