oastal Bend College (CBC) was made aware that an anonymous individual (or group) circulated information to CBC’s educational partners and media outlets alleging that CBC allowed faculty to teach courses, including dual enrollment courses, without the proper credentials.
According to the Rebuild Coastal Bend College Facebook page, during an October meeting, “Jeanene Jones, (a former member of the Credential Review Committee), put the CBC Board of Trustees on Notice that they have an enormous Administrative Integrity Issue at the college that may impact more than 1,200 current and former students. The college is alleged to have non-credentialed faculty teaching classes to students, many of whom are dual credit. This could result in the credit being stricken form the transcripts of impacted students.”
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) comprehensive standard 3.7.1 of the Principles of Accreditation states:
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching,or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the instruction is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty.
“The allegation that Coastal Bend College is allowing instructors to teach courses for which they lack proper credentials is entirely false,” said Dr. Beatriz Espinoza, President of CBC. “The (SACSCOC) affirmed CBC’s accreditation in 2014, which includes an affirmation that CBC’s faculty members have the proper credentials for teaching courses to which they are assigned, and this accreditation does not expire until 2024.”
“That we have a rigorous teaching credentials review process for faculty teaching all CBC courses, including those teaching dual credit, to date we have concluded that CBC’s faculty members are presently credentialed to instruct courses to which he or she is assigned,” Dr. Espinoza stated.
According to Jones, prior to June 2015 CBC knew BCIS 1305 is a Computer Science Course according to the CIP code 11 issued by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and is still the way the course is listed on the CBC website. As a Computer Science Course, per the SACSCOC guidelines the instructors should have a Master’s Degree and 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline. In summer 2015, CBC incorrectly determined that Business Computer Information System (BCIS) is a Business Course rather than a Computer Science Course. Since Summer I 2015, CBC has had 10 instructors teaching a total of 1,575 students; only three of the 10 instructors have the appropriate credentials. Seven of these instructors have MBA’s with zero to three graduate hours in any type of computer class. This means only 633 students have been taught by qualified instructors and 942 students have been taught by unqualified instructors.
Dr. Espinoza (has notified) CBC’s educational partners, including school districts, that dual enrollment and early college partners are being taught by instructors with proper credentials.
“I greatly value CBC’s ongoing educational partnerships with school districts, and I am working to assure our school district partners that the allegation challenging the credentials of CBC’s faculty members is wholly without merit,” Dr. Espinoza said. “I will continue to work diligently to ensure that CBC’s faculty members maintain proper credentials to teach their assigned course loads.”