The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Student Representative Application Process
Section 61.0225 of the Education Code provides for the annual appointment of one non-voting student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by the governor of the State of Texas. This statute defines the powers and duties of a student representative, representative, establishes the appointment and application procedure, and provides qualifications to be appointed and to remain a non-voting student representative throughout the term.
Powers and Duties
A non-voting student representative has the following powers and duties:
A non-voting student representative is not a state officer. A non-voting student representative has the same powers and duties as the members of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, including the right to attend and participate in meetings of the board, except that the student representative:
(1) may not vote on any matter before the board or make or second any motion before the board; and
(2) is not counted in determining whether a quorum exists for a meeting of the board or in determining the outcome of any vote of the board.
Application Procedure and Deadlines
1) The Office of Academic Affairs has been charged with working with each institution in the selection process. Each institution within the A&M System is required to use the applications available at the following links to solicit applicants for the position of non-voting student representative to the THECB.
2) November 1 or sooner, the student government at each A&M System Member university and the Health Science Center “shall solicit applicants for appointment to the next regular term of the position of non-voting student representative.” This regular term will be from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015.
3) January 1 or sooner, the student government at each A&M System Member university and the Health Science Center shall: a) “select five applicants as the student government’s recommendation for the position of non-voting student representative;” and b) send the applications of such applicants to the chancellor of the A&M System.
4) February 1 or sooner, the chancellor of the A&M System shall: a) select two or more applicants from those received in item 3 as the A&M System’s “recommendations for the position of non-voting student representative;” and b) send the applications of such applicants to the governor.
5) The governor will review the applications sent by the A&M System, and may request to review all applications received. Also, the governor may request an applicant to submit additional information.
6) June 1 or sooner or “as soon after as practicable, the governor shall appoint a non-voting representative to the Coordinating Board for a term expiring on the next May 31.”
Qualifications for Appointment and During Term
To be eligible for initial consideration, nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:
(1) Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a public institution of higher education;
(2) Be in good academic standing as determined by the institution;
(3) Commit to fulfill all board related responsibilities during their term of service, to include attendance at no less than 3 of 4 quarterly board meetings scheduled in January, April, July, and October; and
(4) Have a strong drive and self-motivation to contribute to the progress of higher education in Texas.
Also, the statute provides that: “throughout a student representative’s term, the student must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale.” Failure to maintain such qualifications will result in the governor declaring the position vacant and subsequently filling the position.
Reimbursement for Expenses
The statute provides that: a student representative serves without compensation but is entitled to be reimbursed for the actual expenses incurred by the student representative in attending the meetings of the higher education coordinating board, subject to approval of the commissioner of higher education.