Texas Administrative Code Title 19

Education: As effective August 6, 2010

Subchapter O

§4.240: Purpose

The purpose of this subchapter is to implement the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy for Texas public institutions of higher education. It is the intent of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that Texas public institutions of higher education use the flexibility and responsibility granted under these rules to improve programs to ensure the success of students in higher education and meet the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §4.240 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8318

§4.241: Authority

Under Texas Education Code, §61.027, the Board is authorized to adopt rules to implement Texas Education Code, §61.086.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §4.241 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8318

§4.242: Definitions

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

(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education.

(3) Closing the Gaps by 2015--The state's master plan for higher education in Texas, adopted in October 2000 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, directed at closing educational gaps within Texas, as well as between Texas and other states, and which has four goals: to close the gaps in student participation, student success, excellence, and research.

(4) Coordinating Board Grant and Program Evaluation Fidelity Scale--

(A) 1 = serious departure from the requirements of the program;

(B) 2 = minor departures from requirements noted; and

(C) 3 = in complete accordance.

(5) Degree program--Any grouping of subject matter courses which, when satisfactorily completed by a student, entitles the student to a degree from an institution of higher education.

(6) Institution of Higher Education or Institution--Any public technical institute, public junior college, public senior college or university, medical or dental unit, or other agency of higher education as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.

(7) Student Recruitment--Identification and enrollment of students that represent the population of Texas.

(8) Student Retention or Persistence Rate--The rate at which students persist in higher education, often as measured by the percentage of students who continue in higher education from one year to the succeeding year.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §4.242 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8318

§4.243: Evaluation

(a) The Board shall evaluate the effectiveness of the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy plans on a statewide basis and with respect to each institution based on how the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy plan will address Closing the Gaps by 2015.

(b) The Board shall incorporate the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy into:

(1) standards for new Baccalaureate and Master's Degree Programs;

(2) the review of low-producing degree programs;

(3) the approval process for doctoral and health-related degree programs;

(4) the evaluation methodology for Tuition Revenue Bond Projects; and

(5) the review and evaluation of request for proposals and request for applications from institutions of higher education.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §4.243 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8318

§4.244: Reporting

(a) The Coordinating Board shall establish reporting requirements and forms to be completed by all public institutions of higher education.

(b) As required by Texas Education Code, §51.4032, not later than December 1 of each year, each institution shall report to the Coordinating Board on the progress made by students as well as the institution's evaluation of the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy. An institution is considered in compliance if the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy report is approved by Coordinating Board staff. Coordinating Board staff may require an institution to resubmit a report that was not approved. The report must be resubmitted within ten business days after the request is made by Coordinating Board staff. The report shall include at a minimum:

(1) Student performance/success data;

(2) Student participation data;

(3) Information relating to the costs of the program and funding source, and number of students served;

(4) The academic progress made by students as well as other outcomes related to Closing the Gaps by 2015; and

(5) Institutions shall collect data and evaluate success based on the following elements and connect them to the accelerated targets for Closing the Gaps by 2015:

(A) Partnership with high-need, low-college going rate public schools;

(B) Pre-college academic outreach;

(C) Application assistance;

(D) Financial aid assistance;

(E) Academic support programs;

(F) Tutoring/mentoring programs;

(G) Academic advising; and

(H) Early Alert Systems that include academic support for at-risk students.

(c) At the discretion of the Coordinating Board, the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy reports may be reviewed by external peer reviewers.

(d) The Coordinating Board reserves the right to audit any program reported as a part of the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §4.244 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8318

§4.245: Noncompliance; Sanctions

(a) The following constitutes noncompliance:

(1) A Coordinating Board Evaluation Fidelity Score of 1;

(2) A report that has not been submitted by the December 1 deadline; or

(3) A resubmitted report that has not been submitted within ten business days.

(b) For noncompliance with any Closing the Gaps by 2015 reporting requirements, including the Uniform Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Coordinating Board shall withhold program approvals as outlined in Chapter 5, Subchapter C of this title (relating to Approval of New Academic Programs and Administrative Changes at Public Universities, Health-Related Institutions, and Assesment of Existing Degree Programs), all Coordinating Board grant funding, and up to 22 points in the Tuition Revenue Bond approval process.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §4.245 adopted to be effective November 25, 2009, 34 TexReg 8318