The 2017-2018 curriculum is already being put together and will receive changes on Oct.1.
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(L-R) EPCC Students Nicole Cheney, Leslie Hernandez, Noe Muñoz, Ana Reyes, Allie Thornton, and Sendy Sosa read current class schedule.
The new curriculum may see adjustments in pre-requisites and requisites, courses, program name changes, and test scores.
Curriculum Monitory Specialist, Rachel Ortega, said that these changes can be requested or made by a number of institutions; Texas state government being the most prominent, followed by advisor committees, accrediting agencies, district wide coordinators and even teachers.
The college has to comply with the changes mandated by the state, since it receives money from it.
Although the teachers can also request changes to the curriculum, their process is different. First they must contact their district representative's office so that they, in turn, can contact the curriculum officials about those adjustments.
The teachers who are willing to make changes have until Oct.1 and every teacher, part-time or full-time, should have received an email about the matter. However, some of the professors are unaware of the deadline.
Ortega said that these changes could affect the books teachers use, yet they do not have control over it.
“Books are faculty driven,” she said. They do not know if they are going to change the books yet.
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Addition of courses is part of the changes, said Director of Curriculum and Instruction Yvette Huerta, yet they depend on the demand for the possible class and the job outlook.
She is convinced of the benefits, that may come from these changes, will help the students.
Ortega said they are trying to avoid students from taking courses they do not need.
The new curriculum will not affect incoming students; neither will it affect current students, since current students get up to five years to complete their degree plan.
If they do not finish within that time frame, the student can decide to either follow the newest plan or choose one from the years in-between.
“We are here for our student’s success,” said Ortega.
She is aware of articulations that help transferring students, that is a written document between universities that allows for equivalent core courses among said schools.
Thus, if a student transfers, the possibility of the courses he has already taken, being accepted, increases.
Huerta said that they are trying to “eliminate barriers” for students that have full time jobs, children, families to care for, and even military affiliated students.
She also said they are focusing on active duty students so they can get their classes accepted anywhere they may go.
“We want you guys to finish, we want you guys to graduate, transfer, we do not want there to be any barriers at all.” Huerta said, as she flipped the pages of the current catalog reassuring the benefits of changing the catalog each year.