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Section IV: COC Core Requirement

3.5.2 The institution awards degrees only to those students who have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by that institution.



OFF-SITE REVIEW COMMITTEE COMMENTS

At the present time, the institution’s residence requirement is 30 semester hours, as stated in the Academic Catalog.  However, many of the degree programs listed in the Academic Catalog have more than 120 credit hours required.  For instance, the BA in English requires 126 hours.  The institution needs to document that students receiving degrees from the institution earn at least twenty-five percent of the total credit hours through instructions offered by the institution.



JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Compliance.

NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Action: To document that students receiving degrees from Texas A&M International University earned at least 25% of the total credit hours for the degree through resident instruction, academic records for baccalaureate graduates over the past three years were reviewed.

To facilitate the review process, students who only attended a community college(s) before transfer to Texas A&M International University were excluded from the review. The rationale for this decision was that the University requires a minimum of 45 advanced hours for all undergraduate degrees. The range of semester credit hours required to receive a degree from the University is 120 to 139. Thus, 45 advanced hours would constitute, at a minimum, 33% of a degree requiring 139 semester credit hours and 37.5% of a degree requiring 120 semester credit hours.

For students with transfer work from institutions other than community colleges, an evaluation of their degree program was conducted. The review showed that, in practice, all students completed at least 25% of coursework applicable to the degree at TAMIU.

Further, the residence requirement in the University Catalog has been changed to read:

Residence Requirement: The applicant for a bachelor’s degree must have been in residence at Texas A&M International University for a minimum of at least 25% of the semester credit hours required for the degree. (Catalog 2005-2006, Academic Regulations-Undergraduate, Residence Requirement) The number of hours in residence required in each degree will also be included as an appendix in the catalog and follows:

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Undergraduate Degrees Residence For Degree
Hours in
Residence
Total Hours
For Degree
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)
33
129
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art (BA)
30
120

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art with All Level Certification (BA)

30
120
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biology (BA)
32
126

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biology with Grades 8th-12th
Certification (BA)

32
126
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication (BA)
32
126
Bachelor of Arts with a major in English (BA)
32
126

Bachelor of Arts with a major in English with Grades 8th-12th Certification in English Language Arts and Reading (BA)

33
132
Bachelor of Arts with a major in History (BA)
32
126

Bachelor of Arts with a major in History with Grades 8th-12th Certification (BA)

33
129
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Latin American Studies (BA)
32
126
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics (BA)
31
123

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics with Grades 8 -12th Certification (BA)

32
126
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music (BA)
32
126
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Physical Science (BA)
31
124
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science (BA)
32
126
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (BA)
32
127
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology (BA)
30
120
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish (BA)
32
126

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish with Grades 8th-12th Certification (BA)

33
132
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Urban Studies (BA)
32
127
Bachelor of Music with a major in Music (BM)
32
126

Bachelor of Music with a major in Music with All Level Certification (BM)

35
139
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ)
32
126

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in English Language Arts and Reading with Grades 4th - 8 th Certification (BSIS)

34
133

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in English Language Arts and Social Studies with Grades 4th - 8th Certification (BSIS)

34
133

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Mathematics with Grades 4th - 8th Certification (BSIS)

33
130

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Science with Grades 4th - 8th Certification (BSIS)

32
127

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Social Studies with Grades 4th - 8th Certification (BSIS)

34
136
Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology (BS)
32
127
Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry (BS)
32
128

Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science (BS)

31
121
Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics (BS)
31
123

Bachelor of Science with a major in Science with Grades 8th-12th Certification (BS)

32
126

Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Studies with Grades 8th -12th Certification (BS)

33
129
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
31
123
 
Graduate Degrees
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)
30
36

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)

43
49
Master of Arts in English (MA) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)
24/30
30/36
Master of Arts in History (MA) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)
24/30
30/36
Master of Arts in Political Science (MA) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)
24/30
30/36
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)
24/30
30/36
Master of Arts in Spanish (MA) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)
24/30
30/36
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
36
42

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

30
36
 
 
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

Undergraduate Degrees

Hours in
Residence
Total Hours
For Degree

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting (BBA-ACC)

31
121

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems (BBA-MIS)

31
121

Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in:

Business Administration (BBA-BA)

31
121

International Economics (BBA-ECO)

31
121
Finance (BBA-FIN)
31
121

Management (BBA-MGT)

31
121
Marketing (BBA-MKT)
31
121
 
Graduate Degrees
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
24
30

MBA with a major in International Banking (MBA-IBK)

27
33

Master of Business Administration in International Trade (MBA-IT)

27
33
Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)
24
30
Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS)
24
30

Master of Science in International Logistics (MS-IL) (Thesis/Non-Thesis)

30
36
Ph.D. in International Business (PhD-IB)
69
75
 
 
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Undergraduate Degrees
Hours in Residence
Total Hours For Degree

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Bilingual Generalist Grades 4th - 8th Certification (BSIS)

34
133

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Early Childhood Education (BSIS)

31
124

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Early Childhood Education/Bilingual Education Specialization (BSIS)

34
133

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Early Childhood Education/Reading Specialization (BSIS)

31
124

Bachelor of Science with a major in Fitness and Sports with All-Level Certificate (BS)

32
126

Bachelor of Science with a major in Fitness and Sports (non-certificate) (BS)

30
120

Bachelor of Science with a major in All Level Special Education (BS)

31
124
 
Graduate Degrees
Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MS)
30
36
Master of Science in Generic Special Education (MS)
30
36

Master of Science in Education with a major in Bilingual Education (MS-Ed)

30
36

Master of Science in Education with a major in Early Childhood Education (MS-Ed)

30
36

Master of Science in Education with a major in Educational Administration (MS-Ed)

30
36

Master of Science in Education with a major in Reading (MS-Ed)

33
39
Master of Science in School Counseling (MS)
42
48
 
 
CANSECO SCHOOL OF NURSING
Undergraduate Degrees
Hours in Residence
Total Hours For Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
32
127
 
Graduate Degree
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
39
45
 

The revision of the Residence Requirement in the University Catalog and the inclusion of residence hours in the degree appendix will ensure that the minimum 25% of the degree requirements will be taken at Texas A&M International University.





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LOCATION/Special Instructions

Catalog 2005-2006, Academic Regulations-Undergraduate, Residence Requirement

http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/2005/
acadreg-und.shtml#rr



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