Section IV: COC Programs
3.4.1 The institution demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is (a) approved by the faculty and the administration, and (b) establishes and evaluates program and learning outcomes.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is (a) approved by the faculty and the administration, and (b) establishes and evaluates program and learning outcomes.
Curriculum development, review, and approval processes at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) are informed by long-standing academic practice that places ownership of the "curricular requirements and the structure of the University with reference to academic matters" with the faculty. (Faculty Handbook, Article II, Authority of the Faculty, 1 c). These processes are practiced within the context of The Texas A&M University System and state policies that ensure that all academic programs are initiated in response to demonstrated student interest and need, that they meet exacting standards of academic quality, and that they are subject to ongoing review for the purpose of improvement. (The Texas A&M University System Policy Manual)
Degree program requests to create or modify undergraduate, graduate and professional educational programs are processed in accordance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Degree Program Guidelines.
The development process for all educational programs originates with the faculty. Programs are submitted, reviewed, and approved through a standard process involving University faculty and administration. Proposals originate within departments where they are reviewed by curriculum committees for academic quality, student demand, and resource requirements. Successful proposals must include a statement of learning outcomes and procedures for ongoing assessment. Proposals that are approved by the department are then forwarded to college-wide curriculum committees and subsequently to the University Curriculum Committee. Review at these levels focuses on the relevance of the proposed program to the University’s mission, its relevance to existing programs, and the capability of the department to support the program. (Course and Program Development)
Program proposals that are approved by the University Curriculum Committee are recommended to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who in turn reviews them and forwards those that are approved to the University President.
Program proposals that are approved by the University President are then forwarded to The Texas A&M University System, where they are reviewed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. System academic staff review the proposal to determine its relevance to the goals and mission of the originating university as well as to the Texas A&M University System, and to gauge its responsiveness to meeting current and projected needs of the State of Texas. System staff also determine whether the proposal represents a good investment and efficient use of public resources. Proposals are then submitted to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for approval, and then to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
THECB staff review the proposal according to a variety of criteria, including academic quality, demand, use of resources, provisions for ongoing evaluation, accreditation, cost, and potential. These criteria closely parallel relevant Southern Association of Colleges and Schools criteria regarding academic quality, assessment, and mission-specific nature of programs. Once the THECB approves the proposed program, the University may implement it according to the timetable specified. The THECB may require a follow-up evaluation of a new program three years after its initial implementation.
According to THECB criteria, successful programs must include a description of ongoing evaluation and assessment, to include such factors as admission and retention rates, program outcomes assessments, placement of graduates, changes of job market need/demand, ex-student/graduate surveys, or other procedures. The assessment of program and learning outcomes at the University is coordinated by the University Assessment Committee and facilitated by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. A standardized assessment report format and on-line access facilitate the management and monitoring of evaluation data. Assessment Reports are readily accessible and include statement of outcomes, results of assessment, and use of results for program improvement.