79R1408 CAS-D

By:  McReynolds                                                   H.B. No. 310

relating to faculty compensation policies at institutions of higher education. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 51.9081 to read as follows: Sec. 51.9081. FACULTY COMPENSATION POLICIES UNTIL 2013. (a) Not later than August 31 of each fiscal year, the governing board of each institution of higher education, as defined by Section 61.003, shall determine whether the average compensation of tenured and tenure-track faculty at the institution for that fiscal year is less than the average compensation for similar faculty at public institutions of higher education in the 10 most populous states, not including this state, according to the most recent information available. In making the comparisons, the governing board shall consider faculty compensation only at those institutions of the same category according to the system established by the Southern Regional Education Board or the Carnegie Foundation or another major system for classifying institutions of higher education as determined appropriate by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and shall make a separate determination for each faculty rank. The coordinating board shall provide the governing board the information necessary to administer this section. (b) If the governing board of an institution determines that the average compensation of faculty at a particular rank at the institution is less than the average compensation for faculty at that rank provided by the other states, the governing board shall report that determination and the relevant data to the coordinating board and shall adopt a program to reallocate available resources in a manner that will reduce the percentage difference between the average compensation of each faculty rank at the institution by one-fourth in the current state fiscal biennium and in each of the next three bienniums, so that at the end of the fourth biennium the average compensation of faculty at each rank at the institution is equal to or greater than the average compensation provided by the other states. If fewer than four fiscal bienniums are remaining before the expiration date provided by Subsection (e), the governing board shall adopt the program to reduce the percentage difference by one-fourth in each fiscal biennium before the expiration date. (c) Not later than December 1, 2006, and in each subsequent fiscal year, each governing board to which this section applies shall report, in the form and manner prescribed by the coordinating board, the governing board's progress in remedying faculty compensation deficiencies identified under this section. The governing board shall provide the report to the Legislative Budget Board, the governor's office of budget, planning, and policy, and the coordinating board. (d) In recommending funding formulas under Section 61.059 for institutions to which this section applies, the coordinating board shall account for any salary increases required to be made at those institutions under Subsection (b). (e) This section expires September 1, 2013. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect January 1, 2006.