By: Bivins, Cain S.B. No. 148 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1-1 relating to the recommendation, development, and adoption of 1-2 certain curricula by certain institutions of higher education and 1-3 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Chapter 61, Education Code, is amended by adding 1-6 Subchapter S to read as follows: 1-7 SUBCHAPTER S. TRANSFER OF CREDIT 1-8 Sec. 61.821. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter: 1-9 (1) "Core curriculum" means the curriculum in liberal 1-10 arts, humanities, and sciences and political, social, and cultural 1-11 history that all undergraduate students of an institution of higher 1-12 education are required to complete before receiving an academic 1-13 undergraduate degree. 1-14 (2) "Field of study curriculum" means a set of courses 1-15 that will satisfy the lower division requirements for a bachelor's 1-16 degree in a specific academic area at a general academic teaching 1-17 institution. 1-18 Sec. 61.822. CORE CURRICULUM. (a) The board, with the 1-19 assistance of advisory committees composed of representatives of 1-20 institutions of higher education, shall develop a recommended core 1-21 curriculum of at least 42 semester credit hours, including a 1-22 statement of the content, component areas, and objectives of the 1-23 core curriculum. At least a majority of the members of any 2-1 advisory committee named under this section shall be faculty 2-2 members of an institution of higher education. 2-3 (b) Each institution of higher education shall adopt a core 2-4 curriculum of no less than 42 semester credit hours, including 2-5 specific courses comprising the curriculum. The core curriculum 2-6 shall be consistent with the common course-numbering system and 2-7 with the statement, recommendations, and rules issued by the board. 2-8 An institution may have a core curriculum of other than 42 semester 2-9 credit hours only if approved by the board. 2-10 (c) If a student successfully completes the 42-hour core 2-11 curriculum at an institution of higher education, that block of 2-12 courses may be transferred to any other institution of higher 2-13 education and must be substituted for the receiving institution's 2-14 core curriculum. A student shall receive academic credit for each 2-15 of the courses transferred and may not be required to take 2-16 additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution 2-17 unless the board has approved a larger core curriculum at the 2-18 institution. 2-19 (d) A student who transfers from one institution of higher 2-20 education to another without completing the core curriculum of the 2-21 sending institution shall receive academic credit from the 2-22 receiving institution for each of the courses that the student has 2-23 successfully completed in the core curriculum of the sending 2-24 institution. Following receipt of credit for these courses, the 2-25 student may be required to satisfy further course requirements in 3-1 the core curriculum of the receiving institution. 3-2 Sec. 61.823. FIELD OF STUDY CURRICULUM. (a) The board, 3-3 with the assistance of advisory committees composed of 3-4 representatives of institutions of higher education, shall develop 3-5 field of study curricula. Each advisory committee shall be 3-6 equitably composed of representatives of institutions of higher 3-7 education. Each university system or institution of higher 3-8 education which offers a degree program for which a field of study 3-9 curriculum is proposed shall be offered participation on the 3-10 advisory committee for that particular field of study. At least a 3-11 majority of the members of any advisory committee named under this 3-12 section shall be faculty members of an institution of higher 3-13 education. 3-14 (b) If a student successfully completes a field of study 3-15 curriculum developed by the board, that block of courses may be 3-16 transferred to a general academic teaching institution and must be 3-17 substituted for that institution's lower division requirements for 3-18 the degree program for the field of study into which the student 3-19 transfers, and the student shall receive full academic credit 3-20 toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred. 3-21 (c) A student who transfers from one institution of higher 3-22 education to another without completing the field of study 3-23 curriculum of the sending institution shall receive academic credit 3-24 from the receiving institution for each of the courses that the 3-25 student has successfully completed in the field of study curriculum 4-1 of the sending institution. Following receipt of credit for these 4-2 courses, the student may be required to satisfy further course 4-3 requirements in the field of study curriculum of the receiving 4-4 institution. 4-5 Sec. 61.824. INSTITUTIONAL EVALUATIONS. Each institution 4-6 shall review and evaluate the institution's core curriculum and 4-7 applicable field of study curricula at intervals specified by the 4-8 board and shall report the results of that review to the board. 4-9 Sec. 61.825. BOARD EVALUATIONS. The board shall develop 4-10 criteria to evaluate the transfer practices of each institution of 4-11 higher education and shall evaluate the transfer practices of each 4-12 institution based on those criteria. 4-13 Sec. 61.826. DISPUTE RESOLUTION. (a) The board by rule 4-14 shall adopt policies that provide for the free transferability of 4-15 lower division course credit among institutions of higher 4-16 education, including procedures to be followed by: 4-17 (1) the institutions of higher education in resolving 4-18 disputes concerning the transfer of lower division course credit; 4-19 and 4-20 (2) the commissioner of higher education or the 4-21 commissioner's designee in making a final determination concerning 4-22 transfer of the course credit if the transfer is in dispute. 4-23 (b) Each institution of higher education shall publish in 4-24 its course catalogs the procedures adopted by the board under 4-25 Subsection (a) of this section. 5-1 (c) If an institution of higher education does not accept 5-2 course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher 5-3 education, that institution shall give written notice to the 5-4 student and the other institution that the transfer of the course 5-5 credit is denied. The two institutions and the student shall 5-6 attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance 5-7 with board rules. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the 5-8 satisfaction of the student or the institution at which the credit 5-9 was earned within 45 days after the date the student received 5-10 written notice of the denial, the institution that denies the 5-11 transfer of the course credit shall notify the commissioner of its 5-12 denial and the reasons for the denial. 5-13 (d) The commissioner of higher education or the 5-14 commissioner's designee shall make the final determination about a 5-15 dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written 5-16 notice of the determination to the involved student and 5-17 institutions. 5-18 (e) The board shall collect data on the types of transfer 5-19 disputes that are reported and the disposition of each case that is 5-20 considered by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee. 5-21 Sec. 61.827. RULES. The board is authorized to adopt rules 5-22 implementing the provisions of this subchapter. 5-23 SECTION 2. Sections 51.305 and 61.078, Education Code, are 5-24 repealed. 5-25 SECTION 3. Not later than September 1, 1998, the Texas 6-1 Higher Education Coordinating Board shall adopt rules implementing 6-2 the provisions of this Act. 6-3 SECTION 4. The importance of this legislation and the 6-4 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 6-5 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 6-6 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 6-7 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 6-8 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 6-9 passage, and it is so enacted.