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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Governance and Structures--State Executives/State Agencies


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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
ORSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Higher Education Operations
H.B. 4018
Changes the date by which Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University or Western Oregon University may request an institutional governing board to May 15, 2014, and changes the process of board formation. Permits the S...

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VASigned into law 04/2014Postsec.State Council: Elimination of Certain Duties and Programs
S.B. 244
Eliminates the duty of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to develop policies and procedures for disclosing certain information to students on student lending practices.Establishes traineeships to persons who are interested in working i...

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METo governor 03/2014Postsec.Employment Outcomes Commission
H.P. 1253/L.D. 1746
Establishes the State Education and Employment Outcomes Commission to develop procedures to maintain and disseminate information and data on education results, program completion, graduation, credentials earned, loans and loan defaults and costs as well as emp...

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VATo governor 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.Record Exemption
S.B. 78
Exempts from FOIA administrative investigations conducted by a public institution of higher education relating to individual employment discrimination complaints or audits/investigations of any officer, department, or program at such institutions.
http://lis.v...

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WYSigned into law 03/2014P-12
Postsec.
Community College Commission Director
S.F. 92
Requires the director of the Wyoming community college commission to serve as a non-voting member of the university board of trustees and the state board of education.
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2014/Enroll/SF0092.pdf...

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ORSigned into law 09/2013Postsec.Higher Education Coordinating Commission Duties
H.B. 3120 (Section 2)
Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to coordinate program approval and adopt rules governing distribution of appropriations to state colleges and universities, as observed under ORS 352.002. Directs HECC to advise the legislature, governor,...

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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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ORSigned into law 09/2013Postsec.Authority over Oregon Community Colleges
H.B. 3120 (Section 4)
Shifts oversight, rulemaking, and policy making authority over community colleges from the state board of education to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Directs that a governing board of a community college district to identify educational ...

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ORSigned into law 08/2013Postsec.Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission: Relationship to Oregon Education Investment Board
H.B. 3120 (Section 1)
Directs the Oregon Higher Education coordinating Commission (HECC) to assist the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) to (1) evaluate state goals and institutional achievement compacts; (2) advise on the strategic investments that could achieve postseconda...

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ORSigned into law 08/2013Postsec.Relationship of Institutional Boards to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission
S.B. 270
Provides for the establishment of institutional boards for public universities in the Oregon University System. Requires the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to submit an annual report on each university with a governing board. The evaluation ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2013P-12
Postsec.
Employment of Persons with Disabilities in State Boards and Institutions
H.B. 2591
Creates the Illinois Employment First Act. Provides that "state agency" includes all boards, commissions, agencies, institutions, authorities, and bodies politic and corporate of the state, created by or in accordance with the Illinois Constitution or statute,...

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NHSigned into law 07/2013Postsec.New Duties for Higher Education Commission
S.B. 134
Revises the duties and membership of the higher education commission. Revises the application and approval process for institutions of higher learning to seek and receive approval from the higher education commission. Establishes the higher education fund. Tra...

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NDPassed 06/2013Postsec.Pending Voter Approval, Creates a Commission of Higher Education
H.C.R. 3047
A concurrent resolution to create and enact a new section to article VIII of the Constitution of North Dakota, relating to the creation of a three-member commission of higher education. Repeals section 6 of article VIII of the Constitution of North Dakota, rel...

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COSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
Department Performance Plans, Budget Requests, Performance Audits
H.B. 1299
Requires each department, including the department of education and the department of higher education, to be assigned a "joint committee of reference". Requires that the joint committee of reference conduct hearings on the department's performance plan, regul...

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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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KYSigned into law 03/2013Postsec.Transferring Council on Postsecondary Education to the Office of the Governor
S.B. 59
Transfers the Council on Postsecondary Education from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to the Office of the Governor. Confirms Executive Order 2012-419. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/13RS/SB59/bill.doc...

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VASigned into law 03/2013Postsec.Preservation of Postsecondary Student Data
H.B. 2088
Provides that in the event of a postsecondary school closure, the school shall transfer the academic and financial records of its students to the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia or enter an agreement with another school to preserve such records....

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NJSigned into law 08/2012Postsec.Public-Private Partnership in Postsecondary Capital Construction
S.B. 2501
Establishes a new public-private partnership agreement option for construction of state and county college facilities. Allows a private entity to assume full responsibility for the on-campus facility while the state or higher education institution maintains fu...

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KYIssued 06/2012Postsec.Reorganization of the Council on Postsecondary Education
Executive Order 2012-419
Establishes the Council on Postsecondary Education as an organizational unit and administrative body attached to the office of the governor for administrative purposes. http://apps.sos.ky.gov/Executive/Journal/execjournalimages/2012-MISC-222480.pdf...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012Postsec.Florida College System Personnel Records
S.B. 878
Amends definition of "limited-access records" for Florida College System. Requires records maintained for investigating employee misconduct to become public either after the investigation ceases to be active, the institution has concluded the investigation, or...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Gubernatorial Authority over Higher Education Officials
S.B. 39
From bill summary: Requires the state board of regents to receive approval from the governor and obtain consent of the senate when hiring a commissioner of higher education. Permits the governor, after consultation with the state board of regents, to terminate...

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ORSigned into law 03/2012P-12
Postsec.
Education System Oversight
S.B. 1581
Provides that for the purpose of furthering the mission of the Oregon Education Investment Board to oversee a unified public education system, the Chief Education Officer has direction and control over specified positions, including the commissioner for commun...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.SHEEO's Term
H.B. 153 - SHEEO's Term
Removes provision prohibiting the chancellor of the board of regents from assuming any duties until the senate has consented to the chancellor's appointment. Replaces provisions limiting the term of the chancellor to five years and on the filling of vacancies ...

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MOVetoed 05/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Governance
S.B. 163
Modifies the composition of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the Board of Curators for the University of Missouri and the governing board of Missouri State University. For each board, current law provides that no more than one person will be appoin...

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CASigned into law 09/2010Postsec.Live Audio Transmission of Postsecondary Meetings
A.B. 1436
Directs the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the trustees of the California State University, the California Postsecondary Education Commission and the Student Aid Commission, and requests the regents of the University of California, to...

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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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LASigned into law 06/2010Postsec.Board of Regents Responsibilities
S.B. 538
Clarifies the powers, duties, and functions of the Board of Regents and the postsecondary education management boards. Requires institutional evaluations be used by the board to create efficiencies, increase student access, enhance academic quality, further th...

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NYSigned into law 05/2010Postsec.Agendas and Meeting Records for Postecondary Boards of Trustees
S.B. 5585
Requires the board of trustees of the State University of New York, the City University of New York and the higher education services commission to make publicly available agendas and subsequent meeting records on their Web sites. http://assembly.state.ny.us/l...

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TXAdopted 05/2010Postsec.Limited Waiver of Rules
19 TAC 4.61
Allows the commissioner of higher education to waive s.s.4.51 - 4.60 of Coordinating Board rules (governing the Texas Success Initiative) if necessary to provide flexibility for Texas public institutions of higher education contracted by the coordinating board...

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