Core Requirement 2.7.1

 

The institution offers one of more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification for all that include fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit. (Program Length)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

All degree programs at Vernon College meet the requirements for the associate level, which is the only applicable level. The accepted standards and practices for degree programs are determined for Vernon College by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

 

The Texas Education Code authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to adopt policies, enact regulations, and establish rules for the coordination of postsecondary certificate and associate degree programs eligible for state appropriations. Academic associate degree programs must consist of a minimum of 60 Semester Credit Hours and a maximum of 66 Semester Credit Hours. The Texas Education Code authorizes the THECB to adopt policies, enact regulations, and establish rules for the coordination of postsecondary technical and vocational certificate and associate degree programs eligible for state appropriations. According to the THECB Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education (GIPWE), workforce education degrees must be limited to a total of 60-72 semester credit hours.

 

Vernon College utilizes semester hours to determine academic credit hence, no explanation of an alternate equivalency is needed. Furthermore, since Vernon College does not offer any associate degrees that include fewer than the required number of semester credit hours, no justification for requiring fewer than 60 semester credit hours is needed.

 

Documentation

 

1.    The Texas Education Code

2.    Academic associate degree programs, Texas Administrative Code

3.    Workforce Education Programs, GIPWE