Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.5.3 The institution defines and publishes requirements for its undergraduate programs, including its general education components. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs. (Undergraduate program requirements)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

Requirements for all undergraduate programs, including the general education components thereof, are published annually in the Troy University Undergraduate Catalog. This document is available both in hardcopy and online. Troy University undergraduate programs conform to commonly accepted best practices for content, length and learning expectations. These undergraduate programs are also consistent with similar programs at peer institutions. All undergraduate programs were reviewed as part of the merger in 2005 and were approved at that time by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). Any new undergraduate program must be reviewed by the University’s internal review processes and by ACHE. Additionally, as noted in Comprehensive Standard 2.7.3, a description and overview of the general studies program and a link to its component courses are available on the Troy University Web site.

As noted and demonstrated in Comprehensive Standard 2.7.3, Troy University’s general studies program is by law fully compatible with the general education program of other public institutions of higher education in Alabama through the state’s Articulation General Studies Committee (AGSC). Of particular note is that the AGSC itself is made up of disciplinary sub-committees comprised of faculty from participating institutions. These committees are responsible for the on-going review and recommendation for approval or disapproval of new and revised general studies courses, and particularly whether a general studies course falls “within the general parameters that the Committee has established and that it is broad enough in scope to meet the general studies designation.” AGSC criteria also serve as the commonly accepted standard for Troy University’s general studies courses and entry into specific degree programs. For example, the AGSC discipline committees approve templates, or specific general studies courses, specifying the general studies courses a student should take to be eligible to apply for admission to that major with junior standing at a participating four-year institution.

In short, while the Alabama state legislature mandated the creation of the AGSC to facilitate course credit transfer between public institutions of higher education within Alabama, the AGSC also ensures that the University is adhering to commonly accepted practices for the general studies requirements overall, and for entry into specific academic disciplines. The organization, content and breadth of Troy University’s general studies program are consistent with and adhere to these AGSC mandates.

Likewise, the requirements of Troy University’s general studies program are consistent with those of other universities in the southeast region outside Alabama. For example, where Troy University requires 42 semester hours in Areas I-IV in its general studies program, a representative sample of eight regional non-Alabama universities reveals the following:

University Semester Hours
Clemson University 37
University of Central Arkansas 47
Georgia Southern University 42
University of North Carolina-Charlotte 38-41
University of Southern Mississippi 35
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 40-41
University of West Florida 36-37
Valdosta State University 42

Additionally, the above universities divide their general education programs into categories similar to those of Troy University—i.e., English composition (sometimes called “writing” and grouped with speech as “communication”), fine arts and humanities, mathematics and sciences, behavioral and social sciences, and history.

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Alabama Commission on Higher Education http://www.ache.state.al.us/
Articulation General Studies Committee http://stars.troy.edu/agsc/academic.htm
Clemson University, General Studies http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/publicat/catalog/2007/gened.pdf
Comprehensive Standard 2.7.3 http://sacs.troy.edu/reports/02-07-03.html
General Studies Program http://www.troy.edu/generalstudies/
Georgia Southern University http://www.collegesource.org/displayinfo/catalink.asp?pid={F94E89F6-11C8-4057-A98B-91B50580DC24}&oig={95D44C4B-63E7-41FE-849D-A5A19A8E37DE}&vt=5
Undergraduate Catalog, 2007-2008 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0708undergrad_pdf/
University of Central Arkansas http://www.uca.edu/ubulletin/02/207.html
University of North Carolina-Charlotte http://www.provost.uncc.edu/catalogs/2007-2009/acadregs.htm#GENERAL_EDUCATION_PROGRAM
University of Southern Mississippi, General Studies http://www.usm.edu/registrar/bulletins/undergraduate/2007/Division of Undergraduate Studies.pdf
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, General Studies http://www.utc.edu/catalogs/Undergraduate/UndergraduateCatalog-2007-08.pdf
University of West Florida, General Studies http://uwf.edu/catalog/acadgeneral.htm
Valdosta State University, General Studies http://www.valdosta.edu/catalog/0607/ugrad/documents/ugrad_089-101.pdf

 

Last Updated: 09/09/2008