The Coordinating Board adopted rules establishing procedures for the annual review of the number of graduates produced by degree programs at institutions of higher education in April 2010. In July 2013 the Board adopted changes to its rules based on Senate Bill 215 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session 2013), codified as Texas Education Code, Chapter 61, Subchapter C, Section 61.0512 (f). As of September 1, 2013 the Coordinating Board issues recommendations for closure or consolidation to the institutions' governing boards for programs that have had consistently very low numbers of graduates.
Coordinating Board staff will recommend to an institution's governing board (or to an institution, where a system does not exist) the closure of any non-exempt degree program (see below) which has been on the annual list of low-producing programs for three or more consecutive years. If the governing board (or institution) does not accept the recommendation to close the program, then the university system (or the institution) must identify the programs recommended for closure on its next legislative appropriations request.
Standards for numbers of graduates of Low-Producing degree Programs (LPP) are:
Programs established within the previous ten years, academic associate programs, and master's-level programs leading directly to a doctoral program are exempt from LPP review.
Completers of career technical certificates are included with the count of similar applied associate degree completers.
Doctoral programs include research programs leading to the award of the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and practice or special professional degrees often required to practice, such as the Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), and Doctor of Audiology (AUD), etc.