Law:Title 3. Higher Education. Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education from Chapter 152. High Priority Program Fund (Texas)

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Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education

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Chapter 152. High Priority Program Fund

Section  152.001.  Definitions.

In this section:

(1)  "Coordinating board" means the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

(2)  "High priority program" means a technical or vocational program offered by a public junior college or public technical institute that:

(A)  is specifically intended to meet the workforce training demands of business and industry as determined by the coordinating board;

(B)  is determined to be of particular importance in a specific junior college district or to the state; and

(C)  requires a significant investment to achieve or maintain its purpose.

(3)  "High priority program fund" means the fund established under this chapter to assist in the design, development, upgrade, revision, or expansion of high priority programs.

(4)  "Public junior college" and "public technical institute" have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1311, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Education Code Sec. 151.001 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(27), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  152.002.  Establishment; Purpose.

(a) It is essential to this state's economic growth that this state provide a qualified and trained workforce for maintaining and expanding the global competitiveness of the state's business and industry, for retaining existing business and industry, and for attracting new business and industry to this state. The high priority program fund is established as a means to accomplish this purpose.

(b)  Providing appropriated funds to public junior colleges and public technical institutes for high priority programs is important to this state's welfare and, consequently, is an important public purpose for the expenditure of state funds. The high priority program fund is intended to enhance the state's economic growth by:

(1)  enhancing the competitiveness of business and industry in this state by providing workforce training that is responsive to the specific needs of business and industry; and

(2)  encouraging the location, retention, and expansion of business and industry in this state.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1311, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Education Code Sec. 151.002 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(27), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  152.003.  Administration; Guidelines And Procedures.

(a) The coordinating board shall administer the high priority program fund.

(b)  The coordinating board shall determine whether a public junior college or public technical institute is eligible to receive an award from the fund. To be eligible to receive an award, a public junior college or public technical institute must demonstrate to the coordinating board that:

(1)  the program proposed for funding meets an immediate business or industry need of particular importance in the junior college district or this state;

(2)  the award will enhance the state's vocational and technical education system;

(3)  an award from the fund is necessary to assist the public junior college or public technical institute in the successful design, development, upgrade, revision, or expansion of the program; and

(4)  the development of the program will provide an economic benefit to the residents of the public junior college district or of this state.

(c)  The coordinating board, in consultation with public junior colleges and public technical institutes, shall adopt guidelines and procedures for the administration of this chapter.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1311, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Education Code Sec. 151.003 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(27), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  152.004.  Funding.

(a) The high priority program fund is funded by appropriations if made, or by available funds, and by gifts, grants, and donations made for that purpose.

(b)  From money appropriated from the fund, the comptroller shall issue warrants to each eligible public junior college or public technical institute in the amount certified by the coordinating board to the comptroller.

(c)  The money may be expended by the public junior college or public technical institute only to support the development, design, upgrade, renovation, or expansion of specific high priority programs for which the award is made and may not be expended for the general support of ongoing instruction at the public junior college or public technical institute. The money may be expended for facilities if necessary for the development, upgrade, revision, or expansion of a program and approved by the coordinating board.

(d)  Money appropriated from the high priority program fund may be used to match a grant provided by private industry for a particular program at an eligible public junior college or public technical institute.

(e)  Supplies, materials, services, or equipment purchased by a public junior college or public technical institute with money received under this chapter are not subject to the purchasing authority of the comptroller.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1311, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Education Code Sec. 151.004 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(27), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.90, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  152.005.  Progress Reports.

A public junior college or public technical institute receiving money under this chapter shall report on the progress of the funded high priority program to the coordinating board not later than September 1 of each year of the program, until the coordinating board provides that further progress reports are not required.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1311, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Education Code Sec. 151.005 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(27), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  152.006.  Merit Review.

The coordinating board shall evaluate the effectiveness of this chapter and programs receiving money under this chapter and report its findings to the Legislative Budget Board not later than September 1 of the second year of each state fiscal biennium.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1311, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Education Code Sec. 151.006 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(27), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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