Guidelines for New Program Maps

1. Please review the courses in your programs and compare with other programs in your designated area of study.

  • What commonalities exist in terms of student learning outcomes and/or existing courses?
  • To what extent might a common first semester of coursework be devised for all of the programs within your area of study? Has a preferred sequence of courses been identified?

2. Is there any unnecessary duplication of courses across the programs within the Area of Study?

  • Are there gaps or missing courses to help students develop the competencies and SLO required?
  • Are there electives that have a commonality and can serve as default on multiple programs in your area of study?

3. There must be at least 15 SCH difference in terms of required course work before a program “specialization” may constitute a separate associate degree. Further, there should be a limited number of “specializations” prior to the associate degree award. Specializations of less than 15 SCH may still be listed in the Catalog and posted on student’s transcripts and diplomas.

  • Can some specializations be offered more properly as an advanced certificate post-degree as opposed to pre-degree?

4. All programs should have transfer options that provide students with opportunities for maximal transfer of credits.

  • What are the baccalaureate transfer options for your program? Please ensure inclusion of local options (Texas State, UT-Austin, St. Edward’s, Concordia, Huston-Tillotson, as well as other “good” options – universities noted for the program, on-line options, reasonable cost options, etc.)
  • How many semester credit hours (SCH) in your program will transfer and count toward the baccalaureate MAJOR requirements at the receiving university?

5. All certificates should be articulated with a degree. If a certificate doesn’t lead to a degree, then it probably should be offered instead via Continuing Education.

6. AAS programs could and should be articulated with BAAS or BAT options.

  • Do opportunities exist for a 3+1 agreement with universities for AAS students?