Location
Johnstown, NY

Students
Full-time: 939 | Part-time: 1,826

Classification
Medium 2-year public

Faculty
Full-time: 59 | Part-time: 134

“Our previous method included Word templates, email collection, and hardcopy syllabus archival. This provided a large portion of the necessary information, but proved to be too cumbersome. We needed a tool that could alleviate the administrative and faculty burden of managing our syllabi and provide for better organization of the underlying data.” – Greg Truckenmiller, Provost

Highlights

  • The impetus for adopting Concourse Lite was a Middle States recommendation for more consistency in curriculum
  • The initial, in-house solution FMCC devised was a time-intensive, manual process of emailing or passing around hard copies of syllabi
  • Concourse Lite offered the features FMCC needed at a low cost and could be implemented within a single semester
  • Not only has Concourse Lite saved time and resolved the Middle States’ issue, but it is also extremely popular with students and faculty

Motivation
Following their 2006 accreditation review, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education recommended that Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) implement an assessment process to evaluate student learning and ensure that clearly articulated objectives and outcomes are present on all course syllabi.

Practices
The initial, in-house solution FMCC devised was a time-intensive, manual process of emailing or passing around hard copies of syllabi. They knew that this system was inefficient and time-intensive, and it also only barely met the Middle States’ recommendation.

Vision
FMCC wanted a system that would allow them to efficiently and quickly review syllabi for compliance. They also wanted to eventually create an institutional syllabus template that would include all institutionally-required syllabus information.

Implementation
FMCC decided to implement Concourse Lite, since Concourse Lite could help to improve consistency across their curricula, catalog courses for accreditation purposes, and reduce the administrative burden associated with creating and maintaining their syllabus repository. Instructors could upload syllabi themselves, reducing the time and energy needed to collect and store syllabi and making it quick to deploy. In short, Concourse Lite was an effective, affordable solution that could be implemented easily.

Results
Concourse Lite showed its value to FMCC nearly immediately. They soon had a comprehensive and efficient system that not only offered a centralized repository of syllabi (current and historic), but it also offered students and faculty access to syllabi, full text search for the repository, and the ability to generate reports quickly and easily. Although the initial impetus for using Concourse Lite was to streamline the collection process, some of the uses surprised FMCC. Instructors (many of whom are part-time) have a cache of syllabi to consult as they prepare their courses. Students use the uploaded syllabi to plan their semesters. Administrators can track that objectives and outcomes are included on syllabi. The rate at which Concourse Lite was adopted speaks to its success: at present, there are more than 2,600 syllabi uploaded to the system.


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About Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) is located on 195 acres in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains between Albany and Utica, NY. FMCC is dedicated to providing students with a quality education in an environment that nurtures success. With over 45 degree and certificate programs, they offer small classes, individualized attention, and many diverse programs. To learn more about FMCC, visit their website at www.fmcc.edu.