2007 Reaffirmation Teams :: 2.7.1 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams

2007 Reaffirmation Teams

2.7.1 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams

The institution offers one or more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification if it allows for fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit for a degree.

Compliance Judgment



All undergraduate baccalaureate degrees at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) meet or exceed 120 semester credit hours, and all post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees at UT Dallas meet or exceed 30 semester credit hours. UT Dallas does not offer associate degrees. Semester credit hours are the only academic unit accepted. The “Minimum Number of Hours to Graduate” spreadsheet lists the credit hours required for all degree programs at UT Dallas [1], and the degree program descriptions in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs detail the minimum hours required for graduation [2] [3]. Degree programs are established through an exhaustive process. Proposed programs are first vetted by faculty in individual schools and then approved by the Committee on Educational Policy [4] and the Academic Senate [5]. Subsequently, proposals are forwarded to The University of Texas System (UT System) where the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs ensures that the new programs meet the Board of Regents Academic Program Approval Standards [6]. Finally, the proposals are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in accordance with THECB’s Universities Division Policies and Procedures Manual [7]. All current degree programs offered at UT Dallas have been approved in this manner. The THECB staff’s review of the information provided in the new program templates [8] [9] assures that all undergraduate programs have a minimum of 120 hours and that all graduate programs have a minimum of 30 hours. This review also helps to ensure program equivalency. Various programs at UT Dallas undergo regular external reviews by professional boards for the purpose of accreditation; many of these reviews include an audit of required credit hours [10]. More information concerning UT Dallas programs accredited by professional accreditation agencies is available in UT Dallas’ response to Principle [11].

Undergraduate Programs

UT Dallas offers 42 undergraduate programs leading to either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. All undergraduate degree plans require a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as specified in the undergraduate catalog [2]. Every degree program is subdivided into components that represent core curriculum requirements, major preparatory courses, major core courses, major related courses, and elective courses. The degree plans for the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience [12] and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering [13] demonstrate how the total hours to degree are distributed across the various curricular requirements.

Graduate Programs

UT Dallas offers 47 master’s level degrees, 28 doctoral degrees, and a professional doctorate in audiology. Policy Memorandum 87-III.25-48, Policy on Procedures for Completing a Graduate Degree [14], states that “[t]he minimum required semester credit hours in a Program of Studies required for the degree will be those shown in the catalog applicable to the student at the time of his or her admission or readmission to the program. In no case will a student be allowed to graduate with less than 30 approved graduate semester credit hours….” This information is also contained in the graduate catalog under the heading “Required Semester Credit Hours [3].” The degree requirements for all graduate degrees are detailed in the catalog under the program description. The degree requirements for the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management [15], the Master of Arts in History [16] and the Master of Science in Applied Economics [17] demonstrate how the minimum hours are distributed.

Supporting Documents

Footnote Document
[1]Minimum Number of Hours to Graduate by Program AY 2006-2007
PDF Document, 3 Pages, 25.56 KB (spreadsheet1006)
[2]UG Catalog Specifying 120 hours to graduate
PDF Document, 1 Page, 15.02 KB (catalog1007)
[3]UT Dallas Graduate Catalog, Degree Requirements
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 13.20 KB (catalog1030)
[4]Policy Memorandum 78-III.21-11 Committee on Educational Policy
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 66.24 KB (policy1063)
[5]Policy Memorandum 79-III.21-32 Bylaws of the Academic Senate at UT Dallas
PDF Document, 11 Pages, 127.23 KB (policy1107)
[6]UT System Board of Regents Rule 40307
PDF Document, 6 Pages, 37.45 KB (rule1083)
[7]THECB Universities Division Policies & Procedures manual for courses and degree programs - dated y2007
PDF Document, 58 Pages, 136.67 KB (manual1035)
[8]SUBSTANTIVE DEGREE PROGRAM PROPOSAL for Ph.D. or combined Master and Ph.D.
PDF Document, 13 Pages, 115.12 KB (template1004)
[9]New Program Request Form for Bachelor and Master Degrees
PDF Document, 6 Pages, 57.41 KB (template1005)
[10]Computer Science Self Study report for ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission - 2005
PDF Document, 346 Pages, 1.76 MB (accreditation1001)
[11]Principle - Assessment of Educational Programs (u320)
Link to UT Dallas 2007-ccr Compliance Certification Report
[12]Neuroscience Degree Plan
PDF Document, 3 Pages, 52.43 KB (catalog1014)
[13]Electrical Engineering Degree Plan
PDF Document, 5 Pages, 59.89 KB (catalog1015)
[14]Policy Memorandum 87-III.25-48 Procedures for Completing a Graduate Degree
PDF Document, 14 Pages, 166.49 KB (policy1064)
[15]Master of Science in Information Technology and Management
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 12.49 KB (catalog1050)
[16]Master of Arts in History Degree Requirements
PDF Document, 1 Page, 11.30 KB (catalog1048)
[17]Master of Science in Applied Economics Degree Requirements
PDF Document, 3 Pages, 15.33 KB (catalog1049)
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