By Bivins, et al.                                      S.B. No. 940
         77R7179 KEL-D                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the establishment of the Joint Admission Medical
 1-3     Program to assist certain economically disadvantaged students in
 1-4     preparing for and succeeding in medical school.
 1-6           SECTION 1. Chapter 51, Education Code, is amended by adding
 1-7     Subchapter V to read as follows:
 1-9           Sec. 51.821.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
1-10                 (1)  "Council" means the Joint Admission Medical
1-11     Program Council established under this subchapter.
1-12                 (2)  "General academic teaching institution" has the
1-13     meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
1-14                 (3)  "Participating medical school" means the medical
1-15     school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,
1-16     the medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical
1-17     Center at Dallas, the medical school at The University of Texas
1-18     Health Science Center at San Antonio, the medical school at The
1-19     University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the medical school
1-20     at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Baylor College
1-21     of Medicine, the college of osteopathic medicine at the University
1-22     of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, or the medical
1-23     school at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.
1-24                 (4)  "Participating student" means a high school
 2-1     graduate who is admitted to the program and maintains eligibility
 2-2     for continued participation in the program.
 2-3                 (5)  "Program" means the Joint Admission Medical
 2-4     Program established under this subchapter.
 2-5           Sec. 51.822.  JOINT ADMISSION MEDICAL PROGRAM. The Joint
 2-6     Admission Medical Program is a program administered by the Joint
 2-7     Admission Medical Program Council to:
 2-8                 (1)  provide services to support and encourage highly
 2-9     qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical
2-10     education;
2-11                 (2)  award undergraduate and graduate scholarships and
2-12     summer stipends to those students; and
2-13                 (3)  guarantee the admission of those students to at
2-14     least one participating medical school.
2-15           Sec. 51.823.  COMPOSITION OF COUNCIL. (a)  The participating
2-16     medical schools shall jointly establish the Joint Admission Medical
2-17     Program Council consisting of one faculty member employed by and
2-18     representing each of the participating medical schools.
2-19           (b)  A person may not serve on the council for more than six
2-20     consecutive years.
2-21           (c)  The council shall select one of its members to serve as
2-22     council chair for a term of two years.
2-23           Sec. 51.824.  COUNCIL DUTIES. (a)  The council shall:
2-24                 (1)  recruit eligible high school graduates for
2-25     admission to the program;
2-26                 (2)  establish an application process for admission to
2-27     the program;
 3-1                 (3)  evaluate applications for admission to the program
 3-2     as described by Subsection (b);
 3-3                 (4)  monitor the implementation of the program;
 3-4                 (5)  assist in developing services to support and
 3-5     encourage participating students and, as applicable, nontraditional
 3-6     students described by Section 51.831 in their pursuit of a medical
 3-7     education;
 3-8                 (6)  establish a process for participating students to:
 3-9                       (A)  be matched to an internship program as
3-10     described by Subsection (c);
3-11                       (B)  apply for admission to participating medical
3-12     schools;
3-13                       (C)  be matched to an individual medical school
3-14     as described by Subsection (d); and
3-15                       (D)  enroll in that school;
3-16                 (7)  award to participating students undergraduate
3-17     scholarships and summer stipends, including a summer stipend for a
3-18     student who elects to participate in an internship program in the
3-19     summer immediately following the student's senior year;
3-20                 (8)  award graduate scholarships to participating
3-21     students and, as applicable, nontraditional students described by
3-22     Section 51.831; and
3-23                 (9)  enter into an agreement with each student admitted
3-24     to the program, each participating medical school, and each general
3-25     academic teaching institution as required by this subchapter.
3-26           (b)  From each general academic teaching institution, the
3-27     council annually shall select for admission to the program at least
 4-1     two eligible high school graduates who have been admitted to and
 4-2     who intend to enroll at that institution.  The council shall
 4-3     allocate the remaining program openings to each general academic
 4-4     teaching institution in proportion to the average size of each
 4-5     institution's entering freshman class during the four-year period
 4-6     preceding the allocation.
 4-7           (c)  The council shall match each participating student with
 4-8     appropriate internship programs offered by participating medical
 4-9     schools during the summers immediately following the student's
4-10     freshman, sophomore, and junior years.  A participating student who
4-11     elects to participate in an internship program in the summer
4-12     immediately following the student's senior year must be matched to
4-13     an internship program offered by the participating medical school
4-14     to which the student is otherwise matched under Subsection (d).
4-15           (d)  During a participating student's senior year, the
4-16     council shall match the student with an appropriate participating
4-17     medical school as necessary to fill the percentage of enrollment
4-18     capacity set aside by each medical school under the program.  To
4-19     the extent possible, the council shall accommodate the preferences
4-20     of participating students regarding medical school placement.  A
4-21     participating medical school may not make an offer of admission to
4-22     a participating student before the student is matched by the
4-23     council to a medical school as described by this subsection.
4-24           Sec. 51.825.  COUNCIL DELEGATION. The council may delegate
4-25     the performance of the council's administrative functions,
4-26     including its matching functions, to the Texas Medical and Dental
4-27     Schools Application Service operated through The University of
 5-1     Texas System.
 5-2           Sec. 51.826.  ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM. To be
 5-3     eligible for admission to the program, a high school graduate must:
 5-4                 (1)  apply for admission to the program before
 5-5     enrollment at a general academic teaching institution;
 5-6                 (2)  be admitted to and intend to enroll at a general
 5-7     academic teaching institution; and
 5-8                 (3)  meet criteria established by the council
 5-9     regarding:
5-10                       (A)  minimum high school grade point average;
5-11                       (B)  financial need and any other indication of
5-12     economic disadvantage; and
5-13                       (C)  any other criteria the council considers
5-14     appropriate.
