|S.F. No. 2942 - Omnibus Higher Education Policy Bill (Minnesota Laws 2008, Chapter 298)|
|Authors:||Senator Sandra Pappas
Representative Tom Rukavina
|Prepared by:||Maja Weidmann, Senate Research (651/296-4855)|
|Date:||May 16, 2008|
This bill amends statutory language that addresses: data practices, the regulation of private
colleges and universities, the appointment of trustees to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and student financial aid programs and other programs administered by the Office of Higher Education. The bill also establishes a working group to develop recommendations and proposed legislation for the education and regulation of oral health practitioners.
Section 1 authorizes the disclosure of information authorized under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): (1) information provided under the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration program, (2) the results of any disciplinary action following a crime of violence or nonforcible sex offense, and (3) disclosure to parents, if a student has signed a waiver to release the information, of alcohol and drug violations by students under the age of 21.
Section 2 authorizes the Office of Higher Education and the Department of Education to share data to analyze instruction in school districts, and delineates the data that can be shared.
Section 3 makes spouses and dependents, of veterans who are Minnesota residents, eligible for the state grant program.
Section 4 makes permanent the use of a surplus in the state grant program in the second year of the biennium for LME increases.
Section 5, subdivision 1, adds language clarifying eligibility requirements for undergraduate and graduate students applying for an Indian Scholarship.
Subdivision 2 deletes language that is now included in subdivision 3.
Subdivision 3 defines the cost of attendance for the purpose of receiving a scholarship.
Subdivision 4 specifies the formula used to calculate the scholarship amount, the maximum and minimum award amounts a recipient may receive each academic year, and the maximum number of years a student may receive an award.
Section 6 amends Achieve Scholarship Language adopted last session; there are no changes to subdivisions 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, and 14 of this section.
Subdivision 1 provides for the awarding of the Achieve Scholarship within the limits of the appropriation.
Subdivision 3 requires the submission of additional documentation, as needed, to verify the student has completed the coursework necessary to receive the scholarship.
Subdivision 4 clarifies existing language, and adds the requirement that a student must be enrolled for at least three credits to be eligible to receive the scholarship.
Subdivision 7 makes the application deadline for the scholarship the same as for the state grant program.
Subdivision 8 makes technical changes.
Subdivision 9 clarifies the maximum scholarship amount a student may receive, $1,200, and the period of time for which the scholarship is available.
Subdivision 13 clarifies existing language regarding the disbursement of scholarship money to postsecondary institutions.
Section 7 authorizes the use of five percent of the TEACH grant for administrative expenses.
Sections 8, 9, 11 and 13, eliminate, from the list of names that OHE must approve, the names "academy" and "institute", and provides for the use of these terms in the name of postsecondary institutions.
Section 10 adds, to the requirements schools offering degree programs must meet to operate in Minnesota, the requirements schools offering nondegree programs must meet to offer programs in the state.
Section 12 provides for the granting of conditional approval of degrees and names for new schools.
Sections 14 and 23 clarify the prohibition against misrepresenting the activities of the schools subject to regulation by the Office.
Section 15 makes technical changes and clarifies existing language.
Section 16 requires student members on the MnSCU board to be enrolled at least half-time, and provides for the appointment, to the board, of one labor representative.
Section 17 amends the activities of the MnSCU Board of Trustees Candidate Advisory Council consistent with the appointment of a labor representative to the board.
Section 18 directs the Minnesota AFL-CIO to recruit and screen qualified labor candidates to be recommended to the governor for appointment to the board. Delineates additional activities to be completed by the organization, and states that the governor is not bound by the recommendations.
Section 19 directs the MnSCU Board of Trustees to report to the chairs of the house of representatives and senate committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education policy on various issues pertaining to the length of baccalaureate and associate of arts degree programs.
Section 20 authorizes the MnSCU colleges to engage in various activities financed with revenue bonds.
Section 21 specifies that a school required to obtain a license due to its use of the word "academy", "institute", "college", or "university" in its name, and which is also licensed by another state or board, must provide a $10,000 bond.
Section 22 clarifies the licensure provisions institutions regulated by another agency or board must adhere to to meet the requirements of chapter 141.
Section 24 clarifies the schools that are exempt from regulation under chapter 141.
Section 25 clarifies the teaching requirement for health professional loan forgiveness program participants.
Section 26 , subdivisions 1 to 5, authorize oral health practitioners meeting assorted qualifications and conditions to practice after January 1, 2011, if a nationally accredited oral health practitioner program, meeting assorted criteria, is established.
Section 27 adds the Indian Scholarship Program to the programs, administered by the Office of Higher Education, to which and from which the office can transfer unencumbered balances.
Section 28 modifies the disbursement of the University of Minnesota's appropriation for meeting specified performance goals.
Section 29, subdivisions 1 to 5, establish an oral practitioner work group to develop recommendations and propose legislation for the education and regulation of oral health practitioners. Specifies the membership of the work group, provides guidelines the group must follow in developing its recommendations, and provides for coverage of expenses arising from the group's activities.
Section 30 directs the Office of Higher Education to examine the attendance patterns of low-income students as part of their legislatively-mandated report reviewing the state grant program.
Section 31 provides for the appointment of MnSCU board members consistent with changes made to the selection process.