Section 2: SACS Core Requirement
The institution offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated mission and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education. (Program Content)
All degree and certificate programs at Western Texas College are compatible with the college’s Mission Statement and Goals. Goal 1 of the Mission Statement states that the College will provide “Pre-professional and general education courses leading to the Associate of Arts degree and/or transfer to four-year colleges and universities,” and Goal 2 provides for “Technical-vocational programs leading to certification or the Associate of Applied Science degree, and preparation of individuals for careers in the business, industrial, and professional communities.” These degree programs conform to the requirements set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in its Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM). The Texas Common Course Numbering System identified in the ACGM ensures the transfer of lower-division courses among Texas community colleges and universities. As is noted in the Western Texas College Catalog 2006-2007, the College also guarantees transfer of Core Curriculum credit for students who complete the Core.
Included in Appendix E of the ACGM is a document titled “Core Curriculum: Assumptions and Defining Characteristics.” In it, the THECB states guidelines for core curricula, characteristics of basic intellectual competencies in core curricula, and the learning outcomes expected for specific disciplinary areas. Western Texas College carefully observes these THECB guidelines in its core curriculum. All graduating students in Associate of Arts degree programs must meet the requirement to complete the 46-hour Core Curriculum. Requirements for completion of Academic Degrees are listed in the Western Texas College Catalog 2006-2007.
The Associate of Applied Science degrees in the Workforce Education division also conform to requirements set forth by THECB in its Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education (GIPWE). Specific degree requirements for A.A.S. Degrees are listed by area of study in the Western Texas College Catalog 2006-2007. In addition, workforce education programs must meet basic workforce competencies and must follow the GIPWE guidelines for developing credit and non-credit courses. These programs are guided by industry-specific advisory committees to ensure that the programs meet current needs of business and industry. Specific guidelines for advisory committees are mandated by the THECB. Students completing the A.A.S degree or a Certificate program are also given a guarantee of job competency which, according to the Western Texas College Catalog 2006-2007, pages 67-68, states, “If an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and/or certificate graduate is judged by his/her employer to be lacking in technical job skills identified as exit competencies for his/her specific degree program, the graduate will be provided up to two courses of additional skill training by WTC under the conditions of the guarantee policy.”
All courses and degree programs are subject to approval by the WTC Curriculum Committee, which is composed primarily of faculty members representing most departments of the College. The committee reviews all courses and programs to ensure the rigor and relevance of each program.
Western Texas College does not currently offer any on-line degrees or certificates.Evidence of Support:
Administrative Policy 2198
Advisory Committee Information
Advisory Committee Membership Lists
Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education
Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual
Texas Common Course Numbering System in ACGM
Western Texas College Catalog 2006-2007