Program Recognition Initial Renewal Process

A college's Texas skill standards based program recognition will expire on December 31, three years from the date of recognition. No later than six months prior to that date, colleges will be notified of the program recognition expiration date. Colleges interested in renewing their program recognition should follow the steps below.

Step 1: Submission of Initial Renewal Application
Colleges are required to submit a separate application for each recognized program for which they are seeking renewal. The renewal application consists of two forms, which include specific instructions:
 

  • Initial Renewal Application Cover, including basic program and contact information, and a signed statement by the industry advisory committee chair; and
     
  • Initial Renewal Application Form, with appropriate key activities to courses matrix attached, and a signed statement of assurances indicating that assessments have been developed to evaluate students' performance of the key activities and related criteria, skills, and knowledge. (Colleges should begin developing these assessments as soon as program recognition is granted, allowing three full years to produce all the assessments.)

In addition, the application requires colleges to provide student assessment samples from three courses, and to complete a cover sheet specifying the courses for which the assessments are being submitted and the key activities that each addresses.

The renewal application packet and examples of approved student assessment materials can be downloaded at the links below:
 

Step 2: Notification of Coordinating Board Approval for Revised Programs
Colleges that significantly change their recognized program curriculum so that they are required to apply for Coordinating Board approval for a program revision, shall notify Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) staff when they receive such approval. In such cases, a recognized program will not be considered for renewal until Coordinating Board approval is granted. In program areas with a common technical core, colleges should consult with TWIC staff before making changes to the skill standards-based curriculum and seeking Coordinating Board approval if they want to retain the program's recognition.

Step 3: Review and Discussion of Renewal Application
The college's application is reviewed against the renewal requirements. If TWIC staff has any questions or concerns about whether the application meets the requirements, the college will be invited to discuss them and to make adjustments as needed.

Step 4: Program Recognition Renewal
For applications that meet all requirements, staff notifies the college that program recognition renewal has been approved, and posts updated matrices, if applicable, to the Texas skill standards website.

Applications that do not meet the requirements, with or without adjustments, will be notified of the review process outcome.