75R10110 CAG-D By Rangel, Kamel, Maxey, Cuellar, Giddings, H.B. No. 588 et al. Substitute the following for H.B. No. 588: By Rangel C.S.H.B. No. 588 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to uniform admission and reporting procedures for 1-3 institutions of higher education. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Chapter 51, Education Code, is amended by adding 1-6 Subchapter S to read as follows: 1-7 SUBCHAPTER S. UNIFORM ADMISSION POLICY 1-8 Sec. 51.801. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter, "general 1-9 academic teaching institution," "governing board," "medical and 1-10 dental unit," and "university system" have the meanings assigned by 1-11 Section 61.003. 1-12 Sec. 51.802. UNIFORM ADMISSION SYSTEM. A general academic 1-13 teaching institution shall admit first-time freshman students for 1-14 each semester under the provisions of this subchapter. 1-15 Sec. 51.803. AUTOMATIC ADMISSION: ALL INSTITUTIONS. 1-16 (a) Each general academic teaching institution shall admit an 1-17 applicant for admission to the institution as an undergraduate 1-18 student if the applicant graduated in one of the two school years 1-19 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying for 1-20 admission from a public or private high school in this state 1-21 accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization with 1-22 a grade point average in the top 10 percent of the student's high 1-23 school graduating class. To qualify for admission under this 1-24 section, an applicant must submit an application before the 2-1 expiration of any application filing deadline established by the 2-2 institution. 2-3 (b) After admitting an applicant under this section, the 2-4 institution shall review the applicant's record and any other 2-5 factor the institution considers appropriate to determine whether 2-6 the applicant may require additional preparation for college-level 2-7 work or would benefit from inclusion in a retention program. The 2-8 institution may require a student so identified to enroll during 2-9 the summer immediately after the student is admitted under this 2-10 section to participate in appropriate enrichment courses and 2-11 orientation programs. This section does not prohibit a student who 2-12 is not determined to need additional preparation for college-level 2-13 work from enrolling, if the student chooses, during the summer 2-14 immediately after the student is admitted under this section. 2-15 Sec. 51.804. ADDITIONAL AUTOMATIC ADMISSIONS: SELECTED 2-16 INSTITUTIONS. For each academic year, the governing board of each 2-17 general academic teaching institution shall determine whether to 2-18 adopt an admissions policy under which an applicant to the 2-19 institution as a first-time freshman student, other than an 2-20 applicant eligible for admission under Section 51.803, shall be 2-21 admitted to the institution if the applicant graduated from a 2-22 public or private high school in this state accredited by a 2-23 generally recognized accrediting organization with a grade point 2-24 average in the top 25 percent of the applicant's high school 2-25 graduating class. 2-26 Sec. 51.805. OTHER ADMISSIONS. (a) A graduating student 2-27 who does not qualify for admission under Section 51.803 or 51.804 3-1 may apply to any general academic teaching institution. 3-2 (b) The general academic teaching institution, after 3-3 admitting students under Sections 51.803 and 51.804, shall admit 3-4 other applicants for admission as undergraduate students. It is 3-5 the intent of the legislature that all institutions of higher 3-6 education pursue academic excellence by considering students' 3-7 academic achievements in decisions related to admissions. Because 3-8 of changing demographic trends, diversity, and population increases 3-9 in the state, each general academic teaching institution shall also 3-10 consider all of, any of, or a combination of the following 3-11 socioeconomic indicators or factors in making first-time freshman 3-12 admissions decisions: 3-13 (1) the applicant's academic record; 3-14 (2) the socioeconomic background of the applicant, 3-15 including the percentage by which the applicant's family is above 3-16 or below any recognized measure of poverty, the applicant's 3-17 household income, and the applicant's parents' level of education; 3-18 (3) whether the applicant would be the first 3-19 generation of the applicant's family to attend or graduate from an 3-20 institution of higher education; 3-21 (4) whether the applicant has bilingual proficiency; 3-22 (5) the financial status of the applicant's