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					    COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

       FACULTY
      HANDBOOK
OFFICE OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING




     The Community College of Baltimore County
             7200 Sollers Point Road
              Baltimore, MD 21222
                  410-285-9956
                              FACULTY HANDBOOK

                    COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM


                            GENERAL INFORMATION



WHAT IS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION?

Cooperative education at The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is a
recommended work experience that can become a valuable part of the student's college
education. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in
the authentic work environment, and, in many cases, it may open the door to full-time
employment following graduation.

Co-op placements are directly related to the student's program of study; thus, they
provide qualified students with a dynamic and authentic "learning laboratory"--in which
the student integrates his/her classroom learning and on-the-job experience.


COOPERATIVE EDUCATION CATALOG DESCRIPTIONS

Cooperative Education provides the student with academic credit for knowledge and skill
outcomes derived from a planned work experience in the student's chosen career field. In
addition to meeting general course goals, jointly-developed co-op outcomes are selected
and evaluated by the faculty coordinator, work place supervisor and the student. Co-op
placements are directly related to the student's program of study and provide learning
experiences not available in the classroom setting.         Cooperative Education I
experiences provide entry-level career-related experience and workplace competencies
that employers value when hiring new employees. Co-op may also be used as an
opportunity to explore career fields. To register, a student must have a signed
Cooperative Education Application from the Office of Experiential Learning.

Cooperative Education provides the student with academic credit for knowledge and skill
outcomes derived from a planned work experience in the student's chosen career field. In
addition to meeting general course goals, jointly-developed co-op outcomes are selected
and evaluated by the faculty coordinator, work place supervisor and the student. Co-op
placements are directly related to the student's program of study and provide learning
experiences not available in the classroom setting. Cooperative Education II
experiences continue to reinforce and to build skills and knowledge beyond those
acquired in Cooperative Education I. Co-op may also be used as an opportunity to
explore career fields. To register, a student must have a signed Cooperative Education
Application from the Office of Experiential Learning.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for co-op, a student must:

       1.      have earned 12 college credits*
       2.      carry a minimum 2.5 GPA in major
       3.      carry a minimum 2.0 GPA overall

*12-credit requirement may be modified based on formalized articulation agreement with
feeder schools and/of faculty waiver pending approval of student prerequisite experiences
and skills.


STUDENT CREDIT AWARD

Students may earn a maximum of eight college credits of cooperative education course
work toward a Degree or Certificate Program. (This may very depending on the
requirements of the student's program.) A maximum of four credits may be earned per
semester or summer session. Credit award is based on the number of hours worked per
week.

Most placements are awarded three or four credits. As a rule of thumb, a minimum of 60
hours of work experience must be completed per credit earned by the student. The
following credit distribution, based on a 12-15 week semester, is used:

       Hours Worked/Week                            Credit Award

                5-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
               10-14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
               15-19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
               20+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 (maximum/semester)

COURSE DESIGNATION

Co-op course prefixes are discipline-specific. Course numbering is based on:

       1.      the level of the co-op work experience (Co-op I or Co-op II) and
       2.      the number of co-op credits for which the student is registered.

All co-op courses are numbered according to the 181-184 (entry-level, Co-op I) or 281-
284 (advanced level, Co-op II) numbering series. The third digit indicates the number of
credits for which the student is registered.

To illustrate the above, MNGT 182 designates a Business Administration, Co-op I
course, for which the student is registered for two credits.




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REGISTRATION

The Co-op Program offers rolling registration; a student may register for co-op any day
of the school year. The student will complete the co-op experience approximately fifteen
weeks after the registration date assuming all requirements are met.


FINANCIAL AID

IMPORTANT: Please note that students receiving financial aid must include co-op
wages as income for all reporting purposes. All co-op student applicants must inform
their campus Financial Aid Office of their potential co-op employment upon submission
of the co-op application.


