The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board made the decision that the board was best qualified to define the criteria for theological degrees, credentials for the professors and the school board. For those institutions that would not comply, the board was ready to punish those institutions with heavy fines. The case was brought before the Texas Supreme Court. After the decision, which favored the seminaries, Justice Hecht commented that the position taken by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board "impermissibly intrudes upon religious freedom protected by the United States and Texas Constitutions."
Texas Seminaries Win Right to Offer Bible Degrees in Landmark Religious Freedoms Case