Compliance Certification Report

The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery. (Practices for Awarding Credit)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) follows the requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) concerning the minimum length of courses and limitations on the amount of credit that a student may earn in a given time period (1). According to these rules, a traditional three-semester credit hour course is defined by the THECB as containing 15 weeks of instruction (45 contact hours) plus a week for final examinations. Courses taught in shortened semesters are expected to have the same number of contact hours as courses taught in a normal semester. Courses taught in a non-traditional manner, such as over the Internet, may be offered even if they do not meet contact hour requirements if the course has been reviewed and approved through a formal institutional faculty review process and it has been determined that the course has equivalent learning outcomes to a traditionally delivered course.

The Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences all adhere to the THECB formula regardless of the model of delivery. The UTMB School of Medicine (SOM) does not use the semester hour designation. The SOM Integrated Medical Curriculum, which has been in use at UTMB since 1998, has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a specialized accrediting body (2).

The level and amount of course credit for a new program or substantive changes to an existing program is proposed by the department, and reviewed by the faculty. After approval by the faculty, the request is sent to the Academic Affairs Council for review and submission to the Council of Deans. After approval by the Council of Deans, the proposal is sent to the UTMB president for review. If approved, the proposal is sent to the UT System for review and approval and then to THECB for final approval (3).
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 4, Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter A, General Provisions, Section 4.6, Minimum Length of Courses and Limitation on the Amount of Credit that a Student May Earn in a Given Time Period
UTMB School of Medicine Bulletin, 2007-2009, The Integrated Medical Curriculum, p.12
UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 10, Academic Policies, Policy 10.1.2, New Educational Program Approval Process