Texas Education Code
Chapter 61
Subchapter G


§ 61.301. Purpose

     It is the policy and purpose of the State of Texas to prevent deception of the public resulting from the
conferring and use of fraudulent or substandard college and university degrees; it is also the purpose of
this subchapter to regulate the use of academic terminology in naming or otherwise designating
educational institutions, the advertising, solicitation or representation by educational institutions or their
agents, and the maintenance and preservation of essential academic records. Because degrees and
equivalent indicators of educational attainment are used by employers in judging the training of
prospective employees, by public and private professional groups in determining qualifications for
admission to and continuance of practice, and by the general public in assessing the competence of persons
engaged in a wide range of activities necessary to the general welfare, regulation by law of the evidences of
college and university educational attainment is in the public interest. To the same end the protection of
legitimate institutions and of those holding degrees from them is also in the public interest.

Added by Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1867, ch. 587, § 1, eff. June 19, 1975.

§ 61.304. Requisite Authority to Grant Degrees and Offer Courses

     A person may not grant or award a degree on behalf of a private postsecondary educational institution
unless the institution has been issued a certificate of authority to grant the degree by the board in
accordance with the provisions of this subchapter. A person may not represent that credits earned or
granted by that person or institution are applicable for credit toward a degree to be granted by some other
person or institution except under conditions and in a manner specified and approved by the board. The
board is empowered to specify and regulate the manner, condition, and language used by an institution or
person or agents thereof in making known that the person or institution holds a certificate of authority and
the interpretation of the significance of such certificate.

Added by Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1867, ch. 587, § 1, eff. June 19, 1975. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch.
76, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 516, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.