Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Location

Salisbury, NC

Classification

2-year community college

Students

Undergrad: 6,418

Faculty

Full-time: 157 | Part-time: 437

Why Concourse

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) has a long history of being proactive, not reactive. A combination of four people ranging from instructors and administrators to IT, reached out to Intellidemia, unbeknownst to each other, in search of a better “syllabus repository system.” These higher ed pioneers contacted the Syllabus Geeks looking to solve the same problem, finding a cost effective solution for managing the syllabus process from end-to-end. RCCC wanted to move away from the manual process of collecting, tracking, and posting syllabi. Concourse offered RCCC the ability to streamline the entire syllabus process and centrally manage everything from creation and collection to audit and access.

The Backstory

RCCC manages over 1,200 syllabi per semester, using multiple templates including traditional, hybrid, online, and telecourse delivery methods as well as program-specific templates. They are a step ahead of many higher education institutions because they have process in place for collecting, approving, storing, and making syllabi available online. This included:

  • collecting hundreds of syllabi from program chairs and instructors
  • reviewing syllabi for approval or revision with the instructor,
  • converting all Word documents to PDFs
  • moving approved syllabi to a shared drive,
  • uploading them to a website, and finally
  • inserting a link to the PDF manually in Blackboard course shells for hybrid and online offerings.

The entire process of managing syllabi at RCCC is performed and maintained by a single person within the Office of Academic Programs. Without assistance or the distribution of responsibilities, this task has proven to be a tremendous burden. Once realized, RCCC started their investigation into establishing a “cleaner” and easier process.

The Vision

There was an expressed need to institutionally organize syllabi and create consistency across schools, programs, departments, and courses. RCCC envisioned a web-based solution that would make it easy to deploy standard syllabus content, such as course descriptions and institutional policies, and maintain them by a group of administrators across departments. They wanted program chairs and faculty members to have the power to tweak or add content to their syllabi as well. There seemed to be no easy solution to make this come together immediately.

Gearing Up

A selection of administrators, information technologists, instructors, and students are gearing up to put Concourse through the paces. Check back to see how the summer pilot kicked-off and shaped up.


About Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Opening its doors in 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) is one of 58 colleges in the state-supported North Carolina Community College System. RCCC is a comprehensive, community-focused institution of higher learning, serving the residents of Rowan and Cabarrus counties at multiple campus locations and through on-line programs. RCCC offers fully-accredited associate degree programs in more than 40 areas of study, including arts and sciences, business, information technology, health and public services, engineering technologies, and biotechnology. RCCC provides more than 2,000 course offerings, serving a yearly overall enrollment of more than 20,000 students. In addition, RCCC provides the education and job-training programs needed to meet many of the workforce demands of the North Carolina Research Campus being developed in Kannapolis.

To learn more about RCCC, visit www.rccc.edu.