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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

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