Definition of a Site Visit
Salt Lake Community College and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) standards require concurrent enrollment high school adjunct teachers to be evaluated in the same way as college adjunct faculty members. A site visit takes place in the CE high school adjunct teacher’s school building on a regular secondary school day. During a CE Adjunct Teacher Peer Evaluation concurrent enrollment liaisons observe the high school adjunct teacher and class for the entire class period and complete the CE Adjunct Teacher Peer Evaluation form in MyCE. Liaisons use the CE Adjunct Teacher Peer Evaluation to determine if the high school adjunct teacher is teaching the college curriculum, using the college approved textbook, using the same student progress assessments as regular college faculty, and using a comparable course syllabus and college-approved Course Curriculum Outline.
Site Visit Guidelines
The purpose of classroom visits is to observe:
- instructional quality;
- if the high school adjunct teacher is on schedule with the equivalent college course;
- whether or not students are learning and their behavior is appropriate for a college class;
- if the CE students are held to the same standards of achievement and same grading standards as expected of students at SLCC;
- that the students are assessed using the same methods as students at SLCC;
- CE student work and assessments to ensure that work and grading is comparable with SLCC students.
Liaisons are required to use the college approved Course Curriculum Outlines (CCO), the approved syllabus, and any additional resources (assignments, rubrics, exams, etc.) required of the academic department and provided to the high school adjunct teacher as the primary source for evaluating whether or not the high school adjunct is teaching to the college standard in content and rigor. The CCO for each course will be emailed to the CE high school adjunct teacher when the course is approved for the academic year. It is the responsibility of the liaison to provide the syllabus and any additional resources well before the school year begins so that the high school teacher has sufficient time to implement them into his or her course. High school adjunct teachers are required to use the college’s curriculum materials as their primary resource for the class, but may need to append a few additional curriculum items to meet high school core curriculum standards required by the state.
The SLCC Concurrent Enrollment Department requires one site visit with a CE Adjunct Teacher Peer Evaluation per year per course (not section) for ongoing teachers in good standing. So for example, if one teacher a liaison works with teaches 2 sections of 1010 and 2 sections of 1020, that liaison would need to make 2 visits that year for that particular teacher, one visit to one of the 1010 sections, and one visit to one of the 1020 sections. For new CE teachers or CE teachers who have received below average evaluations, the liaisons may visit more often with approval from the home department administrator and CE director. All visits should be completed one week before the high school year or semester ends depending on the duration of the course.
If serious concerns arise during the evaluation, the liaison, concurrent enrollment director, and SLCC academic department associate dean will work together to address those concerns and come up with a plan of action. See Resolving Quality Concerns for more information.
If you are unable to make site visits to your assigned high school adjunct teachers please notify the concurrent enrollment director in writing as soon as possible so that another liaison can be assigned.