|(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 AA is the default title for an academic associate
degree program if the college offers only one type of academic degree
(2) If a college offers both AA and 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
Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and the AS program for the Bachelor of
Science (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 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
(b) Academic associate degree programs must consist
of 60 semester credit hours (SCH).
(c) If the number of SCH 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 semester.
(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 SCH.
(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; amended to be effective September 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 6847