The Tuning Texas project began in 2009 with the acquisition of a grant through Lumina Foundation.
"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.
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.
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)
For additional information on the Texas Tuning Project, please visit the original site, located here.