Senate Bill 2118, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, authorizes public junior colleges meeting specific requirements to offer applied baccalaureate degree programs.
Texas public institutions of higher education that want to propose a new degree or certificate program must first notify other public institutions of higher education within a 50-mile radius of the proposed location of the new program. The proposing institution may notify area institutions through a letter or email to the chief academic officers of the area institutions. The proposing institution must notify area institutions at least 30 days prior to submitting the proposal to the Coordinating Board.
If the proposing institution receives any objections, the institution must resolve those objections prior to submitting a proposal to the Coordinating Board. If the institution cannot resolve the objections, then it may ask the Assistant Commissioner of the Academic and Health Affairs Division to mediate the dispute.
Once all objections have been resolved, the institution may submit the proposal to the Board, along with documentation showing that notification was given to nearby public institutions and that the objections, if any, were resolved. A description of this process may be found in the Texas Administrative Code.