ALTERNATING AND PARALLEL WORK EXPERIENCES

Eligible co-op students may register for either the parallel or alternating placement
formats. The parallel format is generally most appropriate to the needs and goals of
students.

Parallel co-op experiences combine classroom study and employment concurrently.
Students attend classes while they are engaged in related supervised employment. Work
hours must be scheduled to complement the student's academic class schedule.

Alternating co-op experiences provide for alternating terms (semesters) of classroom
study and periods of related, supervised employment. The Office of Experiential
Learning arranges alternating placements when this format is more appropriate in
meeting both student and employer needs and goals.


TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT

Students may not terminate their co-op employment during the work period. If problems
arise on the job, students must contact the appropriate faculty coordinator and the Office
of Experiential Learning in an effort to resolve the problem(s). Any student who
terminates his/her co-op employment without first contacting the faculty coordinator and
Office of Experiential Learning is subject to a failing grade. The student is not entitled to
further co-op placement opportunities. Students are required by the Cooperative
Education Training Agreement to notify the College immediately in the event of
termination of a position by the employer. Failure to do so will result in course failure.




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CO-OP COURSE SYLLABI

College-wide co-op course syllabi, developed by the Cooperative Education Steering
Committee and approved by the Curriculum Committee and The Chief Academic
Officer, are provided by the Office of Experiential Learning to all programs of study each
semester. These standard Co-op I and Co-op II syllabi are used by all College programs
participating in co-op.


CO-OP EMPLOYER CRITERIA

To qualify as a co-op position, the following conditions MUST be present:

       1.     The job must be directly related to the student's program of study or career
              goals.
       2.     Student progress on the job must be monitored by a faculty coordinator
              and work supervisor.


PRE-PLACEMENT INTERVIEWS

Co-op applicants are required to meet with the Employment Specialist before the job
placement process is initiated by the Office of Experiential Learning.


SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Students have the right to be free from intimidation or coercion, particularly in the form
of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may be requests for sexual favors, unwelcome
sexual advances, or other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature. Co-op students
should report sexual harassment to the Director of Experiential Learning when:

       1.     submission to such conduct is made a condition of an
              individual's education process
       2.     submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual
              is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the
              individual, or
       3.     such conduct interferes with an individual's academic
              performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive
              learning environment.




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NON-DISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY

CCBC is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and valuing diversity. It is the
policy of CCBC to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons in the education
programs and activities which the College offers. CCBC is committed to promoting in
full measure the realization of equal opportunity for all qualified persons regardless of
race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, physical disabilities or ability in its educational
programs and activities, including admissions and employment.

Moreover, it is CCBC's policy to assure that the workplace is supportive of individuals
from diverse cultures and backgrounds and that the co-op students are free from
harassment by others.

Co-op students who feel they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race,
color, sex, age, national origin or disability at their co-op job sites are advised to contact
the Director of Experiential Learning.




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                           EVALUATION PROCEDURES




STUDENT EVALUATION/GRADING

The student's final grade is determined by the faculty coordinator. All required
documentation must be submitted by the student and confirmed by the faculty
coordinator before the final grade is assigned. The following components comprise the
final grade. Each component represents twenty-five percent of the grade.

       1.      Employer's Mid-Term Evaluation of Student;
       2.      Employer's Final Evaluation of Student;
       3.      Evaluation of learning outcomes;
       4.      Student project (assigned by faculty coordinator).

Numbers 1-3 (above), are disseminated and collected by the Office of Experiential
Learning. It is the faculty coordinator's responsibility to assign and evaluate the student
project.


STUDENT PROJECT

Twenty-five percent of the student's grade is based on the final project, which is assigned
and evaluated by the faculty coordinator. Sample student projects, available for optional
use by faculty, may be obtained from the Office of Experiential Learning.


STUDENT EVALUATION OF CO-OP

Co-op Student Course Evaluations are mailed by the Office of Experiential Learning to
all co-op students, along with a return envelope, at the end of the work experience period.


