Last updated: February 4, 2019
Alverno College follows the guidelines of the Higher Learning Commission for program- and institution-level teach-outs, which the Commission publishes on its website. These guidelines include (and are not limited to) requirements for institutions to provide for the equitable treatment of students enrolled in affected programs; a reasonable timeline for enrolled students to complete the program; and notification to affected students of any additional fees or charges. Institutions have the option of developing internal teach-out plans, or reaching teach-out agreements with external institutions that allow students to complete their program requirements at another accredited institution. In many but not all cases, teach-out plans must be approved by the Commission.
The decision to close a degree or certificate program, or a program track, should be made only after extensive review and discussion among the college’s academic leadership. The college must be sensitive and responsive to the needs of affected students, faculty, and staff, which requires deep collaboration and ongoing, open communication among relevant academic and administrative department leaders across the institution.
For the purposes of the policy below, “program” refers to any degree or certificate program, or a program track.
Teach-out plans, including a communication plan, must have final approval at least 90 days prior to the intended date of announcing the program closure. Delayed approvals will result in a delay of both announcing the program closure and the final day of the teach-out.
Teach-out plans must be consistent with all requirements and expectations of external agencies, including any relevant licensing or accrediting bodies.
The college is not obligated to retain faculty members hired specifically for the teach-out plan. Full-time faculty currently working in a program that is moving to teach-out are subject to the guidelines and policies of the Educators’ Handbook.
Following the decision to move an existing program into an internal teach-out, the college will:
An internal teach-out requires a set of stipulations which students will be required to meet:
The college is not obligated to accommodate students who fail to meet these stipulations.
An external teach-out (one that results in an agreement for students to complete their degree program at a different institution) requires a set of stipulations, established by the Higher Learning Commission, for the college to meet.