|(a) The Commissioner shall organize a competitive, peer-review system for evaluating proposals. (b) Prior to the review panel meetings, the advisory committee shall establish the criteria for allocating available funds to projects ranked by peer review. The criteria shall be published on the Coordinating Board's web site. (c) In evaluating proposals, reviewers shall consider the quality of the academic program, placement record for recent graduates, the feasibility of the institution's plans for increasing enrollments and graduates, and the cost-effectiveness of those plans. The review panels shall deliver a ranked list of competitively selected proposals to the Commissioner. (d) The advisory committee shall review the selections of the reviewers and the recommendations of the staff and make recommendations to the Board. A committee member shall publicly disclose any personal, professional, or private interest in a proposal pending before the committee and shall not vote or otherwise participate in the decision regarding proposal recommendations. A committee member shall not be personally involved in handling any proposal, award, or other matter in which the member, a member's immediate family, a member's general business partner, or a member's institution has or may have a financial interest. (e) Any information related to the evaluation and selection of proposals for the grant awards shall be confidential unless released by the Board pursuant to Subsections (f) and (g) of this section. (f) Reviews will not be disclosed to persons outside the Board at any time, except that each project leader (grant applicant) will receive a copy of the reviewers of his or her proposal with the names, affiliations, and any other identifying characteristics of the reviewers redacted; and (g) The names and affiliations of reviewers will be released as a group, without an identifying link to any grant application, until after the review process is complete. (h) Decisions of the Commissioner/Board are final.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §13.194 adopted to be effective February 27, 2002, 27 TexReg 1328; amended to be effective March 2, 2003, 28 TexReg 1856; amended to be effective May 23, 2004, 29 TexReg 5079