Northampton Community College


Bethlehem, PA


2-year community college


Undergrad: 11,196


Full-time: 122 | Part-time: 940

The Story

NCC’s Online Learning department offers 150 courses across 20 degree and certificate programs to over 4,000 online students. The newly appointed Director of Online Learning and Instructional Technology, Dr. Doreen Fisher, along with the online learning team, determined they needed to streamline the syllabus collection, audit, and accreditation process. This process included having to pull every syllabus in their learning management system to review before classes start each semester.

The question at the round table soon became, how do we reduce our 10 step, 80+ hour syllabus process down to something that is more cost effective and time efficient? And with that question so began the search for a syllabus management solution.

Fisher approached Intellidemia after learning of their new “lite” syllabus management platform. After a 30 minute training and demo, it was clear to Fisher that it was going to be easy to approval for the adoption and implementation of Concourse Lite at NCC. By allowing faculty members to upload their syllabi to a single location, where they can be accessed by students and administrators, Concourse Lite alleviates the burden managing syllabi without sacrificing quality.

“Concourse Lite addresses a number of the challenges in our current online learning syllabus management process such as improving retention, advising, and archiving, but the chief reason for adopting this tool was for administrative efficiency, ” stated Fisher. “We also see great potential deploying Concourse Lite across the entire institution so we increase collaboration between online and face-to-face classrooms by introducing faculty to an easy and effortless was to get online.”

The Online Learning Department at NCC plans to transition the upcoming adjunct and fulltime faculty members to Concourse for the first summer session, starting with the two largest programs at NCC, early childhood education and English. Concourse Lite will be the central platform to collect, store access, audit, and analyze syllabi.

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About Northampton Community College

Northampton Community College is one of the fastest growing community colleges in Pennsylvania, serving more than 16,000 students each year in degree and certificate programs, and an additional 21,000 community residents in workforce training, adult literacy or personal enrichment classes. The College offers more than 100 majors in allied health and sciences, business and technology, education and humanities and social sciences. Its student body is among the most diverse in the region in terms of academic interests, age and ethnicity. The college’s alumni include a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, an Oscar recipient, and thousands of nurses, teachers, business people, scientists, artists, chefs, emergency services personnel, dental hygienists, funeral home directors, doctors, lawyers, and community leaders and volunteers.

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