Comprehensive Standard 3.5.2


At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. In the case of undergraduate degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns 25 percent of the credits required for the degree through instruction offered by the participating institutions. (See Commission policy “The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit.”) (Institutional Credits for a Degree)






Vernon College maintains a curriculum that is directly related and appropriate to the purposes and goals of the institution and the certificates and degrees awarded as expressed in the vision, mission, values, and goals of the institution. This includes offering college-level transfer courses, associate degrees, and certificates. The Vernon College Catalog (both online and in print) outlines the general standards that must be met for all certificates and degrees it awards. An excerpt from the General Degree and Certificate Requirements policy reads as follows: “Satisfactorily complete at least twenty-five percent (25%) of college-level courses required for the certificate or degree in residence at Vernon College.” All Vernon College courses are listed in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) and the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM). Course equivalencies are determined using the guidelines established in the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) and comparisons of course descriptions and learning objectives.


The course requirements of all degrees offered at Vernon College are appropriate to the degree offered. To ensure the requirements are current and appropriate, faculty and the appropriate Division Chair evaluate the course degree requirements each year prior to the publishing of the College Catalog. Additionally, faculty for workforce education degrees and certificates meet with advisory committees to ensure the appropriateness of all requirements for those programs.




1.    General Degree and Certificate Requirements, Vernon College Catalog

2.    Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) Website