Applied Baccalaureate Degree Program Requests by Public Junior Colleges

Senate Bill 2118, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, authorizes public junior colleges meeting specific requirements to offer applied baccalaureate degree programs.

30 Day Notification Requirement for New Degree and Certificate Requests

Texas public institutions of higher education that want to propose a new degree or certificate program must first notify other public institutions of higher education within a 50 mile radius of the proposed location of the new program. The proposing institution may notify area institutions through a letter or email to the chief academic officers of the area institutions. The proposing institution must notify area institutions at least 30 days prior to submitting the proposal to the Coordinating Board.

If the proposing institution receives any objections, the institution must resolve those objections prior to submitting a proposal to the Coordinating Board. If the institution cannot resolve the objections, then it may ask the Assistant Commissioner of the Academic Quality and Workforce Division to mediate the dispute.

Once all objections have been resolved, the institution may submit the proposal to the Board, along with documentation showing that notification was given to nearby public institutions and that the objections, if any, were resolved. A description of this process may be found in the Texas Administrative Code.

Proposal Submission for New Applied Baccalaureate Degree Programs

A new applied baccalaureate degree program cannot be implemented until the public junior college receives approval from the Coordinating Board to offer the program and also receives approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate degrees.

Public junior colleges that propose to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program are required to submit additional information to THECB, per Texas Education Code Sec.130.308. BSN programs require Coordinating Board, SACSOC, Texas Board of Nursing and national program accreditation approval.

Colleges proposing a new degree program should submit a completed Request Form to the THECB.

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Inquiries regarding new Degree Program Requests should be directed to Dr. Sheri Ranis at Sheri.Ranis@thecb.state.tx.us.