2007 Reaffirmation Teams
3.5.3 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams
The institution defines and publishes requirements for its undergraduate programs, including its general education components. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs. (Note: Formerly CS 3.4.10)
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) publishes its defined requirements for undergraduate academic programs, including the general education core curriculum components. The published standards follow the guidelines mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and represent standard practice for such academic programs. All undergraduate programs have been approved by UT Dallas program faculty, the Committee on Educational Policy , the Academic Senate, The University of Texas System (UT System), and the THECB.General Education Core Curriculum
UT Dallas has defined a general education core curriculum that complies with the standards put forth in THECB’S Rule 4.28 . When freshmen were first admitted into UT Dallas, the Academic Senate appointed a committee of faculty members to develop, with input from the general faculty and administrators, the core curriculum. This committee soon became a standing committee, the Core Curriculum Committee, charged with approving and monitoring the core curriculum . The eight components of UT Dallas’ core curriculum are: a) six hours of Rhetoric and Composition, b) six hours of Mathematics and Quantitative Analysis, c) nine hours of Natural Science, d) three hours of Humanities, e) three hours of Fine Arts, f) six hours of US History, g) six hours of Texas and US Government, and h) three hours of Social/Behavioral Science. The conceptual definitions of the eight component areas of the core curriculum are published in both the paper and online versions of the undergraduate catalog along with the major learning objectives of each component area  . The specific courses that satisfy core curriculum requirements each semester are published in the Course Lookup online schedule of classes . The university also publishes guides to help transfer students select Texas Common Courses that will satisfy core curriculum and major requirements at UT Dallas  . In accordance with THECB Rule 4.28, core curriculum courses are completely transferable among all Texas state institutions, and students completing the entire core curriculum at one institution are not required to take additional core curriculum courses at any state institution to which they transfer. Additional information about the general education component and the assessment thereof is available in the response to Principles 2.7.3  and 3.5.1 .Undergraduate Degree Programs
All undergraduate degree programs at UT Dallas have designated United States Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes in accordance with THECB policies ; therefore, UT Dallas’ undergraduate programs are aligned with undergraduate programs throughout Texas and the United States. These programs also meet standards outlined by the THECB in Sections 5.45  of its rules. All current programs have been found to meet the standards on quality and appropriateness of the UT System set forth in Series 40307 of the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations . The new program request form used for the recent approval of the B.A. and B.S. degrees in international political economy is included below in the supporting documents to demonstrate the review and approval process . Additionally, external agencies such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have examined and fully accredited the UT Dallas academic programs under their purview.
All UT Dallas degree programs have been designed in accordance with Series 40307 of the Regents’ Rules  and with THECB’s Rule 5.45 . These rules stipulate that each bachelor’s program require at least 120 total semester credit hours and require at least 24 hours in the major; the rules also stipulate that degree requirements be comparable to similar degrees in the state, and that requirements meet, where applicable, state and national accreditation, licensure, or certification standards.
UT Dallas’ Policy Memorandum 94-III-24-63, Academic Program Review , governs the periodic review of academic programs and charges the review team to provide an “assessment of the goals, plans, staffing, resources, existing and potential strengths, etc., of the unit, and those areas needing improvement.” The review process occurs on a five-year cycle and includes a peer review team which incorporates both internal and external members. The review team evaluates the unit as requested by a written charge prepared by the provost after consultation with the Program Review Committee. The charge specifically asks the review team to evaluate the quality, the effectiveness, and the efficiency of the undergraduate curricula and their delivery.
Degree requirements are published in both the paper and online versions of the undergraduate catalog . Specific program descriptions include: a) a description of the program and its aims, b) the number of credit hours required, c) core curriculum requirements, d) lower-division major requirements, e) upper-division major requirement, f) elective requirements, and g) descriptions of course offerings  . The courses that satisfy degree program requirements each semester are published in the Course Lookup online schedule of classes . Within the undergraduate catalog, each degree program listed includes a general description of what students can reasonably expect from the program in relation to outcomes or possible post-graduation employment or study. Additionally, program objectives are included on the UT Dallas website . All degree programs are reviewed as a part of the annual program assessment process (additional information is available in the response to Principle 126.96.36.199 ) and as part of the catalog preparation cycle. The academic program approval process is outlined in the response to Principle 3.4.1 . Similarly, as discussed in the response to Principle 4.6 , UT Dallas’ recruitment materials provide an accurate portrayal of the university’s academic programs and requirements.