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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Governance and Structures--Administrative/Leadership Issues


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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
ILSigned into law 07/2014Postsec.University of Illinois Student Trustees - Demonstrating Residency
H.B. 4284
Amends the University of Illinois Trustees Act. With respect to the requirement that a student trustee be an Illinois resident, prohibits the university from using residency for tuition purposes as a factor in determining that a student is or is not a resident...

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LASigned into law 06/2014Postsec.Use of Funds Appropriated to Postsecondary Education Management Boards
S.B. 177
Authorizes public postsecondary education management boards to expend or allocate funds made available by the board of regents' funding formula and budget recommendations. Authorizes each board to redirect up to 5% of the allocation specified by the formula fo...

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LAPassed 05/2014Postsec.Appointees to Postsecondary Governing Boards
H.R. 152
Urges and requests the governor to appoint individuals to postsecondary education boards who possess qualifications to ensure effective management of institutions under the boards' authority. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=905614&n=HR152%20E...

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FLSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.Public Meetings/University Direct-Support Organization
H.B. 115
Provides exemption from public meeting requirements for any portion of meeting of board of directors of university direct-support organization (DSO), or of executive committee or other committees of board, at which proposal seeking research funding from organi...

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FLSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.Open Government Sunset Review Act/Postsecondary Education Records and Applicant Records
S.B. 646
Saves the exemption from public records requirements for postsecondary education records and applicant records from repeal under the Open Government Sunset Review Act. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_s0646er.DOCX&Documen...

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FLSigned into law 05/2014P-12
Postsec.
Rule Review and Reporting Requirements
H.B. 7031 - Rule Review and Reporting Requirements
Section 2: Exempts an educational unit (i.e., a school district, a community college district, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, or a state university) from requirements to (1) review and revise its rules as often as necessary to ensure that its r...

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MOIssued 05/2014Postsec.Collaboration & Efficiency
H.R. 1016
Encourages Missouri institutions of higher education to consider a stronger collaboration with the state in an effort to divert funding from wasteful spending and redirect it to the classroom.
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/billpdf/intro/HR1016I...

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VASigned into law 04/2014P-12
Postsec.
Conflicts of Interests Council
S.B. 649/H.B. 1211
Creates the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council ("council"). Establishes powers and duties of the council, to include reviewing all disclosure forms filed by state and local government officers/employees and legislators. Transfers certain...

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ALSigned into law 04/2014Community CollegeAppointment of Interim President to a Two-Year College
H.B. 472
Authorizes the Chancellor of Postsecondary Education Department, subject to state board rules and procedures, to appoint an interim president to any two-year school or college under the state board's auspices for such terms as the chancellor determines to be i...

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TNSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Religion in Higher Ed
S.B. 2423
Prohibits the board of regents and the University of Tennessee's board of trustees from adopting policies that substantially burden students' free exercise of religion.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB2423.pdf....

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12
Postsec.
State and Local Education Entity Audits
S.B. 93
Requires each local board and charter school governing board to establish an audit committee. Directs the audit committee to establish an internal audit program to provide internal audit services for programs administered by the local education agency (LEA); p...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Higher Education Grievance Procedures
H.B. 72
Requires the state board of regents to enact regulations requiring sworn testimony during an employee grievance hearing for a non-faculty employee of an institution of higher education if the grievance hearing relates to the non-faculty employee's demotion or ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Postsecondary Governing Boards
H.B. 95
Removes the commissioner of higher education from the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees. Amends membership of each campus board of directors; replaces one or more jointly selected local school board member with additional representative(s) o...

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VASigned into law 03/2014Postsec.State Inspector General, Office of; powers and duties.
H.B. 1053
Grants the State Inspector General the discretion to refer certain complaints to the internal audit department of public institutions of higher education. Provides that the State Inspector General may provide assistance for investigations as may be requested b...

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VASigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Student-Athlete Discipline
H.B. 205
Requires the board of visitors or other governing board of each public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to establish policies for the discipline of students who participate in varsity intercollegiate athletics. Requires such policies to incl...

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VASigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Prohibits Restrictions on Student Speech
H.B. 258
Prohibits public institutions of higher education from imposing restrictions on the time, place, and manner of student speech that occurs in the outdoor areas of the institution's campus and is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution...

