[TACRAO] Listserv May Legislative Update

Dewayne Gragg dewayne.gragg at navarrocollege.edu
Tue Jun 2 17:03:50 CDT 2015


Hi Jason,

Did you see HB 505 that replaces SB 13 related to dual credit students?

Sent from my iPad Dewayne Gragg
Vice President of Access & Accountability
Navarro College
Corsicana Texas
dewayne.gragg at navarrocollege.edu<mailto:dewayne.gragg at navarrocollege.edu>
office 903 875 7376
cell 903 875 8528

On May 17, 2015, at 9:13 PM, Jayson Naiser <jayson.naiser at blinn.edu<mailto:jayson.naiser at blinn.edu>> wrote:

Howdy all,
There are now 15 days left in the 84th Regular Session.  Bills have been progressing through the legislative process.  As a warning - this email will be long.  This session has been a little busier compared to last year in regards to bills impacting higher education.
Again, if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me; however, please note that my e-mail has change as I have changed jobs.  You can now reach me at jayson.naiser at blinn.edu<mailto:jayson.naiser at blinn.edu>.
Below are several important dates that impact the standing of bills here at the end of the session.

·         May 11th was the last day for the house committees to report House Bills.  Any Bills that were not voted out of the committee by this date have “died” in committee.

·         May 23rd is the last day that House committees can report bills from the Senate to the full House.

·         June 1st is last day of the Regular Session.
Included below an updated version of my previous email.  I decided to leave in my initial updates so you can have a reference point and added in new information in red.
In addition, I included several new bills at the end.
SB 11<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB11>
I will start with the concealed handgun bill SB 11<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB11> as it has been in the news and is always of interest to everybody.
This bill was voted out of committee on 2/18/2015 with a vote of 7 and 2 against, it then went to the senate floor on 3/18/2015.  The Senate voted 20 to 11 to pass the bill.  The bill has now been sent to the house and is waiting to be scheduled to be read for the first time and sent to the house committee.  The Bill has been voted out of the house committee and is awaiting to be heard by the full house.
While there are several bills, this is the concealed handgun bill that is working its way through the process this year.  This bill will allow for people with CHL’s (persons 21 years of age and have taken required training class) to legally carry handguns on public institutions of higher education.  The bill will give private institutions the ability to choose after consulting students, staff and faculty.
The bill does allow for institutions to establish rules and regulations for the storage of handguns by CHLs in dorms and residential facilities.  It will also allow athletic events, sporting venues and places that are currently off-limits (bars, hospitals and churches, for example) to remain off-limits.
The bill also allows for institutions of higher education to have immunity from liability for actions of CHLs on campus except in cases where private or independent institutions of higher education have adopted administrative prohibitions for CHLs on campus.
An important note for SB 11 is that if SB 17<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB17> (the open/constitutional carry bill) were to pass, “open” carry would be prohibited on campuses of institutions of higher education.
HB 937<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB937> is the Companion Bill for SB 11 which was considered on 3/31/2015 in the house committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety.  The committee substituted a committee version, which is a copy of the version that passed the Senate and reported favorably, with a vote of 6-3, to the House.  It is still in the Calendar Committee (this means it has to be voted out of calendars to make it to the house floor).

SB 778<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB778>
SB 778<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB778> is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee for Higher Education on 4/1/2015.  It has passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Higher Education Committee.
This bill will require public institutions of higher education to meet 5 of 9 the majority of performance metrics before they can increase designated tuition beyond the rate of inflation.  If less than 5 of the 9 are met they cannot raise above the inflation rate.  the amount of tuition the governing board of the institution charges under Section 54.0513 to a student for that academic year may not exceed the total amount of tuition that the governing board would have charged under that section to a similarly situated student in the preceding academic year, as that amount is adjusted for each academic year for inflation as determined under Subsection (i).  The governing board may not increase the amount of tuition charged under this subsection to a student more than once in any academic year. Applies only to general academic teaching institutions<http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.61.htm#61.003>.
The Performance measures are:

·         Total number of undergraduate degrees awarded by the institution

·         Total number of undergraduate degrees awarded by the institution, adjusted by the institution’s six-year graduation rate under Subdivision (10)

