Degree Program Instructional Delivery (Full-Time/Part-Time Faculty)
Authority: Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date Enacted or Revised: Enacted January 9, 2017; Revised April 8, 2022
McNeese State University relies on the expertise of qualified faculty to ensure the academic quality of the curricula and to fulfill the institution’s educational mission. The institution seeks to have adequate faculty committed full-time to McNeese to provide excellent instructional delivery and accomplish out-of-class responsibilities necessary for a thriving University community.
McNeese strives to have at least 60% of the major courses for each baccalaureate and graduate degree program taught by full-time faculty (tenured, tenure track, visiting, non-tenure track, or other full-time status). Post-baccalaureate, post-master’s, graduate, or other similarly labeled certificate programs may call for specialized faculty credentials for effective knowledge transfer. Such post-baccalaureate programs strive to have at least 30% of the required courses delivered by full-time faculty, and up to 70% of the courses may be taught by appropriately credentialed part-time faculty who specialize in the field or hold specific credentials related to the course content. Exceptions for full-time faculty requirements for the certificate programs may be considered when academic credentials and specific certification or unusual expertise of part-time faculty enhances the classroom experience.
In unforeseen circumstances, such as when a full-time faculty member vacates a position with short notice, the institution strives to keep students on track toward program completion and may offer courses temporarily (no more than one academic year) with appropriately credentialed part-time faculty at a rate higher than the normal guideline.
Instructional delivery by full-time faculty in accordance with this policy is reviewed annually and exceptions are documented and filed with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. This policy aligns with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation Standards 6.1 and 6.2.b regarding full-time faculty.
This policy is distributed via the Academic Advisory Council and the University Policies webpage.