Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.4.7 The institution ensures the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortia relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the purpose of the institution. (Consortial relationships/contractual agreements)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard. All consortial relationships and contractual agreements support the purpose and mission of the University.

As a part of its purpose to serve traditional and non-traditional students nationally and internationally, Troy University recognizes the value of having negotiated consortia relationships and contractual agreements to assist the University in fulfilling its mission. These agreements further the University’s ability to serve an increasingly diverse student body. The University has several different arrangements of this type as follows:

  1. Alabama Articulation Program (AGSC/STARS),
  2. Sino-United States 1-2-1 agreements,
  3. Master of Science in Nursing,
  4. Dauphin Island Sea Lab,
  5. Articulation agreements,
  6. International partnerships,
  7. eArmyU and Servicemembersí Opportunity College (SOC) agreements,
  8. Clinical agreements and internships, and
  9. Study abroad agreements.

All of these agreements are consistent with the mission of the University and are periodically reviewed by the Vice Chancellor for Troy Global Campus to ensure that they continue to be aligned with the University mission.

The Vice Chancellor for Troy Global Campus and the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost are responsible for the planning, deployment and evaluation of all consortial relationships and contractual agreements.

In the case of AGSC/STARS, Troy University also has a designated faculty representative. The standing articulation agreement is reviewed, in its component parts, by the Academic General Studies Committee, a standing committee whose mission is to ensure that all articulated coursework is equivalent with regard to student knowledge, skills and experiences. The AGSC is comprised of representatives from the two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the state Information about this committee and these articulation agreements can be found at http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/what_agsc.htm.

Additional transfer credit matrices from other external colleges/universities are entered into Datatel to standardize the award of credit to Troy University students and to ensure that the articulated coursework and student learning is comparable to equivalent courses at the University. The transfer credit matrices are reviewed by the appropriate academic dean and department chair as well as the Associate Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the University Registrar, associate registrars, and members of the Records Office staff. The Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost reviews and authorizes, by signature, each transfer credit articulation agreement.

1. Alabama Articulation Program (AGSC/STARS)

The largest of Troy’s contractual agreements is the Alabama Articulation Program, also known as AGSC/STARS. The Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) meets regularly to set transfer policies for the state-funded two-year and four-year institutions in Alabama. STARS, the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System, is a web-based articulation and transfer planning system monitored by the AGSC and designed to inform students who attend public Alabama community colleges about degree requirements, course equivalents and other transfer information pertaining to specific majors at each state-funded, four-year institution including Troy University.

Proper use of the STARS Transfer Guide system prevents the loss of course credit hours upon transfer, provides direction for scheduling of coursework and eases the transition from one public institution to another within Alabama. Continual evaluation of course equivalents by a committee which includes members from the University ensures the quality of education programs and ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements of the degree programs offered by Troy University.

Students who are interested in receiving an official STARS Transfer Guide/Contract can do so via the web at http://stars.troy.edu. By obtaining and using these transfer guides, Troy University and other state-supported four-year institutions are required by law (State Legislative Act 94-202) to: (1) accept the coursework and grant degree credit as prescribed on the student's transfer guide, and (2) graduate transfer students with the same number of total hours as native students who are pursuing common majors/degree programs. The STARS Transfer Guide is valid for four-years from the date printed. If a transfer student changes his or her major, at that point the STARS Transfer Guide for the initial major becomes void. The student must then obtain another transfer guide for the new major.

Each year approximately one-third of the previously approved AGSC articulation agreements (courses, templates, and transfer guides) are evaluated by various academic discipline committees made up of faculty members representing both the public two-year and four-year institutions in Alabama. This process makes certain that the transfer information students receive and use prior to transfer is accurate and complies with the transfer/articulation mandates set forth in the Alabama Act 94-202 (the articulation legislation) and implemented through the AGSC. Troy University faculty members are chosen by Troy University to serve on these AGSC discipline committees. Through these faculty appointments, Troy University, like the other colleges and universities, has a voice in the state articulation process and ensures that the process helps achieve the purpose of the University. In 2001-2002, the AGSC/STARS Program underwent a rigorous assessment review by outside consultants. This review validated the articulation agreements as ensuring equitable and efficient transfer of students in Alabama.

