Compliance Certification Report

4.2
The institution's curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded. (Program Curriculum)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) maintains a curricula that is directly related and appropriate to the institutional goals of the university as stated in its mission statement (1): ". . .To provide scholarly teaching, innovative scientific investigation, and state-of-the-art patient care in a learning environment to better the health of society. UTMB’s education programs enable the state’s talented individuals to become outstanding practitioners, teachers, and investigators in the health care sciences, thereby meeting the needs of the people of Texas and its national and international neighbors."

As an academic health sciences institution, UTMB’s curricula and degree programs enjoy a common focus on the healthcare sciences. The academic programs in each school are consistent with the institution’s mission statement and focus. They are also consistent with national standards for health profession education and are professionally accredited by their respective organizations and adhere to the accreditation standards of licensing and certification programs for medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical laboratory science, physician assistants, and respiratory care (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8). Details about each school’s curricula may be found in their respective school bulletin (9) (10) (11) (12) (13).

Within each of UTMB’s four schools, it is the responsibility of the faculty and the deans to provide curriculum oversight and ensure that all programs are consistent with the institutional mission. Each school has its own process for development, review, and approval of new degree and certificate programs, but they are generally initiated at the department or division level. The proposal is then forwarded to the curriculum committee and faculty organization within the school for review before being approved by the school’s dean and sent to both the Chief Academic Officer and the Council of Deans. Final institutional approval comes from the President of the university and the proposal is then submitted to the Executive Vice Chancellor of the UT-System Office of Health Affairs. If approved at this level, the proposal moves to the UT System Board of Regents (specifically the chair of the Subcommittee for Health Affairs) to ensure it meets the set of criteria established by the Regents (14) to assure that the program is consistent with the overall mission of the UT system, that it is of excellent quality, and that it reflects an efficient use of resources.

Once new academic programs are approved by the Regents, approval and oversight becomes the responsibility of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) (15), where the proposal is again weighed against the institutional mission, that any curriculum changes are consistent with current educational standards, and that adequate funding is available for implementation and sustainment. Oversight at the state level assures that new programs meet the standards of consistency with the university mission and ensure that the quality of educational offerings (see Comprehensive Standard 3.4.2).
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Source
1
UTMB Mission Statement
http://www.utmb.edu/mission/
2
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, II. Educational Program, C. Teaching and Evaluation, pp. 14-15
http://www.utmb.edu/mission/
3
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Accreditation/NewStandards.htm
4
Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Standard A.6.0, Program Evaluation
http://aota.org/nonmembers/area13/links/LINK31.asp
5
Evaluative Criteria for Accreditation of Education Programs for the Preparation of Physical Therapists, pp. B1-B34
http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=PT_Programs1&Template=/TaggedPa ge/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=132&ContentID=21559
6
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, pp. 4-11
http://www.naacls.org/PDFviewer.asp?mainUrl=/docs/standards_cls-mt.pdf
7
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant: Accreditation Manual
http://www.arc-pa.org/Standards/manual906withclarififyingchange.pdf
8
Standards and Guidelines for the Profession of Respiratory Care, IV. Student and Graduate Evaluation/Assessment, pp. 8-9
http://www.coarc.com/documents/new/CAAHEP-CoARC 2003 Standards.doc
9
UTMB School Catalogues and Bulletins
http://www.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/about/catalogs.html
10
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, p. 2
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/GSBSBulletin.pdf
11
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Mission Statement, p. 2
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
12
UTMB School of Medicine Mission Statement, p. 4
http://www.som.utmb.edu/SOM%20Bulletin%20web.pdf
13
UTMB School of Nursing Mission Statement, p. 3
http://www.son.utmb.edu/academic_programs/SON%20Bulletin%202007-2009.pdf
14
Regents' Rules and Regulations, Series 40307, Academic Program Approval Standards
http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/rules/40000Series/40307%202004%2012%2010%2001.pdf
15
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 5, Rules Applying to Public Universities and/or Health-Related Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter C, Approval of New Academic Programs and Administrative Changes at Public Universities and/or Health-Related Institutions
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=5&Subchapter=C