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  S.B. No. 1051
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to course requirements for students enrolled in joint
  degree programs between certain general academic teaching
  institutions and foreign universities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.301, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsections (c), (d), and (e) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  Every college and university receiving state support or
  state aid from public funds shall give a course of instruction in
  government or political science which includes consideration of the
  Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the
  states, with special emphasis on that of Texas. This course shall
  have a credit value of not less than six semester hours or its
  equivalent. Except as provided by Subsection (c), a [No] college or
  university receiving state support or state aid from public funds
  may not grant a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic
  certificate to any person unless the person [he] has credit for such
  a course. The college or university may determine that a student
  has satisfied this requirement in whole or in part on the basis of
  credit granted to the student [him] by the college or university for
  a substantially equivalent course completed at another accredited
  college or university or on the basis of the student's successful
  completion of an advanced standing examination administered on the
  conditions and under the circumstances common for the college or
  university's advanced standing examinations. The college or
  university may grant as much as three semester hours of credit or
  its equivalent toward satisfaction of this requirement for
  substantially equivalent work completed by the student in the
  program of an approved senior R.O.T.C. unit.
         (c)  The governing board of a general academic teaching
  institution that offers a joint baccalaureate degree program under
  a contract with a foreign college or university may exempt a student
  enrolled in the joint degree program from the course requirement
  prescribed by Subsection (a) if the student:
               (1)  enrolled in the foreign college or university
  before enrolling in the joint degree program or is otherwise
  considered to be primarily a student of the foreign college or
  university; and
               (2)  successfully completes the American Way course
  described by Subsection (d) at the institution the student attends
  or, with the approval of that institution, at another general
  academic teaching institution that offers the course.
         (d)  The American Way course authorized by Subsection (c)(2)
  must be designed to provide a foreign student with a familiarity and
  understanding of United States government and civic life and their
  sources, development, and character. The course must concentrate
  on important texts, including the United States Constitution and
  the Declaration of Independence, on the works and contributions of
  influential authors, political and cultural leaders, and other
  important figures, and on important events and developments in
  United States history. The course must cover important
  developments in human and civil rights, including the civil rights
  movement and the history of women's rights. The course must cover
  the history and development of the State of Texas and its place in
  United States history and culture. The course must consist of four
  semester credit hours, with one semester credit hour in practicum
  activities intended to provide the student with experience in the
  three branches of government through participation at the federal,
  state, or local level. The course may not be taken for course
  credit by a student other than a student described by Subsection
  (c).
         (e)  In this section, "general academic teaching
  institution" has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
         SECTION 2.  Section 51.302, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 51.302.  AMERICAN OR TEXAS HISTORY. (a)  In this
  section, "general academic teaching institution" has the meaning
  assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), a [No] college or
  university receiving state support or state aid from public funds
  may not grant a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic
  certificate to any person unless the person [he] has credit for six
  semester hours or its equivalent in American History. A student is
  entitled to submit as much as three semester hours of credit or its
  equivalent in Texas History in partial satisfaction of this
  requirement. The college or university may determine that a
  student has satisfied this requirement in whole or part on the basis
  of credit granted to the student [him] by the college or university
  for a substantially equivalent course completed at another
  accredited college or university, or on the basis of the student's
  successful completion of an advanced standing examination
  administered on the conditions and under the circumstances common
  for the college or university's advanced standing examinations.
  The college or university may grant as much as three semester hours
  of credit or its equivalent toward satisfaction of this requirement
  for substantially equivalent work completed by a student in the
  program of an approved senior R.O.T.C. unit.
         (c)  The governing board of a general academic teaching
  institution that offers a joint baccalaureate degree program under
  a contract with a foreign college or university may exempt a student
  enrolled in the joint degree program from the course requirement
  prescribed by Subsection (b) if the student:
               (1)  enrolled in the foreign college or university
  before enrolling in the joint degree program or is otherwise
  considered to be primarily a student of the foreign college or
  university; and
               (2)  successfully completes the American Way course
  described by Section 51.301(d) at the institution the student
  attends or, with the approval of that institution, at another
  general academic teaching institution that offers the course.
         SECTION 3.  Section 61.822, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
         (e)  The governing board of a general academic teaching
  institution that offers a joint baccalaureate degree program under
  a contract with a foreign college or university may, in
  consultation with the foreign college or university, identify and
  approve courses offered by the foreign college or university that
  are equivalent to, and may substitute for, courses in the core
  curriculum of a student enrolled in the joint degree program who is
  considered to be primarily a student of the general academic
  teaching institution.
         SECTION 4.  The governing board of an institution of higher
  education to which Subsection (e), Section 61.822, Education Code,
  as added by this Act, applies may permit a student enrolled in a
  joint degree program to which that section applies to substitute
  another course for a course in the core curriculum as permitted by
  that section regardless of whether the student completed the course
  before the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1051 passed the Senate on
  April 30, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 2.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1051 passed the House on
  May 23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor