Bill Text: TX HB1241 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to student success-based funding recommendations for certain public institutions of higher education.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-05-04 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB1241 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB1241-Comm_Sub.html
  85R22993 KSD-D
 
  By: Giddings, Johnson of Harris H.B. No. 1241
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 1241:
 
  By:  Lozano C.S.H.B. No. 1241
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to student success-based funding recommendations for
  certain public institutions of higher education.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 61.0593(a), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The legislature finds that it is in the state's highest
  public interest to evaluate student achievement at institutions of
  higher education and to develop higher education funding policy
  based on that evaluation. Funding policies that promote
  postsecondary educational success based on objective indicators of
  relative performance, such as the number of degrees awarded [degree
  completion rates], are critical to maintaining the state's
  competitiveness in the national and global economy and supporting
  the general welfare of this state. Therefore, the purpose of this
  section is to ensure that institutions of higher education produce
  student outcomes that are directly aligned with the state's
  education goals and economic development needs.
         SECTION 2.  Section 61.0593(b)(1), Education Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
               (1)  "At-risk student" means an undergraduate student
  of an institution of higher education:
                     (A)  who has previously received [been awarded] a
  grant under the federal Pell Grant program or met the Expected
  Family Contribution (EFC) criterion for a grant under that program;
  or
                     (B)  whose [who, on the date the student initially
  enrolled in the institution:
                           [(i)  was 20 years of age or older;
                           [(ii)  had a] score on the SAT [Scholastic
  Assessment Test (SAT)] or the ACT, excluding the optional essay
  test, is [American College Test (ACT) that was] less than the
  national mean of students' scores on the applicable [score for
  students taking that] test[;
                           [(iii)     was enrolled as a part-time student;
  or
                           [(iv)     had not received a high school
  diploma but had received a high school equivalency certificate
  within the last six years].
         SECTION 3.  Section 61.0593, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (d) and adding Subsections (d-1), (d-2), and
  (d-3) to read as follows:
         (d)  This subsection applies only to a general academic
  teaching institution other than a public state college. In
  devising its funding formulas and making its recommendations to the
  legislature relating to institutional appropriations of funds
  under Section 61.059 for institutions to which this subsection
  applies, the board, in the manner and to the extent the board
  considers appropriate and in consultation with those institutions,
  shall prescribe a formula for allocating funds to the institutions
  in proportion to the number of weighted points earned by each of the
  institutions according to the following success measures
  [incorporate the consideration of undergraduate student success
  measures achieved during the preceding state fiscal biennium by
  each of the institutions. At the time the board makes those
  recommendations, the board shall also make recommendations for
  incorporating the success measures, to the extent the board
  considers appropriate in consultation with those institutions,
  into the distribution of any incentive funds available for those
  institutions, including performance incentive funds under
  Subchapter D, Chapter 62. The board's recommendations must provide
  alternative approaches for applying the success measures and must
  compare the effects on funding of applying the success measures
  within the formula for base funding to applying the success
  measures as a separate formula. The success measures considered by
  the board under this subsection may include]:
               (1)  the total number of bachelor's degrees awarded by
  the institution to not at-risk students; and
               (2)  [the total number of bachelor's degrees in
  critical fields awarded by the institution;
               [(3)]  the total number of bachelor's degrees awarded
  by the institution to at-risk students[; and
               [(4)     as determined by the board, the six-year
  graduation rate of undergraduate students of the institution who
  initially enrolled in the institution in the fall semester
  immediately following their graduation from a public high school in
  this state as compared to the six-year graduation rate predicted
  for those students based on the composition of the institution's
  student body].
         (d-1)  In the formula prescribed under Subsection (d), the
  board shall:
               (1)  compute points for each success measure using the
  average number of degrees awarded for the three most recent
  academic years for which the information is available; and
               (2)  assign the following weights to each degree
  awarded by an institution to which that subsection applies:
                     (A)  1.0, for a not at-risk student; and
                     (B)  2.0, for an at-risk student.
         (d-2)  The board's recommendations under Subsection (d) must
  provide and compare the alternative approaches of applying the
  success measures described by that subsection within the formula
  for base funding and applying the success measures described by
  that subsection outside the formula for base funding.
         (d-3)  At the time the board makes its recommendations under
  Subsection (d) for institutions to which that subsection applies,
  the board shall also make recommendations for incorporating the
  success measures described by that subsection, to the extent the
  board considers appropriate in consultation with those
  institutions, into the distribution of any incentive funds
  available for those institutions, including performance incentive
  funds under Subchapter D, Chapter 62.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 61.0593(b)(2), (c), and (e), Education
  Code, are repealed.
         SECTION 5.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  shall adopt rules for the administration of Section 61.0593,
  Education Code, as amended by this Act, not later than May 1, 2018.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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