senate Bill S3132
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Authorizes commissioner of education to contract with three public or independent institutions of higher education for the support of special summer programs established in order to increase the number of economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students who are prepared for admission to graduate educational programs; establishes eligibility requirements in order to attend such special summer programs; appropriates $711,200 therefor.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the education law, in relation to opportunity for graduate
education, and making an appropriation therefor
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill would add a new section 6456 to the education law to permit the
Commissioner of Education to contract with three public or
independent institutions of higher education for the operation of
eight week summer programs to prepare economically and educationally
disadvantaged students for admission to educational programs beyond
the B.A. level.
Students who have completed one or two years of undergraduate study
and are educationally and economically disadvantaged would be
eligible for participation in these new programs. Any college or
university incorporated by the Regents or by the Legislature who
maintains at least one earned degree program leading to the B.A.
would be eligible to contract with the commissioner for the operation
of one of these programs, of which there would be programs targeted
for the health and biological sciences, law, business, social
sciences or the humanities.
The commissioner is authorized to promulgate necessary regulations and
would be required to make annual reports to the Governor and the
Minority groups and other disadvantaged students do not attend
graduate and professional schools in proportions to their
participation at other levels of education. Current data indicates
that, in addition to problems of retention in graduate programs,
there has been a steady decline in enrollment in graduate programs,
particularly in the sciences and technology, and business. Without
active public programs of this nature, these target groups will
continue to be greatly under represented in the professions and
managerial positions in business and government where their
leadership can be most effectively used in combatting the root causes
of poverty. The special summer program would be modelled on those
pioneered by Harvard Medical College and other universities, and
would stimulate interest in furthering an education while providing
supportive instruction to improve performance on standardized tests.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2003-04: S.652/A.1354 - Referred to Higher Education.
2001-02: S.4081/A.1546 - Referred to Higher Education.
1999-00: S.2798-A/A.6083-A - Referred to Higher Education.
1997-98: S.1365 - Referred to Higher Education.
1995-96: S.1365 - Referred to Higher Education.
April 1 next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.
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