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  S.B. No. 1714
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the release of student academic information by a public
  institution of higher education for certain purposes and the manner
  in which the information is used.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.9715 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.9715.  RELEASE OF STUDENT ACADEMIC INFORMATION.
  (a)  An institution of higher education may request the submission
  of a signed consent form authorizing the institution to release
  academic course, grade, and credit information with each:
               (1)  application for undergraduate transfer admission
  to the institution, if the institution is a general academic
  teaching institution, to be used for the purposes of Section
  61.833; or
               (2)  request from a student for a release of the
  student's transcript by the institution.
         (b)  An institution of higher education may release student
  information in accordance with Subsection (a) through:
               (1)  the National Student Clearinghouse; or
               (2)  a similar national electronic data sharing and
  exchange platform operated by an agent of the institution that
  meets nationally accepted standards, conventions, and practices.
         SECTION 2.  Section 61.833, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) and adding Subsections
  (c-1), (e), and (f) to read as follows:
         (a)  In this section,
               (1)  "lower-division institution of higher education"
  means a public junior college, public state college, or public
  technical institute; and
               (2)  "reverse transfer data sharing platform" means:
                     (A)  the National Student Clearinghouse; or
                     (B)  a similar national electronic data sharing
  and exchange platform operated by an agent of the institution that
  meets nationally accepted standards, conventions, and practices.
         (b)  Subsection (c) [This section] applies to a student
  enrolled in a general academic teaching institution who:
               (1)  transferred to the institution from or previously
  attended a lower-division institution of higher education;
               (2)  earned at least 30 credit hours for course work
  successfully completed at the lower-division institution of higher
  education; [and]
               (3)  has earned a cumulative total of at least 66 credit
  hours for course work successfully completed; and
               (4)  has not submitted a signed consent form by the
  method described in Section 51.9715(a).
         (c)  As soon as practicable after a student who is enrolled
  in a general academic teaching institution has met the criteria
  established by Subsection (b)(3), the institution by e-mail or
  other reasonable method shall request authorization from the
  student for the institution to release the student's academic
  course, grade, and credit information [transcript] to each [the]
  lower-division institution of higher education that the student
  previously attended or to a reverse transfer data sharing platform
  for the purpose of determining whether the student has earned the
  credits required for an associate degree awarded by a [the]
  lower-division institution of higher education. On receipt of a
  student's authorization under this subsection, the general
  academic teaching institution shall release the student's academic
  course, grade, and credit information [transcript] to the
  lower-division institution of higher education or to a reverse
  transfer data sharing platform.
         (c-1)  After a student who has submitted a signed consent
  form by the method described in Section 51.9715(a) completes a
  semester or term at a general academic teaching institution, the
  institution by the method described in Section 51.9715(b) shall
  release the student's academic course, grade, and credit
  information to a lower-division institution of higher education
  that the student previously attended for the purpose of determining
  whether the student has earned the credits required for an
  associate degree awarded by the lower-division institution of
  higher education.
         (d)  After receiving [a] student information [transcript]
  from a general academic teaching institution under Subsection (c)
  or Subsection (c-1), a lower-division institution of higher
  education shall review the information [transcript] and, if the
  lower-division institution of higher education determines the
  student has earned the credits required to receive an associate
  degree awarded by the lower-division institution of higher
  education, may award the student the degree.
         (e)  Nothing in this section affects the ability of a
  lower-division institution of higher education to determine the
  course work required to earn an associate degree awarded by that
  institution.
         (f)  Annually, each lower-division institution of higher
  education shall produce a report recording the number of degrees
  awarded by the institution in the previous academic year under this
  section.  An institution shall:
               (1)  make the report publicly available; and
               (2)  submit the information to a reverse transfer data
  sharing platform.
         SECTION 3.  (a)  The changes in law made by this Act apply
  beginning with the 2015 fall semester.
         (b)  For the purpose of administering Section 61.833,
  Education Code, as amended by this Act, in regard to a student who
  transferred to a general academic teaching institution before the
  institution could obtain a signed consent form from the student
  under Section 51.9715(a)(1), Education Code, as added by this Act,
  the institution shall request authorization from the student for
  the institution's release of the student's academic information
  under Section 61.833(c), Education Code, as amended by this Act, in
  the manner prescribed by that subsection as it existed immediately
  before the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 4.  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, 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1714 passed the Senate on
  April 20, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1714 passed the House on
  May 22, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor