Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.4.1 The institution demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is approved by the faculty and the administration. (Academic program approval)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

Troy University has a clear set of policies for the development and approval of educational programs as well as for the revision of existing educational programs. These policies and their implementation involve both faculty and administration in the process of creation and approval and apply to all campuses and sites including eCampus. All curricular changes at the undergraduate and graduate levels that are entered into the University’s Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog must follow the prescribed approval process described in the Institutional Planning and Evaluation Handbook (revised 2007).

Additional information regarding the responsibilities of the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, the college deans, and the Undergraduate Academic Council and the Graduate Council can be found in the Troy University Faculty Handbook, the Troy University ePolicy Manual and in the listing of the University’s standing committees.

All new educational programs must receive initial conceptual approval by the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and the Chancellor prior to full development and prior to formal review of the proposals by the University’s curriculum committees (such as the Undergraduate Academic Council and the Graduate Council). As part of this initial conceptual approval, the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost typically will discuss the proposed programs with his deans and associate provosts. This process creates collaboration between the administration and the faculty so that all requirements for a new educational program are fully vetted by those who will be responsible for its implementation and maintenance. This initial review includes a summary that includes the following:

  1. the proposed program to be offered, and its location and projected start date,
  2. information on the need this program will address,
  3. the need for new faculty and/or staff created by approving this program,
  4. the need for additional library and learning resources that will be needed to support this new program,
  5. any new physical resources that would be necessary to house this program, and
  6. any other financial support that would be needed for this program to be successfully implemented.

Following this initial conceptual review and with the approval of the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and Chancellor, the proposal is permitted to be fully developed as per University guidelines and routed for formal review and discussion. This formal proposal includes the support of the department chair/school director in which the program will be housed as well as a review and approval by the college curriculum committee for the program’s college home. Following the college curriculum committee’s approval, the college dean must approve the proposal and transmit it to the University’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC).

The IEC reviews the learning outcomes of the proposed program as well as its clear link to the University’s mission and strategic objectives. The IEC may return the proposal to the dean for additional clarification before approving the proposed program. Once the IEC has approved the proposal, it is sent to the appropriate Associate Provost (Dean of Undergraduate Studies or Dean of the Graduate School) for inclusion on the agenda of either the Undergraduate Academic Council or Graduate Council. These two standing committees, whose voting members are faculty members, react to the proposal either by affirming it, tabling it for additional clarification, or rejecting it. Once the proposal has cleared either the Undergraduate Academic Council or Graduate Council, it is sent to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and Chancellor for final review and formal University adoption. Depending on the nature of the proposal, the University will then submit the proposal to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (the legislative body which approves changes in the state’s higher education curricula) and/or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for approval.

A revision to the University’s educational program through a modification to an existing program follows a similar review process; the formal conceptual approval by the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and Chancellor is not required although the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost maintains informal communication with deans and associate provosts regarding proposed modifications.

Changes to the program offerings by the Global Campus follow a similar review process but include a more detailed preliminary set of required actions, principally due to the need to track any potential substantive changes clearly from the outset of any proposed curriculum changes.

At Troy University, faculty and administration are responsible for the development and approval of changes to its educational programs. The Chancellor and his chief academic officer, the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, are ultimately responsible for the approval of all proposed changes. The proposal of any changes, as well as the review of these changes, is the responsibility of the faculty and deans of each of Troy University’s academic colleges. The Institutional Effectiveness Committee, comprised of both faculty and staff, is a standing committee that ensures that any proposed curricular changes will result in educational programs that have clear and measurable learning outcomes as well as assessment procedures to assist in the ongoing evaluation of the new educational programs. The Undergraduate Academic Council and the Graduate Council are comprised of elected faculty from across the University; these two councils, with the assistance of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School, represent a University-level peer review for all proposed changes to the institution’s curriculum.

Troy University is in compliance with this standard.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
ePolicy Manual http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/epolicy/
Faculty Handbook, 2008 Edition http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Faculty-Handbook-2008-Edition.pdf
Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (IP & E) Handbook, 2007-2008, Revised 11-15-2007 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/IP-E-Process-Handbook_2007-2008.pdf
Standing Committees of Troy University http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/home.html

 

Last Updated: 08/26/2008