The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) Degree or certificate program--Any grouping of
subject matter courses which, when satisfactorily completed by a student,
will entitle the student to receive a degree or certificate from an
institution of higher education.
(3) Institution of higher education or institution--Any
public technical institute, public junior college, public senior college
or university, medical or dental unit, or other agency of higher education
as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(4) Low-Producing Degree Programs--Degree programs
that do not meet the following minimum standards for degrees awarded
in the program:
(A) For career technical certificates, associate and
bachelor's programs, an average of five degrees awarded per academic
year, to total not fewer than twenty-five degrees awarded for any
(B) For master's programs, an average of three degrees
awarded per academic year, to total not fewer than fifteen degrees
awarded for any five-year period; and
(C) For doctoral and special professional degrees,
an average of two degrees awarded per academic year, to total not
fewer than ten degrees awarded for any five-year period.
(5) Permanent Exemption--Exemption for degree programs
which removes them from the list of low-producing degree programs
(6) Related Degree Program--A degree program for which
an institution may use common faculty and other resources.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §4.287 adopted to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4148; amended to be effective November 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 8010; amended to be effective November 24, 2013, 38 TexReg 8425