2007 Reaffirmation Teams
3.4.7 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams
The institution ensures the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortia relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the purpose of the institution.
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) ensures the quality of the education programs and courses through consortial relationships and contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the consortial relationships against the mission of the university. UT Dallas utilizes SACS definitions for consortial and contractual agreements. A consortial relationship is one in which two or more institutions share the task of developing and implementing courses and programs based on agreed upon standards. A contractual agreement is one in which an institution contracts for the delivery of courses or programs by another institution or service provider.Articulation Agreements
The mission of UT Dallas is to serve the Metroplex and the State of Texas as a global leader in education and research ; therefore, the university has developed articulation agreements to simplify the transfer process for incoming students from other Texas institutions of higher education. At the most basic level, articulation agreements are course by course transfer guides with other Texas two and four-year public institutions that detail how coursework at one institution will apply to the degree requirements at UT Dallas. Such agreements are based in recommendations from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) through its Standing Committee on Lower-Division General Academic and Transfer Issues as well as the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual Advisory Committee which publishes the Academic Course Guide Manual-a listing of all lower-division academic courses in Texas that can be taught at community colleges and can be transferred to other public higher education institutions . The manual provides transparency to the transfer process, which is further benefited by the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) . Based on that information, UT Dallas has fashioned specific articulation agreements for each undergraduate degree profile that the university offers and has customized the agreements for UT Dallas’ largest transfer partners-Collin County  and Dallas County Community College Districts . A generic articulation guide, used by all Texas public institutions based on the TCCNS, is also available for students . The complete list of transfer guides is posted on UT Dallas’ website. The university does not accept any transfer coursework completed with a grade less than C, and transfer courses contribute to the hours required for graduation but are not a part of a student’s grade point average (GPA).UT TeleCampus
UT Dallas participates in The University of Texas System TeleCampus (UTTC) . UTTC is a central support unit that facilitates distance learning or e-learning initiatives for the various institutions within The University of Texas System (UT System). UTTC staff support and promote the development of distance learning programs and courses to further the UT institutions’ goals of providing more access to higher education for the residents of Texas and beyond. UTTC does not award credit or degrees but facilitates collaboration among the universities by providing cost-effective tools, methods, and services for distance education programming. UTTC has established oversight committees “to address quality issues of courses offered….Oversight of the development and delivery of a program will be provided by these committees, which will meet regularly to make decisions, and to share ideas and experiences. Ongoing monitoring of courses and program quality will be the responsibility of both the institutions and these collaborative groups .” Standards for UTTC courses are consistent with those maintained for courses taught on the individual campuses as set forth in the UTTC Principles of Good Practice Agreement . UT Dallas students who take classes from UTTC can transfer the courses for their degree plan to fulfill their degree requirements.
As discussed in the response to Principle 2.7.4 , UT Dallas offers one online degree (MAT in science education) via UTTC, one chess education certificate program, and classes in management and criminal justice. All these courses are required to have course objectives and to follow the practices outlined in the aforementioned Principles of Good Practice Agreement, and are subject to the normal curriculum review by the appropriate school, department, or program curriculum review committee. The MAT in science education and the chess certificate program are annually assessed using UT Dallas’ web-based assessment tool, AT6. The annual reports for 2006 and 2007 are included in the supporting documents    . Of particular pedagogical interest, the MAT in science education program has been so successful in implementing new practices in enhancing information literacy that the U.S. Distance Learning Association presented the gold award in Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching to one of the instructors, Rebekah Nix . UT System awarded Nix and her colleague, Cynthia Ledbetter, the UT Library Director’s Award for Excellence in Library Resource Integration.International Exchange Agreements
Under the direction of the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office, the Office of International Education (OIE) has entered into a variety of exchange programs that allow UT Dallas students an opportunity to develop their educational and personal goals while studying abroad. Programs identified as “exchange” mean that a UT Dallas student studies abroad at university “A,” while a student from this same institution comes to study at UT Dallas. In other words, “exchange students” are literally exchanged from one institution to another, while registering and paying tuition and fees at the home institution. A complete list of the schools that UT Dallas has exchange agreements with is available at the OIE website . OIE closely collaborates on the design of exchange programs with administrative and academic units, including the Office of Records, Financial Aid Office, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Dean of Graduate Studies in order to satisfy institutional protocol and make the exchange process seamless. The operational support services of OIE are assessed annually by using AT6  .
