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
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCEThe 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,
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
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
Block Memo, Summer 2004, Time
Block Memo, Spring 2004).
Courses offered completely or partially on-line are overseen
the Office of Educational
Technology & Outreach and the Office
of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.