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2.6 Continuous Operation

The institution is in operation and has students enrolled in degree programs.

Judgment of Compliance

PVAMU SACS Accreditation - Judgement Compliance

Narrative of Compliance

Prairie View A&M University, the first co-educational and the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, originated in the Texas Constitution of 1876 [1] [2] and has been in continuous operation since that time. The original curriculum was expanded in 1879 to include the arts and sciences, home economics, agriculture, mechanical arts and nursing after the University was established as a branch of the Agricultural Experiment Station [3] and then as a Land Grant College in 1890 [4]. This began the tradition of agricultural research and community service that continues today. The four-year senior college program began in 1919 and, in 1937, a division of graduate studies was added, offering Master’s degrees in agricultural economics, rural education, agricultural education, school administration and supervision, and rural sociology [5] [6]. In 1945, the name of the institution was changed from Prairie View Normal and Industrial College to Prairie View University, and the school was authorized to offer, “as need arises,” all courses offered at the University of Texas. In October 2000, the Governor of Texas signed the Priority Plan, an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights to make Prairie View A&M University an educational asset accessible by all Texans [7]. Graduate studies were expanded to include multiple new offerings starting in 2001 with the Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice [8] and continuing with programs at both the Masters and Doctoral levels in Business, Education, Nursing, Engineering, and Juvenile Justice and Psychology [9].


The University’s enrollment for the past nine years, as certified by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and published in the University's Fact Books [10] [11] [12], is listed in the table below:


Semester

Undergraduate Enrollment

Graduate Enrollment

Total Enrollment

Fall 2000

5285

1324

6609

Fall 2001

5346

1401

6747

Fall 2002

5496

1759

7255

Fall 2003

5804

2004

7808

Fall 2004

6128

2222

8350

Fall 2005

5560

2352

7912

Fall 2006

5666

2340

8006

Fall 2007

6118

2264

8382

Fall 2008

6278

1925

8203

Students are enrolled across 95 degree programs (50 Bachelor, 41 Masters and 4 Doctoral) [13]. The programs span the Graduate School, the Undergraduate Medical Academy, University College and eight undergraduate academic colleges: The College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, and the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology.


Supporting Documentation and Links


Core Requirements 2.6

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