Faculty Qualifications for CAP Instructors
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has established the following minimum qualifications for faculty teaching general education or non-occupational courses, including CAP/dual credit instructors:
In addition, it is preferred if applicants have at least three years' experience teaching in the subject area, preferably with at least one year teaching an advanced course in the subject area. In some cases, industry experience may serve as a substitute for teaching experience.
Individuals in progress with graduate coursework in the discipline or subfield should contact the CAP Office before applying. Course specific requirements can be found on CAP Instructor Credentialing Requirements By Course.
USI’s Faculty Qualifications and Tested Experience policy
“HLC’s Assumed Practice B.2 allows an institution to determine that a faculty member is qualified based on tested experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline in which the faculty member would be teaching. As a result, the University may consider, as appropriate: competence; effectiveness; related work experience; certification(s); licensure; demonstrated competencies; and honors,
The CAP Graduate Fee Waiver may be utilized by both current and prospective instructors who wish to pursue graduate hours in the discipline or subfield.
Application Process for Prospective CAP Instructors
Initial Training and Ongoing Professional Development
Prior to teaching a CAP course, new instructors are required to attend discipline-specific training and orientation with the USI faculty liaison to begin crafting the USI syllabus and to learn course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy and course philosophy. New instructors also attend a separate training with CAP staff to overview administrative responsibilities and procedures.
All returning CAP instructors are expected to attend an annual discipline-specific workshop. Read more about CAP instructor benefits, responsibilities and the non-compliance policy in the Administrative Guide.
Accreditation The College Achievement Program (CAP) is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). For more information, visit the NACEP website.
The University of Southern Indiana is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). For more information, visit the HLC website.