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SCIssued 02/2014Postsec.Condemning Anti-Semitism and Rejecting University Boycott
H.R. 4635
Condemns the America Studies Association's academic boycott against Israel and provides that the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, in cooperation with each of the public institutions of higher education and all of South Carolina's ind...

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SCSigned into law 02/2014Postsec.Postsecondary Facilities Finance
S.B. 22
Transfers authority for postsecondary facilities finance from the State Budget and Control Board to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority. ...

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CASigned into law 10/2013Community CollegeStudent Representation Fee
A.B. 1358
From bill summary: Existing law authorizes the governing body of a student body association to order an election be held to establish a student representation fee of $1 per semester, with 2/3 of students approving the fee.

New provisions authorize the electi...

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CASigned into law 09/2013Postsec.Voting Rights of CSU Student Trustees
A.B. 447
From bill summary: Authorizes a student member of the Trustees of the California State University to vote at a board meeting during the first year of his/her term if the other student member is absent from that meeting due to illness, a family emergency, or a ...

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CASigned into law 08/2013Community CollegeStudent Members of Community College District Governing Boards
A.B. 1030
From legislative counsel's digest: Provides that if the seat of a student member of a community college district governing board becomes vacant during his/her term, the governing board may authorize the officers of student body associations at each community c...

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CASigned into law 08/2013Postsec.Student Members of California State University Trustees
S.B. 325
From legislative counsel's digest: Requires the Trustees of the California State University (the governing board of the university) to include 2 student members who are at least sophomores (previously 2 student members required to be at least juniors). Waives ...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2013Postsec.Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
S.B. 1388
Clarifies the membership of the board of directors of the research corporation of the University of Hawaii, the role of the research corporation of the University of Hawaii and its board of directors, the relationship between the board of directors and the Uni...

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CAVetoed 06/2013Postsec.Approval of Private Postsecondary Institutions
A.B. 76
From bill summary: Authorizes certain private postsecondary institutions, which are otherwise exempt from the requirement in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 that they obtain approval to operate from the Bureau for Private Postseconda...

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CASigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Oversight by Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
S.B. 71 - Oversight by Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
From bill summary: Authorizes certain institutions that are otherwise exempt from the requirement that they obtain approval to operate from the bureau for private postsecondary education, to apply to the bureau for an approval to operate. Specifies the authori...

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CASigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
Golden State Financial Marketplace Program or GS $Mart Program
S.B. 71 - Golden State Financial Marketplace Program or GS $Mart Program
From bill summary: Establishes the Golden State Financial Marketplace Program or GS $Mart Program (program). Authorizes the department of general services to structure, administer, and maintain the program, the state's centralized financing program available f...

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LASigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Board Scholarship Reporting Act
S.B. 31
Directs the chief executive officer of each public postsecondary education management board to annually report to the legislature every scholarship awarded by a board member for the preceding academic year. Provides report content and submission requirements. ...

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TXVetoed 06/2013Postsec.Postsecondary Governing Boards
S.B. 15
Amends provisions related to the expectations of postsecondary governing boards, including of fairness and transparency. Amends training requirements for members of governing boards of institutions of higher education. Prohibits a member of an institution of h...

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HISigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Chief Procurement Officer for University of Hawaii, Independent Audit Committee
H.B. 114
Requires the Administrator of the State Procurement Office, rather than the University of Hawaii President, to serve as the chief procurement officer for specified contracts for construction and professional services.

Requires procurement for professional se...

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ALSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Programmatic Review Fees for Out-of-State Programs
H.B. 7
Requires the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to establish a programmatic review fee schedule for postsecondary institutions located outside of Alabama offering units or programs of instruction in the state. Provides for the collection of the fees from o...

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FLSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Board of Governors Oversight Enforcement Authority
S.B. 1720 - Board of Governors Oversight Enforcement Authority
Specifies respective areas of authority of board of governors, chancellor, and state university boards of trustees regarding management of the State University System. Authorizes chancellor to investigate allegations of noncompliance with law or board of gover...

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HISigned into law 05/2013Postsec.University of Hawaii's Regents Candidate Advisory Council
S.B. 563
Repeals existing statutory provisions regarding the Regents Candidate Advisory Council. Reconstitutes the form and processes of the candidate advisory council to increase the consideration and appointment of qualified individuals to serve as members of the boa...

