The Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) courses revised during 2014 as part of the Learning Outcomes Project come 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), Horticulture (HORT) and Sociology (SOCI) were revised because the courses are cross-listed in two disciplines.
We invite faculty to review and comment on the descriptions and outcomes. In order to simplify the process of incorporating public comments into the final product, we would appreciate receiving one collective comment from each department, rather than separate comments from each faculty member. The public comment period will begin September 15, 2014 and will end on October 15, 2014. Please submit comments by email to Rebecca Leslie (Rebecca.Leslie@thecb.state.tx.us).
Coordinating Board staff will collect and organize the comments, taking particular note of those that recommend substantive changes to the materials. The comments will be 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 will be considered by the ACGM Advisory Committee at their November meeting.
By way of background, the 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, Coordinating Board staff have facilitated the Learning Outcomes 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, Coordinating Board staff recruit faculty from the appropriate discipline areas from public two-year and four-year institutions. The faculty work groups are formed for each discipline, composed of equal numbers of faculty from the two types of institutions, and are guided staff members. 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.