EDUCATION CODE


TITLE 3. HIGHER EDUCATION


SUBTITLE C. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM


Text of chapter effective until date designated for abolition of The University of Texas--Pan American and The University of Texas--Brownsville under Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4


CHAPTER 78. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT BROWNSVILLE


Sec. 78.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(1) "Board" means the board of regents of The University of Texas System.

(2) "University" means The University of Texas at Brownsville.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 305, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.02. ESTABLISHMENT; SCOPE. (a) The board shall establish an institution of higher education in the City of Brownsville, to be known as The University of Texas at Brownsville.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 935, Sec. 4, eff. June 17, 2011.

(c) The university may enter into any agreement with the Texas Southmost College District to facilitate higher education advancement and opportunity in the district's service area and the transition of students from Texas Southmost College to the university. An agreement may cover any matter related to those purposes, including the facilitation of the transfer of course credit and the alignment of courses between the university and the college.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 935, Sec. 4, eff. June 17, 2011.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 181, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Redesignated from Education Code, Sec. 77.31 and amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 305, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 920, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 935 (S.B. 1909), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 935 (S.B. 1909), Sec. 4, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.03. COURSES AND DEGREES. (a) The board may prescribe courses leading to customary degrees offered at leading American universities and may award those degrees, including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and their equivalents.

(a-1) A department, school, or degree program may not be instituted without the prior approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(b) The board shall offer a broad array of courses at the university.

(c) The board shall award degrees in the name of The University of Texas at Brownsville.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 181, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Redesignated from Education Code Sec. 77.32 and amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 305, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 935 (S.B. 1909), Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.04. FACILITIES. (a) The board shall make provisions for adequate physical facilities for use by the university. Subject to the agreement of the parties as provided by Subsection (b), the facilities may include facilities on land committed by the board of trustees of the Texas Southmost College District on the district's Texas Southmost College campus. The provision of facilities is subject to the normal requirements of the board and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(b) The board and the board of trustees of the Texas Southmost College District may contract with each other for the use of facilities. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the parties and must provide for reasonable compensation for the use of facilities.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 181, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Redesignated from Education Code Sec. 77.33 and amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 305, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 920, Sec. 2, eff. June 18, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 935 (S.B. 1909), Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.05. GIFTS AND GRANTS. The board may accept and administer, on terms and conditions acceptable to it, gifts, grants, or donations of any kind and from any source for use by The University of Texas at Brownsville.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 181, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Redesignated from Education Code, Sec. 77.34 and amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 305, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.06. TRANSFER OF FUNDS; JOINT APPOINTMENTS. (a) Unless otherwise specifically restricted, funds may be transferred to the university to implement this chapter.

(b) The board may make joint faculty appointments to a position in the university and to a position in another institution under its governance. The salary of a person receiving a joint appointment shall be apportioned between the university and the other institution on the basis of services rendered.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 181, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Redesignated from Education Code, Sec. 77.35 and amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 305, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.09. CENTER FOR BORDER ECONOMIC AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT. (a) The board shall establish a center for border economic and enterprise development at The University of Texas at Brownsville.

(b) The center established under this section may:

(1) develop and manage an economic database concerning the Texas-Mexico border;

(2) perform economic development planning and research;

(3) provide technical assistance to industrial and governmental entities; and

(4) in cooperation with other state agencies, coordinate economic and enterprise development planning activities of state agencies to ensure that the economic needs of the Texas-Mexico border are integrated within a comprehensive state economic development plan.

(c) The center may offer seminars and conduct conferences and other educational programs concerning the Texas-Mexico border economy and economic and enterprise development within the state.

(d) The board may solicit and accept gifts, grants, and donations to aid in the establishment, maintenance, and operation of the center.

(e) The center established under this section shall cooperate fully with similar programs operated by Texas A&M International University, The University of Texas--Pan American, The University of Texas at El Paso, and other institutions of higher education.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 78.10. TEXAS ACADEMY OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE. (a) In this section, "academy" means the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at The University of Texas at Brownsville.

