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3.5.4 Terminal Degrees of Faculty

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 degree.

Link to Original Submission

http://sacs.pvamu.edu/pages/comprehensive_standards/3.5.4.html

Off Site Committee Review Findings

The institutional compliance certification report states that less than 25% of the discipline course hours in two programs, Human Sciences (16%) and Human Nutrition and Food (19%), are taught by faculty with terminal degrees in the discipline.

Prairie View A& M Response to Off Site Review

Before the fall 2009 semester began, the Dean and Department Heads in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences along with the Office of Academic Affairs worked to ensure that at least 25% of the undergraduate discipline courses in Human Sciences and Human Nutrition and Food are taught by faculty with terminal degrees in the discipline.

Because a number of courses are common to both degree programs, assigning a terminal degree holder to one or more of these courses assists both programs. Common required courses include AGHR 4413, HUSC 1343, HUSC 1351, HUSC 2373, HUSC 3323, HUSC 4306, HUNF 2653, HUNF 3633 [1]. Dr. Velva McWhinney, PhD in Nutrition from Texas A&M University [2], has traditionally taught courses for the undergraduate degree in Agriculture (Faculty Roster Forms available in the original 3.5.4 narrative), an area with 80% of the credit hours taught by faculty holding the terminal degree, as noted in the university’s original submission. In the fall of 2009, McWhinney was assigned to teach HUSC 2373 Consumers and Marketing [3], a course common to both degrees. This assignment moves the Human Foods and Nutrition up to 25.5%. Dr. Elizabeth Noel, PhD in Home Economics with a major in Family and Child Development, and Associate Vice President of Research and former Dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences [4], was assigned to teach HDFM 2553 Life Span Development in both the fall and spring semesters [5]. This assignment ensures that 28.3% of the undergraduate curriculum for the degree in Human Sciences (Family and Community Services) is taught by terminally degreed faculty.

The table below 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 based on the teaching assignments noted:

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT HOURS TAUGHT BY
FACULTY HOLDING TERMINAL DEGREES IN THE MAJOR DISCIPLINE
FALL 2009 - SPRING 2010

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

45

75%

Human Sciences (FMCS) 

53

15

28%

Human Nutrition and Food

47

12

25%

 

Additional Supporting Documentation and Links

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