[TACRAO] Listserv End of Session Update

Jenkins, Robert Robert.Jenkins at uth.tmc.edu
Thu Jun 11 11:13:33 CDT 2015


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Jayson

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Pat


Patrick Miller
Registrar and Director of Enrollment Management
TCU

From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu<mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu> [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Jayson Naiser
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Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv End of Session Update

Howdy all,
Monday June 1st marked the end of the 84rd Regular Session ended.  I have included below the bills that have been sent to the Governor.
Bills sent to the Governor:

HB 505<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DHB505&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=q-xiBEF2xRt0I05tsOTFn_3csLFu6OhRAuGkvInPnfI&e=>

This bill eliminates restrictions for high school’s student dual credit enrollment.  Students will not be restricted on the number hour courses they can take each semester and academic year or when they can start taking the classes.

HB 1054<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DHB1054&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=gCLbZM28Oahh4mE-TRt2zYYRjgxok8LMDsRXBPvil3A&e=>

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.

HB 1583<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DHB1583&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=OtCWPJHSrTEIZP9FICmmb4Ha-xaYYCTB4LgZini2mWU&e=>

This bill will require that each public junior college to establish, for at least 5, of Allied Health, Nursing, and Career and Technology a block schedule curriculum.  The block schedule curricula will need to be published in advance of each semester.  Schools can petition for an exception to the number of programs for which a block schedule curriculum is required.

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 1992<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DHB1992&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=TKTETL2DQLgNthgYE0yc0OWHMX9VYlecqybACiP8JN8&e=>

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 the institution’s chief academic officer determines based on evidence, that a higher score on the examination is necessary to indicate a student is sufficiently prepared to be successful in a related, more advanced course for which the lower-division course is a prerequisite.  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.

HB 2628<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DHB2628&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=PJKRhBo9ifnxxWCiigMXXz9-Z7tnSipNZ9ZSkY2Rk1k&e=>
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.

HB 4046<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DHB4046&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=sXVGdrwdkSTrJIMY0DiVq-qaNG8vt3gOdkT3Wo_Am00&e=>
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.

SB 11<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DSB11&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=PRxsnsG5INFMD6GPYICRf2VqdQ4LRjne1fOiSQhOcgA&e=>

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.

After consulting with students, staff, and faculty of the institution regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment, the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution. The president or officer may not establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution. The president or officer may amend the provisions as necessary for campus safety. The provisions take effect as determined by the president or officer unless subsequently amended by the board of regents or other governing board

SB 1189<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DSB1189&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=fIMy3p1-B5Gmmjee2A4P65C99DNuSUlezGNreREQCM4&e=>
This bill will require all community college to offer Multidisciplinary Studies associate degree.  The degree would consist of the community college’s core curriculum and then courses selected by the student in the student’s degree plan.  The degree is designed to assist students with preparing student to transition to a four-year college or university.     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<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DSB1470&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=OepfiUD34r2hM0L2jgdenaNoOc6KTHp3MgIuACUGOGo&e=>
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.

SB 1543<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DSB1543&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=Af7gN2uMeplMb_8ATymOv6xb_3_5iF3jdVfpqEvIu_A&e=>

This bill amends the Education Code to include specific standardized testing score requirements among the general standards according to which a public institution of higher education must treat an applicant for admission to the institution as an undergraduate student who presents evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education. The bill requires an institution of higher education that sorts applicants by high school graduating class rank in its undergraduate admission review process to place any applicant who presents evidence of having successfully completed a nontraditional secondary education that does not include a high school graduating class ranking at the average high school graduating class rank of undergraduate applicants to the institution who have equivalent standardized testing scores as the applicant. The bill's provisions apply beginning with admissions to a public institution of higher education for the 2016 fall semester.

SB 1714<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DSB1714&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=FatVibxhPYDHWXVjElq1V9POUsmniE5XmpF0n4SPmQM&e=>
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.

SB 1776<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legis.state.tx.us_BillLookup_History.aspx-3FLegSess-3D84R-26Bill-3DSB1776&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=t8lNTw2BocNpDVuTrPlsEBgxfEuIdSxWQ1XqwNZClMc&e=>

This bill establishes 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 conditions the exemption on the student enrolling in the student's first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student's first year of enrollment at an institution of higher education. The bill requires the institution, if the student earns a grade below a "C" in the student's first college-level course in the exempted content area, to advise the student of noncourse-based options for becoming college ready, such as tutoring or accelerated learning.

It also removes the requirement that the commissioner of higher education by rule establish the period for which the exemption is valid. The bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to collect and analyze data regarding the effectiveness of college preparatory courses as measured by students' successful completion of the first college-level course in the exempted content area. The bill requires the coordinating board to report its findings to all partnering institutions of higher education and independent school districts of each college preparatory course evaluated, as well as the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Representatives, and members of the house and senate committees on higher education.

The bill's provisions apply beginning with the assessment of entering undergraduate students at public institutions of higher education for the 2015 fall semester.


Jayson Naiser
Chair, Legislative Issues

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.blinn.edu_qep_&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=U8EIy4LCxeJ7fHieuySbb54AzTXvG-b35PDOdbNd0Gk&e=> titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students. Find out more at www.blinn.edu/QEP/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.blinn.edu_qep_&d=BQMGaQ&c=6vgNTiRn9_pqCD9hKx9JgXN1VapJQ8JVoF8oWH1AgfQ&r=VmjRDFYdL0Xdl-l8twjvhNlG8DqCcZHvHj3Kcr38b3o&m=g3jglnAiDPQwCuXBCHboTzfkmD9tWQgkE0dRXWwcnuQ&s=U8EIy4LCxeJ7fHieuySbb54AzTXvG-b35PDOdbNd0Gk&e=>.
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