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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Success--Completion


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
LAPassed 06/2014Postsec.Requesting Plans for Three-Year Baccalaureate Degrees
H.C.R. 96
Requests public postsecondary education institutions offering baccalaureate degrees to develop and promote plans for completion of such degrees in three years. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=910143&n=HCR96%20Enrolled...

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KYSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program
H.B. 2
Establishes the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program to include the Kentucky Coal County College Completion (KCCCC) Scholarship and the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Student Services Grant. Directs the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance ...

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MEBecame law without governor's signature 04/2014Postsec.Commission on College Affordability and Completion
L.D. 1849
Establishes the Commission To Study College Affordability and College Completion to examine and make recommendations on the development of strategies to keep the cost of public postsecondary education affordable and to increase the graduation rates.The commiss...

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MESigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Commission on College Affordability
L.D. 1849
Establishes the Commission To Study College Affordability and College Completion. Directs commission to examine and make recommendations on the development of strategies to keep the cost of public postsecondary education in the State affordable and to increase...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12
Postsec.
Statewide Educational Attainment Goals
H.B. 2626
Acknowledges the recommendations in the higher education ten-year roadmap, and states that the legislature is encouraged by the student achievement council's efforts to meet two goals: (1) All adults in Washington ages 25 to 44 will have a high school diploma ...

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INSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Part-Time Students
S.B. 330
Requires the commission for higher education (commission) to award part-time student grants totaling at least 50% of the available appropriation each fiscal year to students who are identified as financially independent from their parents and who are pursuing ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12
Postsec.
Education Task Force Reauthorization
S.B. 150
This bill reauthorizes the Education Task Force. Establishes membership. Directs the task force to review and make recommendations on K-12 and higher education issues, including:
- Roles and responsibilities of the legislature and other governing entities in ...

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CASigned into law 09/2013Postsec.Online Cross-Enrollment at the California State University
A.B. 386
From bill summary: Expresses legislative intent that, by the beginning of the 2015–16 academic year, students enrolled at a California State University (CSU) campus be provided an opportunity to enroll in online courses available at other CSU campuses. Authori...

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ORSigned into law 09/2013Postsec.Office of Student Access and Completion
H.B. 3120 (Section 3)
Establishes the Office of Student Access and Completion operating under the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Abolishes any antecedents and transfers statutory powers to adjudicate disputes to this office.
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measu...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Data on Impacts of--and Assistance with--Timely Completion
S.B. 1531
Requires a general academic teaching institution other than a public state college to provide each first-time entering undergraduate student, including a transfer student a comparison of the average total amounts of tuition and fees paid by a full-time student...

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INSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Student Degree Maps
H.B. 1348
Provides that, not later than August 1, 2013, the commission for higher education (commission) shall develop guidelines to provide a state educational institution guidance for establishing degree maps for each full-time student attending the state educational ...

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INSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Reporting on Middle Skills Credentials
H.B. 1314
Requires the department, in consultation with the commission for higher education, the department of education, the office of the secretary of family and social services, and any other agency the department determines to be necessary, to include information in...

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MDSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Postsecondary - Outreach to Re-Enroll Near Completers
S.B. 740
Directs the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to create a statewide communication campaign to identify near completers (some postsecondary credits) in the State and encourage them to re-enroll in an institution of higher education to earn a degree. S...

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MDSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Postsecondary - Graduation Required Course of Study
S.B. 740
Requires each undergraduate student enrolled in a public four-year higher education institution to file a degree plan (course of study required for graduation) not later than by the completion of 45 credit hours of course work. Requires transfer students to a ...

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MESigned into law 05/2013Postsec.First-Generation College Student Success
H.P. 294
Requires by January 15, 2014, and annually thereafter, the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System, the Board of Trustees of the Maine Community College System and the Board of Trustees of the Maine Maritime Academy to each submit to the joint stan...

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MNSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Creating the Greater Minnesota Internship Program
H.F. 677
Requires the Office of Higher Education to establish an internship program through employer tax credits. Directs postsecondary institutions to enter into 12-week agreements with eligible employers, which delineate the students' scope and rigor of work so that ...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.
Community College
Labor Education Alignment Program
H.B. 1276
Creates a statewide, comprehensive labor education alignment program, in which technology center and community college students participate in employment training and attain industry-recognized postsecondary credentials. Provides that the Tennessee Higher Educ...