·         The total number of undergraduate degrees awarded by the institution per 100 undergraduate full-time student equivalents

·         The total number of undergraduate degrees awarded by the institution to at-risk students

·         The total number of undergraduate students at the institution having successfully completed at least 25% of the student’s degree requirements or having earned at least 30 credit hours toward a 120-credit-hour degree

·         The total number of undergraduate students at the institution having successfully completed a least 50% of the student’s degree requirements or having earned at least 60 credit hours toward a 120-credit-hour degree

·         The total number of undergraduate students at the institution having successfully completed a least 75% of the student’s degree requirements or having earned at least 90 credit hours toward a 120-credit-hour degree

·         The average length of enrollment, by number of semesters, required for undergraduate degree completion

·         The four-year graduation rate of first-time, full time, bachelor’s degree-seeking students who enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours in the student’s first fall semester at the institution and who graduated from the institution or from any other institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education

·         The six-year graduation rate of first-time, full-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking students who enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours in the student’s first fall semester at the institution and who graduated from eh institution or from any other institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education

·         The institution’s administrative costs

·         4-year graduating rate of first-time, full-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking students

·         6-year graduating rate of first-time, full-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking students

·         Persistence rate of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman students after one academic year

·         Educator certification rate of teacher education graduates

·         Percentage of students awarded a baccalaureate degree who are first-generation college graduates

·         The 2-year graduation rate of incoming, full-time undergraduate transfer students

·         The 4-year graduation rate of incoming, full-time undergraduate transfer students

·         Percentage of lower-division semester credit hours taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty

·         Dollar value of external or sponsored research expenditures

HB 3293<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3293> is its companion bill.
HB 1992<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1992>*
HB 1992<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1992> has passed the full House and Senate Higher Education committee and has been placed on the intent calendar for the full Senate.
This bill prohibits institutions of higher education from requiring a score of more than a 3 on an AP exam in granting course credit; unless they can, through evidence based research, show that students who achieve scores of 3’s are insufficiently qualified for secondary courses.  This bill will also require a study of performance of how students receive course credit by achieving scores on the exams.  The bill, if passed, will apply to entering freshman students in fall 2016.
* Please note that this Bill has a committee substitute that allowed for the increase in score with research and the required study.  The committee substitute is not available online, so if you follow the included links and read the posted bill text, it does not include the new language.
SB 13<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB13>
SB 13<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB13> was heard by the Education Committee on 3/12/2015 and reported favorably by a 11-0 vote on 3/23/2015.  The Senate voted 30-0 to pass the bill on 3/30/2015 and it has been sent to the house.  The bill is scheduled for a public hearing on May 19th.
This bill will prohibit the limitation on the number of dual credit courses or hours in which a student may enroll in while in high school or limit the number of dual credit courses or hours in which a student may enroll in each semester or academic year.
It also includes language that requires courses offered for joint high school and junior college credit to be taught by qualified instructions approved or selected by the public junior college.  The instructor must have a master’s or doctoral degree in the discipline that is the subject of the course or a degree in another discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline that is the subject of the course.
This bill requires the public junior college to approve or reject an application for approval to teach a course at a high school that is submitted by an instructor employed by the school district, organization, or other person that operates the high school, no later than the 60th day after receipt of the request.
HB 3278<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3278> is its companion bill.
HB 1583<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1583>*
HB 1583<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1583> was heard on 3/25/2015 and left pending.  The Bill has passed the House committee and full House and has been referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee.  It is schedule for a public hearing on May 20th.
This bill will require that each public junior college to establish for Allied Health, Nursing, and for at least 50% of Career and Technology a block schedule curriculum.  The block schedule curricula will need to be published in advance of each semester.
The curriculum will include:

·         Courses required for a student’s enrollment in the program, as a full-time student are offered each semester in scheduled block (morning, full-day, afternoon, evening or weekend) schedules designed to provide scheduling predictability from semester to semester to students enrolled in the program.

