System Executive Committee Needs Research / Cost Benefit Status
GREEN LIGHT: This program was approved by the System Executive Committee to be offered at the CT campus.
SEC Decision: Spring 2013
Facility needs for this program.
No special facility needs exist for this program.
Are there any enrollment constraints based on required facilities?
Anticipated capital expenditures for equipment (list equipment and costs including technology and software needs)
The campus may need to purchase a cabinet to keep the binders of student work, which is required by the ABA.
What are the costs associated with the following list of accreditations and state approvals?
What is the annual fee to maintain accreditation?
The annual fee to maintain ABA approval is $900.00 (this is shared with the AB program).
What are the personnel mandates to maintain accreditation?
They are the same as what exists for the associate degree (Paralegal); all campuses already have this personnel in place so no additional personnel would be required to maintain accreditation.
What are mandates for student / faculty ratio?
What other costs are required to maintain accreditation?
The estimated cost to maintain approval is $7,700. The reapproval application is $1,700 and I estimated $4,000-$6,000 for the site visit (this is shared with the AB program).
What are the personnel/HR requirements?
Program director (full time / part time / salary)
No special requirements exist for this program. Since campuses will likely have the AB-PAR, personnel should already exist. Should a campus that does not offer the AB-PAR decide to offer the post-bac, there would be additional personnel requirements. A program director, with a Juris Doctor and experience working with paralegals is necessary for ABA approval, but this person can be part-time as long as teaching duties do not interfere with program administration. G-402 of the ABA guidelines "requires that a full-time member of the faculty or administration must be responsible for the direction of the program." The key to compliance with this provision is the adequacy of the "total time and effort" devoted to program administration as stated in G-402A.
Support personnel (full time / part time / salary)
Again, because this personnel should exist on campuses with the AB-PAR, there would be no additional personnel needed; however, if a campus that does not offer the AB-PAR adds the post-bac, support personnel will be needed. This is usually part-time and can be a work study.
Faculty (full time / part time / salary)
The post-bac elective choices consist of specialty law coursework; therefore, there may be a need to seek out adjunct instructors with spcialized law knowledge and experience. This would be highly dependant on which of the substantive law courses are offered by the campus.
Personnel credentials and availability
Instructors who teach in this program, must have a J.D. and experience in two areas: the area for which they have been assigned to teach and working with/supervising paralegals. Depending on course offerings, these individuals may exist within the current adjunct population teaching in the AB-PAR program.
Library holdings needed and costs
All library holdings currently exist for the AB-PAR program. Costs may increase for LEXIS-NEXIS/WESTLAW PARALEGAL passwords, which are assigned/costed per student. The System prgoram group and System library are currently going through negotiations with the vendors for LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW PARALEGAL, but currently the rates are as follows: Any campus that does not offer the AB-PAR program but wishes to add the post-bac would have to comply with the library requirements for ABA approval, which can be met a variety of ways.
Other cost considerations?
Employment projections (based on the local needs assessment) for the industry by title and by credential
Employment Trends (are employment needs increasing or decreasing):
What are the qualifications/degree level for this occupation:
Current supply in the field (how many people are available to fill the job needs)?