The following links provide detailed information regarding AGSC/STARS:

2. Sino – United States 1-2-1 Agreements

As part of Troy University’s commitment to provide undergraduate and graduate education in regional, national and international communities, the University has been working to expand international education. One of the primary strategies has been to develop cooperative arrangements and joint programs with comparable universities abroad. As a part of this effort and with SACS approval, Troy University created the undergraduate 1-2-1 Program with several Chinese universities in 2001. This program allows students to spend their sophomore and junior years at Troy University and their freshman and senior years at a Chinese partner university. Troy University submitted a Substantive Change Prospectus for this program that was approved by SACS.

Upon successfully completing the program, these students are awarded degrees from both the Chinese partner university and Troy University. To ensure the quality of educational programs offered under the 1-2-1 Program, each 1-2-1 student must meet all the requirements of Troy University in order to receive a degree. This model has now been adopted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) with more than 75 universities participating in the United States and in China.

For 1-2-1 and similar programs, joint curriculum matrices are developed with appropriate academic deans and discipline faculty to identify courses that are equivalent. The University’s Center for International Programs serves as the facilitator for this process. Initially, a partner institution is evaluated to ensure it is recognized as having the equivalent of United States regional accreditation using standard references including World List of Universities [24th edition] and the International Handbook of Universities [18th edition]. Visits to partner universities and faculty discussions are used to confirm the validity of these reference sources. Official course descriptions are solicited from the partner universities which Troy University faculty members compare with Troy University course descriptions in order to develop the equivalency matrix. The Center for International Programs provides advisement with regard to the credit hour equivalences. The process for developing the matrices is similar to that used for course transfer credit. An example of a completed transfer matrix is provided, along with a full list of Troy University’s international partnerships.

3. Master of Science in Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program maintains collaborative agreements with Jacksonville State University, Auburn University, and Auburn University Montgomery to offer select graduate nursing courses for students enrolled in these universities’ respective MSN programs. Each of these institutions is regionally accredited by SACS-COC. This partnership is part of an effort to cooperate with the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to minimize duplication of course offerings in Master of Science in Nursing programs statewide.

In this partnership, graduate nursing students at Jacksonville State University complete NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing, NSG 5512 Advanced Health Assessment, NSG 6671 Advanced Pathophysiology, and NSG 6691 Research Methodology at Troy through online delivery. Graduate nursing students enrolled in the joint MSN program for Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery also complete NSG 6671 Advanced Pathophysiology and NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques in Research at Troy University through online delivery. Students from the partner universities join with Troy University students in these courses. In order to ensure the quality of these programs, the faculty members teaching these courses must be certified to teach these courses in accordance with Troy University policies and procedures.

4. Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Troy University is a founding member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, better known as the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL).

DISL was formed in 1971 by an act of Alabama Legislature as a result of the decision by the presidents of Alabama’s largest colleges and universities to limit duplication of facilities and programs related to marine sciences. The Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, comprised of twenty-one colleges and universities, is recognized regionally and nationally as a marine sciences institution of growing academic and research distinction. Oversight of the consortium’s academic activities is managed by the Program Committee.

Through the DISL, Troy University is able to offer a marine biology program to its students. This program is administered by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. All courses for the degree program are taught on the Troy, Ala. campus except for the marine biology courses taught at DISL. The Troy University marine biology program adviser is a member of the DISL Program Committee (a liaison officer). This committee reviews the curriculum and course quality at DISL via regular meetings held three to four times a year.

Troy University is strongly involved in the undergraduate programs at the Sea Lab. The University maintains regular attendance at Program Committee meetings to ensure that the programs offered at the University and at DISL are appropriately monitored for quality and consistency. At Troy University, the marine biology program is also evaluated through the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) and senior exit exam to ensure appropriate outcomes are achieved.

5. Articulation Agreements

In order to provide a clearly indicated set of course transfers between Troy and another regionally accredited institution, Troy University will, at times, enter into an articulation agreement with another institution. This agreement allows a student to begin his or her degree at another institution while ensuring that his or her coursework will be applicable towards a degree with Troy University.

To ensure the quality of educational programs and courses involved in each agreement, the coursework to be considered for transfer is evaluated by the appropriate college dean on a course-by-course basis to ensure equivalency with the intentioned Troy University course. Once the evaluation process has been completed by the appropriate college dean, documentation is provided to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost for further review. The Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost then signs the articulation agreement with the partner institution.

To ensure ongoing compliance, the articulation agreements are only considered valid for a period of four years and subject to course changes at either institution. In order for the articulation agreement to remain valid, the partner institution must maintain its regional accreditation.