(b) The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science is a division of The University of Texas at Brownsville and is under the management and control of the board. The academy serves the following purposes:

(1) to provide academically gifted and highly motivated junior and senior high school students with a challenging university-level curriculum that:

(A) allows students to complete high school graduation requirements for the foundation high school program and the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation high school program and earn appropriate endorsements as provided by Section 28.025, while attending for academic credit a public institution of higher education;

(B) fosters students' knowledge of real-world mathematics and science issues and applications and teaches students to apply critical and computational thinking and problem-solving skills to those issues and problems;

(C) includes the study of English, foreign languages, social studies, mathematics, science, and technology; and

(D) offers students learning opportunities related to mathematics and science through in-depth research and field-based studies;

(2) to provide students with an awareness of mathematics and science careers and professional development opportunities through seminars, workshops, collaboration with postsecondary and university students including opportunities for summer studies, internships in foreign countries, and similar methods; and

(3) to provide students with social development activities that enrich the academic curriculum and student life, including, as determined appropriate by the academy, University Interscholastic League activities and other extracurricular activities.

(c) The academy is a coeducational institution for selected Texas high school students with an interest in and the potential to excel in mathematics and science studies. The academy shall admit only high school juniors and seniors, except that the academy may admit a student with exceptional abilities who is not yet a high school junior. The board shall set aside adequate space on the university campus in Brownsville to operate the academy and implement the purposes of this section. The academy must operate on the same fall and spring semester basis as the university. Full-time students of the academy must enroll for both the fall and spring semesters. Faculty members of the university shall teach all academic classes at the academy. A student of the academy may attend a college course offered by the university and receive college credit for that course.

(d) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, the university administration has the same powers and duties with respect to the academy that the administration has with respect to the university. The board shall consult with the vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the School of Education and other members of the administration as the board considers necessary concerning the academy's administrative design and support, personnel and student issues, and faculty development. The board shall consult with the dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology and other members of the administration as the board considers necessary concerning the academy's curriculum development, program design, and general faculty issues. The board, in consultation with university administration, shall:

(1) establish an internal management system for the academy and appoint an academy principal who serves at the will of the board and reports to the vice president for academic affairs;

(2) provide for one or more academy counselors;

(3) establish for the academy a site-based decision-making process similar to the process required by Subchapter F, Chapter 11, that provides for the participation of academy faculty, parents of academy students, and other members of the community; and

(4) establish an admissions process for the academy.

(e) The student-teacher ratio in all regular academic classes at the academy may not exceed 30 students for each classroom teacher, except that the student-teacher ratio may exceed that limit:

(1) in a program provided for the purposes prescribed by Subsection (b)(2) or another special enrichment course or in a physical education course;

(2) if the board determines that a class with a higher student-teacher ratio would contribute to the educational development of the students in the class; or

(3) if an academy class is combined with a university class with more than 30 students.

(f) The academy shall provide the university-level curriculum in a manner that is appropriate for the social, psychological, emotional, and physical development of high school juniors and seniors. The administrative and counseling personnel of the academy shall provide continuous support to and supervision of students.

(g) For each student enrolled in the academy, the academy is entitled to allotments from the foundation school fund under Chapter 42 as if the academy were a school district without a tier one local share for purposes of Section 42.253. If in any academic year the amount of the allotments under this subsection exceeds the amount of state funds paid to the academy in the first fiscal year of the academy's operation, the commissioner of education shall set aside from the total amount of funds to which school districts are entitled under Section 42.253(c) an amount equal to the excess amount and shall distribute that amount to the academy. After deducting the amount set aside and paid to the academy by the commissioner of education under this subsection, the commissioner of education shall reduce the amount to which each district is entitled under Section 42.253(c) in the manner described by Section 42.253(h). A determination of the commissioner of education under this subsection is final and may not be appealed.

(h) The board may use any available money, enter into contracts, and accept grants, including matching grants, federal grants, and grants from a corporation or other private contributor, in establishing and operating the academy. Money spent by the academy must further the purposes of the academy under Subsection (b).

(i) The liability of the state under Chapters 101 and 104, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, is limited for the academy and employees assigned to the academy and acting on behalf of the academy to the same extent that the liability of a school district and an employee of the school district is limited under Sections 22.0511, 22.0512, and 22.052 of this code and Section 101.051, Civil Practice and Remedies Code. An employee assigned to the academy is entitled to representation by the attorney general in a civil suit based on an action or omission of the employee in the course of the employee's employment, to limits on liability, and to indemnity under Chapters 104 and 108, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

(j) Except as otherwise provided by this section, the academy is not subject to the provisions of this code, or to the rules of the Texas Education Agency, regulating public schools.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 887 (S.B. 1452), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 211 (H.B. 5), Sec. 75(a), eff. June 10, 2013.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 726 (S.B. 24), Sec. 4(b), eff. June 14, 2013.