What is the job of the instructor?
• To prepare students for the next step in their education (for example: transfer to a four-year school, professional school in health care, etc.)
• To facilitate and inspire each student’s best effort
• To be fair, consistent and organized
• To keep students informed of their progress, by giving feedback regarding exams/assignments in a timely manner
• To challenge students to reach higher and farther than they thought they could
• To promote academic honesty
We, as instructors, recognize that:
• The best way for a student to succeed is to take responsibility for the learning experience.
• A passing grade must mean the student is knowledgeable regarding the material of the course and is ready for the next step.
• A student’s grade must reflect their abilities in regard to Student Learning Outcomes established for the course.
• Instructors do not “give” grades, they are earned by the student through hard work.
• Students must develop time management and study skills to be successful.
• Students have other classes, family commitments and jobs, and they must find time for studying in their busy schedules in order to be successful.
• Most students will not strive to exceed the expectations of the instructor, but most will strive to meet those expectations. Thus, high expectations mean high achievement.
• What is appropriate at one level of instruction is not necessarily appropriate at all levels. For example, instructors of career-track and advanced level courses must have different expectations from instructors of general education courses.
• Study groups are important, and we encourage students to work together in the learning process.
• Students have a variety of learning styles.
• We must provide excellent learning opportunities on a limited budget.