6. International Partnerships

International partnerships are controlled by the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs. Troy University’s international locations involve a relationship with a local partner to facilitate Troy University offering a degree to foreign students. For each of these international locations, Troy University has submitted a Substantive Change Prospectus that has been reviewed and approved by SACS. This gives students who can not travel to the United States to study the opportunity to receive a degree from Troy University. The local partner secures the necessary government approval to operate within the intended country. Troy University has a contractual relationship with the partner institution through which the Troy curriculum is exported. All Troy University credit courses are taught in English by faculty certified by the appropriate academic dean. Whether these faculty members are local to the area or are flown in from the United States to teach, they all have to meet the same criteria that full time faculty meet in order to ensure that they are properly qualified to teach the course work they are assigned.

In addition, internationally based students must meet the same requirements as other Troy University students in order to be eligible to be admitted to the Troy program and to receive a degree. International students who wish to transfer credit into Troy University programs can do so through established articulation agreements with foreign institutions or by individual course approval. The articulation agreement process is the same for foreign institutions with the additional step that an institution will be evaluated initially to determine if it is considered equivalent to a regionally accredited United States institution. In the case of individual course approval, the appropriate college dean is responsible for reviewing course descriptions and/or syllabi to determine equivalency. Additionally, individual course approval hinges on the foreign institution being considered to have the equivalent of United States regional accreditation. This is determined through the use of standard references such as the World List of Universities [24th edition] and the International Handbook of Universities [18th edition].

7. eArmyU and Servicemembers' Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Agreements

Troy University is proud to be in partnership with the United States eArmyU Access Online and to offer occupation-related degrees through distance learning to soldiers serving world wide.

In 2001, the U.S. Army launched one of the most innovative online learning programs in the world – eArmyU. This program, developed by the Army Continuing Education System, is designed to offer eligible enlisted soldiers and officers the opportunity to work toward a college degree or certificate anytime, anywhere. eArmyU revolutionizes Army education through state-of-the-art online learning. eArmyU students must meet the same degree requirements as any other Troy University student in order to receive a degree from Troy. Troy University’s partnership with eArmyU does not create an obligation to accept transfer credit determined to be inconsistent with the stated policies in University catalogs.

Troy University is an affiliate member of the Servicemembers’ Opportunity Colleges (SOC) network which is designed to permit active duty military service students/spouses/dependents and Civil Service employees to pursue college level programs without penalty for unusual situations and transfers over which they have no control. Upon request, Troy University will issue an SOC agreement for degree completion to any military or civil service student or his or her dependent(s). In order to obtain a SOC agreement, the student must have successfully completed six semester hours and met all applicable admissions requirements. The SOC contract will list all of the courses required for graduation with Troy University. All coursework must be completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities or from acceptable non-traditional sources, if applicable. Additionally, students must meet a standard residency requirement of 25 percent and complete degree requirements within eight calendar years after the SOC contract is approved.

As a member of the SOC network, Troy University is not obligated to accept transfer credit determined to be inconsistent with the stated policies in the University’s undergraduate catalog. As a core member of the SOC Degree Network System, Troy University has agreed to accept courses in transfer from other core member institutions that are comparable in content. All comparable courses from other core member institutions have been reviewed and accepted by Troy University in accordance with established policies and procedures. These courses are displayed in transferability tables according to course categories in the SOC Degree Network System handbook. Core member institutions sharing the same SOC Degree Network System course category must accept each other’s courses in transfer without additional approval.

8. Clinical Agreements and Internships

Troy University has entered into agreements with various institutions which provide Troy University students with the opportunity to participate in internship experiences as part of the requirements of their degree.

An example of one such internship is the sport and fitness management internship. This internship is assigned six credit hours. The internship offers the student the opportunity to apply theory and methodology under qualified supervision from the cooperating agency and the University. An internship on the undergraduate level is required of all students in the sport and fitness management program under the course HPR 4490 Internship. All students work under the supervision of a Troy University and an agency supervisor for the full semester in which the student is enrolled for the internship credit. The internship experience is meant to be a full-time experience and requires a minimum of 270 hours over at least a 12 to 14 week block. Additional hourly assignments may be required depending upon the type of experience undertaken. Assigned supervisors from both the agency and the University share supervision of the student. Financial compensation to the student during the practicum experience is not required, and the student may not receive credit for work being done at any agency where he or she is presently employed. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the internship program coordinator before receiving credit and must include experiences additional to those for which the student has been compensated. Academic evaluation for the student during the practicum/internship experience is based on evaluation by the field supervisor, evaluation by the Troy University supervisor, and documentation for daily/weekly assignments.