All exchange agreements are governed by THECB rules and regulations governing reciprocal educational exchange programs . Each exchange agreement is regulated by affiliation agreements approved by the UT System Office of General Council . The exchange agreements govern admission, course of study, academic credit, student finances, and responsibility for supervision; a sample exchange agreement with Phillips-Universitat Marburg, Germany is included in the supporting documents . Students who participate in exchange programs or any other type of international education program must have all academic credit approved by an associate dean, the registrar, and OIE prior to entrance into the international program . Student requests for transfer of exchange program credit are reviewed course by course by the associate dean for undergraduate education in their academic unit . The associate deans have the full resources of the Council for Undergraduate Education to determine the appropriateness of each class to contribute hours to a UT Dallas degree . As with all other transfer credit, no grade below a “C” is accepted for transfer and such credit contributes hours toward degree requirements but is not computed in a student’s GPA.Clinical Practicum
Students receiving a B.S. in speech-language pathology and audiology, an M.S. in communication disorders, or a doctorate in audiology must meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The university enters into Educational Experience Affiliation Agreements  and Program Agreements  with hospitals and other healthcare providers to provide a setting within which graduate students can fulfill the clinical obligations for their degrees. Each type of agreement is governed by the previously cited contracts which are approved by the UT System Office of General Counsel (OGC). These agreements are in full compliance with SACS Commission on Colleges’ policy statement on joint curricular ventures involving the awarding of credit by member institutions  and specify the responsibilities of each party, identify the relevant liaisons, ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, and permit full inspection of services and facilities by SACS. Examples of these agreements are included in the supporting documents    . Clinical credit is awarded on a “Pass/Fail” basis and contributes hours to a graduate degree but is not computed in the student GPA. The supervisors of the practicum students turn in written evaluations of the students work to the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ practicum coordinator, and the students also turn in written evaluations of their experiences. All three academic programs are monitored closely by the associate deans (respectively) for undergraduate and graduate education, and all three programs are assessed using AT6. The 2006 and 2007 annual reports are included as supporting documents      .Archer Center Program
In 2000, UT System established the Archer Center in conjunction with former U.S. Representative Bill Archer  as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, economics, and persuasion. Beginning in fall 2007, UT Dallas will serve as the host institution for the courses, and the Office of Undergraduate Education at UT Dallas will coordinate faculty hiring and will manage course evaluations for the program. The actual center will continue to reside within and to be coordinated by the UT System Office of Federal Relations . Archer Fellows intern with organizations such as the United Nations Information Centre, the U.S. Department of State, and many offices within the White House and on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies, and with non-profit organizations. The internships require a detailed accounting of the students’ activities which are monitored and evaluated by an instructor of record . The selection process for admission into the program is rigorous, and UT Dallas is afforded the opportunity to bring only the best representatives from throughout Texas.
All Archer participants complete 12 hours of academic credit during their internship semester in Washington, DC. Students accepted into the Archer Program from any UT System institution register for Archer Fellowship courses at their home institution, but effective fall 2007, the home institution will forward the tuition and fees collected from participating students to the UT Dallas campus where they will be allocated to the Archer Program. Each semester students will complete the course evaluation forms used by all students  to rate their satisfaction with classes and instructors.
The Director of UT Dallas’ Collegium V Honors Program travels to Washington each semester to speak directly with students and faculty about course content and instruction as well as students overall satisfaction with the program. An annual report is submitted by the Archer Board to UT System. Further details are available in the November 2006 program overview . Grades are distributed to each institution at the end of the semester. Every component institution completes and signs a memorandum of understanding approved by UT System Board of Regents and OGC that specified the rights and responsibilities of each university in the agreement .Seven-Year Biology B.S./DO Program
UT Dallas has consortial relationships with a local SACS accredited institution, The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). The biology program has developed an accelerated program that, in conjunction with TCOM, provides UT Dallas biology majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science degree from UT Dallas and a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree (DO) 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 DO 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 degree in biology from UT Dallas.MS in Healthcare Management
In the School of Management, 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. 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 . Both the M.S. in healthcare management and the certificate in healthcare management are assessed annually using UT Dallas’ assessment tool, AT6  .