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Tuning Texas Initiative and Voluntary Transfer Compacts

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.

Tuning Texas for Students and Parents - specific information on the tuning project designed for use by students and parents in planning a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in the fields tuned. 

Texas Tuning Project

From 2009 through 2013, 12 disciplines were tuned in Texas. To view information on any of the products, please click on the links below.


Voluntary Transfer Compacts

The purpose of the voluntary transfer compacts resulting from the Texas Tuning Project is to foster enhanced transfer processes for students and to provide them guidance with respect to what lower-division courses offer the best mechanism for obtaining a baccalaureate degree in the specified discipline -- Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical); Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Business; Computer Information Systems and Sciences; and Management Information Systems. 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 Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Annex A
Annex B
Participating Institutions

Detailed Tuning Documents

Memorandum of Understanding for Business and Information Systems
Annex A
Annex B
Participating Institutions

Detailed Tuning Documents
Computer Information Systems and Sciences (CIS) 
Management Information Systems (MIS)

Memorandum of Understanding for Engineering
Annex A
Annex B
Participating Institutions

Detailed Tuning Documents
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

The Tuning Texas project was made possible with the assistance of grant support from Lumina Foundation and the hard work of the faculty members who devoted their time and expertise to the respective tuning processes for their disciplines, particularly the energy and enthusiasm faculty members brought to their task. To view the faculty members who participated in each of the four Tuning Oversight Councils, please click on the links below:

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


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