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3.5.4 Terminal Degrees of Faculty

The At least 25 percent of the discipline course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level are taught by faculty members holding the terminal degree—usually the earned doctorate—in the discipline, or the equivalent of the terminal.

Judgment of Compliance

PVAMU SACS Accreditation - Judgement Partial Compliance

Narrative of Compliance

In accordance with the mission [1] of the institution, Prairie View A&M University offers a range of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. No associate degree programs are offered. Faculty members have appropriate credentials to teach assigned courses as shown in the Faculty Roster Forms for the Fall 2008 [2], Spring 2009 [3], and Summer 2009 [4]. All faculty teaching baccalaureate courses have a doctoral or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester credit hours in the teaching discipline. Eighty-seven percent of the Fall 2008 full-time faculty members have the doctorate or terminal degree as shown on the Faculty Terminal Degree Attainment Chart 1994-2008 [5]. Sample data reports to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) demonstrate the yearly trends in terminal degree holders at the University and the progress the University has made since 1994 [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]. Transcripts which document faculty qualifications are maintained in the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Of the baccalaureate degree programs offered by the University, thirty-eight (95%) of the programs either meet or exceed the requirement that at least 25% of the discipline course hours in each undergraduate major are taught by faculty members holding the terminal degree—usually earned doctorate—in the discipline. This is documented in the table below. The table shows the baccalaureate degree programs offered, the number of undergraduate credit hours required in the major discipline and the percent credit hours taught by faculty holding terminal degrees.

 

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT HOURS TAUGHT BY
FACULTY HOLDING TERMINAL DEGREES IN THE MAJOR DISCIPLINE

FALL 2008 - SPRING 2009

Baccalaureate Degree

Number Credit

Credit Hours
Taught By Faculty
Holding Terminal

Percent Credit
Hours Taught By
Faculty Holding
Terminal Degree

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

Agriculture

60

48

80%

Human Sciences (FMCS) 

53

9

17%

Human Nutrition and Food

47

9

19%

School of Architecture

Architecture

79

67

85%

Construction Science

49

49

100%

Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

48

40

83%

Chemistry

48

45

94%

Communications

51

33

65%

English

33

33

100%

Spanish

30

30

100%

Mathematics

43

40

93%

Music

79

63

80%

Drama (Theater) 

66

48

73%

Physics

43

43

100%

History

36

18

50%

Political Science 

33

20

61%

Social Work

51

42

82%

Sociology

39

29

74%

College of Business

Accounting

30

15

50%

Finance

24

21

88%

Management Information Systems

24

15

63%

Management

21

18

86%

Marketing

24

24

100%

Whitlowe Green College of Education

Interdisciplinary Studies

44

27

61%

Kinesiology

44

15

34%

Health

46

16

35%

College of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

50

50

100%

Civil Engineering

55

45

82%

Computer-Aided Drafting 
    And Design Technology

54

18

33%

Computer Engineering     

59

50

85%

Computer Science

60

46

77%

Electrical Engineering

59

50

85%

Electrical Engineering Technology 

54

38

72%

Mechanical Engineering

54

54

100%

Computer Engineering Technology

48

33

69%

School of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

Criminal Justice 

42

39

93%

Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice

42

42

100%

Psychology

52

39

75%

College of Nursing

Nursing

65

17

26%

 

Two degree programs, Human Sciences and Human Nutrition and Food, have less than 25% of the major course hours in the discipline being taught by terminal degreed faculty. The percents are 16% and 19%, respectively. The faculty members holding masters degrees in these two programs are experienced and competent in the discipline, and two have Registered Dietetic (RD) credentialing. They have completed a bachelor and master's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college, with course work approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). They have completed a CADE accredited and supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies, and have passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration [12]. The Dietetics area in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences also maintains specialized accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (ADA) [13]. Furthermore, sixty-percent of the faculty in the College of Agriculture hold a terminal degree [14]. Although the degree programs have this credentialing, the Dean, Department Head, and Office of Academic Affairs are working to correct this in the Fall 2009 semester so that at least 25% of the undergraduate discipline courses are taught by terminal degree holders.

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