4.2 The institution maintains a curriculum that is directly related
and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas,
certificates or degrees awarded.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University maintains a curriculum that is directly related
and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and
the diplomas, certificates or degrees awarded.
The Institutional Mission and Table
of Programs frame the degree
programs offered by the University. All degree programs must respond
to the Institutional Mission and the needs of students in the service
The Institutional Mission
and Table of Programs are reviewed within the University every four years
and submitted for approval by The Texas A&M University System and
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Through the approved
and Table of Programs, the University is authorized to offer baccalaureate,
masters and select doctoral degrees.
As part of the four-year review, the University also evaluates currency
and relevance of all degree programs in the inventory.
Academic program assessment ensures systematic review and revision
of all degrees through a process of continuous
assessment of learning outcomes.
Requirements for each undergraduate program are listed in the University
Catalog. Total semester hours for the degree are noted and may differ
by discipline. Program requirements include the core
curriculum with majors, minors, or other required courses differing
must have been in residence for two full semesters (or 30 semester
hours) and must complete 45 semester hours at the junior/senior level
degree. All information for baccalaureate degrees
is found in the Catalog
2004-2005, Academic Regulations - Undergraduate.
Faculty develop program proposals
which go through an approval process by curriculum committees at the
department, college and University levels.(Curriculum
After approval by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
and the University President, degree programs
forwarded to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and
then to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Some degree proposals
may require additional approvals by state or national accrediting
bodies. Changes in existing degree programs follow the same internal
procedure and may
final approval by the Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs before implementation.
All graduate programs must also be in compliance with the Institutional
Mission and Table of Programs. The University offers 25 masters and
program. Rules covering completion requirements are listed in the Catalog
2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate.
Degree requirements cover hours for degree, residency, grade point average,
oral and written exams, thesis and time period for completion of the
The process for program development of graduate degrees is the
same as that for undergraduate degrees.