Law:Title 3. Higher Education. Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education from Chapter 147. The Texas-mexico Educational Development Program (Texas)

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Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education

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Chapter 147. The Texas-mexico Educational Development Program

Section  147.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Coordinating board" has the meaning assigned by Section 141.001 of this code.

(2)  "Institution of higher education" means an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003 of this code or a private institution of higher education located in this state that issues degrees in this state and is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency as defined by Section 61.003 of this code.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 18, Sec. 2, eff. April 11, 1991.



Section  147.002.  Establishment; Purpose.

(a) It is essential to the state's economic growth that the state maintain a competitive position in the global economy and that public and private institutions of higher education coordinate programs for international awareness. The Texas-Mexico educational development program is established as a means to accomplish this purpose.

(b)  Providing appropriated funds to the Texas-Mexico educational development program to be awarded to eligible institutions to develop programs that study the relationship between Texas and Mexico and to recommend methods of improving the relationship will enhance the state's economic growth.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 18, Sec. 2, eff. April 11, 1991.



Section  147.003.  Administration; Guidelines And Procedures.

(a) The coordinating board shall administer the Texas-Mexico educational development program.

(b)  The coordinating board shall appoint an advisory committee that consists of experts in education, business, and government to advise the coordinating board regarding the board's development of priorities, guidelines, and procedures for the selection of specific projects at institutions of higher education to maximize benefits to the state. To be designated as an eligible institution, an institution of higher education must demonstrate exceptional capability to attract federal, state, and private funding for programs enhancing foreign language proficiency, geographic awareness, understanding of cultural diversity, and research on Mexican business practices.

(c)  The guidelines and procedures developed by the coordinating board under Subsection (b) of this section shall provide for awards on a competitive basis. The coordinating board shall encourage projects that leverage funds or cooperative program support from other sources and that encourage collaborative efforts:

(1)  across academic disciplines;

(2)  among two or more eligible institutions; or

(3)  between an eligible institution or institutions and private industry.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 18, Sec. 2, eff. April 11, 1991.



Section  147.004.  Texas-mexico Educational Development Fund.

(a) The Texas-Mexico Educational Development Fund is an account in the general revenue fund.

(b)  Funds that may be credited to the account include gifts, grants, and legislative appropriations.

(c)  The money in the Texas-Mexico Educational Development Fund may be used only for the Texas-Mexico educational development program.

(d)  From funds appropriated, the comptroller of public accounts shall issue warrants to each eligible institution in the amount certified by the coordinating board to the comptroller.

(e)  Projects shall be reviewed and funded each biennium.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 18, Sec. 2, eff. April 11, 1991.



Section  147.005.  Progress Reports.

An institution receiving funds under this chapter shall report on the progress of the funded project to the governor and the legislature not later than September 1 of each year.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 18, Sec. 2, April 11, 1991.



Section  147.006.  Merit Review.

(a) The coordinating board shall appoint an advisory committee consisting of representatives of higher education, private enterprise, and other experts in relevant program areas to review and evaluate the projects.

(b)  The coordinating board shall evaluate the effectiveness of the Texas-Mexico educational development program and report its findings to the legislature and governor not later than September 1 of the second year of each biennium.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 18, Sec. 2, eff. April 11, 1991.


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