Academic Programs In Residental Programs and Services (RPS)
Residential Programs and Services (RPS) offers a rich array of academic opportunities to students through its Living Learning Centers (LLCs). These programs occupy a liminal place in the curriculum at Indiana University-Bloomington: they offer courses for credit, within carefully-designed curricula, yet are outside any department. Each has a relationship with a school or college, but that relationship, and the practices of the LLCs relating to curriculum and academic, are not currently addressed by any policy of the BFC; in fact, RPS appears nowhere in the Academic Handbook. The policy proposed below is intended to extend the policies that govern other academic programs to those of RPS.
Each college or school should ensure that the RPS academic programs over which it has oversight undergo regular Program Review (as do other academic programs), in consultation with RPS.
2. Directors of academic programs (LLCs) within RPS should hold one of the following ranks at IU Bloomington: tenure-track faculty; senior lecturer; or clinical professor or clinical associate professor. Exceptions can be made for individuals with strong instructional and residential-administrative experience. Such directors shall be appointed with the approval of the Dean of the School or College with which the program (LLC) is affiliated.
3. The teaching record of LLC instructors, who must hold an instructional academic appointment at IU Bloomington, shall be reviewed regularly by the appropriate academic unit.