The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Preliminary Authority--Authorization from the State
of Texas to propose new degree programs in a given disciplinary area
at a given level of instruction. The Table of Programs, defined in
paragraph (8) of this section, prescribes the academic areas and levels
that are recognized by the Board as being appropriate for an institution's
existing role and mission.
(2) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(3) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education.
(4) Mission Statement--A narrative description of the
general mission of each institution prepared by the institution and
approved by its Board of Regents. The statement should address the
fundamental purpose of the institution with respect to its teaching,
research, and public service responsibilities. The institution's special
concerns for quality and access, liberal arts, admissions, career-oriented
programming, extension and articulation with community colleges and
public schools, traditional and nontraditional education, and similar
issues also may be described. The mission statement must be consistent
with the Table of Programs and any statutory mission description.
(5) Organized classes--Classes whose primary mode of
instruction is lecture, laboratory, or seminar.
(6) Program Inventory--The official list of all degree
and certificate programs approved for a public community college,
university or health-related institution.
(7) Role and Mission or Role and Scope--Equivalent
phrases used to refer to the overall purpose of an institution, including
its role within the overall system of Texas higher education. The
role and mission documents for a university or health-related institution
are its Mission Statement and Table of Programs.
(8) Table of Programs--A list of the university and
health-related institution degree and certificate programs currently
authorized using the Texas-Classification of Instructional Programs
(CIP) system. For each category and degree program level, authorization
shall be designated by a code. The codes shall indicate whether or
not degree programs in a particular subject matter category have been
authorized for the institution and whether or not they fall within
its approved mission.
(9) Texas Classification of Instructional Programs
(CIP) Coding System--The Texas adaptation of the federal Classification
of Instructional Programs taxonomy developed by the National Center
for Education Statistics and used nationally to classify instructional
programs and report educational data.
(10) Selected Public Colleges--Those public colleges
authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees in Texas.
(11) Statutory mission description--A statement of
an institution's mission or purpose that is established directly in
|Source Note: The provisions of this §5.23 adopted to be effective May 28, 2003, 28 TexReg 4124; amended to be effective May 12, 2005, 30 TexReg 2661; amended to be effective November 28, 2007, 32 TexReg 8490; amended to be effective November 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 8010; amended to be effective November 24, 2013, 38 TexReg 8426