Educ. Code Section 61.0572
Construction Funds and Development of Physical Plants
(a)To assure efficient use of construction funds and the orderly development of physical plants to accommodate projected college student enrollments, the board shall carry out the duties prescribed by this section and Section 61.058 (New Construction and Repair and Rehabilitation Projects) of this code.
(b)The board shall:
(1)determine formulas for space utilization in all educational and general buildings and facilities at institutions of higher education;
(2)devise and promulgate methods to assure maximum daily and year-round use of educational and general buildings and facilities, including but not limited to maximum scheduling of day and night classes and maximum summer school enrollment;
(3)consider plans for selective standards of admission when institutions of higher education approach capacity enrollment;
(4)require, and assist the public technical institutes, public senior colleges and universities, medical and dental units, and other agencies of higher education in developing long-range campus master plans for campus development;
(5)by rule adopt standards to guide the board’s review of new construction and the repair and rehabilitation of all buildings and facilities regardless of proposed use; and
(6)ascertain that the board’s standards and specifications for new construction, repair, and rehabilitation of all buildings and facilities are in accordance with Chapter 469 (Elimination of Architectural Barriers), Government Code.
(c)The board in consultation with institutions of higher education shall develop space standards for new construction or other capital improvement projects at public senior colleges and universities and medical and dental units that address the differences in space requirements in teaching, research, and public service activities for those institutions. The standards developed under this subsection shall not be used to determine space needs for those projects related to clinical care facilities.
(d)The board may review purchases of improved real property added to an institution’s educational and general buildings and facilities inventory to determine whether the property meets the standards adopted by the board for cost, efficiency, space need, and space use, but the purchase of the improved real property is not contingent on board review. Standards must be adopted by the board using the negotiated rulemaking procedures under Chapter 2008 (Negotiated Rulemaking), Government Code. If the property does not meet those standards, the board shall notify the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the governing board of the applicable institution, and the Legislative Budget Board. This subsection does not impair the board’s authority to collect data relating to the improved real property that is added each year to the educational and general buildings and facilities inventory of institutions of higher education.
Section 61.0572 — Construction Funds and Development of Physical Plants,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.61.htm#61.0572 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).