·         Students may enroll in an entire block schedule curriculum offered under the program in a semester rather than enrolling in individual courses leading towards the degree or certificate.
HB 2628<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2628>
HB 2628<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2628> is scheduled for a hearing on 4/2/2015. This bill has passed the full House and Senate Higher Education committee.  It has been placed on the intent calendar for the Senate.
This Bill will have the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), with assistance of the appropriate advisory committee, periodically review the fields of study curriculum with student interest and academic and industry needs.
The Bill also has the THECB, with the assistance of institutions of higher education, career and technical education experts, and college and career readiness experts, to establish alignment between the college and career readiness standards and the knowledge, skills, and ability’s students are expected to demonstrate in career and technical education.
The THECB, with assistance from advisory committees, will also develop career and technical education programs of study curricula.
The bill also allows for students enrolled in a THECB-established program of study who transfers from a public junior college, public state college, or public technical institute to another institution that offers a similar program, to receive academic credit, for each of the courses that the student has successfully completed in the program of study curriculum from the former institution.  This is regardless, unless otherwise required by COC-SACS, of whether the institution has adopted the established program of study.  The student may complete the program of study at the institution they transferred to by completing only the remaining number of semester credit hours that the student would have needed to complete the program of study at the institution from which the student transferred.
SB 1480<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1480> is its companion bill.
SB 1819<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Companions.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1819>
For SB 1819<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Companions.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1819> the first hearing, schedule for 3/30/2015, was cancelled.  It has been rescheduled for 4/6/2015.  The bill has passed the committee and is waiting to be heard by the Senate.
This bill changes the law from SB 1528 (79th Regular), in that a person unauthorized to be present in the US cannot be considered a resident of the state for purposes of receiving in-state tuition.  The bill also ensures that institutions of higher education can establish a policy that requires a person to submit documentation to verify that the person is authorized to be present in the US.
HB 2912<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2912> is the companion bill.
SB 806<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB806>
SB 806<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB806> was heard on 3/16/2015 and was voted out of the committee (7-0) and sent to the Senate where it has placed on intent calendar.  The bill passed the senate and has been sent to the House for consideration.   It has not yet been scheduled for a committee meeting.
This bill allows for colleges to directly translate military training and experience into college credit hours.  This will re-establish the College Credit for Heroes program (making pilot program permanent).  The College Credit for Heroes program will also provide grants to colleges so they can establish expedited licensing programs that recognize the training and experience that veterans have.
HB 757<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Companions.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB806> is the companion bill.
New Bills
HB 2812<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2812>
HB 2812<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2812> has passed the full House and has been sent to the Senate.  It is schedule to be heard by the Senate Higher Education Committee on May 20th.
This bill repeals section 130.008 (f) of the Texas Education Code.  This section states, except as provided by this section, a student may not enroll in more than three courses under this section at a junior college if the junior college does not have a service area that includes the student's high school. A student enrolled at an early college high school may enroll in a greater number of courses to the extent approved by the commissioner of education.
This will remove the limitation on the number of junior college courses that a high school student may enroll for dual credit.
SB 1189<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1189>
SB 1189<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1189> has passed the full Senate and house committee.  It has been sent to the full house for consideration.
This bill will require all community college to offer a transfer Multidisciplinary Studies associate degree.  The degree would consist of the community college’s core curriculum and then 18 hours of the student’s choice courses selected by the student in the student’s degree plan.  Students would also be required to meet with an advisor when the student achieves 30 semester credit hours to develop a degree plan.  The THECB would have to develop rules and describe the degree on the common application form.
SB 1470<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1470>
