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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 5RULES APPLYING TO PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, HEALTH-RELATED INSTITUTIONS, AND/OR SELECTED PUBLIC COLLEGES OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN TEXAS
SUBCHAPTER CAPPROVAL OF NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, HEALTH-RELATED INSTITUTIONS, AND REVIEW OF EXISTING DEGREE PROGRAMS
RULE §5.43Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Academic administrative unit--A department, college, school, or other unit at a university or health-related institution, which has administrative authority over degree or certificate programs.

  (2) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  (3) Certificate Program--Any grouping of subject-matter courses which, when satisfactorily completed by a student, shall entitle him to a certificate or documentary evidence, other than a degree, of completion of a post-secondary course of study at a university or health-related institution.

  (4) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education.

  (5) Compelling Academic Reason--A justification for an undergraduate degree program consisting of more than 120 semester credit hours. Acceptable justifications are programmatic accreditation requirements, statutory requirements, and requirements for licensure/certification of graduates.

  (6) Degree program--Any grouping of subject matter courses which, when satisfactorily completed by a student, shall entitle him or her to a degree from a public university or health-related institution.

  (7) Doctoral Graduation Rate--The Doctoral Graduation Rate is the percent of students in an entering fall cohort for a specific degree program who graduate within 10 years. Doctoral graduation rates do not include students who received a master's degree.

  (8) Faculty publications--Discipline-related refereed publications, books or book chapters, juried creative or performance accomplishments, and notices of discoveries filed and patents issued.

  (9) Faculty teaching load--Total number of semester credit hours taught per academic year by faculty divided by the number of faculty.

  (10) Graduate-level certificate program--A certificate program at a university or health-related institution that consists primarily of graduate-level courses.

  (11) Graduate placement--The number and percent of graduates employed or engaged in further education or training, those still seeking employment, and unknown.

  (12) Lower-division degree or certificate program--A degree or certificate program offered at a university or health-related institution that consists of lower-division courses and is equivalent to a program offered at a community or technical college.

  (13) Master's Graduation Rate--The Master's Graduation Rate is the percent of students in an entering fall and spring cohort for a specific degree program who graduate within 5 years.

  (14) New Doctoral Degree Program--A doctoral degree program that has been approved by the Coordinating Board for a period of less than five years.

  (15) Selected Public Colleges--Those public colleges authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees in Texas.

  (16) Student time-to-degree--The average of the number of semesters taken by program graduates from the time of enrollment in the program until graduation.

  (17) Upper-division certificate program--A certificate program at a university or health-related institution that consists primarily of upper-division undergraduate courses.


Source Note: The provisions of this §5.43 adopted to be effective May 28, 2003, 28 TexReg 4125; amended to be effective November 28, 2007, 32 TexReg 8490; amended to be effective November 29, 2010, 35 TexReg 10496; amended to be effective May 24, 2011, 36 TexReg 3183; amended to be effective August 15, 2013, 38 TexReg 5068

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