By Rangel H.B. No. 588 75R1594 CAG-D 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" and "medical and dental unit" have 1-10 the meanings assigned by Section 61.003. 1-11 Sec. 51.802. UNIFORM ADMISSION SYSTEM. A general academic 1-12 teaching institution shall admit students for each semester under 1-13 the provisions of this subchapter. 1-14 Sec. 51.803. AUTOMATIC ADMISSION. (a) Each general 1-15 academic teaching institution shall admit an applicant for 1-16 admission to the institution as an undergraduate student if the 1-17 student is a qualified high school student from a public high 1-18 school in this state who graduated with a grade point average in 1-19 the top 10 percent of the student's high school graduating class. 1-20 (b) If the number of graduating students seeking admission 1-21 to a general academic teaching institution exceeds the available 1-22 number of spaces offered for enrollment for any semester: 1-23 (1) the institution shall conduct a lottery to award 1-24 the spaces; and 2-1 (2) an eligible student not selected for admission may 2-2 delay the student's admission to the institution until space is 2-3 available. 2-4 Sec. 51.804. OTHER ADMISSIONS. (a) A graduating student 2-5 who does not qualify for admission under Section 51.803 may apply 2-6 to any general academic teaching institution. 2-7 (b) The general academic teaching institution, after 2-8 admitting students under Section 51.803, may admit other applicants 2-9 for admission as undergraduate students. An applicant may be 2-10 admitted only after the institution reviews all timely 2-11 applications for undergraduate admission and considers the 2-12 following factors: 2-13 (1) the income of the applicant or applicant's family; 2-14 (2) whether other members of the applicant's family 2-15 have attended a college or university; 2-16 (3) whether other members of the applicant's family 2-17 have graduated from high school; 2-18 (4) whether the applicant worked while attending high 2-19 school; 2-20 (5) whether the applicant is fluent in more than one 2-21 language; 2-22 (6) whether the applicant attended any school while 2-23 the school was under a court-ordered desegregation plan; 2-24 (7) the applicant's involvement in community 2-25 activities; 2-26 (8) the applicant's extracurricular activities; 2-27 (9) the applicant's commitment to a particular field 3-1 of study; 3-2 (10) the applicant's academic record; and 3-3 (11) the applicant's performance on standardized 3-4 college entrance exams. 3-5 (c) Each general academic teaching institution shall 3-6 publish, not later than one year before the date that applications 3-7 for admission are first considered under this section, a 3-8 description of the weight given to each factor and the role each 3-9 factor plays in the admission decision of the institution. 3-10 Sec. 51.805. REPORT TO COORDINATING BOARD. Each general 3-11 academic teaching institution shall provide a report annually to 3-12 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board describing the 3-13 composition of the entering class of students admitted under this 3-14 subchapter. The report shall include a demographic breakdown of 3-15 the students by the factors described in Section 51.804, and by 3-16 race, ethnicity, and economic status. 3-17 Sec. 51.806. RULEMAKING. The Texas Higher Education 3-18 Coordinating Board may adopt rules relating to the operation of 3-19 admissions programs under this subchapter, including rules relating 3-20 to the identification of eligible students, the format of 3-21 admissions applications, and the manner of notifying students of 3-22 admission determinations. 3-23 Sec. 51.807. APPLICATION OF ADMISSION CRITERIA TO 3-24 SCHOLARSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS. (a) Each general academic 3-25 teaching institution or medical and dental unit that offers a 3-26 scholarship program or admission to a graduate or post-graduate 3-27 program shall also adopt a written award or admission policy. 4-1 (b) The policy shall: 4-2 (1) establish standards for automatic admission to the 4-3 institution or unit or the awarding of a scholarship; and 4-4 (2) describe factors and the weight assigned to the 4-5 factors considered by the institution or unit in awarding a 4-6 scholarship or granting admission to a program operated by the 4-7 institution or unit. 4-8 (c) The institution or unit shall publish, not later than 4-9 one year before the date that applications for admission or the 4-10 award of a scholarship are first considered under this section, a 4-11 description of the automatic admissions standards and weight given 4-12 to each factor and the role each factor plays in the admission 4-13 decision of the institution or unit. 4-14 SECTION 2. (a) The change in law made by this Act applies 4-15 beginning with admissions and scholarships for the fall term or 4-16 semester in 1998. 4-17 (b) The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, each 4-18 general academic teaching institution, and each medical and dental 4-19 unit shall adopt rules or policies relating to the admission of 4-20 students under Subchapter S, Chapter 51, Education Code, as added 4-21 by this Act, not later than January 1, 1998. 4-22 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 4-23 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 4-24 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 4-25 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 4-26 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.