Faculty Essentials

Course Management

This section contains information and links to resources concerned with classroom management and the teaching and learning process.

Simply click on a heading to view the associated information.

  • Remember that other excellent sources of information are your department/division secretary or chair/dean. 
  • Please contact the Teaching Resource Center for additional assistance.

Prior to the Semester

Room Assignments - Room assignments are made by the Registrar in consultation with the department chair. If you have specific needs for multi-media or other equipment, please let your department chair know as soon as possible prior to the start of the semester.  It may not be possible to meet every request.

Course Syllabus - On the first day of class you should be prepared to provide your students with a course syllabus that clearly outlines the expectations, system of evaluation, contact information, and a basic schedule for the course.  SUNY Broome has an approved Syllabus Template for your use (you must be logged in to MyCollege to view this document).  Some courses or departments use a common syllabus or a common syllabus format.  Please ask your department chair whether there are specific requirements that must be included in your course syllabus.  Please visit the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence for more information on how to construct an effective syllabus.

Accessibility -  Ensuring that your course content (face-to-face and/or online) is accessible to all students is a paramount responsibility of all faculty members. The University of California has developed a helpful document that answers frequently asked questions about accessibility. Please take the time to learn more about accessibility issues by taking advantage of the workshops and seminars offered here on campus (SUNY Broome Professional Development Opportunities) as well as by reviewing SUNY's website: http://www.suny.edu/accessibility/

Learning Outcomes -Learning outcomes are defined for every course at SUNY Broome Community College.   You can find the learning outcomes for your course in the Online College Catalog. Although individual instructors may have the freedom to design or change learning activities, course learning outcome changes must be approved by the Department and the College Curriculum Committee.

Ordering Books - Book orders are submitted several months prior to the start of the semester.  Please check with your department chair to see what book may already have been ordered for your course.  In some departments, book selections are made at the departmental level.  Book selections must be approved by the department chair. Please review the Directions for Online Book Adoption for instructions on how to order your books online.  The Textbook Committee has compiled a list of Best Practices for Textbook Adoption that you may find helpful when considering a new textbook.

Preparing for the First Day -

  1. Room Assignments - Before your first day check with the department secretary to confirm the classroom in which your class will meet. Please note that classroom assignments sometimes change shortly before the semester starts. Visit the classroom before the semester starts to make sure that is set up with the correct number of seats and in an acceptable seating configuration.  If you have questions, please contact your department chair.
  2. Classroom Multimedia - Familiarize yourself with the multimedia teaching station in your assigned classroom.  If you need assistance in learning how to operate the equipment, please call x5011. Review the Professional Development Offerings and Opportunities page for multimedia station training workshops.
  3. Room Keys - Check with the department secretary to see if your classroom is generally unlocked during your scheduled class meeting time. If not, determine whether there will be a key assigned to you.  If security will be asked to open your classroom, please determine who will be contacting security to make sure that the classroom will be available for instruction. If you have questions, please contact your department chair.
  4. Class Lists - Check with your department chair or secretary for information on printing your class lists.  In some departments class lists are printed out and distributed to all faculty members before the semester starts.  You will probably want to print a updated copy after the semester starts. You can use the class list to take attendance.
  5. Forms of Address - Check with your department chair as to whether there is a standard for a way that students address faculty members.  Some departments use titles such as Mr., Ms., Doctor, or Professor. While other other departments typically use first names or leave it up to the individual.

Class Meetings - In general, instructors are expected to meet with their classes on the dates, starting and ending times, and locations specified in the official college records.  If you have questions, please contact your department chair.

Understanding the Community College Student

Teaching Tips

Classroom Discussion Strategies

Assessment Strategies

Testing and Grading Strategies and Techniques -Authentic classroom assessment should help measure and document how well students are meeting course learning objectives. 

Final Exam Scheduling - SUNY Broome does not have a separate exam period.  If you choose to give a final exam during the last week of class it is normally given during one or more regular class meetings.  There may be a limited number of time slots for extended testing during the last week of the semester.  Please contact the Registrar for more information.

