|(a) An academic associate degree may be called an associate
of arts (AA), an associate of science (AS), or an associate of arts
in teaching (AAT) degree.
(1) The associate of arts (AA) is the default title
for an academic associate degree program if the college offers only
one type of academic degree program.
(2) If a college offers both associate of arts (AA)
and associate of science (AS) degrees, the degree programs may be
differentiated in one of two ways, including:
(A) 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;
(B) The AA program may serve as a foundation for the
BA degree and the AS program for the BS degree.
(C) Each academic associate degree must provide a clearly-articulated
curriculum that can be associated with a discipline or field of study
leading to a baccalaureate degree, and must be identified as such
in the institution's program inventory.
(3) The associate of arts in teaching (AAT) is a specialized
academic associate degree program designed to transfer in its entirety
to a baccalaureate program that leads to initial Texas teacher certification.
This title should only be used for an associate degree program that
consists of a Board-approved AAT curriculum.
(b) Academic associate degree programs must consist
of 60 SCH.
(c) If the minimum number of semester hours required
to complete a proposed academic associate's degree 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 subsection on or before the 2015 fall
(d) Except as provided in paragraphs (1), (2), and
(3) of this subsection, academic associate degree programs must incorporate
the institution's approved core curriculum as prescribed by §4.28
of this title (relating to Core Curriculum) and §4.29 of this
title (relating to Core Curricula Larger than 42 Semester Credit Hours).
(1) A college may offer a specialized academic associate
degree that incorporates a Board-approved field of study curriculum
as prescribed by §4.32 of this title (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.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §9.183 adopted to be effective May 25, 2004, 29 TexReg 5070; amended to be effective August 11, 2004, 29 TexReg 7672; amended to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8324; amended to be effective May 24, 2011, 36 TexReg 3186; amended to be effective February 24, 2014, 39 TexReg 1135