|(a) The Board shall provide a training program for
members of institutional governing boards in accordance with provisions
set forth in Texas Education Code, §61.084 and §61.0841.
(b) The Board may prescribe an alternative training
program for members of governing boards as permitted in §61.084.
(c) A registration fee will be paid by training program
participants in an amount adequate to cover the costs incurred by
the Board and any other state agencies the Board enlists in providing
the program. Such amount will be determined prior to each training
(d) The Board shall provide, as part of the training
program, an intensive short orientation course developed under Texas
Education Code, §61.0841. The orientation course shall be offered
as an online interactive course and may also be offered in the form
of a written document or in a one-on-one or group setting.
(e) A governing board member of a public institution
of higher education who holds an appointive position must attend such
intensive short orientation course developed under Texas Education
Code §61.0841 as well as any available training course sponsored
or coordinated by the Office of the Governor with a curriculum designed
for training newly appointed state officers, board members, or high-level
executive officials. A governing board member holding an appointive
position must attend those courses the first time they are offered
following the date the member takes the oath of office. A governing
board member may have additional time to attend such courses if the
member for good cause is unable to attend the courses the first time
they are offered.
(f) Any member of the governing board of an institution
of higher education who holds an appointive position and whose first
year of service on the governing board begins on or after January
1, 2016, shall not vote on a budgetary or personnel matter related
to system administration or institutions of higher education until
the member completes the intensive short orientation course developed
under Texas Education Code, §61.0841.
(g) The Board is responsible for documenting governing
board members' completion of the training program requirements.