3.6.4 Post-Baccalaureate Program Requirements

The institution defines and publishes requirements for its graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs.

Judgment of Compliance

PVAMU SACS Accreditation - Judgement Compliance

Narrative of Compliance

Prairie View A&M University defines and publishes requirements for its graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs through its Graduate Catalog [1] [2] [3], departmental websites [4], and brochures [5] [6] [7]. The catalog provides such information as admissions policies, academic information and regulations, and academic program degree plans. Requirements given in the catalog conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs. They are informed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges [8], the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board [9], the Texas A&M University System [10], and the knowledge of content area faculty. Some departments have memberships in content-area societies and organizations, which also inform their curriculum and policies [11] [12].

All University programs and courses have been approved in accordance with Texas A&M University System Policy 03.02 [13] and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) policies 5.45 [14] and 5.46. [15], as noted in Core Requirement 2.7.2. Degree program requirements also consider standards from accrediting agencies. Many programs for which accreditation is available are accredited by respective agencies [16] such as the National Architectural Accreditation Board [17], Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International [18], National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [19], State Board for Educator Certification [20], and the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission [21], among others. Accreditations at the undergraduate levels such as by ABET can also help inform post-baccalaureate requirements for graduation [22].

The Prairie View A&M University Graduate Council reviews and approves curricula, degree requirements, and policy changes at the post-baccalaureate level. The approval process comprises multiple stages and begins at the faculty and department level. Changes approved at the faculty and department level are sent to the college level for review and approval. All changes are initiated by faculty and follow the approval outlined in the Curriculum Review Process flow chart [23]. If after review, the college or school curriculum committee and the dean approve the requested change or program, the dean and chair of the college or school curriculum committee present their recommendations to the Graduate Council. Deans and heads of departments may attend Graduate Council meetings as non-voting members. They may also help explain and defend proposed changes. Meetings are open to visitors, and minutes are taken and are available for review [24] [25].

Approved proposals from the Council 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 approved, catalog changes are published and distributed through the catalog and other venues as noted above [26]. Some programs seek to offer courses through distance learning, once approved. The Distance Learning Council approves and recommends programs and courses that have been developed in compliance with the approved distance learning procedures and requirements as discussed in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1. The procedures followed by the Distance Learning council ensure currency of materials, programs, and courses in this area. Sufficient training is provided to assist faculty in gaining certification to teach on-line courses. As noted in Comprehensive Standard 3.7.3, Since the summer of 2008, the University has 95 certified eCourse instructors, 75 who have complete full training and have the eCourse certification assessment remaining, and over 100 with at least initial web enhancement training.

The attached chart shows the dates of external program and Graduate Council reviews by discipline [27] [28] [29]. All PhD programs and many of the masters programs were designed to respond to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Priority Plan [30] and have undergone review as noted in Comprehensive Standard 3.6.1. Many post-baccalaureate programs were reviewed and approved between 2003 and 2008 [31].

Supporting Documentation and Links

Comprehensive Standards 3.6.4

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