80R394 KSD-D
  By: Eissler H.B. No. 415
relating to the automatic admission of undergraduate students to a
general academic teaching institution that is a component
institution of a university system.
       SECTION 1.  Section 51.803, Education Code, is amended by
amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsections (c) and (d) to read
as follows:
       (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), each [Each]
general academic teaching institution shall admit an applicant for
admission to the institution as an undergraduate student if the
applicant graduated with a grade point average in the top 10 percent
of the student's high school graduating class in one of the two
school years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is
applying for admission and the applicant graduated from a public or
private high school in this state accredited by a generally
recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated
by the United States Department of Defense.  To qualify for
admission under this section, an applicant must submit an
application before the expiration of any application filing
deadline established by the institution and, if the applicant
graduated from a high school operated by the United States
Department of Defense, must be a Texas resident under Section
54.052 or be entitled to pay tuition fees at the rate provided for
Texas residents under Section 54.058(d) for the term or semester to
which admitted.
       (c)  The governing board of a university system that includes
more than one general academic teaching institution may adopt a
policy under which an application for admission under this section
to one or more of those institutions by a person eligible for
automatic admission under Subsection (a) is treated as an
application for admission as an undergraduate student to any
general academic teaching institution in the system. A university
system that adopts a policy under this subsection must offer an
eligible applicant admission to at least one component general
academic teaching institution of the system.  A policy adopted
under this subsection must:
             (1)  include a process through which the university
system requests each eligible applicant to list in order of
preference the general academic teaching institutions in the system
to which the applicant prefers to be admitted under this section;
             (2)  require the system to make a reasonable effort to
offer the applicant admission to the institution of the applicant's
highest preference possible consistent with the enrollment needs of
the system.
       (d)  A university system that adopts a policy under
Subsection (c) shall provide to the board of trustees of each school
district in the state reasonable notice of the policy not later than
November 1 of the academic year immediately preceding each academic
year to which the policy applies.
       SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2007.