TITLE 19. EDUCATION

PART 1. TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

CHAPTER 1. AGENCY ADMINISTRATION

SUBCHAPTER G. APPLY TEXAS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §1.128, §1.130

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §1.128 and §1.130, concerning the Apply Texas Advisory Committee (ATAC). The intent of the amendments is to add independent institutions of higher education to the Advisory Committee as required by Senate Bill 1813 of the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. The ATAC provides the Board with advice and recommendations regarding the Apply Texas Common Application System.

R. Jerel Booker, J.D., Assistant Commissioner for College Readiness and Success, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of amending the rules listed above.

Mr. Booker has also determined that for the first five years the amendments are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification and improvement of policies affecting the Apply Texas Common Application System. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the sections as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted by mail to R. Jerel Booker, J.D., Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or via email to Claudette Jenks, claudette.jenks@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §51.762 which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority.

The proposed amendments affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, §51.762.

§1.128.Authority and Specific Purposes of the Apply Texas Advisory Committee.

(a) (No change.)

(b) Purposes. The Apply Texas Advisory Committee is created to provide the Board with advice and recommendation(s) regarding the common admission applications and the Apply Texas System, in accordance with Chapter 4, Subchapter A, §4.11 of this title (relating to Common Admission Application Forms).

§1.130.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) Membership shall consist of admissions administrators from Texas public institutions of higher education and participating private or independent institutions of higher education, all as defined by Texas Education Code §61.003 that use the Apply Texas System.

(b) Membership on the committee should include:

(1) - (7) (No change.)

(8) two representatives from participating private or independent institutions; and

(9) (No change.)

(c) - (f) (No change.)

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702751

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 4. RULES APPLYING TO ALL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN TEXAS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

19 TAC §4.11

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §4.11, concerning the Common Admission Application Forms. The intent of the amendments is to establish that high school counselors will assist the Coordinating Board regarding the common application and the Apply Texas System as required by Senate Bill 1813 of the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session.

R. Jerel Booker, J.D., Assistant Commissioner for College Readiness and Success, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of amending the rule listed above.

Mr. Booker has also determined that for the first five years the amendments are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification and improvement of policies affecting the Apply Texas Common Application System. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted by mail to R. Jerel Booker, J.D., Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or via email to Claudette Jenks, claudette.jenks@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §51.762 which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority.

The proposed amendments affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, §51.762.

§4.11.Common Admission Application Forms.

(a) - (c) (No change.)

(d) Outreach to Public High Schools.

(1) The Coordinating Board shall seek advice and recommendation(s) from high school counselors representative of diverse Texas public school districts regarding the common application and the Apply Texas System.

(2) The Coordinating Board shall ensure that copies of the freshman common admission application forms and information for their use are available to appropriate personnel at each Texas public high school. The Coordinating Board will work with institutions and high schools to ensure that all high schools have access to either the printed or electronic common application forms.

(e) - (h) (No change.)

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702752

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 9. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN PUBLIC TWO-YEAR COLLEGES

SUBCHAPTER B. GENERAL PROVISIONS

19 TAC §9.22

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §9.22, concerning required curriculum for commercial driver license programs. The intent of the amendments is to meet the requirements of House Bill 29 and Senate Bill 128 passed during the 85th Texas Legislative Session. The acts require each public junior college that offers a commercial driver license program to include training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking established by the Coordinating Board in collaboration with the office of the attorney general.

Dr. Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering the section will be improved training related to the recognition and prevention of human trafficking. There will be no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWComments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under the Texas Education Code, Chapter 130, Subchapter A, §130.0105, which requires the Coordinating Board to adopt rules requiring public community colleges to include training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking.

The proposed amendments affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 130, Subchapter A, §130.0105.

§9.22.Authority.

The Texas Education Code, §§51.308, 51.403(e), 51.911, 61.051, 61.053, 61.059, 61.060-61.063, 61.084, 130.001(b)(3)-(4), 130.003, 130.005, 130.0051, 130.008, [and] 130.009, and 130.0105 authorize the Coordinating Board to adopt policies, enact regulations, and establish rules for various functions relating to program development and the general operation of a public two-year college.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702753

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


19 TAC §9.32

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §9.32, concerning required curriculum for commercial driver's license training programs. The intent of the new section is to meet the requirements of House Bill 29 and Senate Bill 128 passed during the 85th Texas Legislative Session. The acts require each public junior college that offers a commercial driver's license training program to include training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking established by the Coordinating Board in collaboration with the office of the attorney general.