school 3-23 district; 3-24 (6) the performance level of the applicant's school as 3-25 determined by the school accountability criteria used by the Texas 3-26 Education Agency; 3-27 (7) the applicant's responsibilities while attending 4-1 school, including whether the applicant has been employed, whether 4-2 the applicant has helped to raise children, or other similar 4-3 factors; 4-4 (8) the applicant's region of residence; 4-5 (9) whether the applicant is a resident of a rural or 4-6 urban area or a resident of a central city or suburban area in the 4-7 state; 4-8 (10) the applicant's performance on standardized 4-9 tests; 4-10 (11) the applicant's performance on standardized tests 4-11 in comparison with that of other students from similar 4-12 socioeconomic backgrounds; 4-13 (12) whether the applicant attended any school while 4-14 the school was under a court-ordered desegregation plan; 4-15 (13) the applicant's involvement in community 4-16 activities; 4-17 (14) the applicant's extracurricular activities; 4-18 (15) the applicant's commitment to a particular field 4-19 of study; 4-20 (16) the applicant's personal interview; 4-21 (17) the applicant's admission to a comparable 4-22 accredited out-of-state institution; and 4-23 (18) any other consideration the institution considers 4-24 necessary to accomplish the institution's stated mission. 4-25 (c) A general academic teaching institution may review other 4-26 factors in making an admissions decision. 4-27 (d) Not later than one year before the date that 5-1 applications for admission are first considered under this section, 5-2 each general academic teaching institution shall publish in the 5-3 institution's catalog a description of the factors considered by 5-4 the institution in making admission decisions and shall make the 5-5 information available to the public. 5-6 (e) This section does not apply to an institution that has 5-7 an open enrollment policy. 5-8 Sec. 51.806. REPORT TO COORDINATING BOARD. Each general 5-9 academic teaching institution shall provide a report annually to 5-10 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board describing the 5-11 composition of the entering class of students admitted under this 5-12 subchapter. The report shall include a demographic breakdown, 5-13 including a breakdown by race, ethnicity, and economic status, of 5-14 the students admitted under Sections 51.803, 51.804, and 51.805. 5-15 Sec. 51.807. RULEMAKING. The Texas Higher Education 5-16 Coordinating Board may adopt rules relating to the operation of 5-17 admissions programs under this subchapter, including rules relating 5-18 to the identification of eligible students and the reporting 5-19 requirements of Section 51.806. 5-20 Sec. 51.808. APPLICATION OF ADMISSION CRITERIA TO OTHER 5-21 PROGRAMS. (a) Each general academic teaching institution or 5-22 medical and dental unit that offers admissions to undergraduate 5-23 transfer students or admissions to a graduate, postgraduate, or 5-24 professional program shall also adopt a written admission policy 5-25 applicable to those programs. 5-26 (b) The policy shall be published in the institution's or 5-27 unit's catalog and made available to the public. 6-1 Sec. 51.809. SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP AWARDS. (a) A 6-2 general academic teaching institution or a medical and dental unit 6-3 that offers competitive scholarship or fellowship awards shall 6-4 adopt a written policy describing the factors to be used by the 6-5 institution or unit in making an award. 6-6 (b) A policy adopted under this section shall be published 6-7 in the institution's or unit's catalog and shall be made available 6-8 to the public in advance of any deadline for the submission of an 6-9 application for a competitive scholarship or fellowship to which 6-10 the policy applies. 6-11 SECTION 2. (a) The change in law made by this Act applies 6-12 beginning with admissions and scholarships for the fall term or 6-13 semester in 1998. 6-14 (b) The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, each 6-15 general academic teaching institution, and each medical and dental 6-16 unit shall adopt rules or policies relating to the admission of 6-17 students under Subchapter S, Chapter 51, Education Code, as added 6-18 by this Act, not later than January 1, 1998. 6-19 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 6-20 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 6-21 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 6-22 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 6-23 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.