EMPLOYER EVALUATION OF CO-OP

Employers are asked to evaluate the co-op program with respect to adequacy of College
support services, appropriateness of student placement(s), and willingness to continue in
the program. The evaluation forms are mailed by the Office of Experiential Learning to
employers, along with a return envelope, at the end of the work experience period.




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                                     FACULTY




FACULTY COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES

     1.       Recruit eligible co-op students.
     2.       Assist student with co-op registration.
     3.       Recommend placement sites for qualified students.
     4.       Assist students in developing learning outcomes related to placement
              criteria and particular programs of study. (This must be done during the
              first two weeks of placement.)
     5.       Review student responsibilities with each co-op student.
     6.       Make monthly contact with students to monitor progress. (This may be
              done individually or in groups.)
     7.       Maintain the Faculty Coordinator Contact Record to monitor submissions
              of student forms.
     8.       Assign and evaluate departmental student projects.
     9.       Make a minimum of two employer contacts per placement; at least one
              contact must be in person and must be made prior to the Mid-term
              Evaluation of Student
    10.       Meet with students and/or employers when necessary to address problems
              that have arisen on the job.
    11.       Notify the Office of Experiential Learning immediately if difficulties
              related to student employment status arise.
    12.       Verify total number of hours worked by student with credit hours
              awarded, prior to assigning final grade.
    13.       Assign final grade based on work supervisor's assessment of student job
              performance (mid-term and final evaluations), attainment of learning
              outcomes, and quality of student project(s). Confirm receipt and
              completion of all student forms prior to assigning the grade.
    14.       Attend faculty coordinator meetings.


FACULTY RELEASED TIME/OVERLOAD

Faculty compensation for co-op may take the form of released time or overload credit.
This is awarded on the basis of 4 students per 1 credit per semester. Credit may be
awarded on a fractional basis; for example, 6 students equate to 1.5 credits.




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PAYROLL

Payroll forms for faculty are submitted to CCBC's Payroll Office following dissemination
of the 3rd-week (of semester) official class rosters. The 3rd-week rosters will be used for
computation of faculty credit award. Supplementary payroll forms are submitted during
the 12th week to incorporate those students who have registered for co-op subsequent to
submission of the original 3rd-week payroll forms.


FACULTY COORDINATOR CONTACT RECORD

Faculty Coordinator Contact Record--which record all student and employer contacts--
must be maintained by faculty coordinators. These records must be stored by the faculty
coordinator and made available to the Director of Experiential Learning.


LOCAL TRAVEL EXPENSES

Faculty coordinators are reimbursed for local travel (mileage, parking, and tolls) in
accordance with the College's standard reimbursement procedures. Please submit an
expense report and receipts to the Office of Experiential Learning when local travel
expenses are incurred. These reports must be submitted in a timely manner on a bi-
monthly basis.




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                                  CO-OP DOCUMENTATION AND FORMS



The following forms are required for student tracking and evaluation procedures. These forms must
be completed and/or signed by the parties indicated below:

                         MUST BE COMPLETED BY--              MUST BE SIGNED BY--


 FORM                      STUDENT    EMPLOYER     FACULTY       STUDENT      EMPLOYER       FACULTY

 Co-op Education              X                                      X            X                 X
 Application
 (Appendix A)

 Co-op Education                                                     X            X             X
 Training Agreement
 (Appendix B)

 Co-op Learning               X                          X           X            X             X
 Outcomes (Appendix
 C)

 Monthly Log                  X                                                   X
 (Appendix D)

 Mid-Term                                X                           X            X
 Evaluation of Student
 (Appendix E)

 Final Evaluation                        X                           X            X
 of Student
 (Appendix F)

 Employer Evaluation                     X
 of Co-op
 (Appendix G)

 Student Evaluation           X
 of Co-op
 (Appendix H)

 Co-op Education                                         X
 Contact Record
 (Appendix I)

 Travel Expense                                          X                                     X
 Report
 (Appendix J)




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