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Policy 3-3-9: Community Education Program

WNC Policy 3-3-9
Procedure: Community Education Program
Policy No.: 3-3-9
Department: Academic & Student Affairs
Contact: Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Policy:

In accordance with the funding structure for community colleges as determined by the Legislature and the NSHE Board of Regents, the community education program must be self-supporting, separate, and will not compete with state funded instruction.

  • Section 1: Background
    • A. The community education program is a component of the WNC mission as it is with most community colleges. It has been the experience here and at other colleges that a viable community education program actually has the effect of enhancing and encouraging enrollment in regular courses.
    • B. Since the WNC Community Education Program has rapidly expanded from limited offerings in 1985 to a major component of the college operation, these policies and procedures document the relationship between community education and state funded courses and programs.
    • C. The goal of life-long learning is essential to the development of our community and therefore a goal of the comprehensive community college.
  • Section 2: Program Purposes
    • A. Within the context of WNC as a comprehensive community college, the community education program provides:
      • 1. Courses and workshops that respond to community cultural and recreational needs.
      • 2. Courses and workshops that develop and improve personal and job skills and respond to life-long learning.
      • 3. Activities that enhance the quality of life.
    • B. This purpose can be served by a variety of program formats and is characterized by a quick response system to the needs of the community. They are as follows:
      • 1. Noncredit courses/community education credit courses
      • 2. Noncredit workshops/community education credit workshops
      • 3. Seminars
      • 4. Performances
      • 5. Exhibitions
      • 6. Tours
      • 7. Lectures
  • Section 3: Procedures
    • A. An annual estimated budget will be established for the community education program.
    • B. Instructors will be selected and compensated in accordance with the current personnel policy established for community education instructors.
    • C. Program services can be provided by contracting with public/private agencies and entities.
    • D. Only courses offered for community education credit require regular college registration.
    • E. Noncredit activities and courses will have a registration process that is separate from the regular college registration.
    • F. Community education course/workshop numbers and titles will not duplicate regular state course titles and numbers.
    • G. All revenues and expenditures are accounted for in accordance with Nevada System of Higher Education and WNC business office procedures.
    • H. All instructional activities that are less than 15 hours will be noncredit and classified as workshops.
    • I. Instructors for credit community education classes will be hired using the same criteria outlined in the Western Nevada College Staff Information Handbook.
    • J. Courses listed in the Master Course File take precedence over community education courses not only in number and title but also in content and description.
    • K. Information regarding proposed community education courses is to be sent to the appropriate dean and department chair(s).
Date Adopted and Dates Revised
Date Adopted Dates Revised September 7, 2010; September 2, 2008; May 11, 2004
NSHE and NRS Codes
NSHE Code Reference NSHE Board of Regents Handbook
NRS Code NRS 277.080, NRS 277.280

NSHE Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes 11/82; 11/90; 6/85; 6/91; 9/94; 9/99; 10/02; 12/02
WNC Business Office Procedures
WNC Staff Information Handbook

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URL: http://www.wnc.edu/policymanual/3-3-9.php
Date Printed: September 18, 2014
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