The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) adopted rules to streamline the approval process for most new bachelor's and master's degree programs (Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Section 5.44). In October 2009, the THECB adopted similar rules to streamline the approval process for career technical certificate and applied associate degree programs (Chapter 9, Subchapter E, Section 9.93).
The rules include development of a process for the periodic review of the performance of existing degree programs. The undergraduate Existing Program Performance Review (EPPR) aligns with the THECB's task of outcome-based assessment and provides institutions with information to assist in program improvement. The undergraduate EPPR will not lead to or result in the closure of programs. The information is being made available to provide institutions with consistent and comparable programmatic-level data to assist with strategic planning, internal programmatic review, and program development.
Award Categories and Measure Definitions
All data are derived from CBM reports and federal databases. Institutions are not responsible for providing additional information.Three program levels have been identified for review (certificate, associate, and bachelor's). Award categories included in the review are:
With input from the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, THECB staff developed quantitative measures of a program's performance. Most of the quantitative measures definitions align with the Accountability System measures; however, some modifications to definitions were made, as appropriate for applicability at the program level. While every effort was made to develop measures that are consistent across program types, some variation exists because of the different nature and purpose of each program type. The measure definitions can be found on the EPPR System's User Guide.
THECB staff have determined that evaluating comparable quantitative measures of similar undergraduate programs may help institutions define program efficiency and effectiveness. Institutions may consider using this data for internal programmatic review of student success and program performance indicators. At this time, institutions will not be required to respond to the THECB based on the review information nor will the information be used for current program evaluation. However, EPPR data may be used in the staff evaluation of new program requests for doctoral programs, engineering programs, and programs costing over $2 million.
Statewide and Accountability Peer Group Program Review
The data for all programs is processed annually and posted on the THECB website. THECB staff will review selected programs on a rotating basis over a 10-year period. The review consists of a summative evaluation of statewide and Accountability Peer Groups trends in reviewed disciplines.
Career Technical Certificates, Applied Associate & Baccalaureate Programs:
THECB staff developed a year-by-year schedule of 2-digit Classification of Instruction Programs (CIP) code. All programs within the 2-digit CIP code are reviewed at the 4-digit level.
Academic Associate Programs:
As many institutions' data are not subdivided at the programmatic level, all data for academic associate programs is presented and reviewed as a single unit.
THECB staff welcomes recommendations and queries regarding the existing program performance review components. Please conta Duane Hiller (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any comments or questions.
Staff will make every effort to keep institutions up-to-date on the implementation of the existing program performance review, including any proposed changes.