April 12, 2013
Academic Affairs
CO: Community college baccalaureate bill fails in committee
The Colorado House Education Committee failed to pass a bill Monday that would have allowed the state's community colleges to offer four-year college degrees in seven high-need fields. The bill had previously passed the Colorado Senate. 
The Associated Press (Date posted: April 8, 2013)
Budget & Finance
LA: Senate to consider performance funding legislation
The Louisiana Senate Education Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would create a 15-member task force to establish a performance-based funding framework for the state’s public colleges and universities. The task force recommendations would then have to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Performance would be based on student retention, timely progression toward degree completion, certificate and degree production, alignment with projected workforce needs and potential earning power of graduates. The bill will now go to the floor of the Louisiana Senate. 
The Times-Picayune (Date posted: April 10, 2013)
MO: Committee approves performance funding legislation
The Missouri Senate Education Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would allocate 10 percent of total funds for public colleges and universities on performance benchmarks. The formula would base higher education funding into six main categories within each institution, including academic support, institutional support, instruction, public service, research and student services.  The bill also includes a provision ensuring institutions are awarded no less than 98 percent of the previous year's funding. The bill will now go to the floor of the Missouri Senate. 
Missouri Digital News (Date posted: April 11, 2013)
WV: Performance-based funding bill unlikely to pass 
A bill to create a performance-based funding framework for West Virginia’s public colleges and universities has not been placed on the House Finance Committee’s agenda, making it unlikely to pass in the current legislative session. A House committee leader expressed concern over the institutional benchmarking system while other stakeholders had questions about the funding model.
The Herald-Dispatch (Date posted: April 10, 2013)
AR: Immigrant tuition bill fails in committee
This week the Arkansas Senate Education Committee did not pass a bill that would have allowed the state’s public colleges and universities to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. The proposal would have permitted institutions to set their own criteria and implementation would have been left to the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board. The bill was supported by the state's Chamber of Commerce and some university presidents. 
The Associated Press (Date posted: April 10, 2013)

Student Services
AZ: Gov. Brewer signs student fee bill
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill last week that will prevent the Arizona Student Association (ASA) from receiving student fees through the university billing process. The bill was sparked by one lawmaker's objection to the ASA using student fees to contribute to the Yes on Proposition 204 campaign, a group that advocated for extending the 1-cent-per-dollar sales tax increase designed to fund education programs. Proposition 204 failed at the ballot box and the sales tax is set to expire on May 31.
The Arizona Republic (Date posted: April 8, 2013)

CO: Regents approve higher tuition rates at University of Colorado campuses
This week the University of Colorado Board of Regents approved an 8.7 percent tuition increase for students attending the Boulder campus, along with a 6 percent increase for students attending the Denver and Colorado Springs campuses. The board also approved a 3.1 percent salary increase for the university’s faculty and staff.  
The Denver Post (Date posted: April 9, 2013)
National Report
Advancing Access through Regulatory Reform: Findings, Principles, and Recommendations for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) (Report) (Related story)
Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education
This report outlines five recommendations to reform state authorization of distance learning programs. The five recommendations include an interstate reciprocity system with a proposed definition of "physical presence," using regional compacts to manage the reciprocity agreements, ensuring institutional quality through accreditation, safeguarding students through active state consumer protection and providing a framework to ensure financially-responsible institutions.    


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