Student Expectations

What Students May Expect of Faculty

College instructors have encountered most of the challenges, frustrations, stresses, and triumphs that students will face. Faculty members know what students need to do to succeed in their courses and will work with students to that end.

Instructors will provide:

1. Opportunities to learn

  • Select course content that is appropriate, important and current.
  • Communicate the course content at the college level.
  • Assign work that enhances student understanding of course content.

2. Professionalism

  • Remain knowledgeable and current in field of specialization.
  • Arrive at class prepared and on time.
  • Grade and return assignments in a timely manner.

3. Fairness

  • Expect and enforce academic honesty.
  • Determine grades by the established criteria set forth in the course syllabus.
  • Write test questions that are representative of course content.
  • Grade assignments carefully and objectively.
  • Assign students the grade they have earned.

4. Accessibility

  • Treat each student respectfully and courteously.
  • Be available and welcoming during scheduled office hours.
  • Make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

5. Communication

  • Distribute a syllabus outlining content, objectives of the course, grading, attendance, and other important policies that affect student success.
  • Establish and follow a procedure for communicating important class and/or college information.
  • Respond to questions within a reasonable timeframe.

November 2010