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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 9PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN PUBLIC TWO-YEAR COLLEGES
SUBCHAPTER NBACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
RULE §9.673General Provisions

(a) All baccalaureate degree programs offered at public junior colleges must comply with the provisions of this subchapter.

(b) A public junior college offering a baccalaureate degree program under this subchapter must meet all applicable accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges of a Level II institution.

(c) A public junior college district offering a baccalaureate degree program may not offer more than three baccalaureate degree programs at any time unless the institution previously participated in a pilot project to offer baccalaureate degree as defined in §9.672(10) of this subchapter not-withstanding if accredited as a single institution or as separate institutions within a district.

(d) A public junior college may be approved to offer a baccalaureate degree program under this subchapter only if its junior college district:

  (1) has a taxable property valuation of not less than $6 billion based on the preceding year's calculations as determined by the county's appraisal district. This valuation shall include the valuation of the taxing district as well as any branch campus maintenance tax valuations; and

  (2) has received a positive assessment of the overall financial health, as defined in §9.672 of this subchapter, on the most recent Community College Financial Condition Report. If changes to financial reporting, mandated by external financial governing bodies as defined in §9.672 of this subchapter directing financial reporting processes, or other extraordinary factors have a short-term impact to the assessment of the financial health of the institution, the Coordinating Board may, at the Commissioner's discretion:

    (A) Use the most recent report not impacted by the mandated changes; or

    (B) Calculate the financial health correcting for the mandated changes or extraordinary factors.

(e) Offering a baccalaureate degree program under this subchapter does not otherwise alter the role and mission of a public junior college.

(f) Degree programs offered under this subchapter are subject to the continuing approval of the coordinating board.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.673 adopted to be effective February 28, 2018, 43 TexReg 1078

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