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Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11

For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration. (Academic program coordination)

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The term “degree program” is defined in the Texas Education Code as “any grouping of subject matter courses which, when satisfactorily completed by a student, will entitle him to a degree from a public senior college or university or a medical or dental unit (1).” The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) assigns responsibility for program coordination, curriculum development, and curriculum review for degree programs to academically qualified faculty members (2). Authority for specific courses of study lies with the sponsoring chair or program director or, in the case of interdisciplinary courses in the School of Medicine, with the school’s Curriculum Committee.

The qualification of program coordinator and curriculum planners meet the faculty standards of national accreditation agencies for medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical laboratory science, physician assistants, and respiratory care, and nutrition and dietetics.

1. Texas Education Code, Title 3, Higher Education, Chapter 61, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Section 61.003 (11), Definitions

2. Faculty Roster with qualifications of faculty members who are assigned responsibility for program coordination and curriculum development and review.

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