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WHAT ARE TECHNICAL STANDARDS & WHY DO WE NEED THEM?. Counselor’s Division June 23, 2011 Monica Isbell, MSW Coordinator of Special Needs & Counseling Alamance Community College. What are Technical Standards?.

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What are technical standards why do we need them

WHAT ARE TECHNICAL STANDARDS& WHY DO WE NEED THEM?

Counselor’s Division

June 23, 2011

Monica Isbell, MSW

Coordinator of Special Needs & Counseling

Alamance Community College


What are technical standards

What are Technical Standards?

  • The nonacademic standards, skills and performance requirements of an educational program

  • Demanded of every student

  • Examples: physical, cognitive and behavior standards

  • Necessary for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum and development of professional attributes for graduation


Why develop technical standards

Why Develop Technical Standards

  • Proactive approach

  • May prevent enrollment of a student who is not otherwise qualified to complete a program

  • Prevent and/or avoid disability discrimination claims


Uses of standards

Uses of Standards

  • Student

    - make an informed decision whether to apply/declare a program based on interest and ability

    - facilitate self-reporting disabilities

    - opens door to discussing accommodations


Uses of standards1

Uses of Standards

  • Faculty

    - assess or evaluate a student’s progress or lack thereof

    - effectively advising students

    - remove a student who is not otherwise qualified


Uses of standards2

Uses of Standards

  • Institution

    - protection from “watering down” requirements of a program and discriminating against person with disabilities


What prompted development at acc

What Prompted Development at ACC

  • Five situations from three divisions

  • Lack of a consistent college-wide procedures for addressing inadequate student performance

  • Lack of a process for improving deficient areas

  • Lack of a protocol to address direct threat to others


The development process

The Development Process

  • Coordinator of Special Needs Role

    - attended trainings/workshops - researched examples of technical standards and processes

    - planned faculty/staff workshop

    - utilized resources and knowledge from disability services providers

    - developed standards/forms template


Development process

Development Process

  • Coordinator of Special Needs (cont’d)

    - developed a time-line for completion

    - assisted with the review of the technical standards

    - presented to the Administrative

    Council for approval and implementation


Development process1

Development Process

  • Faculty Role

    - to write the technical standards for their program

    - standards are individualized for each program, not cookie cutter

    - utilized the examples as a resource tool

    - did not adopt national board or organization standards as own

    - review and revise standards


Development process2

Development Process

  • Technical Standard Worksheet

  • Program Application

  • Technical Standards Observation form

  • Technical Standards Action Plan form


Implementation

Implementation

  • Presentation to the Administrative Council

  • Technical Standard Rationale

  • Revised the signature column

  • Summer 2009: Dental, Nursing, Medical Assisting

  • Fall 2009: Early Childhood, Animal Care, Cosmetology, MLT, Nursing Assistant, EMS, Culinary


After implementation

After Implementation

  • Two situations

    1. Refusal to sign standards or meet with the Coordinator of Special Needs

    2. Request for Services – to provide amplified stethoscope


What s next

What’s Next

  • Begin the process with our programs in Industrial & Graphics Technologies

    - Welding & Horticulture

  • Revised to the Procedural Guidelines


Thank you

Thank you

Questions

&

Answers


Contact information

Contact Information

(336) 506-4130

[email protected]


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