In addition to minor edits throughout the document, the major changes discussed were focused on I.1.1 History and Mission, I.1.2 Learning Culture, and II.2.2 Professional Degrees and Curriculum.
I.1.1 History and Mission
: The Task Force recommends shifting the focus of this section from the history of the institution and program to the context of both. Further, administrative structure and governance will be considered part of the context, and programs will be asked to describe it in this section rather than as a separate resource. Given the new focus of this section, the Task Force has proposed a new title, I.1.1 Context, Mission, and Administrative Structure/Governance.
I.1.2 Learning Culture
: This condition has been expanded to Learning and Teaching Culture with anticipated language on expectations and review.
II.2.2 Professional Degrees and Curriculum
: The Task Force reviewed the credit requirements specified in the
, with a particular focus on the group’s research on the credit requirements of the six U.S. regional accreditors. After much discussion, the group concluded with the following two options:
- Keep the five categories of credits in Table 1 of the 2014 Conditions and revise the credit minimums.
- Only specify total minimum credit requirements for a degree, and require programs to explain how the curriculum delivers satisfactory general studies, optional studies, and professional studies.