Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Quarterly Meeting Agenda

October 2008 Agenda

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board may convene in Executive Session for any of the following items:

  1. Call to Order: Opening Remarks and Announcements
    1. Consideration of resolution of appreciation for Robert W. Shepard
  2. Approval of Minutes
    1. October 23, 2008, Board Meeting
    2. November 13, 2008, Special Called Board Meeting
    3. December 11, 2008, Board Planning Meeting
  3. Approval of the Consent Calendar
  4. Major Policy Discussion
    1. What can higher education do to improve the quality in secondary school teaching?
  5. Recognition of Excellence
    1. YES Prep Public Schools
    2. IGNITE Rocket Science Program
  6. Matters relating to the Committee on Academic Excellence and Research
    1. Committee Chair’s Report
    2. Committee appointments
      1. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to a division of responsibilities for obligations of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and agency staff in relation to statutes, rules and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Academic Excellence and Research Committee
      2. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the appointment of advisory committees and work groups not established in statute or rule
    3. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to statutory four-year review of degree programs, mission statements, and table of programs for the following institutions:
      1. Midwestern State University
      2. Sam Houston State University
      3. Stephen F. Austin State University
      4. Texas Southern University
      5. Texas State University-San Marcos
    4. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to requests for a new degree program:
    5. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to requests from private postsecondary education institutions for a Certificate of Authority to grant degrees in Texas:
      1. Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA)
      2. American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
    6. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) being recognized as an accrediting agency in Texas
    7. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to a report on the 2008 Research Assessment Program, in accordance with Texas Education Code, Chapter 144
    8. Discussion of the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee’s report on Undergraduate Education for the 21st Century: Improving Undergraduate Education in Texas
    9. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the report on Projecting the Need for Pharmacy Education
    10. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the report on Projecting the Need for Veterinary Medical Education
    11. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the report on Strategies to Increase the Number of Initial Licensure Registered Nurses and Nursing Faculty
    12. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to an amendment to Chapter 5 by creating a new Section 5.51, Publishing of Doctoral Program Data
    13. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to amendments to Chapter 7 of Board rules concerning Degree Granting Colleges and Universities Other Than Texas Public Institutions
    14. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to a Report on the Timely Graduation Incentive Pilot Project
    15. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation to approve appointment of an external evaluation committee to conduct a merit review of the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program                                
    16. Consideration of approving the Committee’s recommendation relating to the appointment of student representatives to the Distance Education Advisory Committee, the Graduate Education Advisory Committee, and the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee
    17. Summary of compliance notification resulting from institutional effectiveness evaluation of associate degree-granting institutions
    18. Report on proposals approved by the Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner since the previous Board meeting
  7. Matters relating to the Committee on Participation and Success
    1. Committee Chair's Report
    2. Consideration of adopting the staff’s recommendation relating to new Sections 5.8 through 5.10 of Board rules, concerning Uniform Grade Point Average
    3. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to amendments to Sections 21.2100, 21.2101, 21.2103, 21.2106, 21.2107, and 21.2108 concerning the Exemption Program for Veterans and Their Dependents (The Hazlewood Act)
    4. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to amendments to Section 22.228 concerning the Toward EXcellence, Access, & Success (TEXAS) Grant Program
    5. Discussion of the Quarterly Update on College Readiness Initiatives
    6. Consideration of approving the Committee’s recommendation relating to the appointment of student representatives to the Apply Texas Advisory Committee and the Financial Aid Advisory Committee
    7. Written updates on P-16 Initiatives
      1. College Access Challenge Grant
      2. College Readiness Standards Regional Meetings
  8. Executive Session
  9. Matters relating to the Committee on Strategic Planning
    1. Committee Chair’s Report
    2. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the construction, rehabilitation, and property purchase projects
      1. Texas Woman’s University
        Construct Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center
        1810 Inwood Road
        Dallas, TX 75235
    3. Actions taken by the Committee on Strategic Planning on construction, rehabilitation, and property purchase projects
      1. Texas A&M University – Commerce
        Purchase of the Prairie Crossing Apartments
        1809 Monroe Street
        Commerce, TX 75429
      2. The University of Texas at El Paso
        Construct Swimming and Fitness Center – Phase II
        3124 Sun Bowl Drive
        El Paso, TX 79968
      3. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
        UTMB Hurricane Ike Recovery Projects
        301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555
        (Approved on an emergency basis by the Commissioner and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee)
    4. Report on facilities decisions made by the Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner since the previous Board meeting
    5. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to amendments to Chapter 17, Section 17.80, and Section 17.82 (b), (c) concerning rules applying to energy savings performance contract projects
    6. Consideration of final adoption of new Sections 22.196 through 22.202 of Board rules, concerning Provisions for Scholarships for Students Graduating in the Top 10 Percent of their High School Class, that were adopted on an emergency basis on October 23, 2008
    7. Consideration of the Committee’s recommendation to the Board relating to the annual allocation of the Higher Education Assistance Fund (HEAF)
    8. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the 2009 Participation Forecast
    9. Presentation on the Participation and Success Goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015
    10. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the Consolidated Annual Evaluation Report which provides an overview of all the program evaluations for programs administered by the Coordinating Board
    11. Legislative Update
    12. Consideration of higher education impact statements for the 81st Texas Legislature
  10. Matters relating to the Committee on Agency Operations
    1. Committee Chair’s Report
    2. Public hearing and consideration of adopting a resolution authorizing the issuance of State of Texas College Student Loan and Refunding Bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $160 million, in one or more series; authorizing the Commissioner to approve all final terms of the bonds; approving the forms of an Official Statement, Paying Agent/Registrar Agreement and Escrow Agreement; and resolving other matters related to the subject
    3. Consideration of adopting a resolution authorizing the conversion of the State of Texas College Student Loan and Refunding Bonds, Series 2003, the State of Texas College Student Loan Refunding Bonds, Series 2004, and the State of Texas College Student Loan Refunding Bonds, Series 2006, from a variable rate to a fixed rate; and resolving other matters related to the subject
    4. Consideration of approving a list of investment banking firms to serve as underwriters in connection with any negotiated purchase and sale of the Board's College Student Loan Bonds with final approval by the Board Chair and Vice Chair of the underwriting syndicate for any such sale
    5. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the Tech Prep funding formula for program year 2009-2010
    6. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to the Reallocation of unused Fiscal Year 2008 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education funds for use in program year 2008-2009
    7. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to an amendment to the Texas State University System interagency contract to include additional services related to the College Readiness Faculty Collaboratives
    8. Consideration of Requests for Qualifications, Requests for Proposals, or similar requests for the purchase of services as follows:
      1. Requests for Applications regarding the allocation of Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funds to colleges and consortia for Basic Grant, Tech Prep, and State Leadership activities for program year 2009-2010
    9. List of contracts executed by the Commissioner since last Board meeting
    10. Consideration of adopting the Committee’s recommendation relating to an audit of the agency’s Fiscal Year 2008 financial statements