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, Coordinating Board staff have facilitated the Learning Outcomes Project to develop student learning outcomes for the lower division courses.
For each round of this project, a specific series of steps are taken. After identifying a set of ACGM courses for revision, Coordinating Board staff recruit faculty from the appropriate discipline areas from public two-year and four-year institutions. The faculty workgroups are formed for each discipline, composed of equal numbers of faculty from the two types of institutions, and are guided by staff members. The faculty workgroups 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.
The courses with the proposed revisions are posted on the Coordinating Board website and faculty are invited to review and comment on the descriptions and outcomes. Coordinating Board staff collect and organize the comments, taking particular note of those that recommend substantive changes to the materials. All comments are brought back to the faculty workgroups, who review the comments for ways to improve their work. The faculty workgroups collectively determine changes to be made to the course descriptions and learning outcomes based on the comments. The final draft of materials is considered by the ACGM Advisory Committee. The ACGM Advisory Committee approves and makes recommendations of changes to the ACGM. Questions and comments about the Learning Outcomes Project may be submitted by email to Rebecca Leslie (Rebecca.Leslie@thecb.state.tx.us).