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WVSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Veteran Advocates
H.B. 2490
Directs postsecondary institutions to establish and implement measures to improve veteran access, retention, and degree completion. Stipulates specific measures, including awarding prior learning, providing financial and psychological counseling, and veteran-f...

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KSSigned into law 04/2013Postsec.Credit for Military Training
H.B. 2078
Authorizes certain licensing boards to accept education, training or experience completed in the military towards licensure.
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2078_enrolled.pdf...

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MTAdopted 04/2013Postsec.Request MUS to study college completion
S.J.R. 13
Requests the Montana University System to study and adopt goals and performance measures directed at increasing college completion.
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/SJ0013.pdf...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Postsec.Regaining Institutional Eligibility for Cal Grant Awards
S.B. 1028 - Regaining Institutional Eligibility for Cal Grant Awards
From bill summary: Requires that an otherwise qualifying institution that becomes ineligible for initial and renewal Cal Grant awards due either to (1) a 3-year cohort default rate at or above 15.5% or (2) a graduation
rate of 30% or less for students taking 1...

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CASigned into law 06/2012Postsec.Cal Grant Institutional Eligibility + Cohort Default Rates and On-Time Completion Rates
S.B. 1016 - Cal Grant Institutional Eligibility + Cohort Default Rates and On-Time Completion Rates
From section 46 of bill summary: Existing provisions provide that, effective with the 2012-13 academic year, for students at the institution to be eligible for initial and renewal Cal Grant awards, the institution's 3-year cohort default rate must be below 30%...

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COSigned into law 06/2012Postsec.Improvements In College Completion
H.B. 1155
Allows the Colorado commission on higher education to take into account the rigor of a student's high school courses in establishing academic admission standards for state institutions of higher education. Directs the commission to ensure the remedial educatio...

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LASigned into law 06/2012Postsec.Number of Hours Required for a Baccalaureate Degree
S.B. 103
Limits the maximum number of semester hours required to earn a baccalaureate degree to 120 (previous provision left this number to the discretion of the board of regents); continues provision that exceptions may be granted with board of regents' approval. Adds...

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OKSigned into law 05/2012Postsec.occupations; creating post-military service occupation, education and credentialing act. effective date.
S.B. 1863
Creates the Post-Military Service Occupation, Education and Credentialing Act. Authorizes the public and private institutions of higher education and the career and technology centers to utilize the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Arm...

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COSigned into law 04/2012P-12
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The Skills For Jobs Act
H.B. 1061
To the extent possible, requires state agencies to produce an annual report regarding state workforce need projections and college credential production. The report also should indicated anticipated credentials that high school vocational programs, apprentices...

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COSigned into law 04/2012Postsec.Higher Ed Associate Degree Transfer Students
S.B. 45
The bill requires a 4-year state institution of higher education to notify a 2-year institution when a student who transferred from the 2-year institution accumulates 60 credits. The 2-year institution shall conduct a degree audit to determine whether the stud...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12
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Degree Completion Pilot Program
H.B. 5201 - Degree Completion Pilot Program
From final bill analysis: Establishes a Degree Completion Pilot Program to recruit, recover, and retain adult learners and assist them in completing degrees aligned to high-wage, high-skill, and workforce needs. Bill text (pages 33-36 of 72): http://myfloridah...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012Postsec.College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses
H.B. 347
Requires the board of governors and the state board of education to adopt regulations & rules, respectively, that enable U.S. Armed Forces servicemembers to earn college credit at public postsecondary institutions for college-level training and education acqui...

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HISigned into law 04/2012Postsec.College-Credit Equivalency Program
H.B. 2639
Amends the University of Hawaii college-credit equivalency program to provide for the awarding of credit for service in the U.S. armed forces. Requires the program to develop a learning assessment or other criteria to determine college-level learning gained du...

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COSigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Higher Ed Prior Learning Assessments
H.B. 1072
Requires the commission on higher education and postsecondary institutions to develop criteria for awarding credit for students' prior learning though work experience, military service, community involvement or independent study and to define a process to asse...

