Higher Education Regional Councils (HERCs)

Regional Councils in each of the 10 Uniform State Service Regions (established under Texas Education Code, Section 51.662) advise the Commissioner of Higher Education and resolve disputes regarding plans for lower-division courses and programs proposed by public institutions. Each Higher Education Regional Council (HERC) shall make recommendations to the commissioner regarding off-campus courses and programs proposed for delivery in accordance with the consensus views of council members. An exception is courses and programs proposed to be offered by public community colleges in their designated service areas and courses and programs governed by the provisions of Coordinating Board Rule 4.278, Sections (e), (i), and (j).

Universities, health-related institutions, public technical colleges, and Lamar state colleges shall submit all off-campus lower-division courses proposed for delivery to sites in the area for relevant regional council’s review. Public community colleges shall submit all off-campus lower-division courses proposed for delivery to sites outside their service areas for review. In the event of a dispute arising from off-campus or electronic delivery of lower-division courses, institutions may appeal first to the regional council, and then to the commissioner and the Board of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Texas public institutions of higher education are required to file an annual off-campus lower-division course delivery plan with the HERC of which the institution is a member. Private institutions of higher education are also HERC members, but filing off-campus lower-division course delivery plans with the HERC is optional.

HERC Important Dates

Week of May 22, 2023

HERC Chair Online Orientation meeting.

Week of June 1, 2023

Memo distributed to presidents and HERC chairs (call for HERC representative designation).

June 8, 2023

HERC Representative Online Orientation meeting

June 9, 2023

Institution deadline for representative information to HERC chair

June 16, 2023

Scheduled HERC meeting date due to Dr. Lofters at THECB

July 14, 2023

HERC information due to THECB


Review additional courses not originally included in the Off-Campus Instruction Plan


Higher Education Regional Councils

Inquiries regarding Higher Education Regional Councils should be directed to Andrew Lofters.

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