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RULE §9.184Criteria for New Academic Associate Degree Programs and Steps for Implementation

(a) New academic associate degree programs shall be approved if all of the following conditions are met.

  (1) The institution shall certify that the following criteria have been met:

    (A) The program has institution and governing board approval.

    (B) There is recent evidence of both short-term and long-term student demand for the program.

    (C) Enrollment projections reflect student demand estimates to ensure the financial self-sufficiency of the program.

    (D) The institution has an enrollment management plan for the program.

    (E) If the program does not follow a Board-approved field of study curriculum or a Board-approved statewide articulation transfer curriculum, the institution has or will initiate a process to establish transfer of credit articulation agreements for the program with senior-level institutions.

    (F) The program is designed to be consistent with the standards of the Southern Association of Colleges Commission on Colleges, other applicable accrediting agencies, and is in compliance with applicable licensing authority requirements.

    (G) Adequate funding is available to cover all new costs to the institution over the first five years after the implementation of the program.

    (H) The program complies with all applicable provisions contained in divisions of this subchapter and, adheres to the Standards for Academic Associate Degree Programs approved by the Board.

  (2) The institution proposing the program shall notify all public institutions within 50 miles of the teaching site of their intention to offer the program at least 30 days prior to submitting their request to the Coordinating Board. If no objections are received, the Coordinating Board staff shall update the institution's program inventory accordingly. If objections occur, the proposed program shall not be implemented until all objections are resolved. If the proposing institution cannot resolve the objection(s), the proposing institution may request the assistance of the Assistant Commissioner of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research to mediate the objections and determine whether the proposing institution may implement the proposed program.

  (3) New Program Approval. The Board delegates to the Commissioner final approval authority for all certificate programs, applied associate degree programs, and academic associate degrees that meet Board policies for approval as outlined in the Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education and this subchapter. The Commissioner may delegate this final authority.

(b) The Coordinating Board reserves the right to audit a certificate or degree program at any time to ensure compliance with any of the requirements in this subchapter.

Source Note: The provisions of this §9.184 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8325; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1135; amended to be effective September 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 6847

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