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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 §5.55Revisions to Approved Programs

Degree programs on the approved program inventory of a public university or health-related institution may be revised under the following conditions:

  (1) Revisions to degree program curricula that result in a reduction in the overall number of semester credit hours required for the program are automatically approved and require Board notification through a letter from the provost or chief academic officer. Such revisions may not reduce the number of required hours below the minimum requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, program accreditors, and licensing bodies, if applicable.

  (2) Revisions to degree program curricula that result in an increase in the overall number of semester credit hours required for the program must be reviewed and approved by Board staff prior to implementation by the institution. The institution must provide detailed written documentation describing the compelling academic reason for the increase in the number of required hours. The Coordinating Board will review the documentation provided and make a determination to approve or deny the request.

  (3) Revisions to degree program curricula that do not result in a change in the overall number of semester credit hours required for the program do not require Board approval or notification.

  (4) Revisions to other aspects of degree programs, including changes to the Classification of Instructional Programs coding, degree designation, degree title, or a consolidation of the program with one or more existing programs, must be approved by Board staff.


Source Note: The provisions of this §5.55 adopted to be effective November 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 8011; amended to be effective November 24, 2013, 38 TexReg 8427

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