The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Academic credit course--A college-level course
that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number
of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate,
or other formal award.
(2) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(3) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education;
as used in this subchapter, "Commissioner" means the agency acting
through its executive, and his or her designees, staff, or agents.
(4) Community College--Any public community college
as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003 and §130.005,
and whose role, mission, and purpose is outlined in Texas Education
Code, §130.0011 and §130.003.
(5) Continuing Education Course--A non-credit higher
education technical course offered for continuing education units,
has specific occupational and/or apprenticeship training objectives,
and provides a quick and flexible response to business, industry,
and student needs for intensive preparatory, supplemental, or upgrade
training and education.
(6) Continuing Education Unit or CEU--Ten contact hours
of participation in an organized educational experience under responsible
sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction and not
offered for academic credit.
(7) Degree--Any title or designation, mark, abbreviation,
appellation, or series of letters or words, including "associate",
"bachelor's", "master's", and "doctor's" and their equivalents and
foreign cognates, which signifies satisfactory completion of the requirements
of a program of study which is generally regarded and accepted as
an academic degree-level program by accrediting agencies recognized
by the Board.
(8) Distance Education--The formal educational process
that occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical
setting for the majority (more than 50 percent) of instruction.
(9) Distance Education Course--A course in which a
majority (more than 50 percent) of the instruction occurs when the
student(s) and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Two categories
of distance education courses are defined:
(A) Fully Distance Education Course--A course which
may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15
percent of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions
include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.
(B) Hybrid/Blended Course--A course in which a majority
(more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction
occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.
(10) Distance Education Degree or Certificate Program--A
program in which a student may complete a majority (more than 50 percent)
of the credit hours required for the program through distance education
(11) Doctoral Degree--An academic degree beyond the
level of a master's degree that typically represents the highest level
of formal study or research in a given field.
(12) First-Professional Degree--An award that requires
completion of a program that meets all of the following criteria:
(A) completion of the academic requirements to begin
practice in the profession;
(B) at least two years of college work prior to entering
the program; and
(C) a total of at least six academic years of college
work to complete the degree program, including prior required college
work plus the length of the professional program itself. First-Professional
degrees are discipline-specific, including, but not limited to, degrees
such as: Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Veterinary
Medicine (D.V.M.); Law (L.L.B, J.D.); and Pharmacy (Pharm.D).
(13) Formula Funding--The method used to allocate appropriated
sources of funds among institutions of higher education.
(14) Formula-funded Course--An academic credit course
delivered face-to-face or by distance education whose semester credit
hours are submitted for formula funding.
(15) Institution of Higher Education or Institution--Any
public technical institute, public community college, public senior
college or university, medical or dental unit, or other agency of
higher education as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(16) Institutional Plan for Distance Education--A plan
that must be submitted for Coordinating Board approval prior to an
institution offering distance education courses or programs for the
(17) Non-credit Course--A course that results in the
award of continuing education units (CEU) as specified by International
Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) criteria.
Only courses that result in the award of CEUs may be submitted for
(18) Non-Resident Student--A student who is not a Texas
resident and/or does not qualify for Texas resident tuition.
(19) Out-of-state/Out-of-country Courses and Programs--Academic
credit courses and programs delivered outside Texas/United States
to individuals or groups who are not regularly enrolled, on-campus
students. Out-of-state and out-of-country courses do not receive formula
(20) Program or Program of Study--Any grouping of courses
which are represented as entitling a student to a degree or certificate.
(21) Public Health-Related Institution or Health-Related
Institution--A medical or dental unit as defined by Texas Education
(22) Public University or University--A general academic
teaching institution as defined by Texas Education Code, §61.003(3).
(23) Regular On-Campus Student--A student who is admitted
to an institution, the majority of whose semester credit hours are
reported for formula funding and more than 50 percent of coursework
is primarily taken at an institution's main campus or on one or more
of the campuses within a multi-campus community college system.
(24) Self-Supporting Courses and Programs--Academic
credit courses and programs (formerly defined as extension courses
or programs) whose semester credit hours are not submitted for formula
(25) Semester Credit Hour--A unit of measure of instruction
consisting of 60 minutes, of which 50 minutes must be direct instruction
over a 15-week period in a semester system.
(26) Workforce continuing education course--A course
offered for continuing education units (CEUs) with an occupationally
specific objective and supported by state funding. A career technical/workforce
continuing education course differs from a community service course
offered for recreational or avocational purposes which is not supported
by state funding.