Federal Requirement 4.4 

 

Program length is appropriate for each of the institutionís educational programs. (Program Length)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

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 and must incorporate the institution's approved core curriculum. Vernon Collegeís Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate of Arts in Teaching comply with these requirements.

 

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.

A level one certificate must consist of at least 15 and no more than 42 semester credit hours.  A level two certificate must consist of at least 43 and no more than 59 semester credit hours.  Vernon Collegeís Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) and certificate of completions comply with these requirements.

 

A complete listing of all associate degrees and certificate programs, program length, and curricula associated with each program is found in the Vernon College General Catalog.

 

Documentation

 

1.    The Texas Education Code

2.    Academic associate degree programs, Texas Administrative Code

3.    Workforce Education Programs, GIPWE

4.    Vernon College General Catalog