SB 1470<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1470> has passed both the House and Senate and has been sent to the Governor.
This bill directs the THECB to enter into a State Authorized Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) with other states to allow for institutions of higher education to offer distance education/online courses and programs across state lines.   The THECB will also coordinate the statewide application and approval processes.  Both public and private institutions will be eligible to participate.
This Bill authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to enter on behalf of the state into a state authorization reciprocity agreement among states, districts, and territories regarding the delivery of postsecondary distance education that establishes comparable standards for the provision of distance education by public or private degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in each of the states, districts, or territories covered by the agreement to students of the other states, districts, or territories covered under the agreement. The bill requires the coordinating board to apply to an appropriate organization for that purpose and to administer the agreement, including by establishing an application and approval process for a degree-granting postsecondary educational institution with its principal campus located in Texas to participate under the agreement and by maintaining a dispute resolution procedure for complaints regarding participating postsecondary educational institutions located in Texas. The bill requires the coordinating board, not later than September 1, 2016, to develop and submit a plan and application for entering into the state authorization reciprocity agreement to the Southern Regional Education Board or other appropriate organization.
It also requires the coordinating board, if it obtains evidence that a public or private postsecondary educational institution established outside Texas that is providing courses within Texas under a state authorization reciprocity agreement is in apparent violation of the agreement or of public education law or rules adopted under these bill provisions, to take appropriate action to terminate the institution's operation within Texas. The bill requires the coordinating board to adopt rules to administer the bill's provisions concerning a state authorization reciprocity agreement. 84R 28782 15.128.781 2 S.B. 1470 clarifies that, with regard to the requirement that the coordinating board take appropriate action to terminate the operation within the boundaries of Texas of a public institution of higher education established outside the boundaries of Texas for certain apparent violations, the requirement stands regardless of whether the institution participates in a state authorization reciprocity agreement. The bill authorizes a public institution of higher education established outside the boundaries of Texas to offer a course within Texas without the approval of the coordinating board if the course is provided in accordance with a state authorization reciprocity agreement.
HB 3367<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3367> is its companion bill.
HB 1649<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1649>
                HB 1649<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1649> has passed the committee and has been sent to the Calendar committee.
This bill adjusts the language of the law passed last session that allows for individuals with concealed handgun licenses to store their firearm in their vehicle on campus.  The new language will allow for anyone who “lawfully possesses” the firearm or ammunition to store it in their vehicle on campus.
HB 3572<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3572>
                HB 3572<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3572> was heard on 4/15/2015 and has been left pending in committee.
This bill adjusts the residency requirements for the Hazewood exemption to require that the recipients of the exemption have resided in the state continuously for the eight years immediately preceding the first class date of the semester (persons born in the state would be exempt from this requirement).  Exemption recipients will have to complete a FAFSA and institution of higher education may utilize the information to make the students aware of grant opportunities.
Will begin with tuition and fees during the fall 2015 academic semester.  Students who received the exemption prior to the 15-16 academic year continue to be eligible under to previous requirements.
SB 1735<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1735> is its companion.
SB 1735<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1735>
This bill has passed the Senate and House committee on Higher Education and has been sent to Calendars.
This bill amends the Education Code to require a person born outside Texas, in order to be eligible for a tuition and fee exemption at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents, to have resided in Texas continuously for the eight years immediately preceding the first class date of the semester or other academic term to which the exemption would apply. The bill establishes that a person who received an exemption for a semester or other academic term before the 2016 spring semester continues to be eligible for the exemption provided by the law setting out the exemption as that law existed on January 1, 2015.
