BAAS Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admission requirements?
The following conditions must be met prior to registration:
- Successful completion of English Composition I and II
- Proficiency with basic Microsoft computer applications
- Minimum of 5 years of post-high school work experience involving college-level learning/skills or completion of an Applied Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or technical institute
- Texas Success Initiative (TSI) compliance noted on transcript
- A minimum grade point average of 2.00 on previous college coursework
- Pre-registration meeting with BAAS faculty/advisor
How long does the admission process take?
Allow two to four weeks to ensure that all your documentation is submitted and checked; you will receive an acceptance letter from the registrar notifying you that you are cleared to register.
Can I just bring my transcripts to the Admissions office?
No – all transcripts from any college or university previously attended must be sent directly by the institution and received by TAMU-T prior to registration. Just give your previous campuses a call, and they will be happy to send an official transcript.
What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?
Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of Fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §51.3062) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness. Additional information regarding this requirement can be found online. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at (903) 223-3069 or the Academic Advising and Student Success Center at (903) 334-6724 for additional questions.
Will TAMU-T accept all my college transfer work?
All college-level transferable courses will be applied to the degree if at all possible – no matter the age of the credit. Some vocational credit, military courses accredited by ACE (American Council on Education) and CLEP exams are also accepted.
How long will it take for me to complete the BAAS degree?
That all depends on how many hours you transfer in, the credit awarded from the portfolio, and how many courses you can take per semester.
What can I do with this degree?
This degree is intended to complement an individual’s experience. Many employers do not require a specific degree; therefore, your base of experience and an interdisciplinary degree such as the BAAS satisfies most job requirements and enables you to obtain higher-level positions within many fields.
Are there evening courses or web-based courses available?
Yes, this program is designed with adult learners in mind who have busy daytime schedules and lives after work. We offer evening courses on campus one night per week, web courses, and courses in blended formats. Some courses are transmitted to Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant via interactive videoconferencing.
Can I go to graduate school with this degree?
Absolutely! The BAAS degree is perfectly acceptable for entry into graduate school, but you need to ensure that you have completed any prerequisite courses required by the graduate program.
Where do I get a degree plan?
Your personalized degree plan will be created for you by Academic Services and mailed to you AFTER you have completed AAS 390, and your portfolio has been evaluated. Only a tentative, unofficial plan can be provided before you compose your portfolio, and the BAAS coordinator will help you with the unofficial plan.
What is the Prior Learning Portfolio?
Because college credit cannot be awarded for experience alone, the learning accrued during the experience has to be documented in some way. This is accomplished through the portfolio process. Documents, such as letters, essays, and personal artifacts, are amassed in the portfolio and reveal the student’s careful analysis of past experiential learning in light of established developmental theory. Any higher-level learning that has not already received credit on your transcript can be assessed through the portfolio process and can earn up to 24 SCH (half the hours post as lower division and the other half as upper division).
The portfolio process is facilitated through AAS 390: Psychology of Work and involves intensive writing. Students document 20 competencies along with supplying other artifacts for evaluation by an external evaluation team. The evaluation requires 6 – 8 weeks, and a fee of $50.00 is charged by the evaluators.
After the portfolio is assessed and the awarded credit is posted to the student’s transcript, a final degree plan is created.
If I have an applied associate’s degree (Associates of Applied Arts / Science / or Technology), do I have to complete the portfolio?
No. Your applied degree negates the portfolio requirement. However, you must still take the AAS 390 course for its content, and you may opt to do the portfolio if you decide you need the credits awarded through the portfolio process.
Can I get credit for my military coursework?
Yes. Submit your military transcript to the admissions office for evaluation; we accept the credit amount and level as stipulated by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Are there other ways to obtain credit?
CLEP Testing – you can test on specific course content using the College level Examination Program for a maximum of 18 SCH. See the CLEP website for a list of all available tests and fees. Credit is awarded pass/fail only, and there is no penalty for not passing. To learn more, read the overview of CLEP opportunities at TAMU-T.
Correspondence Courses – Take courses through correspondence and obtain more credit at a faster pace and for a reasonable price. Upper and lower level courses are available through this avenue. See the BAAS coordinator for specific details and obtain approval before you register for any correspondence course.
A maximum of 18 SCH by CLEP or correspondence course work can be applied to your degree plan.