EFBA(LEGAL) - DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES: ASSOCIATE DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Definitions

Academic Associate Degree

Academic Courses

Applied Associate Degree

Associate Degree Program

Career Technical / Workforce Program

Certificate Program

Continuing Education Unit or CEU

Technical Courses or Programs

Workforce Continuing Education Course

Workforce Education

Academic Associate Degree Programs

AA Only

AA and AS

  1. The AA program may have additional requirements in the liberal arts and/or the AS program may have additional requirements in disciplines such as science, mathematics, or computer science; or
  2. The AA program may serve as a foundation for the bachelor of arts (BA) degree and the AS program for the bachelor of science (BS) degree.

AAT

Semester Credit Hours

Curriculum

  1. A college may offer a specialized academic associate degree that incorporates a Coordinating Board-approved field of study curriculum as prescribed by 19 Administrative Code 4.32, relating to Field of Study Curricula, and a portion of the college's approved core curriculum if the coursework for both would total more than 60 SCH; or
  2. A college may offer a specialized academic associate degree that incorporates a voluntary statewide transfer compact and a portion of the college's approved core curriculum if the coursework for both would total more than 60 SCH.
  3. A college that has a signed articulation agreement with a General Academic Teaching Institution to transfer a specified curriculum may offer a specialized AA or AS, but not AAT, degree program that incorporates that curriculum.

New Academic Associate Degree Programs

  1. The program has institution and governing board approval.
  2. There is recent evidence of both short-term and long-term student demand for the program.
  3. Enrollment projections reflect student demand estimates to ensure the financial self-sufficiency of the program.
  4. The institution has an enrollment management plan for the program.
  5. If the program does not follow a Coordinating Board-approved field of study curriculum or a Coordinating Board-approved statewide articulation transfer curriculum, the institution has or will initiate a process to establish transfer of credit articulation agreements for the program with senior-level institutions.
  6. The program is designed to be consistent with the standards of the Southern Association of Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), other applicable accrediting agencies, and is in compliance with applicable licensing authority requirements.
  7. Adequate funding is available to cover all new costs to the institution over the first five years after the implementation of the program.
  8. The program complies with all applicable provisions contained in divisions of 19 Administrative Code Chapter 9, Subchapter J and adheres to the Standards for Academic Associate Degree Programs approved by the Coordinating Board.

Audits

Multidisciplinary Studies Associate Degree Program

  1. The junior college's core curriculum adopted under Education Code 61.822(b); and
  2. After completion of the core curriculum described above, the courses selected by the student in the student's completed degree plan accounts for all remaining credit hours required for the completion of the degree program; and
  3. Emphasizes the student's transition to a particular four-year college or university that the student chooses; and prepare for the student's intended field of study or major at the four-year college or university.

Academic Certificate

  1. The coordinating board-approved core curriculum of the institution;
  2. A Coordinating Board-approved field of study curriculum; or
  3. Fifty percent of the courses specified in a voluntary statewide transfer compact.

Career Technical / Workforce Degree and Certificate Programs

  1. The institution shall certify that:
    1. The program has institutional and governing board approval.
    2. The institution has researched and documented current job market need for the program and/or that the program would lead to opportunities for further education.
    3. There is recent evidence of both short-term and long-term student demand for the program.
    4. Enrollment projections reflect student demand estimates to ensure the financial self-sufficiency of the program.
    5. Basic and career technical/workforce skills have been integrated into the curriculum.
    6. The institution has an enrollment management plan for the program.
    7. The institution has or will initiate a process to establish articulation agreements for the program with secondary and/or senior-level institutions.
    8. The program is designed to be consistent with the standards of the SACSCOC, and with the standards of other applicable accrediting agencies, and is in compliance with appropriate licensing authority requirements.
    9. The program would not unnecessarily duplicate existing programs at other institutions.
    10. Representatives from private sector business and industry have been involved in the creation of the program through participation in an advisory committee.
    11. Adequate funding is available to cover all new costs to the institution over the first five years after the implementation of the program.
    12. New costs during the first five years of the program would not exceed $2 million.
    13. The institution has an improvement plan in place for all career technical/workforce programs that do not currently meet Coordinating Board standards for both graduation and placement.
    14. The appropriate Higher Education Regional Council has been notified in writing of the proposal for a new program, and no unresolved objections to the program have been reported.
    15. Skill standards recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board, if they exist for the discipline, have been reviewed and considered for inclusion in the curriculum for the program.
  2. If a proposed two-year career technical/workforce education program or certificate program meets the stipulated conditions, the institution shall submit a request to the assistant commissioner for workforce, academic affairs and research to add the program. If a proposed program does not meet the stipulated conditions, the institution must submit a proposal using the standard electronic new program application process.
  3. If the number of SCH required to complete a proposed associate's program exceeds 60, the institution must provide detailed written documentation describing the compelling academic reason for the number of required hours, such as programmatic accreditation requirements, statutory requirements, or licensure/certification requirements that cannot be met without exceeding the 60-hour limit. The Coordinating Board will review the documentation provided and make a determination to approve or deny a request to exceed the 60-hour limit. Institutions of higher education must be in compliance with this paragraph on or before the 2015 fall semester.
  4. The institution proposing the program shall notify all public institutions within 50 miles of the teaching site of their intention to offer the program at least 30 days prior to submitting their request to the Coordinating Board. If no objections are received, the Coordinating Board staff shall update the institution's program inventory accordingly. If objections occur, the proposed program shall not be implemented until all objections are resolved. If the proposing institution cannot resolve the objection(s), the proposing institution may request the assistance of the assistant commissioner of workforce, academic affairs and research to mediate the objections and determine whether the proposing institution may implement the proposed program.
  5. If objections to the proposed program are received by the Coordinating Board staff, the proposed program shall not be implemented until all objections are resolved.

Revisions

Audits

Administrative Officials

Faculty and Staff

Limitation on SCH Requirements

State Funding

Dallas College

EFBA(LEGAL)-LJC

UPDATE 37

DATE ISSUED: 12/17/2019