The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Baccalaureate degree programs--Any grouping of
subject matter courses consisting of at least 120 semester credit
hours which, when satisfactorily completed by a student, will entitle
that student to a degree from a public junior college, public senior
college or university or a medical or dental unit.
(2) Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS)--Builds
on an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, as defined in §9.1
of this chapter (relating to Definitions), combined with enough additional
core curriculum courses and upper level college courses to meet the
minimum semester credit hour requirements for a bachelor's degree.
The degree program is designed to grow professional management skills
of the learner and meet the demand for leadership of highly technical
professionals in the workplace. May also be called a Bachelor of Applied
Technology (BAT) or Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS).
(3) Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act of 2006
(Public Law 109-270, and any successor(s) thereto). The Act requires
core indicators of performance for career and technical education
students to be developed by each eligible agency in its State plan.
(4) Coordinating Board--The Texas Higher Education
(5) External financial governing bodies--The Government
Accounting Standards Board, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts,
or similar bodies that direct the structure and process of annual
financial reporting. This does not include Boards of Regents or other
bodies not having the ability to compel financial reporting changes
at all institutions of higher education.
(6) General academic teaching institution--Means any
college or university as defined in Texas Education Code Section 61.003(3).
(7) Governing board--The body charged with policy direction
of any public junior college, including but not limited to boards
of directors, boards of regents, boards of trustees, and independent
school district boards insofar as they are charged with policy direction
of a public junior college.
(8) Institutions of higher education--Any college or
university as defined in Texas Education Code §61.003(8).
(9) Medical and dental unit--Any college or university
as defined in Texas Education Code §61.003(5).
(10) Pilot project--Refers to a public junior college
authorized by the Coordinating Board to offer a baccalaureate degree
before January 1, 2017.
(11) Positive Assessment of the overall financial health
of a district--A score of 2.0 or higher on the composite financial
index as produced by the THECB in the annual Community College Financial
Condition Report. (As required by the General Appropriations Act,
85th Texas Legislature, Article III Education, Public Community/Junior
Colleges, Rider 12 and any successor(s) thereto).
(12) Public Junior College--Any junior college as defined
in Texas Education Code, §61.003(2).