senate Bill S7792

Relates to online programs and accelerated proficiency degree programs at the state university of New York

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1361
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to online programs and accelerated proficiency degree programs at the state university of New York.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7792
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง355, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7792

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to online
programs and accelerated proficiency degree programs at the state
university of New York

PURPOSE:

To create a reduced cost degree program that can be completed in an
accelerated time frame at the state university of New York

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds a new paragraph f-1 directing the SUNY trustees to
identify baccalaureate degree programs that can be offered at reduced
rates and develop criteria for the creation of an accelerate proficiency
degree to be offered at four state-operated institutions. Such programs
would be completed within three years, capped at a total tuition cost of
$12,000, and be open for enrollment in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Section two provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York has always been a leader in the area of access to higher educa-
tion. Programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) have helped
millions of students access higher education and enter the middle class.
However, the rapidly rising cost of higher education is threatening to
push it beyond the reach of many students and families in New York
State. Recent articles have highlighted the fact that the graduating
class of 2014 is the most indebted graduating class ever, with average
student loan debt approximating $33,000. While recent enhancements to
the financing of higher education in the state, like the increase in the
TAP, will help to make college slightly more affordable for some, more
robust options are needed for higher education to remain accessible,
while reducing the growing mountain of student loan debt.

This bill aims to provide students with a more affordable option by
establishing a pilot program whereby a limited array of baccalaureate
degrees can be offered on four SUNY campuses at a reduced rate, and
completed in an expedited time frame. While this is no means a panacea
to the problem of rising college costs, and will require a rethinking by
the state university of how to deliver high-quality higher education at
a reduced cost to the consumer, it will create an affordable option for
students who choose to go this route, thereby preserving New York's
commitment to making college more affordable.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Part Z of S6356-C of 2014

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  7792

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 9, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- 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  online  programs  and
  accelerated proficiency degree programs at the state university of New
  York

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of  section  355  of  the  education  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph f-1 to read as follows:
  F-1.  (1) THE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES, IN CONSULTATION WITH
THE DEPARTMENT, SHALL: (I) IDENTIFY BACCALAUREATE DEGREE  PROGRAMS  THAT
COULD  BE  OFFERED  AT  REDUCED  RATES  BY  REQUIRING  FEWER CREDITS FOR
COMPLETION AND BY BEING PROVIDED EXCLUSIVELY AS  ON-LINE  PROGRAMS;  AND
(II)  DEVELOP  CRITERIA  FOR  THE CREATION OF AN ACCELERATED PROFICIENCY
DEGREE (APD) TO BE OFFERED AT FOUR STATE UNIVERSITY OF  NEW  YORK  STATE
OPERATED  INSTITUTIONS  TO  BE  CHOSEN  BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF
TRUSTEES IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COLLEGE  PRESIDENTS  AND  THE  COLLEGE
COUNCILS.
  (2)  APD  PROGRAMS SHALL CONSIST OF CONCENTRATED COURSES OF STUDY THAT
SHALL BE COMPLETED WITHIN THREE YEARS. APD PROGRAMS MAY ACCEPT  AND  MAY
APPLY  PREVIOUSLY  EARNED CREDITS, EXPERIENCE CREDITS, MILITARY CREDITS,
COMPETENCY BASED EDUCATION AS DEFINED BY FEDERAL REGULATION OR ANY OTHER
CRITERIA THAT LEAD TO PROFICIENCY IN AN APD PROGRAM AREA  TOWARD  DEGREE
COMPLETION.
  (3)  BEGINNING IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN--TWO THOUSAND
SEVENTEEN, APD PROGRAMS SHALL BE OPEN TO ENROLLMENT.
  (4) THE TOTAL COST OF TUITION AND FEES CHARGED TO THE STUDENT ENROLLED
IN AN APD PROGRAM SHALL NOT EXCEED TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15538-01-4

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