March 15, 2013
CA: Bill calls for online course development
A California state legislative leader drafted a bill this week calling for the development of 50 online courses as potential substitutes for the most oversubscribed core courses in California's three public college and university systems. Provisions in the legislation allow the courses to come from commercial providers or out-of-state colleges if a faculty panel approves the course's quality. The bill does not specify tuition prices for these courses, but the bill's sponsor believes they will be comparable to existing course prices. The bill does not provide separate funding for administration or outline how many courses can be taken for credit.
Los Angeles Times (Date posted: March 14, 2013)
CO: Campus gun ban legislation pulled from consideration
Last week the lead sponsor of a bill to ban concealed weapons on Colorado's public college campuses pulled the measure from legislative consideration. The bill had passed the state’s House of Representatives but failed to garner adequate support in the state Senate. Colorado is one of a handful of states that allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons on campus.
The Denver Post (Date posted: March 8, 2013)
GA: Campus gun bill advances
Last week the Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow individuals with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on college campuses. The measure is opposed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The bill is currently being considered in the Georgia Senate.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Date posted: March 12, 2013)
WA: House approves college aid for undocumented students
The Washington House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would allow the state’s undocumented college students to be eligible for state college financial aid. Proponents estimate 550 students in Washington cannot provide proof of legal residency, a number expected to increase 20 to 30 percent if the financial aid measure passes. The bill, which is projected to cost between $3.3 million and $3.5 million over two years, will now to proceed to the Washington Senate.
The Associated Press (Date posted: March 13, 2013)
Student Aid, Access & Affordability
SD: Needs-based scholarship bill signed into law
This week South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed legislation creating a needs-based state scholarship program providing a total of $200,000 to low-income students in its first year and a $1.5 million funding foundation for future years. Universities, technical schools and trade schools must provide $3 in scholarship money for every $1 awarded under this program. According to a legislative leader, South Dakota was the last state without a state scholarship based on financial need.
Channel 9 News (Date posted: March 12, 2013)
Student Success & Services
UT: Legislature adopts '66 by 2020’ attainment goal
The Utah Legislature endorsed a resolution Tuesday aiming to have 66 percent of Utah's adult workforce with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2020. Currently, 43 percent of adults in Utah hold a postsecondary degree or certificate. The plan has already been endorsed by Gov. Gary Herbert (R), the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, public and higher education officials and members of Prosperity 2020—a public-private education advocacy group. The resolution also includes a goal to have 90 percent of students score proficiently in reading by the end of the third grade.
Deseret News (Date posted: March 12, 2013)
MT: Regents approve tuition freeze, performance funding if lawmakers increase funding
The Montana Board of Regents agreed to freeze tuition and develop a performance-based funding system last week in exchange for money to cover inflation and employee pay raises for the next two years. The performance-based funding system would divide up 5 percent of state higher education funding. The deal was negotiated with Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and state legislative leaders.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Date posted: March 8, 2013)
Colorado: Higher Education Pays: The Initial Earnings of Graduates From Colorado’s Colleges and Universities Working in Colorado (Press Release) (Report) (College Measures Website-Colorado) (Related story)
Colorado Department of Higher Education/College Measures
This report and website makes public the median first-year earnings of recent graduates from two-year and four-year institutions in Colorado who are working in Colorado one year after obtaining their degrees or certificates. The report found the median earnings of a bachelor's degree recipient to be $39,000 statewide.
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