Testing Center -

  • The Testing Center is available for students needing extended time for tests as well as for make-up tests.
  • The Testing Center Request Form is required for any tests submitted to the Testing Center.

Test Scoring and Analysis Service - ITS offers test scoring and analysis service using Scantron "bubble sheets".  For more information, please contact ITS.

Types of Assessment

Formative Assessment

Writing a Good Test

Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology -

Multimedia Classrooms - Faculty requiring a multimedia classroom on a regular basis during the semester should submit a request to the registrar's office and notify their department chair. This should be done as early as possible, preferably at the time the department indicates the course will be offered in the coming semester.

SUNY Broome offers the following modes of online instruction:

  • Web-Supplemented Learning - This is a course that has all of the elements of a traditional face-to-face course but is enhanced with components that utilize our learning management system.  Web-supplemented courses are a diverse combination of offerings that incorporate many of the course materials but do not reduce seat time in doing so.  It is assumed that any course offered at SUNY Broome may incorporate technology into instruction.
  • Fully Online Learning - A fully online course is defined as one that typically does not require face-to-face or synchronous (specific online meeting time) interaction for students.  Asynchronous courses are not typically self-paced, as students will need to participate in activities each week and meet due dates throughout the semester.  A fully online course is designated with a "Y" in the course section code.
  • Blended Learning - A blended course is designated with a "B" in the course section code and indicates that the course meets both on campus and online.  In a blended course, a significant part of the course learning is online and, as a result, the amount of classroom seat-time is reduced but not eliminated.  While every blended course is organized differently, the underlying goal of the blended format is to join the best practices of face-to-face teaching with the best features of online instructional technologyto promote active independent learning and reduce class seat time.
    • Procedure for offering an existing course in a blended format

Open SUNY Consortium - SUNY Broome has been a member of the Open SUNY Consortium since 1997.  The Open SUNY Helpdesk provides technical assistance for Web-Supplemented, Fully Online, and Blended Courses.

 Training and Support - It is easy to obtain training for online instruction.  The TRC provides workshops throughout the academic year - including asynchronous online training for your convenience.  Workshops are announced via email and  the Offerings and Opportunities page of the Professional Development Website.  On campus support is provided through the Instructional Designers (IDs) in the TRC.  The IDs will assist you with the development and management of your course.

Academic Integrity

Academic Honesty Policy - The Academic Honesty Policy can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual, Reference 3.14. For more information, please see Classroom Practices (please scroll down past attendance practices to find Academic Honesty information).

Encouraging Academic Integrity -

Academic Integrity Resources -

More About Academic Integrity -


Attendance Regulations - The Attendance Regulations state that attendance in all scheduled course activities is expected as part of each student's responsibility for his/her own education. With the intent of encouraging student success, SUNY Broome strongly urges students to attend all their classes. Please see Classroom Practices for more information.

Absences from Class (Instructors) - If a faculty member is absent from class, he/she should follow the instructions for reporting it to the Chair and notifying the students according to the Department or Division Procedures.

Attendance Reports - It is vital that attendance is submitted on time to ensure student financial aid is not disrupted.  Attendance reports are submitted in Banner according to the schedule provided by the Registrar. Instructions and links for submitting attendance reports are distributed by email each semester.  

Early Alert (Starfish) - In support of SUNY Broome's Imagine Success Initiative #5, the SUNY Broome Starfish Implementation team is working towards a roll out of the Starfish Early Alert System for the Fall 2015 semester.  The Starfish Program is a campus-wide effort involving students, faculty, advisors, counselors and academic support services.  If you recognize that one of your students is experiencing academic or professional difficulties, the Starfish Program is a vital resource that can provide support. The Starfish tool has improved student persistence in community colleges across the country. 

Athletes Missing Class - The Guidelines for Athletes Missing Class can be found in the Policy and Procedures Manual, Reference 4.6. The College Athletic Director attempts to schedule contests and events that do not interfere with students' primary responsibilities to attend classes and fulfill all academic obligations.  However, occasionally, a contest or event may interfere with a scheduled class or class activity.