It changes the residency requirement for a person seeking the exemption as an honorably discharged military veteran from current residency in Texas and entry into the service at a location in Texas, the declaration of Texas as the person's home of record in the manner provided by the applicable military or other service, or a determination that the person would have been a Texas resident at the time the person entered the service for purposes of in-state tuition and fees to the establishment and maintenance of a domicile in Texas as described by statutory provisions relating to eligibility for in-state tuition and fees and satisfaction of the eight-year residency requirement applicable to a person born outside Texas added by the bill.
It changes the exemption residency requirement for the surviving spouse or child of a deceased military service member and the spouse or child of a totally and permanently disabled veteran from the spouse's or child's classification as a resident for purposes of in-state tuition and fees on the date of the spouse's or child's registration to the spouse's or child's establishment and maintenance of a domicile in Texas as described by statutory provisions relating to eligibility for in-state tuition and fees and satisfaction of the eight-year residency requirement applicable to a person born outside Texas as added by the bill.
It also prohibits a person who qualifies for a tuition and fee exemption at public institutions of higher education based on the person's military service, or a person to whom such an exemption is assigned based on the military service of the person's parent, from receiving the exemption for a semester or other academic term the first class date of which is later than the 15th anniversary of the date of the person's or parent's honorable discharge from active military duty, as applicable. This prohibition does not apply to a person who is eligible to receive an exemption as the surviving spouse or child of a deceased military service member or as the spouse or child of a permanently and totally disabled veteran or to continue to receive an exemption granted before the 2009–2010 academic year, before the 2011–2012 academic year, before the 2014–2015 academic year, or before the 2016 spring semester.
It adds state or federal grant aid to the educational benefits used for the payment of tuition and fees to which a person is entitled at the time of registration that invalidate the person's eligibility for the tuition and fee exemption for certain military personnel and their dependents if the value of the grant aid and benefits received in a semester or other term is equal to or exceeds the value of the exemption for the same semester or other term. The bill entitles a person, if the value of state or federal grant aid that may be used only for the payment of tuition and fees and that is received in a semester or other term does not equal or exceed the value of the exemption for the same semester or other term, to receive both the grant aid and the exemption in the same semester or other term. The bill prohibits the combined amount of the grant aid that may be used only for the payment of tuition and fees plus the amount of the exemption received in a semester or other term from exceeding the cost of tuition and fees for that semester or other term and prohibits an institution of higher education from requiring a person eligible for an exemption as a veteran to apply for or obtain a student loan.
The bill requires a person who becomes eligible for a tuition and fee exemption as a veteran to have served on active military duty, excluding training, for at least six years before any unused portion of the exemption may be assigned to a child of the person under certain conditions and caps at 60 credit hours the amount of unused cumulative credit hours for which a veteran could receive the exemption that may be so assigned. The bill changes the exemption residency requirement for such a child from classification as a resident for purposes of in-state tuition and fees when the child enrolls in an institution of higher education to establishment and maintenance of a domicile in Texas as described by statutory provisions relating to eligibility for in-state tuition and fees and satisfaction of the eight-year residency requirement applicable to a person born outside Texas as added by the bill. The bill also replaces the requirement that such a child be a graduate or undergraduate student and maintain a grade point average that satisfies the grade point average requirement for making satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution at which the child is enrolled in accordance with the institution's financial aid eligibility policy with a requirement that such a student be an undergraduate student and maintain a course load of at least 24 semester credit hours per academic year and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale or the equivalent. The bill clarifies that the maximum age of such a child, for eligibility purposes, applies to the child's age on the first class date of the semester or other academic term for which the exemption is claimed.
It also requires an institution of higher education to require a person receiving a tuition and fee exemption for certain military personnel or their dependents to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The bill prohibits the institution from using the information obtained from a person's application to encourage or require the person to obtain a student loan but authorizes the institution to use the information to make a person aware of grant opportunities. The bill's provisions apply beginning with tuition and fees charged for the 2016 spring semester, except that the eight-year residency requirement added by the bill applies beginning with tuition and fees charged for the first academic semester beginning on or after the bill's effective date.

