81R24484 JRJ-D
  By: Rose H.B. No. 708
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 708:
  By:  Rose C.S.H.B. No. 708
  relating to coordination of postsecondary curricula and to the
  publication of transfer guidelines for academic planning to support
  academic progress by students enrolled at public institutions of
  higher education.
         SECTION 1.  Section 61.830, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
  [ADDRESSING] TRANSFER PRACTICES. (a) In its course catalogs and
  on its website, each institution of higher education shall publish:
               (1)  guidelines addressing the practices of the
  institution regarding the transfer of course credit, under which
  courses are identified[. In the guidelines, the institution must
  identify a course by] using the common course numbering system
  approved by the board; and
               (2)  in a format designated by the commissioner, all
  institutional and statewide articulation agreements concerning the
  transfer of courses.
         (b)  Each institution of higher education shall post on the
  institution's website the dates for which each published
  articulation agreement is valid and shall remove an expired
  articulation agreement from the website not later than the 30th day
  after the date of its expiration.
         (c)  The board shall adopt a standard format for the
  publication of articulation agreements under this section. The
  format must provide students with access to the requirements of
  each articulation agreement to allow students enrolled in public
  junior colleges, public state colleges, and public technical
  institutes to plan and coordinate course schedules to meet those
         (d)  The board shall provide links to each website described
  under Subsection (a) in a prominent, easily accessible, and
  identifiable location on the board's college information website.
         (e)  Not later than September 30 of each even-numbered year,
  the commissioner shall make recommendations to each standing
  committee of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over higher
  education to improve:
               (1)  the publication of transfer policies and
  articulation agreements for the benefit of transfer students; and
               (2)  the level of participation of institutions of
  higher education in articulation agreements for the purpose of
  facilitating the transfer of students between institutions.
         (f)  A student who enrolls in a public junior college, public
  state college, or public technical institute under an articulation
  agreement is entitled to transfer to the general academic teaching
  institution that is a party to the agreement not later than the
  fourth anniversary of the date the student first enrolled in the
  public junior college, public state college, or public technical
         SECTION 2.  (a) Each public institution of higher education
  must satisfy the requirements of Section 61.830, Education Code, as
  amended by this Act, not later than September 30, 2010.
         (b)  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall
  adopt the standard publication format required by Section
  61.830(c), Education Code, as added by this Act, not later than
  December 31, 2009.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2009.