Standard 2

What does COPRA say about Standard 2?

Self-Study Instructions, 2.2 Basis for Judgment: The faculty nucleus, which is identifiable to parties outside of the program, includes a minimum of five (5) full-time faculty or their equivalent who conduct the teaching, research and service responsibilities entailed in the Program’s mission. Fewer than five might be justified if a program can clearly demonstrate the capacity of the nucleus to teach; advise; engage in public affairs, administration, and policy scholarship and service; expose students to a variety of perspectives; and to govern student admissions, plan curriculum and otherwise administer the program to promote student and faculty success. The sufficiency of the faculty nucleus beyond five depends upon the requirements of the program’s mission, its size, curriculum design and delivery formats, and student success.

COPRA accepts as evidence that (for every location and modality) students are being taught by an adequate faculty nucleus who are engaged in the implementation of the program where:

  • at least 50% of the courses are taught by full time faculty (employed by the institution)
  • at least 50% of the courses delivering required competencies are taught by qualified nucleus faculty members employed by the institution.

Click to read COPRA Policy Statements.

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