HB 1611<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1611>
HB 1611<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1611> has passed the House committee and has been sent to the House Local and Consent Calendar.
This bill amends the Education Code to establish that the exemption for each high school student who successfully completes certain college preparatory courses from the assessment requirements of the Texas Success Initiative with respect to the content area of each such course is effective for the two-year period following the date the student graduates from high school. The bill removes the requirement that the commissioner of higher education by rule establish the period for which the exemption is valid. The bill conditions the exemption on a student enrolling in a college-level course in the exempted content area during the student's first year of enrollment at an institution of higher education occurring after the student qualifies for the exemption. The bill requires the institution, if the student earns a grade below a "C" for the course, to advise the student of non-course-based options for attaining college readiness, such as tutoring or accelerated learning. The bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to collect and analyze data regarding the effectiveness of college preparatory courses in assisting students to become ready to perform college-level academic coursework, as measured by the rate at which students receiving the success initiative exemption successfully complete the college-level course required by the bill, and, in November of each even-numbered year, to submit a report on the coordinating board's findings to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the standing legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education, and each institution of higher education and school district that offers a college preparatory course. The bill's provisions apply beginning with the assessment of entering undergraduate students at public institutions of higher education for the 2015 fall semester.
HB 1612<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1612>
                HB 1612<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1612> has passed the house and has been sent to the Senate.
This bill amends the Education Code to require an institution of higher education that administers Texas Success Initiative tests to entering undergraduate students to provide to each assessed student an individual score report that includes information regarding each item answered incorrectly by the student and to report to each school district from which assessed students graduated high school each student's scores on the test and data on the students' overall performance on the test disaggregated by content area for each subject tested and by student demographics, including campus, race, ethnicity, sex, age, and populations served by special programs.
H.B. 1612 requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to adopt rules as necessary to implement the bill's provisions, including rules for implementing the provisions in a manner that complies with federal law regarding confidentiality of student medical or educational information and any state law relating to the privacy of student information. The bill's provisions apply beginning with tests administered by public institutions of higher education to entering undergraduate students for the 2016 fall semester.
HB 1613<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1613>
HB 1613<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1613> has passed the House and is schedule for a public hearing by the Senate Higher Education Committee on 5/20/2015.
This bill allows for the exemption of a student enrolled in a college preparatory mathematics or English language arts course who satisfies the Texas Success Initiative college readiness benchmarks prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on a test designated by the coordinating board and administered at the end of the course from the administration of the Algebra I or the English I and English II end-of-course tests, as applicable, even if the student did not perform satisfactorily on a previous administration of the applicable end-of-course test. The bill specifies that such a student also satisfies the requirements concerning those end-of-course tests and authorizes a student who fails to perform satisfactorily on the test designated by the coordinating board for purposes of the success initiative to retake that test for purposes of satisfying the end-of-course testing requirements or to take the appropriate end-of-course test.
HB 4046<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4046>
HB 4046<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4046> has passed the house and is schedule to be heard by the Senate Higher Education Committee on 5/20/2015.
This bill amends the Government Code to define "student record," for purposes of statutory provisions excepting information in a student record at an educational institution funded wholly or partly by state revenue from being made publicly available under state public information law, as information that constitutes education records as that term is defined by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 or information in a record of an applicant for admission to an educational institution, including a transfer applicant. The bill makes information in a student record at an educational institution funded wholly or partly by state revenue confidential and specifies that such confidentiality and the exception of such information from public availability under state public information law does not prohibit the disclosure or provision of information included in an education record if the disclosure or provision is authorized by federal law. The bill authorizes an educational institution to redact such confidential information in a student record from information disclosed as public information under state public information law without requesting a decision from the attorney general. The bill requires an educational institution funded wholly or partly by state revenue, if an applicant for admission to the institution or a parent or legal guardian of a minor applicant to the institution requests information in the applicant's record, to disclose any information that is related to the applicant's admission application and was provided to the institution by the applicant.
HB 61<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB61>
HB 61<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB61> has passed the House Higher Education committee and has been placed on the House General State Calendar.
This bill amends the Education Code to clarify that the course numbering system to be approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for lower-division courses to facilitate the transfer of such courses among institutions of higher education is a single common course numbering system. The bill requires the coordinating board to solicit input from institutions of higher education regarding the development of the single common course numbering system and requires each institution of higher education to use the approved common course numbering system in the institution's guidelines regarding the transfer of course credit for each course for which a common course number designation and course description are included by the board in that system and to include the applicable course numbers from that system in its course catalogs and other course listings. The bill, in an existing provision limiting the coordinating board's approval of a common course numbering system to a system already in common use in Texas by institutions of higher education, specifies that the system is to be already in use by one or more institutions in Texas.
