senate Bill S5468

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Codifies state university of New York educational opportunity centers

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S5468 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2586
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §352, add §355-d, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2662, A3093

S5468 - Bill Texts

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Codifies state university of New York educational opportunity centers which provide an integrated system of education, vocational training and student support services targeted to higher education access and the development of a quality workforce which supports the economic development of New York's distressed communities.

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BILL NUMBER:S5468

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the state university of New
York educational opportunity centers

PURPOSE:

Provides for the development of educational opportunity centers (EOCs)
to provide programs and services to educationally and economically
challenged communities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

The State University shall create a plan and guidelines for the
organization, development, coordination and operation of EOCs. The
Chancellor of the State University shall appoint board of directors
to assist with the coordination, management and ongoing development
of the EOCs.

JUSTIFICATION:

Amend the Education Law to establish the State University of New York
as responsible for the development of educational opportunity centers
in educationally and economically challenged communities. The State
University of New York is recommending that EOCs be placed within
Article 8 of the Education Law. Their inclusion in the Education Law
accomplishes the following:

1. Codifies the EOCs as comprehensive institutions of higher
education;
2. Acknowledges the EOCs as integral part of the continuum
of the higher education pipeline within the State University of New
York;
3. Recognizes the historic and continuing record of higher
education access and service provided by the State University to the
academically and economically disadvantaged residents of New York
State;
4. Recognizes the evolving efforts of the EOCs in serving critical
state needs related to welfare reduction, workforce innovation and
digital inclusion; and
5. Enables EOCs to access additional mission
consistent revenue streams to benefit disadvantaged populations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10 (A.3093)
2007-08 (A.7956-A)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
becoming law; with provisions.


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

                                  5468

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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 the  state  university
  of New York educational opportunity centers

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section  352  of  the  education  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  552  of  the  laws  of 1985, is amended to read as
follows:
  3. The state university shall consist of the four  university  centers
at  Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook, the designated colleges
of arts and sciences at Brockport, Buffalo, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo,
New Paltz, Old  Westbury,  Oneonta,  Oswego,  Plattsburgh,  Potsdam  and
Purchase,  empire state college, the agricultural and technical colleges
at Alfred, Canton, Cobleskill, Delhi, Farmingdale and Morrisville, down-
state medical center, upstate medical center, the college of  optometry,
the college of environmental science and forestry, maritime college, the
college  of technology at Utica/Rome, the statutory or contract colleges
at Cornell university and Alfred university, and such additional univer-
sities, colleges and other institutions, facilities and research centers
as have been or hereafter may  be  acquired,  established,  operated  or
contracted  to  be  operated  for  the  state  by  the  state university
trustees, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY  CENTERS
AS DEFINED IN THIS ARTICLE.
  S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 355-d to
read as follows:
  S 355-D. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTERS. 1. THERE  SHALL  BE  CREATED
WITHIN  THE  STATE  UNIVERSITY  OF  NEW  YORK  A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF
TUITION  FREE  HIGHER  EDUCATION  INSTITUTIONS  PROVIDING  PROGRAMS  AND
SERVICES  THAT  PROMOTE  THE  GROWTH AND STABILITY OF THE STATE'S EDUCA-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06273-01-1

S. 5468                             2

TIONALLY AND ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED COMMUNITIES AS REFERRED TO IN  THIS
SECTION AS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTERS.
  2.    SUCH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTERS SHALL BE MANAGED AND SUPER-
VISED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY AND SHALL PROVIDE  PROGRAMS  AND  SERVICES
THAT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  (A)  ACADEMIC PROGRAMS LEADING TO AND INCREASING PERSISTENCE IN HIGHER
EDUCATION;
  (B) VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS LEADING TO CAREER PATHWAYS, GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT
AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY;
  (C) COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE SERVICES TO ENHANCE STUDENT RETENTION;
  (D) TARGETED SERVICES FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY TO UPGRADE  THE  SKILL
LEVELS  OF  EMERGING  AND  INCUMBENT  WORKERS  SUCH  THAT  THEY  SUPPORT
INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND THE CREATION AND RETENTION  OF  JOB  OPPORTU-
NITIES;
  (E)  COLLABORATION  WITH  SECONDARY  SCHOOLS TO ASSIST IN THE ACADEMIC
PREPARATION OF AT-RISK YOUTH;
  (F) COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO  INCREASE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CENTER GRADUATES FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND RECEIPT OF
ACADEMIC CREDITS FOR ACADEMIC WORK COMPLETED AT SUCH CENTER;
  (G)  COLLABORATION  WITH  OTHER  STATE  AND  LOCAL AGENCIES, WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT BOARDS AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS TO MEET EMERGING  STATE-
WIDE PRIORITIES FOR SERVING THE DISADVANTAGED; AND
  (H)  ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY LEAD TO COMMUNITY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
  3. THE STATE UNIVERSITY SHALL FORMULATE A PLAN AND GUIDELINES FOR  THE
ORGANIZATION,  DEVELOPMENT,  COORDINATION  AND  OPERATION OF EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITY CENTERS AND MAY PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS NECES-
SARY TO CARRY OUT THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  SECTION.  SUCH  PLAN  SHALL
INCLUDE:
  (A) DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC AND ECONOMIC ELIGIBILITY PROVIDED, HOWEVER,
THAT STATE RESIDENCY BE A MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT;
  (B)  PROCEDURES  FOR THE SELECTION OF SUCH STUDENTS FOR ADMISSION TO A
CENTER;
  (C) PROGRAM OBJECTIVES INCLUDING COORDINATION  WITH  THE  UNIVERSITY'S
LONG RANGE MISSION AND GOALS; AND
  (D) PROGRAM EVALUATION AND REPORTING.
  4.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SECTION, THE EMPLOYEES
OF THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTERS OPERATED IN COOPERATION WITH  THE
CITY  UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND/OR A COLLEGE WITHIN THE CITY UNIVERSITY
OF NEW YORK SHALL BE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF  NEW  YORK  AND
SHALL  RETAIN  THEIR RESPECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT REPRESENTATION.  NOTHING
IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO WAIVE OR IMPAIR ANY RIGHTS  OR  BENE-
FITS  OF  EMPLOYEES  OF  THE  CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK THAT OTHERWISE
WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THEM PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF  AGREEMENTS  BETWEEN
THE  CERTIFIED REPRESENTATIVES OF SUCH EMPLOYEES AND THE CITY UNIVERSITY
OF NEW YORK PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of  any  rule  or  regulation
necessary  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be made  and  completed  on  or  before  such
effective date.

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