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Tuning Texas Through Lumina Foundation

The Tuning Texas project began in 2009 with the acquisition of a grant through Lumina Foundation.

Definition of Tuning  

"Tuning" is a faculty-led pilot project designed to define what students must know, understand, and be able to demonstrate after completing a degree in a specific field, and to provide an indication of the knowledge, skills, and abilities students should achieve prior to graduation at different levels along the educational pipeline - in other words, a body of knowledge and skills for an academic discipline in terms of outcomes and levels of achievement of its graduates.

Tuning provides an expected level of competency achievement at each step along the process of becoming a professional: expectations at the beginning of pre-professional study, at the beginning of professional study, and at the transition to practice. It involves seeking input from students, recent graduates, and employers to establish criterion-referenced learning outcomes and competencies by degree level and subject area. Through Tuning, students have a clear "picture" of what is expected and can efficiently plan their educational experience to achieve those expectations. The objective is not to standardize programs offered by different institutions, but to better establish the quality and relevance of degrees in various academic disciplines.

Texas Tuning Project

From 2009 through 2013, twelve disciplines were tuned in Texas. To view information on any of the products, please click on the links below. Note: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) documents for each group of disciplines outlines the transfer compact guidelines that are intended to assist students in taking courses needed for bachelor's degrees and successfully transferring them to participating institutions.

Memorandum of Understanding for Mathematics and Science

Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics

Memorandum of Understanding for Business and Information Systems

Business 
Computer Information Systems and Sciences (CIS) 
Management Information Systems (MIS)

Memorandum of Understanding for Engineering

Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Courses that were fine-tuned, or rewritten for the Academic Course Guide Manual to include Student Learning Objectives agreed upon by faculty experts in the discipline, are shown in Annex A.

Recommended two-year transfer plans and prerequisite flowcharts for classes taken during the first two years of study are shown in Annex B.

Without the cooperation of the faculty members who devoted an entire year to their respective tuning processes, this project would not have been completed:

2009 Mechanical Engineering Transfer Compact Committee
2010 Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering (TOCE)
2011 Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering and Science (TOCES)
2012 Tuning Oversight Council for Mathematics, Business, and Information Systems (TOCMBI)

Institutions of higher learning currently participating in the transfer compacts for Engineering and Science programs can be seen here. Additional institutions will be added as they become available. Institutions are currently examining the 2012 TOCMBI products before agreeing to sign the transfer compact.

For additional information on the Texas Tuning Project, please visit the original site, located here.


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