Texas Administrative Code Title 19

Education: As effective August 6, 2010

Chapter 11

Subchapter A

§11.1: Purpose

The purpose of this chapter is to prescribe rules and regulations for the Texas State Technical College System in the general operation of its campuses, extension facilities, and programs.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.1 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8436.

§11.2: Authority

Texas Education Code, §§61.051, 61.053, 61.056, 61.058, 61.0583, 135.01, 135.04, 135.02, and 135.06, authorize the Coordinating Board to adopt policies, enact regulations, and establish rules for the Texas State Technical College System relating to the review of its role and mission statement, new program approval, approval and operation of extension centers, approval of land acceptance or acquisition, and the audit of its facilities.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.2 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8436.

§11.3: Definitions

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

(1) Board or coordinating board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2) Campus--A residential unit of the Texas State Technical College System that grants certificate and associate of applied science degrees.

(3) Commissioner of higher education or commissioner--The chief executive officer of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(4) Governing board--The board of regents of the Texas State Technical College System.

(5) Extension center--A site, operating under the administration of a campus, that has an extension program.

(6) Extension program--Credit and non-credit instruction in technical and vocational education offered at an extension center.

(7) System--The Texas State Technical College System.

(8) Technical courses or programs--Workforce education courses or programs for which semester/quarter credit hours are awarded.

(9) Vocational courses or programs--Workforce education courses or programs for which continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded.

(10) Workforce education--Technical courses and programs for which semester/quarter credit hours are awarded, and vocational courses and programs for which continuing education units are awarded. Workforce education courses and programs prepare students for immediate employment or job upgrade within specific occupational categories.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.3 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8436.

Subchapter B

§11.21: Role and Mission

(a) Texas Education Code, Section 135.01, creates the Texas State Technical College System and provides that it shall be a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical-vocational education for which there is demand within the State of Texas.

(b) Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally oriented programs with supporting academic course work, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees. The Texas State Technical College System is authorized to serve the State of Texas through excellence in instruction, public service, faculty and manpower research, and economic development. The system's economic development efforts to improve the competitiveness of Texas business and industry include exemplary centers of excellence in technical program clusters on the system's campuses and support of educational research commercialization initiatives. Through close collaboration with business, industry, governmental agencies, and communities, including public and private secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, the system shall facilitate and deliver an articulated and responsive technical education system.

(c) In developing and offering highly specialized technical programs with related supportive coursework, primary consideration shall be placed on industrial and technological manpower needs of the state. The emphasis of each Texas State Technical College System campus shall be on advanced or emerging technical programs not commonly offered by public junior colleges.

(d) Role and mission statements are subject to the provisions of Chapter 9, Subchapter C of this title (relating to Purpose, Role, and Mission).

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.21 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437.

§11.22: Establishing Additional Campuses

(a) The Board shall review any proposed legislation establishing an additional Texas State Technical College campus. The review shall consider the state's need for the new campus. The Board shall report its findings to the Governor and the Legislature.

(b) The Board shall make a recommendation regarding the need for a new campus. The recommendation shall require a favorable vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the Board.

(c) A favorable recommendation by the Board is not required for the Legislature to establish a new campus.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.22 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437.

§11.23: Approval and Operation of Extension Programs and Centers

(a) The system may establish an extension program in accordance with Texas Education Code, Section 135.06, and by approval of the Board.

(b) The system may operate an extension center in accordance with Texas Education Code, Section 135.02, and under continuing review by the Board as outlined in Chapter 10 of this title (relating to Institutional Effectiveness in Public Community/Junior College Districts and Technical Colleges).

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.23 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437.

§11.24: Approval of Land Acceptance or Acquisition

The governing board may accept, acquire by purchase, lease, sell, transfer, or exchange land in the name of the State of Texas and make improvement to facilities in any of the counties in which a campus or extension center is located according to procedures outlined in Chapter 17 of this title (relating to Campus Planning).

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.24 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437; amended to be effective February 25, 2004, 29 TexReg 1660

§11.25: Audit of Facilities

The Board shall periodically conduct a comprehensive audit of all educational and general facilities on the campuses of the Texas State Technical College System as outlined in Chapter 17 of this title (relating to Campus Planning).

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.25 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437; amended to be effective February 25, 2004, 29 TexReg 1660

§11.27: New Program and Course Approval

(a) Courses and programs wholly or partially financed from state funds are subject to the prior approval and continuing review of the Board or as delegated to the Commissioner as specified in Chapter 9, Subchapter E of this title (relating to Certificate or Associate Degree Programs).

(b) Before any new course or program may be offered by a campus or extension center within the taxing district of a public community/junior college, it must be established that the public community/junior college is not capable of offering or chooses not to offer the program. The campus or extension center must present evidence to the Commissioner that the public community/junior college is not capable of offering the program. After it has demonstrated to the Commissioner that the need for the program exists and that the program is not locally available, the campus or extension center may offer the program, provided approval is secured from the Commissioner. Approval of technical and vocational programs under this section does not apply to McLennan, Cameron, and Potter counties.

(c) Where a local government, business, or industry located in a county or a portion of a county that is not operating a public community/junior college district requests that the campus or extension center offer a program, the campus or extension center must request approval from the Board or as delegated to the Commissioner, to offer the program.

(d) Approval of any courses or programs offered at a campus or extension center under subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section must be requested from the Board according to procedures prescribed in Chapter 9, Subchapter E of this title (relating to Certificate and Associate Degree Programs), and Chapter 9, Subchapter F of this title (relating to Workforce Continuing Education Courses).

(e) Partnership agreements between any Texas State Technical College and public or independent institutions of higher education are permissible but are subject to the provisions of Chapter 9, Subchapter G of this title (relating to Contractual Agreements).

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.27 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437; amended to be effective March 18, 1999, 24 TexReg 1773

§11.28: Other Provisions Related to the System

The Texas State Technical College System is subject to additional provisions of this title as prescribed in Chapter 4, Subchapters A, B, D, and F of this title (relating to Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas and Chapter 9, Subchapters B, C, H, and I of this title (relating to Program Development in Public Community/Junior College Districts and Technical Colleges).

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.28 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437; amended to be effective February 25, 2004, 29 TexReg 1660

§11.29: Action and Order of the Board

(a) Board action on the approval of additional campuses or extension centers, acquisition of land, or new program requests which are not delegated to the Commissioner shall be taken at the quarterly Board meeting after the request has been submitted.

(b) A resolution shall be entered in the minutes of the Board and conveyed in writing by the Commissioner to the governing board of the Texas State Technical College System.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.29 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437; amended to be effective March 18, 1999, 24 TexReg 1773

§11.30: Funding

(a) The Board shall develop formulas by which administration, instruction, and physical plant operations and utilities are supported for each campus and extension program created prior to September 1, 1991.

(b) The Board shall develop formulas by which administration and instruction are supported for each extension program created after September 1, 1991.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §11.30 adopted to be effective August 23, 1998, 23 TexReg 8437.