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Accountability Meeting. Coordinating Board Update TCCIA. James Goeman June 2013. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Accountability Spring 2013 Meeting. Undergraduate Existing Program Performance Review. Purpose of Program Review.

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Accountability meeting

Accountability Meeting

Coordinating Board Update


James Goeman

June 2013

Undergraduate existing program performance review

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


Spring 2013 Meeting

Undergraduate Existing Program Performance Review

Texas higher education coordinating board

Purpose of Program Review

  • THECB streamlined the approval process for new degree requests in 2009.

  • A new focus on review of existing programs resulted.

    • Program Approval

      • Standards for Academic Associate Programs

      • Standards for Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs

    • Program Review

      • Low-Producing Annual Review

      • Existing Program Review

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Main purpose of eppr

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Main Purpose of EPPR

Assist institutions in strategic planning by providing consistent statewide programmatic data

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What are the EPPR Measures?

  • Quantitative measures and definitions based on UEAC recommendations

  • Measures include indicators of program efficiency and effectiveness:

    • Enrollment

    • Persistence

    • Transfer

    • Completion

    • Placement

  • Measures align with Accountability System data with appropriate adjustments

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Sample EPPR Quantitative Measures

  • Graduation Rate

    • Total in Cohort

      • FT & PT in Cohort

      • Graduated from

        • Same program

        • Other program

        • Same institution

        • Other institution

  • Transfer Rate

    • Degree & Transfer

    • Core Complete & Transfer

      • SCH Attempted 0 - 12

      • SCH Attempted 13 - 24

      • SCH Attempted 25 - 29

      • SCH Attempted 30 - 42

      • SCH Attempted 43+

  • Time to Degree

    • Ave No. of Semesters

      • AAS Completers (FT & PT)

      • Certificate Completers (FT& PT)

    • AAS Ave No. of SCH

      • AAS Completers (FT & PT)

      • Certificate Completers (FT& PT)

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Website Example

Core curriculum fall 2014


Spring 2013 Meeting

CoreCurriculumFall 2014

Purpose core objectives

Core Curriculum 2014

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Purpose & Core Objectives

Through the core curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world; develop principlesof personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world; and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

  • Core Objectives:

    • Critical Thinking Skills

    • Communication Skills

    • Empirical & Quantitative Skills

    • Teamwork

    • Social Responsibility

    • Personal Responsibility

Coordinating Board Rules Chapter 4 Subchapter B §4.28

Core curriculum components

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Core Curriculum Components

Foundational Component Areas (FCA)

Core objectives mapped to fcas

Core Curriculum 2014

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Core Objectives Mapped to FCAs

Required Optional

Component area option

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Component Area Option

  • All courses must be aligned with the description of at least one of the 8 FCA

    • At least 3 SCH + match FCA description & Core Objectives

    • Up to 3 SCH + match FCA description & 3 Core Objectives (Critical Thinking + Communication Skills + Institutionally-selected CO)

  • 6 SCH maximum

  • Replaces the Institutionally Designated Option

  • Excess SCH from other FCA

  • Allows for student choice and institutional flexibility

Implementation of the core curriculum

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


Spring 2013 Meeting

Implementation of the Core Curriculum

What will the thecb want by november 2013

Core Curriculum 2014

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

What will the THECB want by November 2013?

  • Course selection process

    • Brief summary of process and procedures for course approval, including faculty and committee involvement

  • Core Objective Assessment Plan

    • Process for determining attainment level of each Core Objective

    • Plan for assessment, including methods, targets/criteria, analysis, and actions and follow-ups

  • Proposed Courses

    • Course information – prefix, number, title, TCCNS equivalent, component area

    • Link to specific evidence of where the students will demonstrate the Core Objectives such as syllabi and other relevant material.