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COSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Private Occupational School Requirements
H.B. 1263
From fiscal note: Subjects nonprofit private occupational schools to authorization and regulation by the Private Occupational School Board (POSB) in the Division of Private Occupational Schools
(DPOS) in the Department of Higher Education. In addition, the bil...

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HIPassed 04/2013Postsec.Preference for Local Candidates for Executive Positions at University of Hawaii
S.R. 76
Requests that the board of regents and the president of the University of Hawaii System give preference to local candidates when hiring for executive personnel positions at the University of Hawaii. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SR76_SD1_.pdf...

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NYSigned into law 04/2013Postsec.Private School Agent Licensing Requirements
A.B. 1050
From bill summary: Requires all individuals who recruit students to attend a licensed non-degree granting proprietary school and are compensated with gifts and other non-monetary consideration, regardless of the value, to obtain certification from the state ed...

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SDSigned into law 03/2013Postsec.Identifies Public Purpose and Goals of Postsecondary Education and Provides Funding for Higher Education
S.B. 5
Establishes the public purpose of postsecondary education and outlines the goals of postsecondary education which are to increase the number of graduates for the state's workforce and growth capacity of the state's economy by increasing the skills of the state...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Community CollegeGoverning Board Elections for Los Angeles Community College District
A.B. 2572
From bill summary: Makes legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Los Angeles Community College District. Commencing with the 2013 election, authorizes
the governing board of the Los Angeles Community College Distr...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Postsec.Live Video Transmissions of Postsecondary Governing Board Meetings
A.B. 1723
From bill summary: Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the Student Aid Commission, including a specified auxiliary organization, and requests the Regents of the University o...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Postsec.California State University's Chancellor Selection Process
A.C.R. 164
Encourages the recruitment and selection process for the next Chancellor of the California State University to be done in a publicly inclusive manner. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0151-0200/acr_164_bill_20120918_chaptered.pdf...

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ILSigned into law 08/2012Community CollegeCommunity Colleges and Procurement of Domestic Products Act
S.B. 2929
Provides that the provisions of the Procurement of Domestic Products Act (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2622&ChapterID=7) apply to the Public Community College Act to the extent practicable, provided that the Procurement of Domestic Prod...

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ILSigned into law 08/2012P-12
Postsec.
Financial Reporting by State Agencies, Including Postsecondary Institutions
S.B. 3794
Establishes the Financial Reporting Standards Board Act. Includes in definition of "agencies" all departments, officers, commissions, boards, authorities, institutions, universities, foundations, and bodies politic and corporate of the state required to submit...

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ILSigned into law 07/2012Postsec.Use of Search Firms at Public Four-Year Postsecondary Institutions
H.B. 5914
Limits permissible charges for use of an external search firm at four-year public postsecondary institutions to (1) the hiring of the president of the university or (ii) in the case of when the president of the
university and the board of trustees demonstrate ...

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ALSigned into law 05/2012Postsec.Minimum Amount of Postsecondary Contracts Subject to Competitive Bids
S.B. 14
Increases the minimum amount of contracts at higher education institutions subject to the competitive bidding process from $7,500 to $15,000....

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FLSigned into law 04/2012Postsec.Salary Limitations for Presidents and Administrative Employees
H.B. 5201 - Salary Limitations for Presidents and Administrative Employees
From final bill analysis: Maintains the salary limitation on the amount of state funds that may be used for salaries of Florida College System and State University presidents and administrative employees in Fiscal Year 2012-2013. Bill text (pages 68-71 of 72):...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012Postsec.Severance Pay at Colleges and Universities
H.B. 5201 - Severance Pay at Colleges and Universities
From final bill analysis: Revises severance pay language for colleges and universities to conform to s. 215.425, F.S., providing that on or after July 1, 2011, a unit of government that enters into a contract or employment agreement, or renewal or renegotiatio...

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FLAdopted 04/2012Postsec.Board of Governors/Student Member of Board of Governors
H.J.R. 931
Proposes amendment to s. 7, Art. IX of State Constitution to revise selection process for student member of Board of Governors of State University System. From final bill analysis: If approved by 60 percent of the voters in the 2012 general election, the resol...

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CASigned into law 08/2011Postsec.Appeal Procedures for Denial of Admission to CSU
A.B. 670
From bill summary: Require the trustees of the California State University to ensure that campuses meet specific requirements with respect to appeal procedures for a denial of admission. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0651-0700/ab_670_bill_201...

