By: Seliger S.B. No. 1509
  relating to college readiness and success.
         SECTION 1.  Section 61.0517(a), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  In this section, "applied STEM course" means an applied
  science, technology, engineering, or mathematics course offered as
  part of a school district's career and technology education
  curriculum and approved, as provided by Section 28.027, by the
  State Board of Education for purposes of satisfying the mathematics
  and science curriculum requirements, including college readiness
  standards, for the recommended high school program [imposed] under
  Section 28.025(b-1)(1)(A).  The term may include a course offered
  for dual credit.
         SECTION 2.  Section 61.0762(a), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  To implement the college readiness and success
  strategic action plan adopted under Section 61.0761 and to enhance
  the success of students at institutions of higher education, the
  board by rule shall:
               (1)  develop or identify higher education bridge
  programs in the subject areas of mathematics, science, social
  science, or English language arts to increase student success by
  reducing the need for developmental education;
               (2) develop incentive programs for institutions of
  higher education that implement research-based, innovative
  developmental education initiatives;
               (3) develop a pilot program to award grants to
  institutions of higher education for intensive programs designed to
  address the needs of students at risk of dropping out of college;
               (4) develop or identify professional development
  programs for faculty of institutions of higher education on college
  readiness standards and the implications of such standards on
  instruction; and
               (5) develop or identify other programs as determined by
  the board that support the participation and success goals in
  "Closing the Gaps," the state's master plan for higher education,
  with qualifications and requirements for student participation and
  institutional or public school eligibility determined by the
  commissioner or the commissioner's designee.
         SECTION 3.  Section 61.833(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b) This section applies to a student enrolled in a general
  academic teaching institution who:
               (1) transferred to the institution from or previously
  attended a lower-division institution of higher education;
               (2)  earned at least 30 credit hours for course work
  successfully completed at the lower-division institution of higher
  education; and
               (3)  has earned a cumulative total of at lease 66 [90]
  credit hours for course work successfully completed.
         SECTION 4.  Section 61.0761(d), Education Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.