|(a) Formula Advisory Committee. (1) Not later than September 1 of each odd-numbered year, the Commissioner shall appoint an advisory committee to review the funding formulas used by the Governor and the Legislature for making appropriations to community and technical colleges. (2) The formula advisory committee appointed by the Commissioner shall consist of senior administrators at Texas public community or technical colleges, members of the faculty, and members of the general public. (3) The committee shall elect its own chair and vice chair. (4) Meetings of the committee shall be open to the public. The committee shall publish minutes of all meetings, and the minutes shall be public documents. (5) The committee shall identify funding incentives that would encourage implementation by community and technical colleges of the state's plan for higher education as specified in the Texas Education Code, §61.051(a-3). (6) The committee shall provide an opportunity for institutions, the general public and other interested persons to provide testimony. (7) The committee shall make its recommendations to the Commissioner no later than the February 1 of the year following its appointment. (b) Report of Fundable Operating Expenses. (1) The Board shall conduct a study of expenses at community colleges, Texas State Technical College, and Texas State University System two-year institutions each year. (2) The study shall encompass all expenses made by these institutions for instruction and administration from all unrestricted sources of funds including appropriated general revenue, tuition and fees, contract instruction, other educational and general revenue, and, local tax revenue. (3) Each college shall report total instructional expenses and contact hours for each instructional discipline included on a list provided by the Coordinating Board and total expenses for administration, including institutional support, student services, library, instructional administration, organized activities, instructional staff benefits and excluding physical plant employees. (4) From this information, the Board shall calculate costs for each instructional discipline. (c) Community and Technical College Formula Recommendation. (1) At the quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Board in April of even-number years, the Commissioner shall recommend a funding formula for the next biennium for community and technical colleges. The Commissioner shall also report the recommendations of the formula advisory committee. (2) In making recommendations, the Commissioner shall consider the results of the all funds expenditure study, the financial needs of affected institutions, funding provided for equivalent courses in general academic institutions and for peer institutions in other states, and other factors as appropriate. (3) The Commissioner shall recommend a general revenue appropriation for instruction and administration for community colleges and the Texas State Technical College System and two-year colleges in the Texas State University System. The Legislative Budget Board staff converts the general revenue formula for Texas State Technical College System and two-year colleges in the Texas State University System into an all funds appropriation based on their estimated educational and general income. (4) After adoption, the Commissioner shall transmit the Board's recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Legislative Budget Board no later than June 1 of each even-numbered year.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §13.22 adopted to be effective May 21, 2001, 26 TexReg 3626; amended to be effective May 23, 2004, 29 TexReg 5074; amended to be effective February 18, 2008, 33 TexReg 1325; amended to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4153