TAPAC Glossary of Terms

Academic Unit—College or Department that houses the program(s) under review in this accreditation application.  Term may be used in lieu of college, school, division, department, etc.  It refers to the institutional entity that prepares students for the textiles and apparel profession.  Unit must be identified clearly in the institution’s catalog, bulletins, and other public information documents.

Accredited Program—has successfully completed the accreditation process, meets or exceeds quality standards established by TAPAC, and pays the Accredited Program Annual Fee. 

Affiliate Program Member-- program seeking or aspiring to accreditation that pays the annual Affiliate Program Member dues.  The official representative of each Affiliate Member Program is a member of the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates which votes on membership in the TAPAC Board of Commissioners and the Standing Committee members.  Assembly of Delegates members also participate in matters addressing issues in higher education that may impact accreditation, including voting on TAPAC Accreditation Standards, Policies & Procedures, and Bylaws revisions.

Assembly of Delegates— includes the TAPAC Board of Commissioners, one official representative of each program accredited by TAPAC and paying the Accredited Programs Annual Fee, and one official representative of each program paying Affiliate Program Member dues.  The specific function of the assembly is to address issues in higher education that may have an impact on accreditation.  The Assembly of Delegates also elects members to the TAPAC Board of Commissioners and to the Standing Committees.

Board of Commissioners (BOC)—composed of representatives from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), textiles, apparel and related area higher education programs, and the textile and apparel industry.

Full-time Faculty – faculty members who hold a full-time contract or employment arrangement with the institution of higher education, whose faculty assignment rests in the program being considered for accreditation.

Full-Time Faculty Equivalent – the sum of program credit hours taught by part-time (or adjunct) faculty divided by the normal teaching load expected of full-time teaching faculty in the program.

Goals – The desired end or qualities towards which a unit works, based on its mission and values.

Industry –a cluster of relevant businesses and organizations in the career fields appropriate to the program(s) under review in this accreditation application.

Industry Practitioners – Employees and executives in relevant businesses and organizations in the career fields appropriate to the program(s) under review in this accreditation application.

Learning Outcomes – Knowledge, skills, competencies, attitudes, and behaviors a student is able to demonstrate upon completion of the program.

Mission - A statement of the purpose of the program, describing its core function and focus within the institution and the textiles and apparel profession.

Objectives – Short- term, specific, measurable endeavors that lead to achievement of long-term goals.

Outcomes Assessment- A comprehensive process for evaluating the results of programmatic efforts and student learning.

Program – All unit elements impacting the degree plans considered in this accreditation application.  [The unit curriculum that prepares students for professions in textiles and apparel.]  A program is the equivalent of a major, and it may include options, concentrations, or other sub-specializations.

Program Coordinator – A designated leader for the program who possesses appropriate academic credentials and experience to represent the program.  This person may have the designation of “Program Director,” “Program Chair,” “Program Coordinator,” etc.  This person may or may not be a unit administrator, but will have specific responsibility for the program.

Program-Specific Curriculum– specific courses required for the degree (outside of university core and free electives).  This list would include all of the program-related courses required of all students in the program or specialization and may also contain program-related electives in a “choose from” type list.  For example, all students may be required to take a course in textiles and a course in historic costume, but may also select two courses from a list of five program-related electives.  In this example, the program-specific curriculum would consist of 4 program-specific courses (2 that are required for everyone + 2 electives from a program-specific list). 

Related Areas – describes programs that may be called something other than “textiles and apparel” yet have content areas that are compatible with the TAPAC Accreditation Standards.

Teaching Faculty – all faculty who teach program-specific courses.

Textiles and Apparel – describes programs that are being considered for accreditation.  The Commission recognizes that a single program name does not accommodate all configurations of relevant curricula; “textiles and apparel” is used throughout the accreditation documents for consistency purposes.