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Low-Producing Program Information

The FY2008-2012 Annual Report of Low-Producing Programs (FY08-12 LPP-[institution].xlsx) includes all programs and the number of graduates from fall 2007 through summer 2012. A response must be submitted for all programs that do not meet the 5-year thresholds of productivity (i.e., are "low-producing") defined in Chapter 4, Subchapter R, §4.285-4.293. The response is due by May 1, 2013. Response options include phasing-out, consolidating, or requesting a temporary exemption.

The following information provides guidance in analyzing the report and developing responses to the Coordinating Board.

Programs exempt from evaluation and not included in the annual report:

  • New programs: programs approved for implementation after August 31, 2002
  • Programs being phased out
  • Academic associate degrees (AA, AS, & AAT programs)
  • Master's programs embedded in a doctoral program sharing the same CIP code
  • Workforce certificate programs (The number of workforce certificate program completers is combined with the number of graduates of the corresponding AAS program, if available.)
  • Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate-level certificate programs
  • Programs granted a 4-year temporary exemption in response to the FY2006-2010 Annual Report of Low-Producing Programs
  • Programs granted a 2- or 4-year temporary exemption in response to the FY2007-2011 Annual Report of Low-Producing Programs

Thresholds:

Yellow 3rd year watch - Programs identified as not meeting three-year thresholds. These data are provided for information purposes only. No response required.

  • Associate & Bachelor's = fewer than 15 graduates in the last three years
  • Master's = fewer than 9 graduates in the last three years
  • Doctoral & Professional = fewer than 6 graduates in the last three years

Orange 4th year alert- Programs identified as not meeting three-year thresholds. These data are provided for information purposes only. No response required.

  • Associate & Bachelor's = fewer than 15 graduates in the last three years
  • Master's = fewer than 9 graduates in the last three years
  • Doctoral & Professional = fewer than 6 graduates in the last three years

Red 5th year action - Programs identified as not meeting five-year thresholds. Response required.

  • Associate & Bachelor's = fewer than 25 graduates in the last five years
  • Master's = fewer than 15 graduates in the last five years
  • Doctoral & Professional = fewer than 10 graduates in the last five years

Notes:

1. Only programs subject to evaluation are included in the report for review. This list of programs should not be considered an equivalent of the program inventory.

2. All data are taken from the CBM009 as reported by the institution to the THECB. An approved program listed in the program inventory for which the number of graduates was not reported on the CBM 009 has been assigned a zero (0).

3. The number of graduates of consolidated programs is the sum of the former individual programs as reported in CBM 009.  

4. Programs at Community Colleges

a. The graduates from applied associate awards and corresponding workforce certificate award completers are combined into one program at the four- or six-digit CIP code according to Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education (GIPWE) recommendations.

  •  For example, the program under the CIP code 43.02XX (Fire Protection) would include the following awards (AAS degrees and certificates) in the count of graduates:
    • 43.0201 Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
    • 43.0202 Fire Services Administration
    • 43.0203 Fire Science/Firefighting

b. The start date of the program is determined by the earliest date of all awards within the program.

c. Awards being phased out and new awards (awards created after 8/31/2001) are included in calculating the total number of graduates in GIPWE consolidated programs.

d. Each AAS award within a low-producing program must be addressed in the institution's response. Certificate awards in low-producing programs will not be affected.

5. The number of program graduates includes 2010 CIP code updates. Programs split due to 2010 CIP code changes - FY2010 numbers reflect graduates reported under the 2010 CIP codes. FY2008 and FY2009 reflect the number of graduates of the previously combined programs.

 Name  Program CIP  FY08  FY09  FY10   FY11  FY12  5-Year Total 
 BFA Musical Theatre  50.0509.00*  14  20  19  7  8  68
 BM Performance  50.0903.00  14  20  9  11  7  61

 

 

* New 2010 CIP Code 

6. Any program changes approved after December 31, 2012 may not included.

7. Institutions offering programs as part of a consortium must indicate that all participating institutions have been notified.

8. Parent institutions with an extended unit awaiting SACS accreditation must indicate whether the extended unit intends to make similar changes to its program inventory. For a program that the parent institution elects to phase out but the extended unit elects to continue, the phase-out date at the parent institution must be on or after the date on which the extended unit is expected to receive SACS accreditation. No new students may be admitted to the program being phased out at the parent institution.

 


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