Core Curriculum 2014

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  • November 2011 - November 2013: Faculty develop and select courses

  • August 2013 - November 2013: Institution's core curriculum due to Coordinating Board staff for review

  • February 2014: All reviews complete by THECB staff

  • Fall 2014: Statewide implementation of core curriculum for incoming Freshmen

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Accountability Meeting

2013 Legislative Session Update


June 2013

Bills on workforce education i

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Bills On Workforce Education I

  • SB 414

    • requires the CB to conduct a study to: a) determine regional workforce needs, b) determine which areas of the state would benefit from community college baccalaureate programs, c) develop appropriate metrics for determining whether a public junior college should offer those degrees. The study is limited to the fields of nursing and applied sciences.

  • HB 1296

    • requires the CB and TWC to make an annual projection of workforce need for the next three-year period including the level and field of education and training projected to be needed. The report would include recommendations for postsecondary programs at institutions.

Bills on workforce education ii

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Bills on Workforce Education II

  • HB 1297

    • requires that by June 1 of each year, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and every community and technical college that provides workforce training will conduct a review of the college’s (or service’s) customized training programs.

  • SB 441

    • establishes the “Texas Fast Start Program” to promote rapid delivery of workforce education. The Texas Fast Start Program is a CTE program designed to help students earn postsecondary certificates and degrees and enter in to the work force quickly in high-demand fields or occupations. Fast Start programs would be offered by public junior colleges, public technical institutes, and public state colleges.

Other significant 2013 bills i

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Other Significant 2013 Bills I

  • HB 5

    • replaces the Minimum, Recommended, and Distinguished high school graduation plans with a single Foundation high school graduation plan.

    • allows additional career and technical education (CTE) courses to be used to satisfy certain English, math and science curriculum requirements.

    • eliminates many of the end-of-course assessments a high school student is now required to take, except for Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and US History.

    • Algebra II and English III are not eliminated, but are no longer mandatory; they would be “optional” exams.

Other significant 2013 bills ii

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Other Significant 2013 Bills II

  • SB 497

    • limits the number of semester credit hours required to earn an associate degree to the minimum number of semester credit hours required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (60 SCH), unless the institution determines there is a compelling academic reason for requiring additional semester credit hours.

  • HB 842

    • requires school districts to provide courses that satisfy a requirement for an industry-recognized credential, certificate, or an associate degree concurrently with the students’ high school diploma, and the course must also satisfy requirements toward the student’s high school diploma. The provisions of the bill would be applied beginning with the 2013-2014 school year

Other significant 2013 bills iii

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Other Significant 2013 Bills III

  • SB 498

    • amends Section 61.833(b), of the Texas Education Code, to reduce the number of earned cumulative total semester credit hours that would initiate the state’s reverse transfer process from 90 to 66 for qualified transfer students attending general academic teaching institutions.

  • HB 31

    • limits funding to institutions of higher education for semester credit hours attempted by students in high school, except for students enrolled in early college education programs, to semester credit hours in the core curriculum, career or technical hours leading to certificate or associate degree, or foreign language.

Other significant 2013 bills iv

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Other Significant 2013 Bills IV

  • SB 215 (THECB Sunset Bill)

    • CB staff now have 1 year to complete the review of new program requests, or approval is automatic.

    • CB staff must determine completeness of a new program request within 5 business days.

    • CB loses the authority to order the closure or consolidation of low producing programs; and can only make recommendations to the governing boards of institutions.

    • Universities must identify any common courses added to, or removed from, their course inventory each year when reporting their course inventories to the CB.

New tsi exam

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New TSI Exam

  • Implementation of new exam on first day of Fall 2013 semester

  • New exam will provide more detailed diagnostic information about students who are not college-ready.

  • Allows better sorting of students by skill levels:

    • Adult Basic Education

    • Developmental Education

    • College-Ready

  • CB staff will be working with TEA, TWC, and TWIC to develop a plan and resources to help institutions serve students in the three different groups listed above.

  • For more information, contact P-16 Division Staff:

    Suzanne Morales-Vale, Director, Developmental and Adult Education

    (512) 427-6262 [email protected]

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Contacts for More Information

  • ACGM/TCCNS: [email protected]

  • Dual Credit: [email protected]

  • Existing Program Review: [email protected]

  • Core Curriculum: [email protected]

  • TSI: [email protected]

  • Workforce Education: [email protected]

  • Distance Education: [email protected]

  • Academic Affairs: [email protected]

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