Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
2.7.2 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)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Core Requirement.

Each of the degree programs offered at Troy University embodies its own coherent course of study that is compatible with the University’s mission. All of the degree programs offered by Troy University are appropriate to higher education and are offered by many peer institutions.

The content of each degree program is clearly outlined in the undergraduate catalog and the graduate catalog. The faculty in each college exercise control over the content of each academic program that Troy University offers and ensure that each course of study is coherent and comparable to similar programs at peer institutions.

The types of academic programs offered by Troy University are consistent with the institution’s mission statement that was adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2004 in preparation for the merger of the separately accredited campuses in 2005.

Troy University is a public institution comprised of a network of campuses throughout Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse study body in traditional, nontraditional, and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its application to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship, and research.

All of the academic programs offered by Troy University have been reviewed and approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education as appropriate for the mission of Troy University.

The types of academic programs offered at Troy University are common to higher education. The programs are organized under five colleges, with programs in business, education, arts and sciences, health and human services, and communication and fine arts. All programs are easily recognized by CIP codes and reported to the U.S. Department of Education using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Troy University has a clearly defined process for proposing and evaluating potential new academic programs. This process requires that the relationship of the program to the University’s purpose is defined, along with the expectations for student learning outcomes, assessment methods, and other considerations. This process is found in the IRPE Handbook, on pages 20 – 21 under the heading of Development of a New Academic Program, which details the information required for approval of a new academic program by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Troy University conducts periodic academic program reviews using its Planning and Evaluation Dashboard system. This system includes an area Performance Evaluation Reports that provide additional detail regarding how each academic program is consistent with the mission of the University, the rational for the program, the expected student learning outcomes, and an assessment of student performance related to the learning outcomes for each program. Examples of Performance Evaluation Reports are provided in Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.

Troy University is in compliance with this requirement.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Program Inventory, Troy University http://www.ache.alabama.gov/Acadaffr/ProgInv/98TU.htm
Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1 http://sacs.troy.edu/reports/03-03-01.html
Graduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809grad_pdf/
Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (IP & E) Handbook, 2007-2008 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/IP-E-Process-Handbook_2007-2008.pdf
Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809undergrad_pdf/

 

Last Updated: 08/26/2008