Dr. Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering the section will be improved training related to the recognition and prevention of human trafficking. There will be no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWComments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new section is proposed under the Texas Education Code, Chapter 130, Subchapter A, §130.0105, which requires the Coordinating Board to adopt rules requiring public community colleges to include training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking.

The proposed amendments affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 130, Subchapter A, §130.0105.

§9.32.Required Curriculum for Commercial Driver's License Training Programs.

(a) Each public junior college offering a commercial driver's license training program must include training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking as a part of the educational program.

(b) Each public junior college must include the recognition and prevention of human trafficking content established by the board in collaboration with the office of the attorney general.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702754

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER K. TECH-PREP PROGRAMS AND CONSORTIA

19 TAC §§9.201 - 9.206

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes the repeal of §§9.201 - 9.206, concerning Tech-Prep Programs and Consortia, State Administration of Tech-Prep, Consortium Responsibilities, and Evaluation of Tech-Prep Programs and Consortia. Specifically, this will repeal rules regarding Tech-Prep. These rules were originally adopted in 2006. In 2011, Title II of the Federal Carl D. Perkins Program, which provided funding for Tech Prep programs, did not receive funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, or thereafter. As a result, all Tech-Prep consortium in Texas closed on August 31, 2011. The Texas State Plan was updated in 2012 to reflect the closure of the Tech-Prep consortium.

Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for each year of the first five years the repeal is in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the repeal.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for each year of the first five years the repeal is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering the repeal will be improved transparency in communication between the Coordinating Board and public community, technical, and state colleges by the repeal of rules for grant programs that no longer exist. There will be no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the repeal as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas, 78711 or via email at AQWComments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The repeal of rules is in response to a provision enacted by the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session (S.B. 22), which eliminates reference to tech-prep programs in statutes by repealing Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.185(b) and TEC Chapter 61, Subchapter T.

The repeal affects Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.185(b) and TEC Chapter 61, Subchapter T.

§9.201.Purpose.

§9.202.Authority.

§9.203.General Provisions.

§9.204.State Administration of Tech-Prep.

§9.205.Consortium Responsibilities.

§9.206.Evaluation of the Tech-Prep Programs and Consortia.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702755

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 13. FINANCIAL PLANNING

SUBCHAPTER F. FORMULA FUNDING AND TUITION CHARGES FOR REPEATED AND EXCESS HOURS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

19 TAC §13.107

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §13.107, concerning formula funding for excess hours of developmental courses. Specifically, the proposed amendment reflects changes to Texas Education Code (TEC), §51.340, that were enacted by House Bill 2223, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. House Bill 2223 modifies the number of hours allowed to be considered in formula funding.

Dr. Julie Eklund, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Funding, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), has determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, there will not be any fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering this change to the rules.

Dr. Eklund has determined the public benefit anticipated in administering this section to be alignment of the Texas Education and Administrative Codes. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Dr. Julie Eklund, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Funding, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), 1200 East Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752, julie.eklund@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §51.340.

The amendments affect the following Texas Education Code, §51.340.

§13.107.Limitation on Formula Funding for Remedial and Developmental Courses and Interventions.

(a) General academic teaching institutions [Institutions] shall not submit for formula funding any hours for remedial and development courses and/or interventions for which a student has exceeded 9 [18] semester credit hours of remedial and developmental courses and/or interventions in a general academic teaching institution, or 18 semester credit hours if the developmental coursework is English for speakers of other languages. [27 semester credit hours of remedial and developmental courses and/or interventions in a public community college, public technical college, or public state college.]

(b) Public community colleges, public technical institutes, or public state colleges shall not submit for formula funding any hours for remedial and development courses and/or interventions for which a student has exceeded 18 semester credit hours, or 27 semester credit hours if the developmental coursework is English for speakers of other languages.

(c) [(b)] General academic teaching institutions may not report students in developmental student success courses or developmental ESL courses as defined in §13.102(6) of this title (relating to Definitions) for formula funding. General academic teaching institutions may report a student enrolled in a developmental student success intervention or developmental ESL intervention as defined in §13.102(5) of this title for formula funding only if the following conditions are met:

(1) - (2) (No change.)