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INSigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Credit for Military Education and Training.
H.B. 1116
Requires a state educational institution to adopt a policy to award educational credit to an individual who is enrolled in a state educational institution and successfully completes courses that: (1) are part of the individual's military service; (2) meet the ...

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NYSigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Postsecondary Success Study
A.B. 9057 - Postsecondary Success Study
Part N: Directs the state university board of trustees and the city university board of trustees to jointly conduct a study on postsecondary remediation, which must consider a variety of factors, including strategies and programs proven effective in addressing...

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ORSigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Higher Education Coordinating Commission
S.B. 1538
Expands duties of Higher Education Coordinating Commission to include the development and recommendation of policies to ensure or improve access to higher education
by underserved populations, recommend and encourage student success and completion initiatives,...

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VASigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Higher Education; Course Credit for Military Experience
H.B. 195
Requires the governing boards of each public institution of higher education, in accordance with guidelines developed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, to implement policies that award academic credit to students for educational experience...

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WAPartial Veto 03/2012Postsec.Creating the Office of Student Achievement Council
H.B. 2483
Creates the Student Achievement Council to provide the focus and propose the goals and strategies for increasing educational attainment including improving student transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and training and between and among postsec...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011Postsec.Admission, Retention and Graduation of 1st-Generation College-Goers
S.B. 122
Directs the board of higher education to include in a specified annual report to the governor and general assembly information on each public institution's admission, retention and graduation statistics of all students who are the first in their immediate fami...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011Postsec.Planning Commission for Higher Education
S.B. 858 - Postsecondary Provisions
Existing law creates the Blue Ribbon Commission to develop and implement a strategic master plan for higher education in the state. Renames the commission the Planning Commission for Higher Education. Repeals the existing parameters for the master plan to be d...

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FLSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Higher Education Coordinating Council/Articulation Coordinating Committee/Various Postsecondary Provisions
H.B. 7151
Establishes the Higher Education Coordinating Council and directs the council to make recommendations on: (1) The primary core mission of public and nonpublic postsecondary education institutions in the context of state access demands and economic development ...

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LASigned into law 06/2011Postsec.College Credits for Military Personnel
H.B. 500
Awards educational credits to a student enrolled in a public college or university, who is also a veteran, for courses that are part of the student's military training or service and that meet certain academic standards. Provides definitions and implementation...

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LASigned into law 06/2011Postsec.LA Graduation Act Performance Audits
H.B. 560
Requires audits of information submitted by such Board of Regents institutions as indication of achievement of performance objectives under the LA GRAD Act; addressesto provide the timing and costs of such audits.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdo...

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MESigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Required Reporting of Retention and Graduation Rates for Colleges and Universities
S.P. 156
Requires all postsecondary institutions, including institutions offering accredited postsecondary educational and degree programs on the Internet, to report annually to the Department of Education the retention rates of the students for each degree program and...

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MISigned into law 06/2011Postsec.
Community College
Collaboration Between Community Colleges and Universities/ Transfer Credits
H.B. 4325 - Postsecondary Provisions
From Legislative Staff Summary: Encourages community colleges to explore ways of increasing collaboration and cooperation with universities. Provides that it is the intent of the Legislature that universities work with community colleges to implement transfer...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Establishes the ''No Adult Left Behind" Initiative
S.B. 166
Requires the Commission on Workforce Development, acting as the lead agency, with the cooperation of other participating agencies, including but not limited to, the North Carolina Community College System, The University of North Carolina, and the North Caroli...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Study of Funding Higher Education
S.B. 374
This bill creates the Committee to Study the Funding of Higher Education. Establishes the composition of the committee. Directs the committee to study specified issues, including: (1) Compare the method of funding higher education in Nevada with the methods us...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Three-Year Baccalaureate
H.B. 153 - Three-Year Baccalaureate
Directs the chancellor of the board of regents to require all state institutions of higher education that offer baccalaureate degrees to submit a statement describing how each major for which the school offers a baccalaureate degree may be completed within thr...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Increasing Postsecondary Completion Rates
H.B. 2910 - Increasing Postsecondary Completion Rates
Permits the coordinating board of higher education, in partnership with institutions of higher education, to enter into an agreement with nonprofit organizations to help the board identify and implement strategies to increase degree completion rates, including...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Degree Plan
H.B. 3025 - Degree Plan
Defines "degree plan" as a statement of the course requirements that an undergraduate must complete to be awarded an associate or bachelor's degree from the institution. Requires each student in an associate or bachelor's degree program at an institute of high...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.
Community College
Credit Transfer for Associate Degree
H.B. 3025 - Credit Transfer for Associate Degree
Provides that this provision relates to a student enrolled in a general academic teaching institution (as defined in 61.003(3) http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.61.htm) who has transferred from or previously attended a lower-division institu...

