Bill Text: TX SB1295 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to financial support and incentives for comprehensive regional universities.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 30-16)

Status: (Passed) 2021-05-30 - Effective on 9/1/21 [SB1295 Detail]

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  By: Creighton S.B. No. 1295
  relating to state support for comprehensive regional universities
  in this state.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 62, Education Code, is amended by adding
  Subchapter I to read as follows:
         Sec. 62.171.  DEFINITIONS.  In this subchapter:  
               (1) "At-risk student" means an undergraduate student of
  an eligible institution:
                     (A) whose score on the Scholastic Assessment Test
  (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) is less than the national
  mean score of students' scores on that test; or
                     (B) who has previously received a grant under the
  federal Pell Grant program or met the Expected Family
  Contribution(EFC) criterion for a grant under that program.
               (2)  "Comprehensive regional university" means an
  institution of higher education that is designated as a doctoral,
  comprehensive, or master's university under the coordinating
  board's accountability system.
               (3)  "Eligible institution" means a comprehensive
  regional university.
         Sec. 62.172.  PURPOSE.  The purpose of this subchapter is to
  provide funding to each comprehensive regional university to
  support their mission to serve at-risk students, help meet the
  state's workforce needs, and enhance their regional economies.
         Sec. 62.173.  FUNDING.  (a) In each state fiscal year,
  amounts shall be appropriated for purposes of this subchapter to
  eligible institutions as follows:
               (1) a base amount of $500,000 or a greater amount
  provided by appropriation to each eligible institution; and
               (2) $1,000 or a greater amount provided by
  appropriation for each degree awarded to an at-risk student by an
  eligible institution.
         (b) The number of degrees awarded under Subsection (a)(2) is
  determined by using the average number of degrees awarded to
  at-risk students annually by each institution in the three
  preceding state fiscal years.
         (c) An alternative allocation method for this funding may be
  provided by appropriation.
         Sec. 62.174.  STUDY AND REPORT.  (a) The coordinating board
  in consultation with a representative group of eligible
  institutions shall conduct a study of the funding methodology
  established under Section 62.173 to determine its effectiveness in:
               (1) allocating state funds fairly and equitably; and
               (2) promoting student success at eligible
         (b) Not later than September 1, 2022, the coordinating board
  shall submit to the governor and the Legislative Budget Board a
  written report that includes the study's findings and any
  recommendations for legislative or other action.
         (c) This section expires September 1, 2023.
         SECTION 2. (a) The funding for this Act for the state fiscal
  years ending in 2022 and 2023 is contingent on the legislature
  providing a specific appropriation for the implementation of this
  Act in the general appropriations act of the 87th legislature.
         (b) This Act takes effect immediately if this Act receives
  the votes 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, those
  sections take effect September 1, 2021.