Texas Register Preamble

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §§4.52 - 4.59, and §4.62, Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, concerning the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) to support developmental education reform efforts as related to Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 51, Subchapter F-1, Texas Success Initiative. The intent of the amendments is to incorporate into existing rules changes and provisions enacted by House Bill 2223, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, as well as to provide clarification of existing rules to simplify implementation. The amendments would specify the location of the TSI in the TEC, clarify and add certain definitions, further explain the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) waiver, clarify advisement requirements, outline specific requirements for corequisites, and otherwise add language to provide clarity for institutions in implementing TSI.

R. Jerel Booker, J.D., Assistant Commissioner for College Readiness and Success, has determined that for each year of the first five years the amendments are in effect, there will not be any fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules.

Dr. Booker has also determined that for each year of the first five years the amendments are in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering the sections will be the improvement of persistence and success rates of students entering higher education who are not college ready. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the sections as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Dr. Suzanne Morales-Vale, Director of Developmental and Adult Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or suzanne.morales-vale@thecb.state.tx.us.Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under the Texas Education Code, §51.344, which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to adopt rules to implement the provisions of Texas Education Code, Chapter 51, Subchapter F-1 concerning the Texas Success Initiative.

The amendments affect the Texas Education Code, Chapter 51, Subchapter F-1.

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