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COSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Higher Education Master Plan
S.B. 52
Directs the commission on higher education to design a master plan that achieves the following goals: increasing the overall number of degrees and certificates awarded in a year by 30% in a decade to provide support for economic development; renegotiating perf...

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MDSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Regulation of Public, Private Nonprofit, and For-Profit Institutions of Higher Education
S.B. 695
From Department of Legislative Services Fiscal and Policy Note: Distinguishes between public, private nonprofit, and for-profit institutions of higher education. Clarifies the scope of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act to include the unfair or deceptive off...

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TXAdopted 05/2011Postsec.Approval of New Academic Programs and Administrative Changes at Public Universities, Health-Related Institutions, and Review of Existing Degree Programs
19 TAC 5.43, 44, 52
Defines terms, including "doctoral graduation rate", "graduate placement" and "master's graduation rate". Provides that if the minimum number of credit hours required to complete a bachelor degree program exceeds 120, the institution must provide a compelling ...

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WVSigned into law 05/2011P-12
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Duties of Higher Ed Policy Commission/Tuition Increases/Graduation Rates
S.B. 330
Clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). Sets deadlines in coming years for working toward fulfilling pay levels included in a state-determined salary schedule. Provides that a tutition and fee increase greate...

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WASigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Accelerated Degree Programs
S.B. 5442
Relating to an accelerated baccalaureate degree program. State universities, regional universities and the Evergreen State College may develop accelerated baccalaureate degree programs that will allow academically qualified students to obtain a baccalaureate d...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Common Course Numbering
H.B. 1772
Strengthens the transfer of courses between institutions of higher education. Expands the Roger Phillips transfer policy. Clarifies which courses are prerequisite courses. Establishes a statewide common course numbering system for postsecondary. Creates a "sta...

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CASigned into law 09/2010Community College
Postsec.
Improving Student Success in Community Colleges
S.B. 1143
Directs the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to adopt a plan for promoting and improving student success within the California Community Colleges. Directs the board of governors to establish a taskforce to examine best practices in the c...

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RISigned into law 06/2010P-12
Postsec.
Bachelors Degree in Three Timeline
H.B. 7342, S.B. 2124
Moves from February 2010 to February 2011 date by which the board of governors for higher education must present to the general assembly an initial report, recommendations and timeline on the "Bachelors Degree in Three" program. Delays start of pilot "Bachelor...

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TNSigned into law 05/2010Postsec.Accomodating Non-Traditional Students
H.J.R. 959
A resolution to require the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and the University of Tennessee (UT) to accommodate non-traditional students seeking to complete degrees by accepting completed coursework and credits to the extent authorized by the institution's ac...

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VTSigned into law 05/2010P-12
Postsec.
P-16 Council
H.B. 709
Creates a prekindergarten–16 council (the "council") to help coordinate and better align the efforts of the prekindergarten–12 educational system with the higher education community. Establishes goals and sets membership of the Council. Together with the secre...

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NMSigned into law 03/2010P-12
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Community College
Hispanic Education Act
H.B. 150; S.B. 132
Enacts the Hispanic Education Act; creates the Hispanic Education Office of the Public Education Department; provides for powers and duties; creates an advisory council. Provides for the study, development and implementation of educational systems that affect ...

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VAIssued 03/2010Postsec.Establishing the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment
E.O. 9
Establishes the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. Directs the commission to consider the current state of public and private higher education in the state, and best practices in other states and countries. Directs the...

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WASigned into law 03/2010Postsec.
Community College
Awarding Credit for Prior Training and Experience
S.B. 6357
Requires the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges to develop policies for awarding academic credit for learning from work and military experience, military law enforcement training, career college training, internships and externships, and apprentic...

