Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 33.15
Liaison Mark Kirkpatrick
Submission Date July 23, 2015
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Loyalist College
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Jake Sandison
Office of Teaching and Learning
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

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Ontario government legislation requires that public colleges meet six Quality Standards to ensure high levels of academic quality across the province. Loyalist has added a 7th criterion in its Program Quality Assurance (PQA) process focused specifically on integrating sustainability in curriculum and reducing the environmental impacts of academic activities (e.g. phasing out paper course outlines, etc.).

Through the PQA process at Loyalist, academic program teams review their programs within the framework of the Quality Standards and present their findings to an internal PQA Committee. The inclusion of sustainability as a distinct criterion therefore acts as an incentive to develop courses with sustainability content.

With regard to faculty support, Loyalist’s Office of Teaching & Learning provides guidance during the PQA process to program teams on how to meet the Sustainability Quality Standard if requested. For programs that fall short, the PQA Committee provides recommendations on how to address any identified gaps.

The Office of Teaching & Learning also hosts Wellspring each year, providing professional and personal development sessions to Loyalist staff and faculty. In the past, Wellspring has included a workshop on sustainability, tailored specifically for faculty.

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