By: Bivins S.B. No. 148
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 relating to the development of certain curricula by the Texas
1-2 Higher Education Coordinating Board.
1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-4 SECTION 1. Section 51.305, Education Code, is amended to
1-5 read as follows:
1-6 Sec. 51.305. Core Curriculum. (a) In this section:
1-7 (1) "Institution of higher education" and "board" have
1-8 the meanings assigned by Section 61.003 of this code.
1-9 (2) "Core curriculum" means the curriculum in the
1-10 liberal arts, humanities, and sciences, and political, social, and
1-11 cultural history[
,] that all undergraduates of a particular
1-12 institution of higher education are required to complete before
1-13 receiving an associate or baccalaureate degree. The core
1-14 curriculum shall consist of at least 42 semester credit hours.
1-15 (b) The board [ Each institution of higher education] shall
1-16 develop [ submit to the board] a core curriculum, together with a
1-17 statement of the specific content and the rationale and objectives
1-18 of the [ its] core curriculum.
1-19 (c) A student who successfully completes the core curriculum
1-20 at an institution of higher education is deemed to have completed
1-21 the core curriculum at all institutions of higher education and may
1-22 not be required to take additional core courses on transferring
1-23 from one institution to another [ The board shall appoint an
2-1 advisory committee to review and evaluate the statements of core
2-3 (d) A student who transfers from one institution of higher
2-4 education to another without completing the core curriculum shall
2-5 be required to satisfy the core curriculum of the receiving
2-6 institution [ In evaluating the statements of core curriculum, the
2-7 advisory committee shall consult with the faculty of various
2-9 (e) [ The advisory committee shall recommend exemplary
2-10 educational objectives for the use of the institutions in
2-11 establishing a core curriculum, including the number of semester
2-12 credit hours an institution should require for satisfaction of
2-13 degree requirements.]
2-14 [ (f) The legislature may appropriate funds to the board for
2-15 allocation as incentive funding to encourage and reward
2-16 institutions in establishing and achieving educational objectives
2-17 consistent with the institution's core curriculum.]
2-18 [ (g)] The board by rule shall require each institution, at
2-19 regular intervals, to review and evaluate the institution's core
2-20 curriculum and to report the results of that review to the board.
2-21 SECTION 2. Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
2-22 amended by adding Section 61.0781 to read as follows:
2-23 Sec. 61.0781. TRANSFER CURRICULUM. (a) In this section,
2-24 "transfer curriculum" means a set of courses that will satisfy the
2-25 lower division requirements for a baccalaureate degree program in a
3-1 specific field of study at a general academic teaching institution.
3-2 (b) The board, with the assistance of advisory committees
3-3 composed of representatives of general academic teaching
3-4 institutions and public junior colleges, shall develop transfer
3-6 (c) A student who transfers to a general academic teaching
3-7 institution shall be deemed to have completed all lower division
3-8 requirements of the receiving institution's baccalaureate degree
3-9 program for the field of study into which the student transfers if
3-10 the student has completed a transfer curriculum developed by the
3-11 board for that field of study.
3-12 SECTION 3. Not later than September 1, 1998, the Texas
3-13 Higher Education Coordinating Board shall adopt rules implementing
3-14 the provisions of this Act.
3-15 SECTION 4. The importance of this legislation and the
3-16 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
3-17 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
3-18 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
3-19 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
3-20 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
3-21 passage, and it is so enacted.