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ACGM Learning Outcomes Project

New Course Descriptions and Learning Outcomes Adopted for the Spring 2015 ACGM for Implementation Fall 2015

The courses revised during 2014 as part of the Learning Outcomes Project came from the following disciplines: Agriculture (AGRI), Biology (BIOL), Communication (COMM), EDUC (Teacher Education Courses), Geography (GEOG), Physical Education (PHED), and TECA (Early Childhood Education). Not all courses in the disciplines were revised. Additionally, single courses in the disciplines of HECO (Home Economics) and Horticulture (HORT) were revised because the courses are cross-listed in two disciplines.

The Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) is the official list of courses approved for general academic transfer that may be offered by public community and technical colleges in Texas for state funding. As part of an effort to improve the ACGM and statewide course transfer, Board staff are engaged in a project to develop student learning outcomes for some of the most frequently taught courses across the state. For each round of this project, a specific series of steps are taken.

After identifying a set of frequently taught ACGM courses, Board staff begin the process of recruiting faculty from the appropriate discipline areas from public two-year and four-year institutions. Work groups are formed for each discipline, composed of equal numbers of faculty from the two types of institutions, and are guided by a designated Board staff member. The faculty work groups review a large sample of course syllabi from public institutions, identify the common elements, and create updated course descriptions and sets of student learning outcomes for each course under consideration.

These descriptions and outcomes are publicly posted for comments. Board staff collect and organize the comments, taking particular note of those that recommend substantive changes to the materials. The comments are then brought back to the faculty work groups, who discuss and decide by majority vote which comments to incorporate into the descriptions and outcomes. The final draft materials are then considered by the ACGM Advisory Committee, which makes the final recommendations concerning the adoption of the materials into the ACGM for the next published edition.

The above link is to the revised courses as adopted at the November 6, 2014 ACGM Advisory Committee Meeting. The revised courses and new learning outcomes will be included in the Spring 2015 ACGM. If you have questions about the project or the ACGM please contact Rebecca Leslie (Rebecca.Leslie@thecb.state.tx.us)

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