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NYSigned into law 08/2011Postsec.Board of Trustees of the State University of New York
A.B. 2718
Increases the membership of the board of trustees of the state university of New York from 17 to 18 members; new member to be the president of the faculty council of community colleges. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=A002718&term=&Summa...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011Postsec.Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation's Board
S.B. 1
Reduces the membership of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation's board from 11 to 9 members. Makes all members gubernatorial apointees (with senate approval) (previously 10 of the 11 members were appointed by governor); directs governor to designate t...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12
Postsec.
Staet Suplus or Salvage Property
S.B. 1
Amends various provisions regarding the disposal of state surplus or salvage property. Requires a state agency that determines it has surplus or salvage property to inform the Texas Facilities Commission so that the method of disposal of the property may be de...

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CASigned into law 06/2011Community College
Postsec.
Out-of-State Absence of Community College District Governing Board Members
A.B. 334
Makes provisions prohibiting the out-of-state absence of a local school board member (with exceptions for illness, military service, etc.) applicable to a member of a community college district governing board member. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/a...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Community College
Postsec.
Training for Members of Public Junior College District Governing Boards
H.B. 1206
Requires training for all members of governing boards of public junior college districts, not only appointed members. Requires topics of such training to additionally include information about best practices in campus financial management, financial ratio anal...

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UTSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.Higher Education Compensation Reductions
H.B. 427
Directs the commissioner of higher education to reallocate $1.5 million appropriated to the eight Utah higher education institutions for compensation to ensure that each higher education institution receives the same percentage compensation reduction. http://l...

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NYVetoed 08/2010Postsec.SUNY and CUNY Trustees
S.B. 1736
Relates to qualifications for certain appointed positions with the board of trustees for the state university and CUNY. Prohibits specified SUNY trustees who are gubernatorial appointees from being employees of the governor. Prohibits specified CUNY trustees w...

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NYSigned into law 08/2010Postsec.Higher Education Services Corporation
A.B. 8220/S.B. 4199
Amends membership of the board of trustees of the higher education services corporation [http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/HESC/About_HESC]. Adds as member a current full-time student at an independent institution of higher education in the state. http://assembl...

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NYSigned into law 08/2010Postsec.
Community College
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees
A.B. 8220
Eliminates the requirement that the community college student member appointed by the governor to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation's (HESC) Board of Trustees be confirmed by the senate. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0...

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ILSigned into law 07/2010P-12
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Community College
Diversity in Persons at Supervisory, Technical, Professional and Managerial Levels
S.B. 3531
Establishes the African American Employment Plan Act. Provides that the purposes of the act are to:

(a) improve the delivery of state services to Illinois' African Americans by increasing the number of African American state employees total and the number se...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 04/2010Postsec.Regents Candidate Advisory Council
S.B. 2803
Establishes a working group within the University of Hawaii board of regents candidate advisory council to ensure student involvement in recruitment and evaluation of student member candidates; makes ineligible for appointment to the regents candidate advisory...

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ALSigned into law 03/2010P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Vacancies in Leadership Positions
H.B. 79
Amends Sections 16-4-1.1 and 16-60-111.1. Requires the state board to post a vacancy notice for the position of state superintendent of education or chancellor on the Internet. Requires vacancy notice for chancellor's position to be additionally posted at each...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006Postsec.Board of Regents Conflict of Interest
H.B. 1674
Relates to the university system; prohibits a member of the Board of Regents from being a candidate for public office while serving on the Board; restricts campaign contributions.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2006rs/bills/hb/hb1674t.pdf...

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CASigned into law 08/2001Postsec.
Community College
Community Colleges Contracting with Employees
S.B. 838
Limits the right to employment as a first-year probationary faculty member to persons previously employed as administrators who were not employed pursuant to prescribed types of contracts; provides that community college district governing boards may employ ac...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature 06/2001Postsec.Classified Employee Negotiations
H.B. 5188
(Joint Resolution) Extends the reporting date of the special legislative commission to study the feasibility of allowing unionized classified employees at all higher education institutions to be able to negotiate directly with Rhode Island Board of Governors f...

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MNSigned into law 05/2000Postsec.Administrative Salaries
S.B. 3386
Relates to higher education. Creates a separate subdivision for the salary procedure for the chancellor of the Minnesota state colleges and universities; authorizes chancellors and presidents to receive additional compensation for early contract termination....

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