SRTC Procedure: Work Ethics

The Technical College System of Georgia instructs and evaluates students on work ethics in all programs of study. Ten work ethics traits have been identified and defined as essential for student success: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork. To ensure that all graduates have successfully completed the necessary work ethics coursework, the following process has been developed.

Work Ethics Coursework:
Academic Affairs, with the assistance of the Director of Distance Education, will develop a Work Ethics curriculum consisting of two courses each containing ten modules, each module focusing on a specific work ethic trait. These modules will be designed to be used with the Online Content Management System utilized by Distance Education. This curriculum will be designed as a self-paced instructional course. Modules will be designed sequentially with a minimum passing score required to advance to the next module. Modules will be designed to allow students unlimited attempts. Students will be informed that the Work Ethics coursework is a requirement and must be completed prior to graduation.

Faculty will continue to incorporate the work ethics traits informally throughout their coursework.

Academic Affairs, with the assistance of the Director of Distance Education and the Faculty Council Chair, will review the Work Ethics curriculum every five years and make any improvements that are deemed necessary through data review.

Work Ethics Delivery:
The Work Ethics Coursework will be made available to all students each semester through an introductory non-credit, no cost course and a capstone non-credit, no cost course. This course will have no effect on credit coursework or the student’s G.P.A. or financial aid.

The Administrative Assistant for each Dean will be responsible each semester for creating one Introductory section of the Non-Credit Work Ethics Course, for each program grouping offered in their school and one Capstone Non-Credit Work Ethics Course of the appropriate type for each program grouping offered in their school. Each Non-Credit Work Ethics Course will have a maximum enrollment of 100.

Advisors will check DegreeWorks each semester to see whether a student has successfully completed the Work Ethics introductory and/or capstone coursework or if he/she must be advised to register/re-enroll in the Work Ethics coursework. Advisors should counsel the student to complete the coursework.

New students will be enrolled into the introductory Work Ethics coursework by his/her Advisor during his/her first semester of occupational course with Southern Regional Technical College. Advisors will be responsible for enrolling all students enrolled in his/her first semester of occupational courses into the introductory Work Ethics coursework.

Students should be enrolled in his/her capstone Work Ethics course by his/her Advisor when he/she enrolls in the capstone occupational course for their program.

Advisors should enroll each student in the appropriate capstone Work Ethics course for his/her program when a student enrolls in the appropriate capstone occupational course. Each program will have a capstone Work Ethics course with material tailored to address the specific nature of the ten traits within their field of study. Advisors and the Registrar will be responsible for enrolling all students enrolled in his/her capstone semester of occupational courses into the appropriate capstone Work Ethics coursework.

Students will be informed of the Work Ethics coursework requirement for graduation through course syllabi, the website, catalog, and New Student Orientation.

After mid-term and prior to the designated advisement period and after the last scheduled day of Finals, the Program Chair for each program will be responsible for generating a grade report for all student registered in any of the Work Ethics courses in their designated area who have attained a passing final grade. The Program Chair will enter the attained grade for the specific course into Banner for each student. Students who attained a final passing grade will receive a passing score (S for Satisfactory). Students who fail to attain a final passing grade will receive a failing score (U for Unsatisfactory). This score will be accessible to faculty through Banner, BannerReports, and DegreeWorks.

The Registrar will be responsible for ensuring that all students receiving an award from Southern Regional Technical College have successfully completed the Work Ethics coursework (Introductory and Capstone) as documented in Banner.

Grandfather Clause:
Students enrolled at Moultrie Technical College as of Summer Semester 2015 and that graduate from Southern Regional Technical College prior to Summer Semester 2016 will be provided credit for the Work Ethics coursework. Prior to August 2015, the coursework present in the Work Ethics coursework was integrated into each credit course at Moultrie Technical College and had a separate grade for each course. For this reason, students enrolled in any credit course are deemed to have successfully completed the Work Ethics coursework through the demonstrated attainment of a Work Ethics grade of 2 or higher.

The Grandfather Clause will appear in all Syllabi until August 2016.

Documentation:
The Registrar shall be responsible for ensuring that all official transcripts shall include the following statement:

An emphasis, instruction, and assessment on Work Ethics Traits are included in every program of study. These traits include: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork.

Faculty shall be responsible for ensuring that all course syllabi shall include the following statement:

The Technical College System of Georgia instructs and evaluates students on work ethics in all programs of study. Ten work ethics traits have been identified and defined as essential for student success: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork. To ensure that all graduates have successfully completed the necessary Work Ethics coursework, students are required to complete the WKET 1000 course and a WKET 2000 level Work Ethics course prior to graduation. WKET 1000 will be offered in conjunction with an entry level occupational course appropriate for their program. WKET 2000 level courses are offered in conjunction with a capstone occupational course appropriate for their program and must be completed in order to graduate. For more information, please see the Director of Distance Education or your Advisor.

Responsibility:
The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the overall responsibility for ensuring this process is implemented.

Reference:
SBTCSG Policy V. B. 1. Admissions Requirements
SRTC Procedure: Work Ethics

Adopted: 10-20-14
Implemented: 07-01-15