(a) In this section:
(1) “Coordinating board” means the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
(2) “Institution of higher education” has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003 .
(b) Each institution of higher education shall develop at least one recommended course sequence for each undergraduate certificate or degree program offered by the institution. Each recommended course sequence must:
(1) identify all required lower-division courses for the applicable certificate or degree program;
(2) include for each course, if applicable:
(A) the course number or course equivalent under the common course numbering system approved by the coordinating board under Section 61.832 ; and
(B) the course equivalent in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual or its successor adopted by the coordinating board;
(3) be designed to enable a full-time student to obtain a certificate or degree, as applicable, within:
(A) for a 60-hour degree or certificate program, two years; or
(B) for a 120-hour degree program, four years; and
(4) include a specific sequence in which courses should be completed to ensure completion of the applicable program within the time frame described by Subdivision (3).
(c) Each institution of higher education shall:
(1) include the recommended course sequences developed under this section in the institution's course catalog and on the institution's Internet website; and
(2) submit the recommended course sequences developed under this section to the coordinating board as provided by coordinating board rule.
(d) The coordinating board, in consultation with institutions of higher education, shall adopt rules as necessary for the administration of this section. In adopting those rules, the coordinating board shall use the negotiated rulemaking procedures under Chapter 2008, Government Code.
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