[TACRAO] Listserv End of Session Update

Maria Aguirre-Acuna maria.aguirre at tstc.edu
Thu Jun 11 15:35:43 CDT 2015


Great Job Jayson.  Thank you for keeping us updated on these issues.

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 10:42 AM, Jayson Naiser <jayson.naiser at blinn.edu>
wrote:

>  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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB505>
>
>
>
> 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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1054>
>
>
>
> 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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1583>
>
>
>
> 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*
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1992>
>
>
>
> 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*
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2628>
>
> 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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4046>
>
> 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*
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB11>
>
>
>
> 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*
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1189>
>
> 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*
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1470>
>
> 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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1543>
>
>
>
> 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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1714>
>
> 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
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1776>
>
>
>
> 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 <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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