1-1     By:  Gutierrez, et al. (Senate Sponsor - Zaffirini)   H.B. No. 1753
 1-2           (In the Senate - Received from the House March 26, 2001;
 1-3     March 27, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on
 1-4     Education; April 9, 2001, reported favorably by the following vote:
 1-5     Yeas 8, Nays 0; April 9, 2001, sent to printer.)
 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-7                                   AN ACT
 1-8     relating to authorizing The University of Texas--Pan American to
 1-9     establish an upper-division extension campus in Rio Grande City and
1-10     to enter into a partnership agreement with a junior college
1-11     district for lower-division courses.
1-13           SECTION 1. Section 77.12, Education Code, is amended by
1-14     adding Subsections (d) and (e) to read as follows:
1-15           (d)  The university may enter into a partnership agreement
1-16     with the South Texas Community College District in the manner
1-17     authorized by Subchapter N, Chapter 51, providing for the district
1-18     to offer the lower-division courses required for students admitted
1-19     to a baccalaureate degree program at the university.  The
1-20     university shall provide for students admitted to a baccalaureate
1-21     degree program who enroll in the community college for
1-22     lower-division courses under the degree program to transfer
1-23     automatically to the university on successful completion of the
1-24     required lower-division course work.
1-25           (e)  The university may establish an extension campus at Rio
1-26     Grande City to offer the upper-division courses required for
1-27     students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at the
1-28     university.
1-29           SECTION 2. Not later than May 31, 2002, the Texas Higher
1-30     Education Coordinating Board shall prepare an impact statement
1-31     examining the initial implementation of this Act and shall deliver
1-32     a copy of the statement to the board of regents of The University
1-33     of Texas System, to the board of trustees of the South Texas
1-34     Community College District, and to the chair of the standing
1-35     committee of each house of the legislature with primary
1-36     jurisdiction over higher education.
1-37           SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
1-38     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
1-39     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
1-40     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
1-41     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
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