5-16     PROGRAM. (a)  To be eligible to continue participation in the
5-17     program, a student who is admitted to the program must:
5-18                 (1)  enroll at a general academic teaching institution
5-19     not later than the first fall semester following the student's
5-20     graduation from high school;
5-21                 (2)  meet criteria established by the council
5-22     regarding:
5-23                       (A)  courses taken and minimum grade point
5-24     average for those courses during enrollment at the general academic
5-25     teaching institution;
5-26                       (B)  progress in those courses; and
5-27                       (C)  minimum score on the Medical College
 6-1     Admission Test or any equivalent examination taken as a
 6-2     precondition for enrollment in or admission to a participating
 6-3     medical school; and
 6-4                 (3)  participate in:
 6-5                       (A)  internship programs  described by Section
 6-6     51.824(c) in the summers immediately following the student's
 6-7     freshman, sophomore, and junior years; and
 6-8                       (B)  any undergraduate or graduate mentoring
 6-9     programs required by the council.
6-10           (b)  If a student who is admitted to the program fails to
6-11     enroll at a general academic teaching institution at the time
6-12     required by Subsection (a)(1) or to meet the requirements of
6-13     Subsection (a)(2) or (3) without good cause as determined by the
6-14     council, the council may terminate that student's participation in
6-15     the program at the end of the semester during which the student
6-16     failed to enroll or otherwise meet the requirements of that
6-17     subsection.  A student's participation in the program is
6-18     automatically terminated if the student fails to meet any of the
6-19     requirements of Subsection (a) for two consecutive semesters
6-20     without good cause.
6-22     PROGRAM. (a)  A student admitted to the program must enter into an
6-23     agreement with the council under which the student agrees to:
6-24                 (1)  maintain eligibility for continued participation
6-25     in the program; and
6-26                 (2)  repay any scholarship or stipend received under
6-27     the program if the student enrolls in a public or private medical
 7-1     school in another state, other than temporary enrollment occurring
 7-2     as a result of an exchange program.
 7-3           (b)  At the time the student enters into an agreement under
 7-4     this section, the council shall provide the student with
 7-5     information regarding:
 7-6                 (1)  available program benefits, including
 7-7     undergraduate and graduate scholarships and summer stipends; and
 7-8                 (2)  repayment of scholarship and stipend benefits
 7-9     received under the program.
7-11     SCHOOL. A participating medical school must enter into an agreement
7-12     with the council under which the medical school agrees to:
7-13                 (1)  select a faculty member employed by the medical
7-14     school to serve on the council;
7-15                 (2)  commit faculty and administrative resources to the
7-16     program;
7-17                 (3)  set aside for participating students or, if
7-18     necessary, nontraditional students eligible under Section 51.831 at
7-19     least 10 percent of the medical school's enrollment capacity for
7-20     each entering class;
7-21                 (4)  admit participating students who are matched to
7-22     the medical school under the program;
7-23                 (5)  provide internship programs for participating
7-24     students who have been matched to or have elected to participate in
7-25     those programs as described by Section 51.824(c) and coordinate the
7-26     administration of those programs with general academic teaching
7-27     institutions as necessary;
 8-1                 (6)  provide for participating students any mentoring
 8-2     programs required by the council and coordinate the administration
 8-3     of those programs with general academic teaching institutions as
 8-4     necessary; and
 8-5                 (7)  provide support services, including
 8-6     postbaccalaureate mentoring programs, to participating students who
 8-7     enroll in the medical school.
 8-9     TEACHING INSTITUTION. Each general academic teaching institution
8-10     must enter into an agreement with the council under which the
8-11     institution agrees to provide academic counseling to a
8-12     participating student enrolled at that institution.
8-13           Sec. 51.831.  NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS. If for any reason a
8-14     participating medical school does not fill the percentage of
8-15     enrollment capacity set aside for participating students under the
8-16     program, the medical school shall fill the remaining openings with
8-17     nontraditional, economically disadvantaged students who are 25
8-18     years of age or older. Nontraditional students admitted under this
8-19     section are subject only to the benefits and requirements
8-20     applicable to participating students after their enrollment in a
8-21     participating medical school and must sign an agreement to that
8-22     effect.
8-23           Sec. 51.832.  FUNDING. (a)  The council may solicit and
8-24     accept gifts and grants from any public or private source for the
8-25     purposes of this subchapter.
8-26           (b)  The legislature may appropriate money for the purposes
8-27     of this subchapter.
 9-1           Sec. 51.833.  REPORT. (a)  The council shall deliver a report
 9-2     on the program to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the
 9-3     speaker of the house of representatives not later than December 31
 9-4     of each even-numbered year.
 9-5           (b)  The report must contain detailed information regarding:
 9-6                 (1)  any problems the council identifies in
 9-7     implementing the program, with recommended solutions for those
 9-8     problems;
 9-9                 (2)  the expenditure of any money received under this
9-10     subchapter, including legislative appropriations; and
9-11                 (3)  the number of participating students enrolled in
9-12     each year of a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree
9-13     program offered by a general academic teaching institution or a
9-14     participating medical school, as applicable.
9-15           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
9-16     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
9-17     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
9-18     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
9-19     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.