HB 61 requires each institution of higher education to certify annually to the coordinating board the accuracy of the institution's identification, in its course catalogs and other course listings, of each course offered by the institution for which a common number designation and course description are included by the coordinating board in the common course numbering system. The bill requires the institution, as part of the certification, to specify each of its offered courses for which a common number designation and course description are included in that system and each of its offered courses for which a common number designation and course description are not included in that system. The bill requires the institution also to include with its certification a current, publicly accessible website address at which the institution publishes its guidelines regarding the transfer of course credit. The bill authorizes the coordinating board, based on its review of the information certified, to recommend corrective action to an institution's governing board if the institution fails to comply with the requirements relating to the common course numbering system. The bill requires the coordinating board, in its next legislative appropriations request made to the legislature, to identify each institution that fails to comply with the coordinating board's recommended corrective action. These provisions apply beginning with the 2020–2021 academic year.
It also adds a temporary provision, set to expire January 1, 2022, requiring the coordinating board, not later than June 1, 2016, to approve a single common course numbering system and to establish a timetable that requires institutions of higher education to phase in the inclusion of the applicable course numbers from the approved system in their individual guidelines regarding the transfer of course credit and in their individual course numbering systems so that each institution fully complies with the numbering system for each course that is offered during the 2020–2021 academic year or a subsequent academic year and for which a common number designation and course description are included by the coordinating board in that system.
The bill removes the coordinating board's authority to grant an institution of higher education, for good cause, an exemption from the requirement to include in the institution's course listings the applicable course numbers from the board-approved common course numbering system. The bill's provisions apply beginning with the 2016–2017 academic year, except as otherwise provided.
SB 1714<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1714>
SB 1714<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1714> has passed the Senate and House Higher Education Committee.  It has been sent to Local and Consent.
The bill allows for an institution of higher education to request the submission of a signed consent form authorizing the institution to release academic course, grade, and credit information with each request from a student for a release of the student's transcript by the institution or with each application for undergraduate transfer admission to the institution, if the institution is a general academic teaching institution, to be used for purposes of a transfer of credit for an associate degree. The bill authorizes an institution of higher education to release such student information, with a signed consent form, through the National Student Clearinghouse or a similar national electronic data sharing and exchange platform operated by an agent of the institution that meets nationally accepted standards, conventions, and practices.
It requires a general academic teaching institution, after a student who has submitted a signed consent form authorizing the institution to release the specified information completes a semester or term at the institution, to release the student's academic course, grade, and credit information to a lower-division institution of higher education that the student previously attended for the purpose of determining whether the student has earned the credits required for an associate degree awarded by the lower-division institution of higher education.
S.B. 1714 requires a general academic teaching institution, in the case of a transfer student enrolled at that institution who earned at least 30 credit hours at a lower-division institution of higher education and who has not submitted a signed consent form as provided by the bill's provisions, to request authorization from such a student, as soon as practicable after the student has earned a cumulative 66 credit hours, to release the student's academic course, grade, and credit information to each lower-division institution of higher education that the student previously attended or, alternatively, to a reverse transfer data sharing platform, for the purpose of determining whether the student has earned the credits required for an associate degree awarded by the lower-division institution of higher education. The bill requires the general academic teaching institution to release the student's academic course, grade, and credit information either to the lower-division institution of higher education or to a reverse transfer data sharing platform on receipt of the student's authorization. The bill defines "reverse transfer data sharing platform" as the National Student Clearinghouse or a similar national electronic data sharing and exchange platform operated by an agent of the institution that meets nationally accepted standards, conventions, and practices.
It specifies that the bill's provisions regarding the release of a student's academic course, grade, and credit information for purposes of credit transfer for an associate degree do not affect the ability of a lower-division institution of higher education to determine the course work required to earn an associate degree awarded by that institution. The bill requires each lower division institution of higher education to produce an annual report recording the number of degrees awarded by the institution under the bill's provisions in the previous academic year. The bill requires an institution to make the report publicly available and to submit the information to a reverse transfer data sharing platform.
The bill applies beginning with the 2015 fall semester and requires an institution, in regard to a student who transferred to a general academic teaching institution before the institution could obtain a signed consent form from the student under the bill's provisions, to request authorization from the student for the institution's release of the student's academic information in the manner prescribed by the bill's provisions relating to a student who has not submitted a signed consent form as those provisions existed immediately before the bill's effective date.
HB 1054<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1054>
HB 1054<http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1054> has passed the House and is schedule for a public hearing by the Senate Higher Education Committee on May 20th.
This bill will require the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, for each test designated by the coordinating board for use under the Texas Success Initiative, to prescribe a score below which a student is eligible for basic academic skills education, defined by the bill as non-course competency-based developmental education programs and interventions designed for students whose performance falls significantly below college readiness standards. The bill includes basic academic skills education among the developmental coursework provided under the success initiative and expands the coordinating board's rulemaking authority with regard to encouraging institutions of higher education to offer various types of developmental coursework for which course credit may be earned to encompass the implementation of other provisions concerning the success initiative. The bill's provisions apply beginning with the 2016–2017 academic year.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan<http://www.blinn.edu/qep/> titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students. Find out more at www.blinn.edu/QEP/<http://www.blinn.edu/qep/>.
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