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RULE §9.672Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (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 Coordinating Board.

  (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).

Source Note: The provisions of this §9.672 adopted to be effective February 28, 2018, 43 TexReg 1078

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