Other examples of Internship agreements are:

By providing students with the opportunity to participate in internships, Troy University prepares students to demonstrate competence in their chosen fields of study and encourages excellence in student learning.

9. Study Abroad Programs

Troy University offers students the opportunity to visit and study in other countries by participating in the Study Abroad program. Through participation in one of the many study abroad opportunities available, students gain new insight into their majors in addition to gaining new understanding of the complexities of communicating and working with peoples of other cultures, insight which is invaluable in today’s world.

The study abroad courses are taught within the existing University curriculum and as such are reviewed by the Academic Dean, department chair, and Associate Provost/Dean of UG studies with regard to content and learning outcomes.

Summary

Through its diverse consortial relationships and contractual agreements, Troy University provides access to higher education that meets the needs of individual students in ways that are consistent with the purpose of the University. These relationships and agreements enable Troy University to support a larger and more diverse student body than the University would otherwise be able to do. As such, these relationships are key to achieving the mission of Troy University.

Because Troy University ensures the quality of programs and courses offered through these consortial and contractual agreements, because the University ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and because the University evaluates its consortial relationships and agreements against the purpose of the institution, Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
1-2-1 Program, Press Release, University Relations http://www.troy.edu/news/archives/2008/
june/06162008_china-commencement.html
2001-2002 Program Evaluation Report, AGSC/STARS http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/
AGSC-STARS_Evaluation_Project_Final_Report.pdf
2007 AGSC/STARS Research Proposal http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/meeting_files/OCT_18_07/
AGSC%20Research%20Proposal%2010_18_07.pdf
AGSC/STARS Contact Information http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/agscinfo.htm
AGSC Academic Discipline Committees http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/academic.htm
AGSC Approved Course Listings http://stars.troy.edu/stars/crslists.htm
AGSC Ratified Templates http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/AreaVTmp.htm
Alabama Articulation Program (AGSC/STARS) http://stars.troy.edu/
Auburn University, MSN Program http://www.nursing.auburn.edu/academics/
msn_prog/msn_course.html
Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) http://www.disl.org/
FAQs, AGSC/STARS http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/FAQ/FAQ_blue.htm
Global Campus Organizational Chart (2008) http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Organizational_Chart_GC_2008.pdf
Hall School of Journalism and Communication http://jschool.troy.edu/~jrn4489/
How to obtain a Transfer Guide, AGSC/STARS http://stars.troy.edu/stars/how_to_use.htm
International Partnerships http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Partnership_Institutions.pdf
International Programs Flowchart http://sacs/troy.edu/reference/
International-Programs-Flowchart.pdf
Jacksonville State University, MSN Program http://www.jsu.edu/depart/nursing/MSN/index.htm
Lanzhou, TROY-Chemistry Transfer Matrix http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/
LANZHOU_TROY-Chemistry-Program.pdf
Medical Technology Program http://troy.troy.edu/artsandsciences/biologicalsciences/medtech.html
Program Committee http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Program-Committee-Meeting.pdf
Servicemembers' Opportunity Colleges (SOC) http://www.soc.aascu.org/socgen/WhatIs.html
SOC Degree Network System http://www.soc.aascu.org/socgen/Criteria.html#principles
Sport and Fitness Management Internship http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Sport-and-Fitness-Mgt_Internship-Materials.pdf
State Legislation Act 94-202, AGSC/STARS http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/legislation.htm
Study Abroad http://troy.troy.edu/internationalprograms/studyabroad.html
Substantive Change Prospectus for the MBA and EMBA in Hanoi, Vietnam http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Substantive-Change-Prospectus-
for-the-MBA-and-EMBA-in-Hanoi-Vi.pdf
Teaching Plan of Accounting Major, Soochow, TROY http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/
SOOCHOW_TROY_Accounting.pdf
Troy University Academic Catalogs http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/
View Sample Transfer Guides Online, AGSC/STARS http://stars.troy.edu/scripts/cgiip.exe/adminmajor.htm
What is STARS? http://stars.troy.edu/stars/what_stars.htm
What is the AGSC? http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/what_agsc.htm

 

Last Updated: 08/22/2008