(3) the student has not exceeded the number of [18] semester credit hours of remedial and developmental courses and/or interventions specified in [related to] subsection (a) of this section; and

(4) the intervention meets the course description for a developmental student success or developmental ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) intervention in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702768

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER J. TEXAS FUND FOR GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

19 TAC §13.184

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §13.184, regarding Texas Fund for Geography Education, concerning the Advisory Committee. The intent of the amendments is to align the rule to statute. The statute in Texas Education Code, §§61.9681 - 61.9685, does not include the requirement that at least one member of the selection committee be a representative of the Texas Geographic Alliance.

Dr. Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of amending the rule listed above.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the amendment is in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the section will be that a wider and more representative range of Texas Geography experts will be available to serve on the Advisory Committee. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWComments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under the Texas Education Code, Chapter 28, §28.009(b) and Chapter 130, §130.001(b)(3) - (4), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to adopt rules to administer the section.

The amendments affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 13.

§13.184.Advisory Committee.

The Commissioner shall appoint an advisory committee of seven (7) persons who have expertise and interest in geography education. The committee shall include at least one member representing the interests and needs of K-12 education [and at least one representative of the Texas Geographic Alliance]. The committee shall solicit grant proposals, consider those proposals, and make recommendations to the Society.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702756

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 21. STUDENT SERVICES

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

19 TAC §21.10

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §21.10, concerning General Provisions. Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, all general academic teaching institutions shall use January 15 as their priority application deadline for state financial assistance. This change is needed to reflect the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission date of October 1. Language indicating the academic year to which the new deadline will apply has been added to this section and the section has been renumbered accordingly.

Dr. Charles W. Puls, Ed.D, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Student Financial Aid Programs, has determined that for the first five years the section is in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Puls has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of this proposal will be that the institutions' improved ability for administration of financial aid services and to better meet the needs of their student populations.

There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6365, charles.puls@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 56, §56.008(c), which authorizes the Coordinating Board to adopt rules providing for the priority deadline required under TEC, §56.008(a).

The amendment affects Texas Education Code, §56.008(a) and Texas Administrative Code, §21.10.

§21.10.Priority Deadline for Applying for State Aid.

(a) For academic year 2017-2018 and prior all [ All] general academic teaching institutions shall use March 15 as their priority application deadline for application for state financial assistance [for the following year].

(b) Beginning academic year 2019-2020 and hereafter all general academic teaching institutions shall use January 15 as the priority application deadline to receive state financial assistance.

(c) [(b)] The priority deadline is not to serve as a determination of eligibility for state financial assistance, but otherwise eligible students who apply on or before the deadline shall be given priority consideration for available state financial assistance before other applicants.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702757

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER Y. STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT PREVENTION AND FINANCIAL AID LITERACY PILOT PROGRAM

19 TAC §§21.760 - 21.766

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes the repeal of §§21.760 - 21.766, concerning the Student Loan Default Prevention and Financial Aid Literacy Pilot Program. Senate Bill 1799, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session amended current law relating to the student loan default prevention and financial aid literacy pilot program. Rulemaking authority previously granted to the Coordinating Board in Texas Education Code (TEC), §61.0763 has been rescinded, and has been transferred to Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

Dr. Charles W. Puls, Ed.D, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Student Financial Aid Programs, has determined that for the first five years the sections are in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering these sections.

Dr. Puls has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of this proposal will be that the public will not be confused by rules in the Texas Administrative Code for a program that is no longer administered by the Coordinating Board. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6365, charles.puls@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The repeal is proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.0763(e) which authorizes the Coordinating Board to adopt rules for the administration of Student Loan Default Prevention and Financial Aid Literacy Pilot Program.

The repeal affects Texas Education Code, §61.0763 and Texas Administrative Code, §§21.760-21.766.

§21.760.Authority, Scope, and Purpose.

§21.761.Administration.

§21.762.Definitions.

§21.763.Criteria for Selection of Participating Institutions.

§21.764.Consumer Awareness.

§21.765.Reporting Requirements.

§21.766.End of Pilot Project.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702758

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 22. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

SUBCHAPTER Z. EARLY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL ON OR BEFORE JUNE 20, 2011

19 TAC §§22.699 - 22.709

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes the repeal of §§22.699 - 22.709, concerning Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program for Students Graduating High School on or before June 20, 2011. No funds have been appropriated for this program since the 2010-2011 biennium.

Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Student Financial Aid Programs, has determined that for the first five years the sections are in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Puls has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of this proposal will be that the public will not be confused by rules in the Texas Administrative Code for a program that is inactive. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6365, charles.puls@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The repeal is proposed under the Texas Education Code, §56.209, which authorizes the Coordinating Board to adopt rules for the administration of the Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program.

The repeal affects Texas Education Code §§56.201 - 56.209 and Texas Administrative Code §§22.699 - 22.709.

§22.699.Authority and Purpose.

§22.700.Definitions.

§22.701.Institutions.

§22.702.Eligible Students.

§22.703.The Application and Awarding Process.

§22.704.Source of Funding.

§22.705.Award Amounts and Processing Cycle.

§22.706.Reimbursements.

§22.707.Refunds.

§22.708.Hardship Provisions.

§22.709.Dissemination of Information and Rules.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702759

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 23. EDUCATION LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS

SUBCHAPTER H. EDUCATIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM FOR ATTORNEYS EMPLOYED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

19 TAC §§23.217 - 23.223

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes the repeal of §§23.217 - 23.223, concerning the Educational Loan Repayment Program for Attorneys Employed by the Office of the Attorney General. No funds have been appropriated for this program since the 2014-2015 biennium.

Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Student Financial Aid Programs, has determined that for the first five years the sections are in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Puls has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of this proposal will be that the public will not be confused by rules in the Texas Administrative Code for a program that is inactive. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6365, charles.puls@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The repeal is proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.9729, which authorizes the Coordinating Board to adopt rules for the administration of Repayment of Certain Education Loans Owed by Certain State Attorneys.

The proposal affects Texas Education Code, §§61.9721 - 61.9732, and Texas Administrative Code, §§23.217 - 23.223.

§23.217.Authority and Purpose.

§23.218.Definitions.

§23.219.Application Review Committee.

§23.220.Application Approval.

§23.221.Eligible Attorney.

§23.222.Eligible Education Loan.

§23.223.Education Loan Repayments.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702760

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER I. LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS

19 TAC §§23.248 - 23.255

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes the repeal of §§23.248 - 23.255, concerning the Loan Repayment Program for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. No funds have been appropriated for this program since the 2010-2011 biennium.

Dr. Charles W. Puls, Ed.D, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Student Financial Aid Programs, has determined that for the first five years the sections are in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Puls has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of this proposal will be that the public will not be confused by rules in the Texas Administrative Code for a program that is inactive. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6365, charles.puls@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The repeal is proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.9819, which authorizes the Coordinating Board to adopt rules for the administration of Repayment of Certain Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Education Loans.

The repeal affects Texas Education Code, §§61.9811 - 61.9819, and Texas Administrative Code, §§23.248 - 23.255.

§23.248.Authority and Purpose.

§23.249.Dissemination of Information.

§23.250.Definitions.

§23.251.Preliminary Eligibility Requirements.

§23.252.Priorities for Conditional Approval of Applications.

§23.253.Eligibility for Loan Repayment Awards - End of Service Period.

§23.254.Eligible Education Loan.

§23.255.Loan Repayment Awards.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702761

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


CHAPTER 27. FIELDS OF STUDY

SUBCHAPTER R. FINANCE FIELD OF STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §§27.441 - 27.447

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §§27.441 - 27.447, concerning Finance Field of Study Advisory Committee. The proposed new rules authorize the Board to create an advisory committee to develop a Finance field of study. The newly added rules will affect students when the finance field of study is adopted by the Board.

Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of adding the new sections.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the rules are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification of which lower division courses are required in a Finance degree and improve transferability and applicability of courses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed new sections may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWcomments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to develop fields of study curricula with the assistance of advisory committees and Texas Government Code, §2110.005, which requires a state agency that establishes an advisory committee to adopt rules that state the purpose and tasks of the committee and describe the manner in which the committee will report to the agency.

The new sections affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.

§27.441.Authority and Specific Purposes of the Finance Field of Study Advisory Committee.

(a) Authority. Statutory authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a).

(b) Purpose. The Finance Field of Study Advisory Committee is created to provide the Commissioner and the Board with guidance regarding the Finance field of study curricula.

