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3.6.1 Post-Baccalaureate Program Rigor

The institutionís post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, masterís and doctoral degree programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than its undergraduate programs.

Link to Original Submission

http://sacs.pvamu.edu/pages/comprehensive_standards/3.6.1.html

Off Site Committee Review Findings

Only five sets of syllabi; (graduate vs. undergraduate in English, Sociology, Chemistry, Nursing and Educational Psychology) were presented. Some syllabi did not list learning outcomes. Five sets of syllabi do not adequately represent the 41 master level programs offered by the institution. In addition, when comparing the syllabi, some objectives for both levels were the same (Educational Psychology). The language in the syllabi was inadequate to determine whether a distinction was made between undergraduate and graduate programs.

Prairie View A& M Response to Off Site Review

Prairie View A&M University provides opportunities for advanced study to qualified students seeking graduate education and/or degrees [1]. The university engages graduate students in a broad range of academic disciplines with vigorous programs which are adequate in scope and complexity to foster learning and intellectual keenness beyond the undergraduate level. Most graduate programs require a thesis, dissertation, or project report prior to program completion, and oral examinations are required of all thesis and dissertation students [2].

Course Numbering System

The course numbering system used by the university indicates the extent to which post-baccalaureate programs are progressively more advanced than undergraduate programs. Graduate courses are distinguished from undergraduate courses by their 5000 or higher numbers, while 7000 courses are reserved for doctoral coursework [3].

Rigor through Increased Academic GPA Standards

A comparison between undergraduate and graduate academic GPA standards demonstrates rigor in the university's post-baccalaureate programs. For example, post-baccalaureate degrees require higher GPAs than at the undergraduate level for degree attainment. The College of Business and the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education, for example, specify that only two "C" grades count toward degree attainment at the graduate level [4].

Advanced Academic Knowledge in Theory, Research, and Content Area

For students pursing masters degrees, coursework, thesis options, and comprehensive examinations ensure program rigor. At the doctoral level, all programs require a thesis, dissertation, or project report prior to completion, and an oral examination to defend research [2]. Specific requirements in research and theory for respective colleges are given below:

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences:
All degree programs in this College require a core of at least nine semester credit hours as well as six semester credit hours in research and resource. Each degree candidate is required to complete a course in research methods or research problems [5] and a thesis or master's project.

School of Architecture:
All degree programs in this College require a core of at least twenty-four semester credit hours. The master degree in Architecture requires an internship experience in the field as well as a research seminar. The master degree in community development requires a research course and several practica in community development [5].

College of Art & Sciences:
All five degree programs in this College require a core of at least nine semester credit hours, while most have eighteen. A thesis or major project is required for degrees in biology, chemistry, English, and mathematics [5].

College of Business:
Each degree program requires courses in theory and professional practice and training experiences. The MBA requires eighteen semester credit hours of prerequisites for its core [5].

College of Education:
Students are required to take at least one theory as well as a research course, and all master of science degrees require a thesis while the master of education require a seminar project. The doctorate requires completion of a thirty semester credit hour core, twelve semester credits in research, and twelve semester credits in dissertation [5].

College of Engineering:
All master degrees have a thesis and non-thesis option. The thesis option requires a thesis and thesis course while the non-thesis option requires a master's project and course. The doctorate requires a core of twenty-nine semester credit hours, including graduate seminars, and doctoral research and dissertation semester credit hours [5].

College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology:
A research methods course is required of all students, as is a thesis or comprehensive examination or dissertation, with the exception of the option for master in juvenile forensic psychology, which allows an eighteen semester credit externship. Doctorate programs require dissertations [5].

College of Nursing:
All degree programs in this College require a core of at fourteen semester credit hours, including courses in theory and research. While the thesis option requires course in thesis proposal and thesis, the non thesis option requires a course in writing for publication and additional coursework [5].

Advanced Content Reflected in Course Descriptions

Descriptions found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs help illustrate that courses are progressively more advanced in academic content at the graduate level. The following comparison table listing fifty-six courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels demonstrates that graduate courses emphasize theory, research, and advanced content knowledge [6].

Syllabi, Student Learning Outcomes and Assignments

Sample syllabi from across the universityís programs also demonstrate post-baccalaureate rigor at the graduate course-level. Student learning outcomes and assignments on syllabi, when compared, indicate that students at the graduate level are required to be more conversant with the theoretical framework that informs their discipline, conduct discipline-specific research, many times using advanced tools, complete longer or more assignments, write longer and more complex essays that require the evaluation and synthesis of published work, and/or apply advanced knowledge in the discipline.

