Texas Physics Consortium
Texas Physics Consortium (TPC) is a group of Physics Departments that pool faculty expertise and institutional resources to provide access to quality upper-level undergraduate and graduate physics courses. The TPC use of pooled resources provides their students with the wide range of upper level physics courses usually available at only large institutions while maintaining the intimate student-faculty interaction of a small department. The TPC has submitted an application to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for all TPC institutions except Commerce to award a single Joint BS Physics Degree. If the proposal is approved, the TPC would become the third largest producer of B.S. Physics Graduates in Texas.
Instructional Delivery Methods
The Texas Physics Consortium uses multiple instructional methods to provide instruction to students in each course based upon course content and the location and needs of the student. Methods used include:
- Face-to-Face instruction - At a student's local campus
- Trans Texas Video Network - live interactive video to students on remote campus sites
- live Webcasts from Texas A&M System - non-interactive method for delivery to student's home or workplace using the Internet
- streaming archived video on Texas A&M System Media Matrix - non-interactive mode for students unable to make class
- interactive webconferencing and archived video using Saba Centra - for nuclear engineering courses out of Texas A&M
While interactive instruction is always best, for students with geographical, work or family conflicts, non-interactive live classroom instruction using a personal computer or anytime asynchronous instruction through streaming video or Saba Centra enables students to complete the degree without delay.
Unlike most undergraduate physics programs, the breadth of the Texas Physics Consortium enables students access to every required upper-level physics course in the Joint BS Degree on an annual rather than bi-annual rotation. This provides flexibility for course scheduling making it easier for students to complete the degree in less time than would otherwise be possible.