§27.442.Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings:

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

(3) Field of Study Curricula--The block of courses which may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for the degree program into which the student transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

(4) Institutions of Higher Education--As defined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.003(8).

§27.443.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) The advisory committee shall be equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher education.

(b) Each university system or institution of higher education which offers a degree program for which a field of study curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the advisory committee.

(c) At least a majority of the members of the advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher education. An institution shall consult with the faculty of the institution before nominating or recommending a person to the board as the institution's representative on an advisory committee.

(d) Board staff will recommend for Board appointment individuals who are nominated by institutions of higher education.

(e) Members of the committee shall select co-chairs, who will be responsible for conducting meetings and conveying committee recommendations to the Board.

(f) The number of committee members shall not exceed twenty-four (24).

(g) Members shall serve staggered terms of up to three years. The terms of chairs and co-chairs (if applicable) will be two years dating from their election.

§27.444.Duration.

The Committee shall be abolished no later than October 31, 2021, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. It may be reestablished by the Board.

§27.445Meetings.

The Committee shall meet as necessary. Special meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the presiding officer. Meetings shall be open to the public and broadcast via the web, unless prevented by technical difficulties, and minutes shall be available to the public after they have been prepared by the Board staff and reviewed by members of the Committee.

§27.446.Tasks Assigned to the Committee.

Tasks assigned to the Committee include:

(1) Advise the Board regarding the Finance Field of Study Curricula;

(2) Provide Board staff with feedback about processes and procedures related to the Finance Field of Study Curricula; and

(3) Any other issues related to the Finance Field of Study Curricula as determined by the Board.

§27.447.Report to the Board; Evaluation of Committee Costs and Effectiveness.

The Committee shall report recommendations to the Board. The Committee shall also report Committee activities to the Board to allow the Board to properly evaluate the Committee work, usefulness, and the costs related to the Committee existence. The Board shall report its evaluation to the Legislative Budget Board in its biennial Legislative Appropriations Request.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702762

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER S. MARKETING FIELD OF STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §§27.461 - 27.467

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §§27.461 - 27.467, concerning Marketing Field of Study Advisory Committee. The proposed new rules authorize the Board to create an advisory committee to develop a marketing field of study. The newly added rules will affect students when the marketing field of study is adopted by the Board.

Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of adding the new sections.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the rules are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification of which lower division courses are required in a Marketing degree and improve transferability and applicability of courses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the sections as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed new sections may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWcomments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to develop fields of study curricula with the assistance of advisory committees and Texas Government Code, §2110.005, which requires a state agency that establishes an advisory committee to adopt rules that state the purpose and tasks of the committee and describe the manner in which the committee will report to the agency.

The new sections affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.

§27.461.Authority and Specific Purposes of the Marketing Field of Study Advisory Committee.

(a) Authority. Statutory authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a).

(b) Purpose. The Marketing Field of Study Advisory Committee is created to provide the Commissioner and the Board with guidance regarding the Marketing field of study curricula.

§27.462.Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings:

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

(3) Field of Study Curricula--The block of courses which may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for the degree program into which the student transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

(4) Institutions of Higher Education--As defined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.003(8).

§27.463.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) The advisory committee shall be equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher education.

(b) Each university system or institution of higher education which offers a degree program for which a field of study curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the advisory committee.

(c) At least a majority of the members of the advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher education. An institution shall consult with the faculty of the institution before nominating or recommending a person to the board as the institution's representative on an advisory committee.

(d) Board staff will recommend for Board appointment individuals who are nominated by institutions of higher education.

(e) Members of the committee shall select co-chairs, who will be responsible for conducting meetings and conveying committee recommendations to the Board.

(f) The number of committee members shall not exceed twenty-four (24).

(g) Members shall serve staggered terms of up to three years. The terms of chairs and co-chairs (if applicable) will be two years dating from their election.

§27.464.Duration.

The Committee shall be abolished no later than October 31, 2021, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. It may be reestablished by the Board.

§27.465.Meetings.

The Committee shall meet as necessary. Special meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the presiding officer. Meetings shall be open to the public and broadcast via the web, unless prevented by technical difficulties, and minutes shall be available to the public after they have been prepared by the Board staff and reviewed by members of the Committee.

§27.466.Tasks Assigned to the Committee.

