HBA-SEP, JLV H.B. 1753 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1753 By: Gutierrez Higher Education 7/19/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Teacher preparation and production is important to growing rural areas and may be facilitated by improving access to education. South Texas Community College (STCC) is the only institution of higher education located in Starr County, and the nearest four-year institution, The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), is approximately 60 miles away. House Bill 1753 authorizes UTPA to enter into a partnership with the STCC district, providing for the district to offer the lower-division courses required for students admitted to a baccalaureate degree program at the university. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1753 amends the Education Code to authorize The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) to enter into a partnership agreement with the South Texas Community College District (district), providing for the district to offer the lower-division courses required for students admitted to a baccalaureate degree program at UTPA. The bill requires UTPA to provide for students admitted to a baccalaureate degree program who enroll in the community college for lower-division courses under the degree program to transfer automatically to UTPA on successful completion of the required lower-division course work. The bill authorizes UTPA to establish an extension campus at Rio Grande City to offer the upper-division courses required for students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at UTPA. The bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, not later than May 31, 2002, to prepare an impact statement examining the initial implementation of these provisions and to deliver a copy of the statement to the board of regents of The University of Texas System, to the board of trustees of the district, and to the chair of the standing committee of each house of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over higher education. EFFECTIVE DATE May 3, 2001.