The UT System Regents' Rules and Regulations state that "…the faculties of the institutions regularly offering instruction shall have a major role in the governance of their respective institutions in the following areas: general academic policies and welfare, student life and activities, requirements of admission and graduation, honors and scholastic performance, approval of candidates for degrees, and faculty rules of procedure (1)." The four schools at UTMB operate in accordance with this rule as outlined in UTMB’s Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures (IHOP). In addition, the Handbook specifies that members of the faculty that meet the criteria for full faculty member as described in the respective school bylaws have full voting privileges as a member of the faculty at faculty meetings (2).
Each UTMB school has a curriculum committee composed of faculty that is responsible for the curricular matters of their constitutive programs, both on site and through distance learning. Governance documents are in place for each school that clarifies the committee structure, composition, and responsibilities. The bylaws and other procedural documents of the Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing Faculty Assembly, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Faculty, and School of Allied Health Sciences Faculty Organization, charge the Curriculum Committee with the oversight of the curriculum, including curricular planning, directing the implementation of curricular design, and monitoring and evaluating curricular effectiveness (3) (4) (5) (6). These School Committees composed of elected and /or appointed faculty members, provide quality control in the development, approval, evaluation, and improvement of both local and distant education curriculum.