 

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

AGEC 1233 Fundamentals of Agriculture Economics[7]
HUSC 3373 Child Development[8]

AGEC 5243 Agriculture Policy[9]
AGEC 5253 Marketing of Agricultural Products[10]
HUSC 5353-5363 Dietetics Seminar I-II[11]
HUSC 5523 Marriage and Family Therapy[12]
HUSC 5543 Theory of Child Development[13]

College of Art & Sciences

BIOL 1113 College Biology[14]
BIOL 3124 Cell Biology[15]
CHEM 1053Intro to General Chemistry[16]
CHEM 2042 General Organic Chemistry Lab[17]
CHEM 2043 General Organic Chemistry[18]
ENGL 1123 Freshman Composition I[19]
ENGL 2143 Advanced Composition[20]
ENGL 3153 Literary Theory and Criticism[21]
MATH 1113 College Algebra[22]
MATH 2053 Discrete Mathematics[23]
MATH 3685 Mathematics for Engineers[24]
SOCG 1013 General Sociology[25]
SOCG 2003 Sociology of Minorities[26]

BIOL 5103 Genomics[27]
BIOL 5024 Microscopic Anatomy[28]
CHEM 5402 Advanced Organic Chemistry[29]
CHEM 5023 Research[30]
ENGL 5583 Composition Theories[31]
ENGL 5053 Studies in Teaching English[32]
ENGL 5313 Literary Theory and Criticism[33]
MATH 5013 Point Set Theory[34]
MATH 5233 Selected Topics in Math[35]
SOCG 5353 Sociology of Race Relations[36]
SOCG 5423 Social Stratification[37]

College of Business

ACCT 3313 Cost Accounting[38]
BCOM 3303 Business Communications[39]
MISY 2013 Fundamentals of Management of Information Systems[40]
MGMT 4303 Strategic Management and Business Policy[41]

ACCT 5103 Managerial Accounting[42]
BCOM 5203 Managerial Communications[43]
MISY 5533 Strategic Information Technology Management[44]
MGMT 5323 Strategy and Policy[45]

College of Education

CUIN 3003 Educational Foundations[46]
SPED 4113 Methods for Teaching Exceptional Children[47]
ECED 3013 Health, Motor, and Physical Development[48]
ECED 4013 Young Child Cognitive Development[49]
RDNG 3623 Linguistics in Reading Instruction[50]

CUIN 5013 Foundations of Secondary Schools[51]
SPED 5213 Exceptional Children[52]
CURR 5503 Curriculum Evaluation[53]
SPED 5343 Educational Diagnostician Practicum[54]
RDNG 5663 Clinical Experiences in Reading[55]

College of Engineering

ELEG 2053 Intro to Electrical Engineering[56]
ELEG 4393 Computer Architecture and Organization[57]
CVEG 3083 Steel Design[58]
COMP 1213 Computer Science[59]
CHEG1011 Intro to Engineering[60]

ELEG 6353 Advanced Digital Signal Proc[61]
ELEG 6413 Integrated Circuit Fabrication[62]
GNEG 5193 Design of Bridge Structures[63]
GNEG 5193-P41 Robust Control Theory[64]

College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

PSYC 4513 Cognitive Psychology[66]
PSYC 2423 Developmental Psychology[67]
CRJS 3823 Criminal Justice Research Methods I[68]
PSYC 2613 Statistics for Psychology[69]

PSYC 7703 Cognitive Psychology[70]
JPSY 5763 Developmental Psychology[71]
JJUS 5943 Research Methods[72]
JJUS 7943 Advanced Research Methods I[73]
JJUS 7953 Advanced Research Methods II[74]
JJUS 5963 Applied Statistical Methods[75]
JJUS 7973 Advanced Statistical Techniques[76]

NURS 4013 Introduction to Research[77]
NURS 4173 Community Health Nursing[78]
NURS 4272 Community Health Nursing-Clinical Practicum[79]

NURS 5133 Clinical Research in Nursing[80]
NURS 5013 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing[81]
NURS 5403 Organizational Theory[82]
NURS 5433 Nurse Administration Practicum[83]

 

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