HUS Program Faculty
The Human Services program has three faculty members (one is also the department chair) and 10 adjunct faculty members. Many of the courses are seminar-like formats that include class discussions and experiential learning opportunities. The student to faculty ratio is no more than 25 to 1 in face-to-face classes and no more than 20:1 in online courses. Faculty ratings by students are very high for both full-time and part-time faculty. All of the faculty ratings are consistently above average or outstanding.
HUS Advisory Board
The Human Services advisory board has been in existence since 1999. In recruiting for the board, members are recommended to the department chair by adjunct faculty members, directors of social service agencies and alumni who work in nearby agencies. The advisory board meets annually in the spring term. Advisory board members are active in the community and provide excellent support and feedback to the Human Services program. The advisory board invites current Human Services students to participate in board meetings to discuss their observations, concerns and recommendations. The advisory board plays a strong role as an advocate of the program and for its current future students as well as alumni. The board supports program growth and members have participated in events held on campus such as the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Human Services Annual Conference.
There is administrative input and encouragement for program growth and assessment. In addition to four-year comprehensive program reviews, the department conducts yearly learning outcomes assessment projects.
Fieldwork coordinators conduct site visits each term to the agencies where students are placed for fieldwork. The visit includes discussions on program curriculum and preparing students for the workforce.
Reaffirmation of accreditation from the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) is required every five years by conducting a self-study of the program. Every 10 years, there is a visitation by the Council in addition to the self-study process.
HUS Student Demographics
The number of students in the Human Services program has grown substantially in the last five years. In the fall 2005 semester, there were 137 students in the A.A.S. degree and certificate programs combined. During the fall 2010 semester there were 194 students enrolled for the A.A.S. degrees and 22 in the certificates programs for a total of 216 students.
The AACC Human Services student population includes a cross-section of individuals with varied cultural and economic backgrounds. The age range is 18 to 65 years of age. The students are predominately female and the majority of the students attend part-time.
The average GPA of students in the A.A.S. degree Human Service program for 2009 was 3.256; for 2010 was 3.420; and for 2011 was 3.318.