senate Bill S3403

Allows the granting of academic credit at state operated institutions to veterans

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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Allows the granting of academic credit at state operated institutions of the state university of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New York to veterans.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6973
Versions:
S3403
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง669-e, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3950, A1335
2009-2010: A10594A, A10594A

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BILL NUMBER:S3403

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to grant-
ing academic credit at state operated institutions of the state univer-
sity of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New
York to veterans

PURPOSE: Allows the granting of academic credit at state operated
institutions to veterans.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Adds new section 669-e to the education law which states that
State operated institutions must recognize courses and award educational
credits for courses that were part of a veteran's military training or
service if the courses beet the standards of the American Council on
Education or equivalent standards for awarding academic credits.

Section 2: Specifies effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Military service members receive an education each day,
whether it is on the battlefield, through training, or through on the
job experience. Based on their military experiences and training,
service members may have college credit recommendations to apply toward
a degree requirement or program of study.

Earning college credit can be accomplished in a number of ways. The
military transcript of a service member is recognized by the American
Council on Education (ACE), the national accrediting agency, who
convenes teams of teaching faculty who travel to military installations
to evaluate military training courses and occupation-based skills, know-
ledge, and abilities. These evaluations are conducted to determine the
learning acquired through these experiences. Team members review train-
ing materials for programs of instruction, including lesson plans,
instructor materials, and examination materials. The evaluators also
interview service members, their supervisors, and subject-matter
specialists.

Review teams then determine if the demonstrated learning outcomes are
equivalent, in part or in whole, to the learning outcomes derived from
college level coursework. Equivalencies are then expressed as credit
recommendations that are quantified in terms of semester hours and qual-
ified in terms of course titles or academic areas. ACE is the only
higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors
of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community
colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities,
and nonprofit and for profit colleges. This cross-sector membership
enables ACE to serve as higher education's unifying voice.

For more than 60 years, ACE has reviewed and made credit recommendations
for thousands of college level courses offered by the military services.

In 1974, ACE started the evaluation of military occupational specialties
as well.

Institutions of higher learning operating in New York state often accept
the military transcript as a source of transfer credit. They law should
be clarified to state that they shall always accept those courses which
are certified by ACE as credit-worthy.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 3950 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3403

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law,  in  relation  to  granting  academic
  credit  at  state operated institutions of the state university of New
  York and the senior colleges of the city university  of  New  York  to
  veterans

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  669-e
to read as follows:
  S  669-E. COURSE CREDIT FOR VETERANS. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,
THE TERM "VETERAN" MEANS A PERSON, MALE  OR  FEMALE,  RESIDENT  OF  THIS
STATE,  WHO  HAS  SERVED  IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE
UNITED STATES DURING A WAR IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES  ENGAGED  AND  WHO
HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OTHER THAN BY DISHONOR-
ABLE DISCHARGE, OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE.
  2. EVERY VETERAN WHO IS ENROLLED ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AS AN UNDERGRAD-
UATE  STUDENT  IN  GOOD  STANDING,  AT  AN  INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE
UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, SHALL UPON APPLICATION BE GRANTED UP TO SIX  ACADEMIC
CREDITS  PER  YEAR AND SIXTY CREDITS IN THE AGGREGATE TOWARDS HIS OR HER
DEGREE FOR COMPLETION OF COURSES THAT WERE PART OF SUCH VETERAN'S  MILI-
TARY  TRAINING OR SERVICE IF THE COMPLETED COURSES MEET THE STANDARDS OF
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT FOR THE AWARDING  OF
ACADEMIC  CREDITS.  NO  FEE,  TUITION  OR OTHER CHARGE SHALL BE ASSESSED
AGAINST A VETERAN  WHO  QUALIFIES  FOR  SUCH  CREDIT  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
SECTION.
  3. THE BOARDS OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY UNIVER-
SITY  OF  NEW YORK SHALL ADOPT SUCH PROCEDURES AS ARE NECESSARY TO FULLY
IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05866-01-3

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