The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Commissioner--"The Commissioner of Higher Education"
means the agency acting through its executive, and his or her designees,
staff, or agents.
(2) Curriculum Vitae--A document that summarizes the
career and qualifications of the instructor of record, including at
least the following:
(A) all institutions of higher education attended,
with the degree(s) earned;
(B) all previous teaching positions, including the
names of the institutions, the position, beginning and ending dates;
(C) a list of significant professional publications
relevant to the academic positions held, including full citation data
for each entry.
(D) The curriculum vitae may include the instructor's
professional contact information, such as office telephone number,
work address, and institutional email address. Vitae are not required
to include personal information about the instructor, such as the
home address or personal telephone number.
(3) Departmental Budget Report--If a course is offered
through a unit other than a department - such as a program, college,
or institute - substitute the budget for that unit as appropriate.
If the institution posts general budget data on its website in which
the information required by statute is reported, it may substitute
a hyperlink to that data in place of a separate departmental budget
report. The budget report shall include:
(A) detail for the most recent academic year for which
data are available;
(B) income from all sources; and
(C) a summary by functional categories such as salaries
and wages, travel, etc. (as defined by the National Association of
College and University Business Officers).
(4) Institutions of Higher Education or Institution--Any
public technical institute, public junior college, public senior college
or university, medical or dental unit, other agency of higher education
as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(5) Instructor(s) of Record--The primary instructor
or co-instructors of a course who are responsible for the course content
and the assignment of final grades. This includes tenured and tenure-track
faculty, lecturers, adjuncts, and graduate assistants (who are not
working under the supervision of an instructor of record). It does
not include guest lecturers or others who may be brought in to teach
less than fifty percent of the class sessions.
(6) Internet Website Home Page--The primary Internet
web page that serves as the opening portal to the public for all of
the other public web pages and Internet services hosted by the institution.
It is commonly the web page with the uniform resource locator (URL)
address that ends with the domain suffix ".edu".
(7) Medical or Dental Unit--"Medical and dental unit"
means Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Texas
Tech University Health Sciences Center, The University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas Health Science
Center at San Antonio, The University of Texas Health Science Center
at Tyler, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, University of North Texas
Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and the Paul L. Foster School
of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El
Paso, and such other medical or dental schools as may be established
by statute or as provided in Chapter 61 of the Texas Education Code.
(8) Significant Professional Publications--Discipline-related
refereed papers/publications, books/book chapters, and juried creative
(9) Syllabus--A document describing the course that
satisfies any standards for syllabi adopted by the institution. The
document shall include, at a minimum, the following:
(A) brief description of each major course requirement,
including each major assignment and examination;
(B) the measurable learning outcomes for the course,
as defined in Subchapter E, §4.104 of this chapter (relating
to Measurable Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Courses);
(C) a general description of the subject matter of
each lecture or discussion; and
(D) lists of any required or recommended readings.
(10) Undergraduate Classroom Course--Any lower- or
upper-division credit course offered to five or more students. This
includes on-campus, off-campus, distance education, and dual-credit
courses (including those taught on high school campuses). It excludes
courses with highly variable subject content that are tailored specifically
to individual students, such as Independent Study and Directed Reading
courses. It excludes laboratory, practicum, or discussion sections
that are intrinsic and required parts of larger lecture courses and
are directly supervised by the same instructor(s) of record for those