Several states, including Texas, have implemented an “excess semester credit hours (ESCH)” policy. State ESCH policies assess a fee to students at public institutions when they exceed a set number of lifetime cumulative credit hours (e.g., students with more than the 120 credit hours needed for a bachelor’s degree). Little is known about the administrative burden the implementation of and communication about state ESCH policies places on students. Therefore, I conducted a document analysis of the websites of all Texas public institutions. I analyzed 120 documents that were collected from November 2019 to April 2020. While some institutions created systems to help reduce burden, the preliminary results suggest several institutional patterns of requiring students to shoulder the majority of the burden for complying with the policy. This included institutions creating significant learning and compliance costs for students.
education, Texas Policy, credit hours, ESCH
American Politics | Education Policy | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center
Baker, Dominique J., "How Much is Too Much?: Administrative Burden and Texas State Policy" (2020). Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center Research. 15.
Nov 9 2020 (withdrawn)