Each institution must submit a Low-Producing Response Form and address every low-producing program. The Request for Temporary Exemption Form is optional.
|Low-Producing Program||Proposed Action|
1 Phase Out of Low-Producing Programs
Identify end date. This is the last date that currently enrolled students may receive this degree. This will encourage currently enrolled students to graduate in a timely manner. No new students may be admitted to a program at any time during the phase-out period. Additional information is optional.
2 Consolidate Low-Producing Program(s) with Existing Program(s)
The consolidation of programs can be used to combine programs with similar curricular components. A low-producing program may be combined with a program currently listed in your institution's program inventory (Example 1). As the THECB program inventory does not list concentrations or tracks, institutions may combine programs with similar curricular components to create a "new" program (Example 2). The consolidated program's CIP code should reflect the description of all tracks/concentrations within the consolidated program.
NOTE: Consolidated programs are not considered new programs but a grouping of similar previously approved programs. The start date for a consolidated program will be the start date of the oldest existing program.
|Programs to be consolidated||Consolidated Programs|
|MS||Agriculture Business and Management|
|BFA||Studio Art - Metals|
|BFA||Studio Art - Ceramics|
|BFA||Studio Art - Sculpture|
NOTE: As applicable, the consolidated program must adhere to the GIPWE requirements, Standards for Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (Chapter 5, Subchapter C, §5.45), or the criteria for doctoral programs (Chapter 5, Subchapter C, §5.46) and the 18 Characteristics of a Texas Public Doctoral Programs.
3 Request for Temporary Exemption for a Low-Producing Program
Complete the Request for Temporary Exemption form.
The institution must demonstrate evidence that the low-producing degree program contributes to meeting Closing the Gaps initiatives or other Coordinating Board policies such as workforce needs in specific industries. Institutions must demonstrate that an effort is being made to increase enrollment, limit cost inefficiencies, and improve student success.
The institution may also request a temporary exemption for a program that is composed exclusively of courses required for other existing degrees and there is very limited or no additional cost associated with the degree.
Coordinating Board staff will evaluate the request for a temporary exemption. Approvals will be for a period of time determined by Coordinating Board staff after discussion with the institution.