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Section IV: COC Programs

3.4.6 The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery.



JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Compliance.

NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

The University employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery. Institutional standards are in accord with the standards of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and standards of accreditation agencies. All courses, except those identified as remedial or developmental, are applicable to a least one University degree as a degree or elective requirement. Transfer courses not applicable to a degree program are noted on electronic degree audit records.

The University curriculum approval process ensures that all new and modified courses meet standards of quality and best practices concerning content, learning outcomes, instructional methods, assignments, and student evaluation for the awarding of credit. All University course offerings are approved by department, college and university curriculum committees, and submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (Course and Program Development Procedure)

Traditionally delivered three-semester-credit-hour courses contain 15 weeks of instruction (45 contact hours) plus a week for final examinations so that such a course contains 45 to 48 contact hours (THECB Rules and Regulations, Subchapter A). Students are given a 10 minute recess for each hour of class time. Courses offered in non-traditional formats, such as concentrated time periods, also meet the minimum contact hour standards. Credit for laboratory and clinical courses is calculated at a two- or three-to-one clock to credit hour ratio and the number of clock hours required per week for clinical or laboratory is stated in the course description. Thus, a course with three credit hours of clinical will have nine hours a week or 135 hours in a 15 week semester. Time blocks are monitored by the University Registrar during schedule development (Time Block Memo, Summer 2004, Time Block Memo, Spring 2004). Courses offered completely or partially on-line are overseen by the Office of Educational Technology & Outreach and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.





SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION


SOURCE

LOCATION/Special Instructions

Course and Program Development Procedure http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/3-4-6-TAMIUCourseProg.pdf

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4. Subchapter A. General Provisions

http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/CBRules/tac.cfm

Backup Link:


http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/thecb-chapter4.html

Office of the University Registrar http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/registrar/

Time Block Memo, Summer 2004

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/3-4-6/3-4-6-Doc-1.pdf

Time Block Memo, Spring 2004

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/3-4-6/3-4-6-Doc-2.pdf

Office of Educational Technology & Outreach http://www.tamiu.edu/distance/
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

http://www.tamiu.edu/provost/



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