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Academic Strategy

The Office of Academic and Health Affairs (AHA) promotes and ensures academic quality and innovation in the Texas State University System. AHA works collaboratively with the component institutions to support academic strategy, planning, policy, initiatives designed to increase student enrollment, persistence, completion, and overall student success throughout the student lifecycle.


Academic Planning

AHA provides guidance and support to component institutions for curriculum matters such as degree program development and modifications, as well as administrative changes.

Christmas Mountains

Christmas Mountains is a 9,270-acre tract of pristine Chihuahuan desert located adjacent to Big Bend National Park, owned and managed by the Texas State University System, open to the public, and available for teaching, research, outreach and other scholarly/creative activities.

Course Sharing

TSUS was selected to participate in the National Association of System Heads (NASH) Improvement Community on Curricular Flexibility. The initiative focused on increasing curricular flexibility through course sharing, co-enrollment, and concurrent enrollment. Other participating systems include the University of Hawaii System, Southern Illinois University System, and Montana University System.

Educator Preparation Pipeline

TSUS has invested grant funds from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support programs that provide pathways for individuals with no teaching credentials, such as paraprofessionals, as well as innovative training and professional development programs, including micro-credentials, competency-based education, and future educator success programs, all aimed at expanding the educator pipeline.

Mental Health

The Texas State University System’s seven member institutions offer students expanded access to mental health and basic needs support through a partnership with Fort Worth-based TimelyCare, the premier provider of virtual health and well-being resources in higher education. Students – whether on campus, online, or traveling – will be able to select from a broad menu of virtual care services from licensed counselors and providers in all 50 states through the TimelyCare app on their phone or other device. Benefits to students include accessible 24/7 care, reduced wait times, a diverse provider network, and secure, HIPAA-compliant platform that follows campus-specific protocols to facilitate care coordination and ensure continuity of care.

Student Advisory Board

The TSUS Student Advisory Board works in conjunction with the Board of Regents and the component institutions as an advisory body for the Texas State University System Board of Regents. The Student Advisory Board articulates the student’s perspective to the Board of Regents to assist the Board in making system-wide and institution-specific decisions that benefit all Texas State University System members.


Workgroups and Networks

  • The Chief Academic Officers meet during Board meetings and throughout the year to discuss current and upcoming academic initiatives across the system.

  • The Chief Student Affairs Officers meet during Board meetings and throughout the year to discuss current and upcoming student initiatives across the system. The team includes senior student affairs officers from each component institution.

  • The Texas State University System Christmas Mountains Faculty Advisory Council meets several times per year, virtually and occasionally in-person at the property, to provide leadership and strategic guidance to the System regarding the operation and programming of the TSUS Christmas Mountains Field Station.

  • The enrollment management knowledge network meets quarterly to examine and explore innovative strategies to increase enrollment, persistence, and completion across TSUS.

  • The TSUS Council of Faculty Senates is an advisory group with representatives from faculty senates and/or assemblies of component institutions. The Council communicates ideas and information between faculty and TSUS.

  • The TSUS Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, and Accreditation Council is a peer network group that exchanges ideas and best practices related to the SACSCOC accreditation and reaffirmation process and the integration of planning and assessment processes that reinforce institutional quality and continuous improvement. 

  • Each year, the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System honors professors whose performance and contributions to the educational community have been exemplary. Recipients of the Regents' Professor award maintain this title for the duration of their service within the System.