Section II: COC Core Requirement
2.7.2 The institution offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated purpose and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated purpose and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education.
The University was established in response to community need, specifically to meet the high demand for baccalaureate and higher degree preparation of professionals in the fields of education and business in a rapidly growing community isolated from other urban centers by a distance of 150 miles. With the expansion of health care institutions and homeland security agencies, other professional programs were added. Expansion to a four-year institution and development of a residential campus provided impetus for expanded offerings in the general unmdergraduate program. Continuing community growth has led to discussion of development of a school of engineering and expanded health career offerings. In this way, degree programs are developed as a coherent response to community need and career opportunities for graduates.
Faculty initiate all degree programs under guidelines provided by The Texas A&M University System (The Texas A&M University System Policies 03.02.02: Approval Procedures for Degree Programs, Administrative Changes, etc.) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Policies and Procedures Manual, Degree Program Requests) All degree programs must support the mission of the University and must be on the Table of Programs.
Programs are initiated by faculty and the curriculum of each degree program is designed to include the composition and sequence of courses. Implementation follows Course and Program Development Procedures for review and approval as outlined below:
Coherence and appropriateness of the curriculum is assured by the multiple levels of review, and the incorporation of discipline-specific accreditation standards. Curricula and programs are reviewed annually to assure continued relevance and coherence.