Texas Education Code, Section 61.051(e), directs the Coordinating Board to review the Mission Statements and Tables of Programs of public institutions of higher education across the state. This review takes place once every four years for each institution. Institutions may request changes to their Mission Statement and Table of Programs outside this four-year cycle when circumstances warrant.
For those institutions scheduled for review during a particular quarter, Coordinating Board staff contact the System Offices and institutions one year in advance. If no changes are needed to either the Table of Programs or Mission Statement, the institution should respond to that effect. An institution must gain approval from its governing board for any proposed changes to the Mission Statement or Table of Programs before sending them to the Coordinating Board for consideration.
The Mission Statement is the formal statement of the mission of an institution of a public university or health-related institution. The Mission Statement takes the form of a narrative that addresses the fundamental purpose of the institution with respect to its teaching, research, and public service responsibilities from a regional, state, and national perspective. Current Mission statements can be viewed here: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/AAR/missions.cfm
There is no standard form for proposed changes to an institution's mission statement. Proposed changes to a mission statement should be submitted in the form of a letter to the Assistant Commissioner, along with documentation confirming Board of Regents approval.
Following Board action on July 30, 2009, preliminary authority requests from universities and health-related institutions need only be submitted for the following:
Community and technical colleges authorized by the Legislature to offer baccalaureate programs must submit preliminary authority requests for such programs.
Any requested changes to the Table of Programs must be submitted using the Preliminary Authority Request Form.
The Table of Programs is a chart indicating instructional discipline areas that the Coordinating Board has approved as being within the institution's mission. The chart indicates areas in which the institution already has programs for which the institution is authorized to grant degrees, as well as areas appropriate for future program expansion through the granting of preliminary authority. In addition to discipline area, the Table of Programs indicates the level of degree (from associate level to doctoral-research/scholarship and doctoral-professional practice) authorized by the Board. In accordance with the rule changes adopted by the Coordinating Board on July 30, 2009, universities and health-related institution need only request preliminary authority for engineering programs (all levels) and doctoral programs.
When the Coordinating Board approves expansions to an institution's Table of Programs as part of the regular review cycle, it is not approving the program indicated in the expansion; rather, it is giving the institution approval to amass the resources needed to propose the new degree program at a later date. The Coordinating Board will then consider the request to offer the degree program once a proposal has been submitted, based on quality standards, commitment of resources and cost effectiveness, and state and regional need at the time of submission.
Tables of Programs are arranged according to a system of instructional program identifiers developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) called the Classification of Instructional Programs, commonly referred to as the "CIP Codes." The national taxonomy is available here: http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cipcode. Texas CIP Codes are derived from the national codes, but may indicate degree programs that do not appear in the national taxonomy. Texas CIP Codes use a system of up to eight-digit identifying numbers, while the national CIP Codes use only six identifying numbers. More information about federal and Texas CIP Codes is available here: http://www.txhighereddata.org/Interactive/CIP/.