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Negotiated Rulemaking


Senate Bill 215 passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to engage in negotiated rulemaking with institutions of higher education and other affected entities in accordance with the Negotiated Rulemaking Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 2008, when adopting policies, procedures, or rules relating to certain matters. Texas Administrative Code, Rule 1.14, sets forth the THECB's negotiated rulemaking process. 

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THECB shall engage institutions of higher education in a negotiated rulemaking process as described in Chapter 2008 of the Texas Government Code, when adopting a policy, procedure, or rule relating to an admission policy regarding the common admission application under Section 51.762.

 

 

Meeting of the NRMC will be held July 31; agenda and additional information may be found here.

Block Scheduling for Certain Programs
House Bill 1583, 84th Texas Legislature, requires public community colleges to establish five “Block Scheduled Programs” selected from the fields of career and technology, allied health, or associate degree nursing to allow students to enroll in a block of courses, instead of single courses, by the fall of 2016. The stated purpose of the block scheduling is to facilitate timely degree completion by students at public junior colleges and allow for predictability of course scheduling from semester to semester. The THECB will engage in a negotiated rulemaking process as described in Chapter 2008 of the Texas Government Code, to adopt rules related to the implementation of this legislation.

 

 

Convening letter requesting nominations for potential selection to the NRMC will be emailed to stakeholders by August 6

Texas Educational Opportunity Grants (TEOG)

With passage of HB 1 which contains two separate budget strategies for TEOG, one for community colleges and one for technical and state colleges, the THECB will establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on TEOG for Community Colleges and a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on TEOG for Technical and Lamar State Colleges to develop rules for the TEOG allocation methodology and procedures for THECB staff to verify the accuracy of the application of that allocation methodology. The allocation methodologies (emergency rules) developed by these negotiated rulemaking committees (NRMC) upon reaching consensus will be recommended to the Board for adoption on June 24 and will affect the FY16 allocations. 

 

Emergency rules developed by the NRMCs were adopted by the Board on June 24; went into effect immediately upon filing (July 6); and were published in the July 17 edition of the Texas Register. Additionally, the rules were published in the July 24 edition of the Texas Register for a 30-day public comment period that expires on August 24.

 

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NRMC for Community Colleges

NRMC for Technical/Lamar State Colleges 

Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP)
THECB shall engage institutions of higher education in a negotiated rulemaking process as described in Chapter 2008 of the Texas Government Code, when adopting a policy, procedure, or rule relating to the allocation or distribution of funds, including trusteed funds, and establish allocation methodologies and procedures to verify the accuracy of those allocation methodologies.

 

 

Convening letter requesting nominations for potential selection to the NRMC will be emailed to stakeholders by August 6.

Towards EXcellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program
THECB shall engage institutions of higher education in a negotiated rulemaking process as described in Chapter 2008 of the Texas Government Code, when adopting a policy, procedure, or rule relating to the allocation or distribution of funds, including trusteed funds, and establish allocation methodologies and procedures to verify the accuracy of those allocation methodologies.

 

 

Convening letter requesting nominations for potential selection to the NRMC will be emailed to stakeholders by August 6.

TRB Debt Service Allocation Methodology
THECB shall engage institutions of higher education in a negotiated rulemaking process as described in Chapter 2008 of the Texas Government Code, when adopting a policy, procedure, or rule relating to the allocation or distribution of funds, including trusteed funds, and establish allocation methodologies and procedures to verify the accuracy of those allocation methodologies.

 

 

Convening letter requesting nominations for potential selection to the NRMC will be emailed to stakeholders by July 30.

 

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