Compliance Certification Report

2.7.3
The institution requires in each undergraduate degree program the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that (1) is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree, (2) ensures breadth of knowledge, and (3) is based on a coherent rationale. For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent; for baccalaureate programs, a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification if it allows for fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit of general education courses. (General Education)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston does not offer lower division courses for undergraduates. All three programs that award baccalaureate degrees Baccalaureate degrees at UTMB (the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care) have prerequisites for admission that meet core curriculum requirements set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) (1) and the Texas Education Code (2). “Core curriculum” is defined by both of these entities as “the curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduates of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic undergraduate degree.” The Texas core curriculum covers 42 semester credit hours. Of these, 36 hours must be apportioned among classes in communication, mathematics, natural sciences, humanities/art, and social/behavioral science. The remaining six hours is selected from some combination of core curriculum classes. Texas law requires that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless he or she has taken and passed six semester credit hours in American (including Texas) government and six semester credit hours in American history. Three hours of Texas history may be substituted for one-half the history requirement (3). At UTMB, the Texas government requirement may be satisfied by correspondence study prior to or after matriculation of the student (4).

Because a student cannot graduate with a baccalaureate degree from UTMB unless they have satisfied these core curriculum requirements, students are therefore required to complete these courses at a regionally accredited institution and transfer them into UTMB. If a student’s transcript from another Texas public college or university indicates that the student has completed that institution’s core curriculum, no additional core curriculum requirements will be imposed. If a student has not completed the core requirement at another Texas institution prior to entering UTMB, UTMB will accept academic credits from another Texas public college or university for the core curriculum courses successfully completed with grades of “C” or better. UTMB may accept academic coursework from private or out of state academic institutions to satisfy the core curriculum requirement based on UTMB policies for acceptance of transfer credit.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the UTMB Enrollment Services or the respective school/program office if they have questions about courses that may satisfy core curriculum requirements (5). UTMB’s Enrollment Services uses standard practices that are in compliance with AACRAO Guidelines for transfer of credit.
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Source
1
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 4, Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter B, Transfer of Credit, Core Curriculum and Field of Study Curricula, Section 4.23, Definitions
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=4&Subchapter=B
2
Texas Education Code, Section 61.821 (1)
http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/ed.toc.htm
3
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 4, Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter B, Transfer of Credit, Core Curriculum and Field of Study Curricula, Section 4.28, Core Curriculum
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=4&Subchapter=B
4
UTMB General Information Catalog, 2007-2009. Undergraduate Requirements for Admission, p. 8
http://www.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/PDF/Catalogs/Gen%20Info%20Catalog%2007-09web.pdf
5
UTMB General Information Catalog, 2007-2009, Core Curriculum Policy, p. 9
http://intranet.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/PDF/Catalogs/Gen%20Info%20Catalog%2007-09web.pdf