Reducing the number of hours required for an associate’s degree at Paris Junior College will not mean a reduction in content or skills learned, the PJC Board of Regents learned Monday evening.
As PJC meets the requirement from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to approve degrees of 60 hours, both Dean of Math and Sciences Ed McCraw and Dean of Workforce Education John Spradling explained that the restructured degrees still convey the same amount of knowledge.
The core curriculum was revised during the past year, according to McCraw, and this led to the Associate of Sciences degree being divided between those pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degree and those who were not. The STEM path has more math, science and lab requirements. The Associates of Arts degree is non-STEM as well. Most of the academic transfer degrees had been slightly more than 60 hours.
Associate of Applied Science degrees had ranged from 65 to 72 credit hours, according to Spradling, and though many four-hour credit courses were converted to three, the numbers of actual hours of learning to gain a necessary skill set were not reduced.
The main affect to the College will be a financial loss, since the amount of tuition and fees charged is based on the number of credit hours taken. Four-year universities are being required to make their degrees 120 hours.
In other business, the Regents:
Received a financial report from PJC comptroller Keitha Carlton that the annual audit was about to begin, and that the College is on track for the new fiscal year.
Renewed use of Continuing Education’s tuition formula that allows the program to calculate charges to break even on their course offerings in the coming year.
Accepted vending bids from Coca-Cola for drink machines and from Southern Vending for snack machines.
Approved the bid from Teaching Systems, Inc. to provide 3-D printing machines for PJC’s new 3-D printing program that is funded through a Jobs and Education for Texans grant from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. The machines needed to be purchased now in order to begin classes in the spring semester.
Adopted a new vision and mission statement for the College to be used for the next five years.
Received an update on coming strategic planning sessions in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs, as well as Homecoming activities from Nov. 6-8.
Approved employment of Scott Blalock as Purchasing Director, effective Oct. 31, and Ashley Sanders as Academic Advisor, Advising & Counseling.
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