Tasks assigned to the Committee include:

(1) Advise the Board regarding the Marketing Field of Study Curricula;

(2) Provide Board staff with feedback about processes and procedures related to the Marketing Field of Study Curricula; and

(3) Any other issues related to the Marketing Field of Study Curricula as determined by the Board.

§27.467.Report to the Board; Evaluation of Committee Costs and Effectiveness.

The Committee shall report recommendations to the Board. The Committee shall also report Committee activities to the Board to allow the Board to properly evaluate the Committee work, usefulness, and the costs related to the Committee existence. The Board shall report its evaluation to the Legislative Budget Board in its biennial Legislative Appropriations Request.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702763

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER T. ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE FIELD OF STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §§27.481 - 27.487

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §§27.481 - 27.487, concerning English Language and Literature Field of Study Advisory Committee. The proposed new rules authorize the Board to create an advisory committee to develop an English Language and Literature field of study. The newly added rules will affect students when the English language and literature field of study is adopted by the Board.

Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of adding the new sections.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the rules are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification of which lower division courses are required in an English Language and Literature degree and improve transferability and applicability of courses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed new sections may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWcomments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to develop fields of study curricula with the assistance of advisory committees and Texas Government Code, §2110.005, which requires a state agency that establishes an advisory committee to adopt rules that state the purpose and tasks of the committee and describe the manner in which the committee will report to the agency.

The new sections affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.

§27.481.Authority and Specific Purposes of the English Language and Literature Field of Study Advisory Committee.

(a) Authority. Statutory authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a).

(b) Purpose. The English Language and Literature Field of Study Advisory Committee is created to provide the Commissioner and the Board with guidance regarding the English Language and Literature field of study curricula.

§27.482.Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings:

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

(3) Field of Study Curricula--The block of courses which may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for the degree program into which the student transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

(4) Institutions of Higher Education--As defined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.003(8).

§27.483.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) The advisory committee shall be equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher education.

(b) Each university system or institution of higher education which offers a degree program for which a field of study curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the advisory committee.

(c) At least a majority of the members of the advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher education. An institution shall consult with the faculty of the institution before nominating or recommending a person to the board as the institution's representative on an advisory committee.

(d) Board staff will recommend for Board appointment individuals who are nominated by institutions of higher education.

(e) Members of the committee shall select co-chairs, who will be responsible for conducting meetings and conveying committee recommendations to the Board.

(f) The number of committee members shall not exceed twenty-four (24).

(g) Members shall serve staggered terms of up to three years. The terms of chairs and co-chairs (if applicable) will be two years dating from their election.

§27.484.Duration.

The Committee shall be abolished no later than October 31, 2021, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. It may be reestablished by the Board.

§27.485.Meetings.

The Committee shall meet as necessary. Special meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the presiding officer. Meetings shall be open to the public and broadcast via the web, unless prevented by technical difficulties, and minutes shall be available to the public after they have been prepared by the Board staff and reviewed by members of the Committee.

§27.486.Tasks Assigned to the Committee.

Tasks assigned to the Committee include:

(1) Advise the Board regarding the English Language and Literature Field of Study Curricula;

(2) Provide Board staff with feedback about processes and procedures related to the English Language and Literature Field of Study Curricula; and

(3) Any other issues related to the English Language and Literature Field of Study Curricula as determined by the Board.

§27.487.Report to the Board; Evaluation of Committee Costs and Effectiveness.

The Committee shall report recommendations to the Board. The Committee shall also report Committee activities to the Board to allow the Board to properly evaluate the Committee work, usefulness, and the costs related to the Committee existence. The Board shall report its evaluation to the Legislative Budget Board in its biennial Legislative Appropriations Request.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702764

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER U. HISTORY FIELD OF STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §§27.501 - 27.507

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §§27.501 - 27.507, concerning History Field of Study Advisory Committee. The proposed new rules authorize the Board to create an advisory committee to develop a history field of study. The newly added rules will affect students when the history field of study is adopted by the Board.

Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of adding the new sections.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the rules are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification of which lower division courses are required in a History degree and improve transferability and applicability of courses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the sections as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed new sections may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWcomments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to develop fields of study curricula with the assistance of advisory committees and Texas Government Code, §2110.005, which requires a state agency that establishes an advisory committee to adopt rules that state the purpose and tasks of the committee and describe the manner in which the committee will report to the agency.

The new sections affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.