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TNSigned into law 01/2010Postsec.
Community College
Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010
S.B. 7006, H.B. 7008
Enacts the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010. Revises previously established provisions to require the Tennessee higher education commission (THEC) to construct a statewide master plan that directs higher education to be accountable for increasing the edu...

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RISigned into law 11/2009Postsec.Bachelors Degree in Three
S.B. 1052
Authorizes the Bachelors Degree in Three program, a new educational initiative designed to expedite the process so that students can earn a bachelors degree at a state college or university within three years. http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/billtext09/senatetext...

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RISigned into law 11/2009Postsec.
Community College
Bachelors Degree in Three
H.B. 5286
Authorizes the Bachelors Degree in Three program, a new educational initiative designed to expedite the process so that students can earn a bachelor's degree at a state college or university within 3 years; requires the establishment of a credit transfer polic...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009Postsec.Collaborative Baccalaureate Degree Development Grant Program
S.B. 1883
Requires the board of higher education to implement the Collaborative Baccalaureate Degree Development Grant Program to help deliver upper-division courses and bachelor's degree programs offered by colleges and universities at a location geographically conveni...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009Postsec.Study on Identifying At-Risk College Students
H.B. 1 - Section 371.20.95(A)
Section 371.20.95 (A): In FY 2010, directs the chancellor of the board of regents, in consultation with representatives of state colleges and universities, to conduct a study to identify the socioeconomic, demographic, academic, personal and other factors that...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
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Programs to Improve High School and College Completion
S.B. 2258
Amends various provisions in Section 29.098 related to intensive summer programs for public school students and to college readiness programs at public institutions of higher education. Adds provisions in 61.0762 that allow the higher education coordinating bo...

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FLSigned into law 05/2009Postsec.Postsecondary Tuition Residence Requirements/Encourage University Completion/State May Support Private Colleges and Universities
S.B. 1696
Provides that in order to qualify as a resident for community college and state university tuition purposes, a person/parent or guardian must have maintained legal residence in the state for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to his or her initia...

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ILAdopted 01/2009Postsec.Program Approval
23 IAC 1030.10, 1030.20, 1030.30, 1030.60, 1030.70, 1030.80,1030.ILLUSTRATION A
Provides exemptions from program approval requirements. Requires any institution offering online instruction where the core academic support services, including admission, evaluation, assessment, registration, financial aid, academic scheduling, and faculty hi...

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LASigned into law 07/2008Postsec.
Community College
Grants for Grads Program
H.B. 1156
Establishes the Grants for Grads Program and the Grants for Grads Fund for assistance to college graduates in the purchase of their first home. Provides that eligible graduates must be Louisiana residents who have received an associate, baccalaureate, master's...

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CTSigned into law 06/2007Postsec.
Community College
Plans To Increase College Graduation Rates
S.B. 1216
Concerns graduation rates at institutions of higher education; develops a plan to increase graduation rates at state institutions of higher education.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/ACT/sa/pdf/2007SA-00009-R00SB-01216-SA.pdf...

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COSigned into law 05/2006Postsec.Support for Underserved Students in Higher Education
H.B. 1024
Concerns underserved students at institutions of higher education; requires each institution of higher education performance contract to include an addendum requiring the institution to demonstrate its commitment to the retention and success of underserved stu...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005Postsec.Retention And Graduation Rates
S.B. 288
An act to improve retention and graduation rates at public colleges and universities....

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ARSigned into law 03/2005Postsec.University Course Work and Degree Completion
H.B. 2459
Requires any university staff member assigned to provide course selection advice to incoming freshman students to provide any student who has declared a major with a written, eight semester course of study providing a recommended sequence for all course requir...

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WASigned into law 04/2003Postsec.Efficient Use of Resources
S.B. 5135
Requiring policies regarding the efficient use of instructional resources. Adds provisions relating to increased tuition fees for excess credits taken at institutions of higher education. Requires each four-year institution of higher education and the state bo...

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KYSigned into law 04/2000P-12
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Committee to Study the Adequate Preparation of Students
H.C.R. 88
Directs the Education, Assessment, and Accountability Review Subcommittee to study the issues of adequate preparation of students for promotion to higher grades, the establishment of appropriate educational criteria for entrance into higher grades, and remedia...

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