Texas Tech University

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the Board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students. The Board meets four times a year. Meetings occur in Austin but are usually also broadcast on the Web.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's mission is to work closely with policymakers and education stakeholders to develop and implement a higher education framework focused on initiatives to:

  • Dramatically increase the number of postsecondary completions; 
  • Keep college affordable and accessible for all Texans; and
  • Align higher education outcomes with current and future workforce needs.

THECB website: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us

What does the THECB require of Texas Tech University's Core Curriculum?

  1. TTU must provide a Core Curriculum focused on developing students' Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Teamwork, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility. These are the THECB's general Core Curriculum Objectives
  2. TTU must offer courses in each of the THECB's Identified Foundational Component Areas.
  3. TTU must ensure that all courses included in our Core Curriculum align with each Foundational Component Area's Core Curriculum Objectives.
  4. TTU must provide for its students statements describing standard Expected Learning Outcomes for courses in each of the Foundational Component Areas. These statements are termed College-Level Competency Statements and Texas Tech University Student Learning Outcomes.