The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education.
(3) Core Curriculum or Texas Core Curriculum--the curriculum
in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social,
and cultural history that all undergraduates of an institution of
higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic
undergraduate degree. Core curriculum provisions apply to all institutions
of higher education that offer academic undergraduate degree programs.
(4) Directed Electives--a set of courses within a major
course of study, consisting of at least six semester credit hours,
specific to each general academic teaching institution and prescribed
by the faculty of each general academic teaching institution. Directed
Electives form part of the Field of Study Curriculum.
(5) Discipline Foundation Courses (DFC)--a set of courses
within a major course of study, consisting of up to twelve (12) semester
credit hours. The Discipline Foundation Courses form part of the Field
of Study Curriculum.
(6) Discipline-Specific Subcommittee--a subcommittee
established under Title 19, Chapter 1, Subchapter V, §1.242 and §1.243.
Each subcommittee is comprised of faculty from general academic teaching
institutions and public junior colleges in a single discipline.
(7) Field of Study Curriculum--Field of Study Curriculum--a
set of courses that will satisfy lower-division requirements for an
academic major at a general academic teaching institution. The Field
of Study Curriculum has three components: (a) selected discipline-relevant
Texas Core Curriculum courses, (b) the Discipline Foundation Courses,
and (c) the Directed Electives.
(8) General academic teaching institution--an institution
of higher education defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003(3).
(9) Public junior college--an institution of higher
education defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003(2).
(10) Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS)--a
Board-approved course numbering system for lower-division academic
courses that assigns common course numbers in order to facilitate
the transfer of lower-division academic courses among institutions
of higher education by promoting consistency in course designation
(11) Texas Transfer Advisory Committee--the advisory
committee established under Title 19, Chapter 1, Subchapter V. The
Texas Transfer Advisory Committee has responsibility for advising
the Commissioner and Board on Field of Study Curricula, including
their establishment and revision. The Texas Transfer Advisory Committee
may request to form a Discipline-Specific Committee to assist in the
development of a Field of Study Curriculum.
(12) Institution 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.
(13) Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM)--a
Board-approved publication listing academic courses that public two-year
colleges may teach and report for contact hour reimbursement from
state appropriations without special approval from the Board. Courses
(except for developmental courses) listed in the ACGM are freely transferable
among all public institutions of higher education in Texas in accordance
with the Texas Education Code, §61.822.
(14) Faculty Member--a person employed full-time by
an institution of higher education as a member of the faculty whose
primary duties include teaching, research, academic service, or administration.
However, the term does not include a person holding faculty rank who
spends a majority of the person's time for the institution engaged
in managerial or supervisory activities, including a chancellor, vice
chancellor, president, vice president, provost, associate of assistant
provost, or dean.