The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education,
the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.
(3) Eligible Institution--A public junior college,
as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003(2); or a public technical
institution, as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003(7),
and which meets the criteria in §22.572(b) or (c) of this title
(relating to Institutions).
(4) Encumbered funds--Program funds that have been
awarded to an institution, and which will be awarded to selected students
based on established criteria, and which may or may not have been
disbursed to the student.
(5) Initial year award--The scholarship awarded in
the student's first year in the T-STEM Program.
(6) Program--The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship Program.
(7) Program Officer--The individual named by each participating
institution's chief executive officer to serve as agent for the institution
and primary contact for the Coordinating Board. The Program Officer
has primary responsibility for all ministerial acts required by the
program, including maintenance of all records and preparation and
submission of reports reflecting program transactions. Unless otherwise
indicated by the administration, the director of student financial
aid shall serve as Program Officer.
(8) T-STEM programs--A defined set of courses that
lead to the award of either a certificate or an associate degree in
the following U.S. Department of Education Classification of Instructional
Programs (CIP) areas using the two-digit CIP coding: 11 (Computer
and Information Sciences and Support Services); 14 (Engineering);
15 (Engineering Technologies/Technicians); 26 (Biological Sciences);
27 (Mathematics and Statistics); or 40 (Physical Sciences); and the
following CIP areas, using the four-digit coding: 30.01 (Multi/Interdisciplinary
Studies, Biological and Physical Sciences); 51.00 (Health Services/Allied
Health/Health Sciences, General); 51.06 (Dental Support Services and
Allied Professions); 51.08 (Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services;
51.09 (Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions);
51.10 (Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Health
Professions); 51.11 (Health/Medical Preparatory Programs); 51.18 (Ophthalmic
and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions); and 51.23
(Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions).