Negotiated Rulemaking

Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 61.0331 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.

Current Negotiated Rulemaking Committees:

Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program
Senate Bill 1, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, appropriates $212,049 for the 2022-2023 biennium to the OER Grant Program. Texas Education Code, Section 61.0668, which defined the OER Grant Program, expired on September 1, 2021. The expired legislation identified faculty employed by a Texas public institution of higher education as eligible applicants for grant funds. The THECB proposes amending Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter O, concerning the OER Grant Program, in order to remove undue burden of grant administration for individual faculty members by having public institutions of higher education serve as fiscal homes for the grants.

Status: Meeting of the negotiated rulemaking committee will be held on May 12, 2022 [Agenda]

Texas College Work Study (TCWS)
To provide Texas institutions of higher education with greater flexibility in administering their state financial aid funds, the THECB proposes modifying the allocation process for the TCWS Program and the Work Study Student Mentorship Program. The proposal would combine the individual methodologies for each program into one allocation for both programs, institute biennial allocations, rather than annual allocations, and eliminate reallocations while allowing for unused funds to carry forward within the biennium.

Status: Meeting of the negotiated rulemaking committee will be held on May 10, 2022 [Agenda]


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