At its July 30, 2009 meeting, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) adopted rules that significantly streamline the approval process for most new bachelor's and master's degree programs (Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Section 5.44). In October 2009, the THECB adopted similar rules streamlining the approval process for career technical certificate and applied associate degree programs (Chapter 9, Subchapter E, Section 9.93). The rules adopted by the Board also included a directive to staff to develop a process for the periodic review of the performance of existing degree programs. This program performance review will align with the Coordinating Board's task of outcome-based assessment. Institutions would then have consistent and comparable programmatic-level data to assist with strategic planning and program development.
Three program levels have been identified for review:
With input from the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, THECB staff developed a review process that includes quantitative measures of a program's performance. Each program performance review template is divided into two main sections: (1) quantitative measures and (2) institutional commentary.
Draft definitions of the quantitative measures are provided in the Review Process section. Most of the quantitative measures are taken directly from the institution-wide Accountability System measures with modifications to the definitions as appropriate for applicability at the program level.
Institutions will supply additional information and explanatory notes in the commentary section.
THECB staff have attempted to keep measures consistent across program types, though some variation exists given the different nature and purpose of each program type. Measures include:
Upon the completion of the review process, the program's quantitative measures and commentary will be available online. The quantitative measures will show institutional, Peer Accountability Group and statewide data.
The publically accessible websites will be based on the following formats:
Coordinating Board staff welcome recommendations and queries regarding the program performance review components during this developmental stage. Please contact Lucy Heston (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Couch (email@example.com) with any comments or questions.
Staff will make every effort to keep institutions up-to-date on project status and significant changes. Below is the latest timeline for estimated project completion. Many factors may contribute to the alteration of this timeline.