Tech University is in compliance with Comprehensive Standard 3.6.2.
ultimate responsibility for insuring that graduate instruction adequately
prepares students to contribute to a profession or field of study lies with
the Graduate School and the independent colleges/schools, and their
sub-units. All of the colleges/schools that offer graduate education at
Texas Tech University and the Graduate School have drafted responses to this
comprehensive standard and have indicated compliance. As evidence they offer
accreditation by professional organizations, placement of students in
responsible professional positions or in more advanced graduate programs in
other universities, graduate program reviews, faculty participation in
course and program development, and student participation in research,
either as collaborators with a faculty member or independently.
Graduate School response to this comprehensive standard notes that 100
students were funded to present research papers at national or regional
conferences. Other colleges/schools and departments also provide financial
support for students to attend professional or academic conferences to
deliver research papers as available funds allow.
Facilities for graduate instruction vary, of course, depending on the
requirements of individual programs. Modern laboratory and field facilities
with up-to-date equipment are available to graduate students in the sciences
and technical fields such as engineering and agriculture. Computers are
widely distributed on campus, both in individual offices (faculty and, in
some cases, teaching and research assistants) and in college and department
laboratories, in the Advanced Technology Learning Center, and in the
university library, and software is available at reduced rates for Texas
Tech students. Elsewhere, specialized equipment (video filming laboratories
in mass communications, studios in art and architecture, practice rooms and
recital facilities for music, theatres for drama, etc.) is available as
required to meet program needs. All these facilities are available to
facilitate independent learning, although it is understood that it is the
way in which the facilities are used, not that they exist, which is
essential to promoting truly independent learning.