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Texas A&M University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Core Requirement 2.9
Section 2: Core Requirements Requirement 2.9, Page 1
Core Requirement 2.9
Learning Resources and Services
The institution, through ownership or formal arrangements or agreements, provides and
supports student and faculty access and user privileges to adequate library collections and
services and to other learning/information resources consistent with the degrees offered.
Collections, resources, and services are sufficient to support all its educational, research, and
public service programs. (Learning Resources and Services)
Judgment of Compliance:
In compliance
Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:
Executive Summary
The Texas A&M University Libraries offer a wealth of information resources to Texas A&M
Health Science Center (TAM HSC) faculty and students. The expansive collection of resources
of the University Libraries, coupled with the more targeted collections of the Medical Sciences
Library and Baylor Health Sciences Library, provides a solid foundation for the diverse TAM
HSC educational, research and service programs. The preferred format for information resources
is electronic, so that they are available to students and faculty across the TAM HSC distributed
Institutional Response
The Medical Sciences Library (MSL) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) has served as the
library of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAM HSC) since its beginnings as the
College of Medicine within Texas A&M University. The growth of TAM HSC and its
separation from the university led to the development of a formal agreement between TAMU and
TAM HSC to clearly define and ensure established library services from the MSL and its parent
organization within TAMU, the Texas A&M University Libraries (TAMUL). Through an
Intrasystem Cooperation Contract (Agreement), the TAMUL provides a full complement of
library resources and services to TAM HSC users regardless of their physical location. The
contract establishes the annual TAM HSC financial support for TAMUL, an amount indexed to
total TAMUL budget but which may not fall below a level of at least $1,500,000. It also
provides a cost sharing basis and process for developing collections as new TAM HSC programs
are added [TAMU-TAM HSC Intrasystem Cooperation Contract]. The TAM HSC Institute of
Biomedical Sciences and Technology, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, has also
maintained membership in the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center, with its
associated library service privileges, since the institute began. The TAM HSC Baylor College of
Dentistry (TAM HSC-BCD) located in Dallas, has long been served by the Baylor Health
Sciences Library (BHSL) in Dallas.
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
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