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The following summarizes the changes to the Article III Special Provisions:

Amended Sections:

Sec. 22.  Uncompensated Care Reporting Requirement.  Amended to standardize reporting with the Health and Human Services Commission. 

Sec. 23. County Indigent Care Contracts. 2. County Indigent Care Contracts Reporting.   Added reporting date of no later than December 1.

Sec. 28. General Academic Funding.  Provides funding rates for formulas for 2008-09:

  • Instruction and Operations Support - $62.19 / weighted SCH;
  • Teaching Experience Supplement - 10 percent; and
  • Infrastructure Support - $6.21 per square foot.

Updates the matrix to use the relative cost-based matrix weights.  These new cost-based weights use 100 percent of the average of three years of expenditure data in determining the relative matrix values.

Sec. 29. Health Related Institutions Funding.  Provides funding rates for health institutions funding formulas for 2008-09: 

  • Instruction and Operations - $11,129 per weighted student;
  • Infrastructure Support - $7.96 per square foot for all institutions excluding UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and UT Health Center at Tyler; the rate for those two institutions is $7.19 per square foot;
  • Research Funding - $1,412,500 plus 1.48 percent of research expenditures; and
  • Graduate Medical Education Formula - for each year of the 2008-09 biennium the appropriations are $6,653 per resident. 

Mission Specific Funding:  The Legislature institutionalizes the methodology for funding the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center based on the total number of Texas cancer patients served and limits the growth in funding from one biennium to the next to the average growth in funding for all health related institutions in the Instruction and Operations formula for the current biennium.  The rate is $2,773 per cancer case in 2010 and $2.774 in 2011.  The mission specific formula for the UT Health Center at Tyler is based on the number of chest disease cases treated in FY2006, with funding rates of $389 per case for FY2010 and FY2011.

Sec. 50.  Report Concerning Designated Tuition.  Amended to incorporate more detailed reporting in part (3) to include the following categories:  grants, scholarships, work-study programs, student loans, and student loan repayment assistance.

New Provisions:

Sec. 52. Appropriations for the Research Development Fund.  Moves informational listing of amounts appropriated to each institution for the Research Development Fund to a separate rider.  Last biennium the rider was part of Section 55. Higher Education Incentive Fund, which was deleted.

Sec. 53. Appropriations for the Texas Competitive Knowledge Fund. Moves informational listing of amounts appropriated to each institution for the Texas Competitive Knowledge Fund to a separate rider.  Last biennium the rider was part of Section 55. Higher Education Incentive Fund, which was deleted.

Sec. 54. Special Item Study. Directs the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Legislative Budget Board to study each item under the Special Item Support Goal.  The study shall determine:  

a)  if the special item is for "start up funding" and if so, for how long should it be continued;

b)  does the institution get formula funding for the item and should the special item be reduced by an equal amount and;

c)  does the item still serve its original purpose and if so, how long should it continue.

The provision states that it is the intent of the Legislature that items identified as "start up funding" only be funded for six years after the inception of the program.

Sec. 55. Community College Transfer Student Reporting Requirement. Directs the general academic institutions to develop and submit an annual report to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board  that details the institution's goals to increase the number, success, and persistence of community college transfer students as measured by THECB. The report shall be delivered to the House Appropriations Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor by November 1 of each year.

Sec. 56. Academic Reporting Requirement for Museums. Directs that each institution that receives General Revenue appropriations for a museum prepare a report outlining the museum's relevance to the academic program at the institution. The provision states that it is the intent of the Legislature that General Revenue funding for museums that are not relevant to the academic program at the institution be discontinued after the 2010-11 biennium.

Sec. 57. Mexican American Studies Program or Other Course Work. States legislative intent that the governing board of each general academic institution located in one or more counties with a substantial and growing Mexican American population may establish a Mexican American studies program or other course work in Mexican American studies at the institution and that an institution may use a portion of its general revenue funds for the purpose of evaluating the demand for and feasibility of establishing a Mexican American studies program or other course work in Mexican American studies.

Deleted Sections:

  • License Plate Scholarship Program
  • Tobacco Settlement Receipts - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Special Item Appropriations
  • Higher Education