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  • Academic Quality and Workforce

    Texas Core Curriculum

    Application Guide

    November 2015

  • Texas Core Curriculum Application Guide i

    Table of Contents

    Definitions and Common Acronyms 1

    The 2014 Texas Core Curriculum 2

    Purpose and history of the restructuring of the Texas Core Curriculum (TCC)

    Texas Core Curriculum Resources 3

    Coordinating Board’s TCC website

    History and elements of the TCC

    TCC beginning in fall 2014

    TCC in years prior to fall 2014

    TCC Submission Portal for making changes to the TCC

    Assessment of the TCC

    Law and rules

    The Roles of the Coordinating Board and Institutions in Maintaining the TCC 4

    Texas Core Curriculum Components 5

    Statement of purpose

    Core objectives

    TCC Component Areas

    Table of Foundational Component Area (FCA)

    Core completion requirements

    Transcript coding and notation

    Component Area Option (CAO)

    Overflow hours

    Transfer of Texas Core Curriculum Courses 9

    Degree-seeking students/concurrent enrollment

    Sending institution/receiving institution

    Grade requirement for the transfer of core curriculum courses

    Transfer of courses without core completion

    Transfer of a complete core curriculum

    Institutional requirements in the CAO

    Designation of overflow hours

    Application of core course credit across FCA and CAO

    Transfer disputes

    Noncompliance with transfer rules

    Changes to the Texas Core Curriculum Over Time 13

    Institutional core curriculum changes

    Pre-fall 2014 core curriculum vs. fall 2014 core curriculum for native students

    Pre-fall 2014 core curriculum vs. fall 2014 core curriculum for transfer students

  • Texas Core Curriculum Application Guide ii

    Pre-fall 2014 core curriculum vs. fall 2014 core curriculum for dual credit students

    Course Credit for Traditional and Nontraditional Course Work 14

    AGCM-/TCCN-equivalent courses

    Application of dual credit and credit by exam

    Out of state or Texas independent (private) institution transfers

    Transfer of courses from the core curriculum prior to fall 2014

    Waivers and substitutions


    Specific Statutory Requirements for Core Curriculum Courses 16

    Government/political science requirements

    American history requirements

    Suitability of Courses for the Texas Core Curriculum 16

    Two parts of the Foundational Component Area General education courses Adherence to the Academic Course Guide Manual TCCNS equivalency Pre-requisites and co-requisites “Skills development” courses Honors courses with variable topics Sufficient breadth and general survey courses

    Texas Core Curriculum Assessment 18

    Report of TCC assessment to the Coordinating Board

    Appendix A-1

    Texas Core Curriculum 2015 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) General Questions A-1

    Questions Specific to Foundational Component Areas (FCAs) A-3 Questions Specific to Student Transfer A-7 Questions Specific to Assessment A-10 Questions Regarding the Core Curriculum Prior to Fall 2014 A-12

  • Texas Core Curriculum Application Guide 1

    Definitions and Common Acronyms

    ACGM: Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual. The official list of approved courses for

    general academic transfer to public universities that may be offered for state funding by public

    community and technical colleges in Texas. Courses in the ACGM include a course designation

    of the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS), a brief description, co-requisites,

    prerequisites, and in some cases, learning outcomes. Website: www.thecb.state.tx.us/ACGM.

    CAO: Component Area Option.

    Coordinating Board: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Website:


    FCA: Foundational Component Area.

    TAC: Texas Administrative Code – rules enacted by state agencies. Coordinating Board rules

    can be changed only at quarterly Coordinating Board meetings. Any changes to rules are posted

    in the Texas Register for 30 days for public comment before consideration. Website:


    TCC: Texas Core Curriculum. Website: www.thecb.state.tx.us/TXcorecurriculum.

    TCC WebCenter: Online listing of all courses that form the TCC. Courses are listed by year,

    institution, and component area. Website: www.thecb.state.tx.us/CoreCurriculumSearch.

    TCCNS: Texas Common Course Numbering System. The TCCNS is a voluntary and cooperative

    effort among Texas community colleges and universities to facilitate the transfer of freshman-

    and sophomore-level, general academic coursework. TCCNS provides a shared, uniform set of

    course designations for students and their advisors to use in determining both course

    equivalency and degree applicability of transfer credit on a statewide basis. When students

    transfer between two participating TCCNS institutions, a course taken at the sending institution

    transfers as the course carrying the same TCCNS designation at the receiving

    institution. Website: www.tccns.org.

    TEC: Texas Education Code – statute enacted by the Texas Legislature. Changes to statute can

    occur only during the Texas legislative session, which meets biennially unless the Governor calls

    a special session. Website: www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us.

    University Course Inventory: A list of courses available at Texas universities. Website:


    SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Website:


    SCH: Semester Credit Hour.

    http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ACGM http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/TXcorecurriculum http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/CoreCurriculumSearch http://www.tccns.org/ http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/ http://www.txhighereddata.org/interactive/UnivCourse http://www.sacscoc.org/

  • Texas Core Curriculum Application Guide 2

    The 2014 Texas Core Curriculum

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) restructured the Texas

    Core Curriculum (TCC) starting with the fall 2014 semester.

    In its 2009 report Designing Texas Undergraduate Education in the 21st Century, the

    Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee (UEAC) recommended the Coordinating Board

    reconsider the Texas Core Curriculum to ensure it reflected the current and future demands for

    students’ knowledge and skills. Considering the larger and ever-shifting global economy and a

    population in Texas that is changing, the previous core curriculum was perceived as outdated

    and unwieldy. Some thought assessing the core curriculum in any meaningful way at the

    institutional level and across the state too cumbersome, with too little transparency for student

    transfers. The Coordinating Board’s Commissioner of Higher Education tasked UEAC members

    with developing recommendations for a new core curriculum.

    From 2009 through 2011, UEAC worked to develop the recommendations for the new core

    curriculum. The UEAC is charged with providing recommendations to the board regarding the

    direction the board and institutions should take to enhance undergraduate education in Texas.

    Members include representatives from public community and technical colleges, universities,

    health-related institutions, independent colleges and universities, and one non-voting student

    member. Voting members serve three-year rotating terms, with the possibility of


    In April 2011, UEAC submitted Revising the State Core Curriculum: A focus on 21st century

    competencies to the Commissioner of Higher Education for consideration. Coordinating Board

    staff used the recommendations to develop the rules that were approved, after public

    comment, by the Coordinating Board at its October 2011 meeting.

    Resources that guided the restructuring of the TCC

    UEAC members and Coordinating Board staff developed a comprehensive list of resources to

    guide discussions and deliberations. First, the SACSCOC regulations (Core Requirement 2.7.3)

    and Texas Education Code (TEC) Sections 61.821 and 61.822 that govern the core curriculum

    requirements were reviewed. UEAC members also surveyed the core curricula of public and

    private colleges and universities across the U.S. to better understand the variety of different

    curricular models and to identify promising practices in general education. Most importantly, the

    Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative of the American Association of

    Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) was consulted as the basis for developing the six core

    objectives. The UEAC also considered a document by The Conference Board: Are They Really

    Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New

    Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce.

    Purpose of the TCC

    The Texas Core Curriculum is meant to provide a transferable block of cour