2007 Reaffirmation Teams
3.4.1 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams
The institution demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is approved by the faculty and the administration.
Faculty and administration at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) approve each educational program for which academic credit is awarded. New academic programs originate with faculty in the individual schools, departments, and existing programs who determine the need for new degrees and specify the components and structure of new programs. The bylaws of the university’s seven schools assert the requirement for faculty approval of curricular changes and new programs       . The following statements from the bylaws of the School of Arts and Humanities (A&H) and the Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) exemplify this requirement: “Consistent with the policies of the university, the regular faculty shall establish and/or approve: (a) educational policy for the school, including approval of academic programs, curricula, and requirements for degrees or certificates offered by the school ,” and, “The departmental CGS (Committee on Graduate Studies) is responsible for evaluating and making recommendations to the faculty on all proposals for new or revised academic requirements, courses, and curricula within the department’s graduate program. All new graduate courses, special topics courses, etc. must be evaluated by the departmental CGS prior to submission to the departmental faculty .” The Committee on the Core Curriculum of the Academic Senate is charged with the origination and development of proposals regarding the core curriculum, “just as the Faculty of the various Programs and Schools act regarding their majors’ curricula and prerequisites .”
School, department, and program faculty develop the formal program proposals. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost aids the authors in the process, especially in correctly using the template  that is provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for description and justification of the program. Each proposal must meet the criteria for new programs stated in Section 5.45, Criteria for New Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs , or Section 5.46, Criteria for New Doctoral Programs , of the THECB’s rules currently in effect. Both Series 40307  of The University of Texas System (UT System) Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations and Section 5.45 of the THECB rules require that new academic programs establish their relevance to the university’s overall mission. In addition, new undergraduate programs must demonstrate compliance with the THECB’s requirements for the state-mandated core curriculum and field of study guidelines . In the case of certificate programs for which academic credit is awarded, the THECB criteria presented in Section 5.48, Criteria for Certificate Programs at Universities and Health-Related Institutions , apply. Proposals for distance learning programs are subject to the same approval reviews as proposals for programs designed for classroom delivery .
Depending on the degree level, new program proposals are forwarded from faculty units to either the Graduate Council  or the Council on Undergraduate Education . These administrative units review each proposal in terms of mission, standards, quality, compliance, faculty resources, and costs. In addition, the Council on Undergraduate Education reviews the core curriculum component of all undergraduate degrees. Following this review process, all proposals are forwarded to the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) . In the case of academic certificate programs, a full assessment plan must be submitted at this stage in order to allow the CEP to judge the rigor of the program . CEP is charged with reviewing the policies and procedures of all educational programs of the university, with respect to their quality, feasibility, necessity, and consistency with established academic policies, standards, and goals. If approved by the CEP, program proposals are then reviewed by the Academic Senate. Following this process, all new program proposals are submitted, with the approval of the provost, first to the UT System for its approval and then subsequently to the THECB which reviews the application and provides final approval. All degree programs at UT Dallas have been approved by the UT System and the THECB and can be found on the THECB’s website in its list of approved programs  . The approved proposal for the Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering is provided as an illustration of a completed application . Additional information regarding the program approval process is included in the response to Principles 2.7.2  and 126.96.36.199 .