2007 Reaffirmation Teams
2.7.4 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams
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 makes arrangements for some instruction to be provided by other accredited institutions or entities through contracts or consortia, or uses some other alternative approach to meeting this requirement, the alternative approach must be approved by the Commission on Colleges. In all cases, the institution demonstrates that it controls all aspects of its educational program.
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) provides instruction for all course work for at least one degree program at each level at which the university awards degrees, and in all cases, UT Dallas controls all aspects of its degree-granting programs. The online and paper versions of the undergraduate  and graduate  catalogs contain complete degree plans    and degree requirements   that demonstrate that UT Dallas is in compliance with Principle 2.7.4. As evidenced by UT Dallas’ response to Principle 3.7.1 , all faculty who teach classes in any established academic degree program for the university have been officially credentialed. As evidenced in Principle 220.127.116.11 , every degree program undergoes rigorous review, including annual reviews using UT Dallas’ web based assessment tool, AT6.Consortia and Contractual Relationships
UT Dallas participates in both contractual and consortial relationships for selected instructional functions with the approval of the Commission on Colleges. The University of Texas System has a centralized unit, the TeleCampus, which facilitates distance learning or e-learning initiatives for its component institutions. In addition to the SACS-approved online certificate and degree programs, UT Dallas’ School of Management (SOM) offers SACS-approved courses for the TeleCampus MBA Online Program ; more information on these can be found in UT Dallas’ response to Principle 3.12.1 . The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences participates in offerings through the TeleCampus by providing a course for the Bachelor’s Completion Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice . The School of General Studies offers undergraduate and graduate TeleCampus courses in chess education that lead to undergraduate and graduate certificates . As discussed in the response to Principle 3.12.1 , UT Dallas’ Master of Arts in Teaching degree program in Science Education  was approved by SACS as a TeleCampus Online program beginning in fall 2006 . Information regarding this program with links to course descriptions and course objectives is posted on the TeleCampus’s website . An instructor in the M.A.T. in Science Education Program also contributes non-program courses in Educational Technology   for undergraduate and graduate students who choose online options on the TeleCampus.
UT Dallas has no joint academic degree programs, but it does enter into consortial relationships with local SACS-accredited institutions. The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology has developed an accelerated program that, in conjunction with The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), provides UT Dallas Biology majors the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from UT Dallas and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in seven years . Students enrolled in the program take regular biology core courses at UT Dallas for the first three years and apply for admission to TCOM. However, progress towards the completion of a B.S. in Biology at UT Dallas does not ensure that the student is admitted into TCOM. UT Dallas students in this program do not receive any special considerations from TCOM during the application process and must be accepted based upon their merit while at UT Dallas. After acceptance into TCOM, the student spends the fourth year taking courses for credit towards a D.O. degree at TCOM. Once the student has successfully completed the first year at TCOM and after the coursework has been fully vetted and approved by the associate dean of undergraduate education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the student receives a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from UT Dallas.
In the SOM, the Executive Master of Science in Healthcare Management (for physicians and select senior healthcare administrators) is jointly taught by both UT Dallas and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UT Southwestern) faculty members. UT Dallas awards the degree, and UT Southwestern awards Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. The Certificate in Healthcare Management is jointly signed and awarded by both institutions .Program Control
In accordance with state requirements and guidelines from the UT System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), as well as in consideration of requirements from accrediting agencies such as SACS, ABET, ASHE, and AACSB, all degree programs undergo the same curricular and program review processes as outlined in the responses to Principles 2.7.2 , 18.104.22.168 , and 3.5.1 . Faculty members in each discipline design, implement, and periodically review all aspects of the curriculum including each course’s individual student learning objectives, which are published in the syllabi . The faculties in all seven schools have developed assessment plans for all degree programs; those assessment plans detail specific program objectives and measures that align with each degree program’s mission statement. The program assessments utilize AT6 which documents the findings and the closing-the-loop initiatives in the annual report       . As part of the process, the faculty members meet to discuss the findings and to coordinate changes in the curriculum as necessary   . To ensure that the faculties continue to oversee the design, implementation, and review process, the Academic Senate and the Office of the Provost formally require each school to write bylaws consistent with general university policy. The Academic Senate provides guidelines indicating general elements such as curricular oversight, and pointing out the policies with which the bylaws need to comply. Six of the seven schools have finished their bylaws (the School of General Studies is revising its first draft); they are attached in the supporting documents       .
At the undergraduate level, the Office of Undergraduate Education coordinates undergraduate education across the seven schools. The Council for Undergraduate Education (CUE) is composed of the seven associate deans of undergraduate education from the academic units and chaired by the dean of undergraduate education . The CUE oversees lower-division admissions, academic advising and degree requirements, and develops and implements educational policy in coordination with the Committee on Educational Policy  and the Academic Senate . Staff members of the Office of Undergraduate Education manage the freshman admission review process and Academic Excellence Scholarship programs. They coordinate academic advising, operate the Learning Resource Center, administer the teaching evaluation system, monitor academic compliance for NCAA athletes, manage pre-professional training programs, and supervise the Collegium V honors program as well as all intellectual competition teams. In addition, all freshman and sophomore students without declared majors are advised in the Office of Undergraduate Education Advising Center. All of these functions are assessed using AT6     .
At the graduate level, UT Dallas also maintains complete control of both master’s and doctoral degrees. Faculty members control all aspects of the degree-granting process . Admission Committees within the academic units determine and manage the review of graduate program applicants , the awarding of assistantships , and the supervision of independent research. As with undergraduates, the university also supervises student evaluations of each course .
The Council on Graduate Education, comprised of the associate deans of graduate education, advises the dean of graduate studies on all aspects of graduate education at UT Dallas . The council’s primary functions include coordination of all academic procedures with regard to the conferring of higher degrees, establishment of policies (consistent with the general academic policies of the university recommended by the Committee on Educational Policy and the Academic Senate and adopted by the university), review of candidates for higher degrees, preparation of the graduate catalog, and participation in the review of proposed graduate programs. The various operations of the Office of the Graduate Dean are assessed using AT6  .