§27.501.Authority and Specific Purposes of the History Field of Study Advisory Committee.

(a) Authority. Statutory authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a).

(b) Purpose. The History Field of Study Advisory Committee is created to provide the Commissioner and the Board with guidance regarding the History field of study curricula.

§27.502.Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings:

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

(3) Field of Study Curricula--The block of courses which may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for the degree program into which the student transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

(4) Institutions of Higher Education--As defined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.003(8).

§27.503.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) The advisory committee shall be equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher education.

(b) Each university system or institution of higher education which offers a degree program for which a field of study curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the advisory committee.

(c) At least a majority of the members of the advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher education. An institution shall consult with the faculty of the institution before nominating or recommending a person to the board as the institution's representative on an advisory committee.

(d) Board staff will recommend for Board appointment individuals who are nominated by institutions of higher education.

(e) Members of the committee shall select co-chairs, who will be responsible for conducting meetings and conveying committee recommendations to the Board.

(f) The number of committee members shall not exceed twenty-four (24).

(g) Members shall serve staggered terms of up to three years. The terms of chairs and co-chairs (if applicable) will be two years dating from their election.

§27.504.Duration.

The Committee shall be abolished no later than October 31, 2021, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. It may be reestablished by the Board.

§27.505.Meetings.

The Committee shall meet as necessary. Special meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the presiding officer. Meetings shall be open to the public and broadcast via the web, unless prevented by technical difficulties, and minutes shall be available to the public after they have been prepared by the Board staff and reviewed by members of the Committee.

§27.506Tasks Assigned to the Committee.

Tasks assigned to the Committee include:

(1) Advise the Board regarding the History Field of Study Curricula;

(2) Provide Board staff with feedback about processes and procedures related to the History Field of Study Curricula; and

(3) Any other issues related to the History Field of Study Curricula as determined by the Board.

§27.507.Report to the Board; Evaluation of Committee Costs and Effectiveness.

The Committee shall report recommendations to the Board. The Committee shall also report Committee activities to the Board to allow the Board to properly evaluate the Committee work, usefulness, and the costs related to the Committee existence. The Board shall report its evaluation to the Legislative Budget Board in its biennial Legislative Appropriations Request.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702765

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER V. POLITICAL SCIENCE AND GOVERNMENT FIELD OF STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §§27.521 - 27.527

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §§27.521 - 27.527, concerning Political Science and Government Field of Study Advisory Committee. The proposed new rules authorize the Board to create an advisory committee to develop a Political Science and Government field of study. The newly added rules will affect students when the political science and government field of study is adopted by the Board.

Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of adding the new sections.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the rules are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification of which lower division courses are required in a Political Science and Government degree and improve transferability and applicability of courses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed new sections may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWcomments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to develop fields of study curricula with the assistance of advisory committees and Texas Government Code, §2110.005, which requires a state agency that establishes an advisory committee to adopt rules that state the purpose and tasks of the committee and describe the manner in which the committee will report to the agency.

The new sections affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.

§27.521.Authority and Specific Purposes of the Political Science and Government Field of Study Advisory Committee.

(a) Authority. Statutory authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a).

(b) Purpose. The Political Science and Government Field of Study Advisory Committee is created to provide the Commissioner and the Board with guidance regarding the Political Science and Government field of study curricula.

§27.522.Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings:

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

(3) Field of Study Curricula--The block of courses which may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for the degree program into which the student transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

(4) Institutions of Higher Education--As defined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.003(8).

§27.523.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) The advisory committee shall be equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher education.

(b) Each university system or institution of higher education which offers a degree program for which a field of study curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the advisory committee.

(c) At least a majority of the members of the advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher education. An institution shall consult with the faculty of the institution before nominating or recommending a person to the board as the institution's representative on an advisory committee.

(d) Board staff will recommend for Board appointment individuals who are nominated by institutions of higher education.

(e) Members of the committee shall select co-chairs, who will be responsible for conducting meetings and conveying committee recommendations to the Board.

(f) The number of committee members shall not exceed twenty-four (24).

(g) Members shall serve staggered terms of up to three years. The terms of chairs and co-chairs (if applicable) will be two years dating from their election.

§27.524.Duration.

The Committee shall be abolished no later than October 31, 2021, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. It may be reestablished by the Board.