If you have any questions about submitting attendance, please contact Debbie Lake in the Registrar's Office at 778-5253.


College Grading Scale/Policy - The official College Grading Scale/Policy is posted on the Academic Information page (scroll down to Grading Information).


Grade Reports - Mid-term and final course grades are entered directly into the BANNER system by the course instructor. There are specific deadlines set by the Registrar for submitting grades.  Failure to submit grades on time can have serious consequences for student eligibility for financial aid. Instructions and links for submitting attendance reports are distributed by email each semester.

Incompletes - Information regarding Incomplete Grades can be found on the Academic Information page (scroll down to "I" Incomplete Grade). The Guidelines for Incomplete Grades can be found in the Policy and Procedures Manual, Reference 3.10.

Change of Grade - If for some reason you need to change a student's grade after it has been posted to the student's transcript, please submit a Change of Grade form to the Registrar.  Forms are available in the Department Office.  Change of grades more than a year after the original grade was submitted must be approved by the Dean.

Record Keeping - Check with your Department Chair for information about what course records need to be retained by the College.  Typically, the Department will need a copy of the course syllabus, attendance records, and any assessments specified by the Department or program accrediting agency.

Academic Probation and Dismissal - The Standards for Academic Progress detail the minimum grade point average, academic probation and financial aid warning, academic dismissal, attendance after dismissal, dismissal, and appeal of dismissal.

Academic Appeals Procedure for Students - The Guidelines for the Academic Appeals Procedure for Students can be found in the Policy and Procedures Manual, Reference 3.17.

Fresh Start Program - Any student who has been absent from SUNY Broome for 2 years (24 months) and was not in good standing may receive a Fresh Start. The student is responsible for initiating the Fresh Start procedures. For more information, please refer to the Academic Information page and scroll down to Fresh Start.

If you have any questions about submitting grades, please contact Debbie Lake in the Registrar's Office at 778-5253.

Student Resources

The following list of resources is provided as a valuable summary of information useful for student referrals.

Academic Advising - Academic advising is available to all SUNY Broome students pursuing a degree or certificate program.

The Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team (CARE) -The team provides an early intervention resource for SUNY Broome faculty, staff, and students to consult on student behaviors of: Distressing, disruptive or threatening behaviors of concern.

Clubs & Organizations - SUNY Broome has many clubs and organizations on campus that run social events or service projects, as well as those clubs related to college majors that can help further advance a student's studies and career.  Clubs can introduce students to new interests, and new friends and contacts.  All of SUNY Broome's clubs are open to full-time and part-time students. Faculty can volunteer to advise a club or try starting a new one.

Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services - Counselors offer career, transfer, and academic counseling.  They are also committed to helping students resolve personal problems or concerns that interfere with academic achievement, and to helping students develop behaviors that enhance their decision making skills, increase self-confidence, and enable students to meet future challenges.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) - The Education Opportunity Program provides economic aid, remedial and developmental assistance to qualifying students.  EOP is designed for motivated students who have the same potential as other SUNY Broome students, but due to educational and economic disadvantages have not realized the same academic achievement.

Financial Aid -  The SUNY Broome catalog offers detailed information in the Financial Aid section.  Please consult the catalog or contact the Financial Aid Office.

Learning Assistance Department - The Learning Assistance Department offers courses and activities to help students meet their academic goals.  They offer free services in the following areas:

Student Health Services - SUNY Broome's Health Services is designed for students.  Few of the services are available to faculty.

SUNY Broome Helpdesk - Students have access to the SUNY Broome Helpdesk for assistance with issues related to campus technology use, including passwords, mycollege, and Banner issues.

Open SUNY Helpdesk - Students have access to the Open SUNY Helpdesk for assistance with technical issues with their online, blended, or supplemented courses.

Veteran Services Office - The Veteran Services Office assist eligible student veterans.  They act as a liaison to the Veteran's Administration.