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2.7.4 Course Work for Degrees

The institution provides instruction for all course work required for at least one degree program at each level at which it awards degrees. If the institution does not provide instruction for all such course work and (1) makes arrangements for some instruction to be provided by other accredited institutions or entities through contracts or consortia or (2) uses some other alternative approach to meeting this requirement, the alternative approach must be approved by the Commission on Colleges. In both cases, the institution demonstrates that it controls all aspects of its educational program.

Judgment of Compliance

PVAMU SACS Accreditation - Judgement Compliance

Narrative of Compliance

Prairie View A&M University provides instruction for all course work required for all degree programs at each level at which it awards degrees. Moreover, the University controls all aspects of its educational programs. The undergraduate [1] and graduate [2] catalogs contain complete degree plans for the 50 bachelor, 41 master and 4 doctoral degrees offered at the institution. Degree plans for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work [3], the Master of Science degree in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner [4], and the Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership [5] demonstrate that the University provides instruction for at least one degree program at each level at which it awards degrees. All courses offered by the University are listed with full course descriptions in the University catalogs.


In accordance with the requirements and guidelines of the Texas A&M University System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) [6], as well as in consideration of requirements from accrediting agencies such as SACS, AACSB, ABET, NAAB, NCATE, NLNAC, and BNE, all courses that constitute degree programs at PVAMU are initiated by faculty and follow the approval outlined in the Curriculum Review Process flow chart [7]. Colleges at the University may further define its review process, as does the College of Arts and Sciences, to ensure faculty control and approval of courses [8]. Substantive/ Non-substantive requests are initiated by faculty and routed through the department curriculum committee and the department chair. The curriculum committee and the department chair must approve the changes before they go to the dean and the college/school curriculum committee. If, after review, the college/school curriculum committee and the dean approve the requested change, the dean and the chair of the college/school curriculum committee present their recommendations to the University Academic Council [9] and Graduate Council [10] respectively. Meetings are open to visitors, and minutes are taken and are available for review [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]. Approved proposals from these councils are forwarded to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs who makes recommendations to the President. The President initiates the process for approval by the Chancellor, the TAMUS Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Once a change in the curricula has received all required approvals, implementing and monitoring the change rests upon the faculty, department head, and dean. The President generally delegates to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs authority to supervise all academic progress and administration. In instances where special circumstances direct administrative oversight by the President or by another administrator, the authority does not reside with the Provost and Senior Vice president for Academic Affairs.


The recent 2009 proposal for changes to the graduate program in English demonstrates the type of documentation reviewed by the University Academic and Graduate Councils. The English proposal includes: 1) a Cover Letter to the Deans of the Graduate School and College of Arts & Sciences, 2) a Summary of Change Requests Forms, 3) a Three-Year Course Rotation, 4) Current Degree Plans for comparison, 5) a Self Study with a comparison of course offerings at other universities, 6) Minutes from a One-Day English Faculty Assessment Retreat, 7) Minutes from a Follow-up Curriculum Meeting, 8) Sample Student Support, 9) a Program Learning Outcomes Matrix, 10) the English Recruitment and Retention Plan, 11) Sample Syllabi for proposed courses, and 12) THECB Update Forms [16]. All degree programs and courses at Prairie View A&M University have been reviewed and approved by the THECB and can be found on the THECB’s website in its list of approved programs [17]. Program review and evaluation processes are also outlined in responses to Core Requirements 2.5, and Comprehensive Standards 3.3.1.1, and 3.5.1.


Supporting Documentation and Links


Core Requirements 2.7.4

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