§27.525.Meetings.

The Committee shall meet as necessary. Special meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the presiding officer. Meetings shall be open to the public and broadcast via the web, unless prevented by technical difficulties, and minutes shall be available to the public after they have been prepared by the Board staff and reviewed by members of the Committee.

§27.526.Tasks Assigned to the Committee.

Tasks assigned to the Committee include:

(1) Advise the Board regarding the Political Science and Government Field of Study Curricula;

(2) Provide Board staff with feedback about processes and procedures related to the Political Science and Government Field of Study Curricula; and

(3) Any other issues related to the Political Science and Government Field of Study Curricula as determined by the Board.

§27.527.Report to the Board; Evaluation of Committee Costs and Effectiveness.

The Committee shall report recommendations to the Board. The Committee shall also report Committee activities to the Board to allow the Board to properly evaluate the Committee work, usefulness, and the costs related to the Committee existence. The Board shall report its evaluation to the Legislative Budget Board in its biennial Legislative Appropriations Request.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702766

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104


SUBCHAPTER W. SOCIAL WORK FIELD OF STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

19 TAC §§27.541 - 27.547

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes new §§27.541 - 27.547, concerning Social Work Field of Study Advisory Committee. The proposed new rules authorize the Board to create an advisory committee to develop a Social Work field of study. The newly added rules will affect students when the social work field of study is adopted by the Board.

Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, has determined that for the first five years there will be no fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of adding the new sections.

Dr. Peebles has also determined that for the first five years the rules are in effect, the public benefits anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the clarification of which lower division courses are required in a Social Work degree and improve transferability and applicability of courses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposed new sections may be submitted by mail to Rex C. Peebles, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email at AQWcomments@THECB.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a), which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to develop fields of study curricula with the assistance of advisory committees and Texas Government Code, §2110.005, which requires a state agency that establishes an advisory committee to adopt rules that state the purpose and tasks of the committee and describe the manner in which the committee will report to the agency.

The new sections affect the implementation of Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.

§27.541.Authority and Specific Purposes of the Social Work Field of Study Advisory Committee.

(a) Authority. Statutory authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, §61.823(a).

(b) Purpose. The Social Work Field of Study Advisory Committee is created to provide the Commissioner and the Board with guidance regarding the Social Work field of study curricula.

§27.542.Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings:

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

(3) Field of Study Curricula--The block of courses which may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for the degree program into which the student transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

(4) Institutions of Higher Education--As defined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61.003(8).

§27.543.Committee Membership and Officers.

(a) The advisory committee shall be equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher education.

(b) Each university system or institution of higher education which offers a degree program for which a field of study curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the advisory committee.

(c) At least a majority of the members of the advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher education. An institution shall consult with the faculty of the institution before nominating or recommending a person to the board as the institution's representative on an advisory committee.

(d) Board staff will recommend for Board appointment individuals who are nominated by institutions of higher education.

(e) Members of the committee shall select co-chairs, who will be responsible for conducting meetings and conveying committee recommendations to the Board.

(f) The number of committee members shall not exceed twenty-four (24).

(g) Members shall serve staggered terms of up to three years. The terms of chairs and co-chairs (if applicable) will be two years dating from their election.

§27.544.Duration.

The Committee shall be abolished no later than October 31, 2021, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. It may be reestablished by the Board.

§27.545.Meetings.

The Committee shall meet as necessary. Special meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the presiding officer. Meetings shall be open to the public and broadcast via the web, unless prevented by technical difficulties, and minutes shall be available to the public after they have been prepared by the Board staff and reviewed by members of the Committee.

§27.546.Tasks Assigned to the Committee.

Tasks assigned to the Committee include:

(1) Advise the Board regarding the Social Work Field of Study Curricula;

(2) Provide Board staff with feedback about processes and procedures related to the Social Work Field of Study Curricula; and

(3) Any other issues related to the Social Work Field of Study Curricula as determined by the Board.

§27.547.Report to the Board; Evaluation of Committee Costs and Effectiveness.

The Committee shall report recommendations to the Board. The Committee shall also report Committee activities to the Board to allow the Board to properly evaluate the Committee work, usefulness, and the costs related to the Committee existence. The Board shall report its evaluation to the Legislative Budget Board in its biennial Legislative Appropriations Request.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 24, 2017.

TRD-201702767

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 3, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104