Provides for disclosure of relationships between institutions of higher education and study abroad programs.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the disclosure of relationships between institutions of higher education and study abroad programs
PURPOSE: This legislation creates a new article in the education law which will require institutions of higher education to disclose any relationships or perquisites that they receive from providers of study abroad programs.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new article to the education law. It also defines "college/university," "study abroad programs" and "perquisites".
This section also requires institutions of higher education to disclose in writing, any perquisites (perks) that they receive from study abroad programs that their students participate in. It further requires institutions of higher education to disclose the actual costs to the institution for their students to participate in a particular study abroad program.
JUSTIFICATION: Recently, the New York State Attorney General's Office began inquiry into the relationships between universities and providers of study abroad programs to determine whether cash incentives and other perks are influencing these institutions decisions about where their students may study. This legislation will encourage transparency by informing students about the nature of a particular institution's relationship with a study abroad program provider so that they can make an informed decision as to whether the particular program that a school is recommending is right for them.
The other aspect of this legislation concerns the payment of these programs by these colleges/universities. Many times students will pay the normal tuition, room/board and other fees to their college/university for a particular semester and the college/university will pay the study abroad program directly for their students to attend said program...Often times, the cost to the school for these programs less than what the student would pay for tuition, room/board and fees for semester. Students have a right to know if and how much their particular college/university is saving by having them study abroad.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.3383; 2009-10 S.803; 2007-08 S.7838
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1566 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________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 the disclosure of relationships between institutions of higher education and study abroad programs 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 article 25 to read as follows: ARTICLE 25 DISCLOSURE OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS SECTION 1250. DEFINITIONS. 1251. DISCLOSURE OF RELATIONSHIPS; HIGHER EDUCATION; STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS. S 1250. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: 1. "COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY" SHALL MEAN ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCA- TION, RECOGNIZED AND APPROVED BY THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WHICH PROVIDES A COURSE OF STUDY LEADING TO THE GRANTING OF A POST-SECONDARY DEGREE OR DIPLOMA. 2. "STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS" SHALL MEAN PROGRAMS WHICH ARE COORDINATED BY COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND PRIVATE ORGANIZA- TIONS, THAT PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK OR STUDY, WHOLLY OR IN PRINCIPAL PART, OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 3. "PERQUISITE" SHALL MEAN ANY EXPENSES PAID BY A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO ANY EMPLOYEE OR REPRESENTATIVE OF A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY FOR TRAVEL, LODGING, FOOD OR ENTERTAINMENT. THE TERM "PERQUISITE" SHALL ALSOEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06131-01-3 S. 1566 2
MEAN ANY DIRECT FINANCIAL BENEFIT REALIZED BY A COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY AS A RESULT OF ITS STUDENTS ATTENDING A PARTICULAR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM. S 1251. DISCLOSURE OF RELATIONSHIPS; HIGHER EDUCATION; STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS. 1. EACH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LOCATED IN THIS STATE SHALL DISCLOSE ANY PERQUISITES THAT IT RECEIVES FROM ALL STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS THAT ITS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN. SUCH DISCLOSURE SHALL BE MADE IN WRIT- ING TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS IT. 2. IN INSTANCES WHERE A STUDENT PAYS THE USUAL COSTS OF ATTENDING A PARTICULAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY FOR A SEMESTER, AND SUCH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY IN TURN PAYS FOR SUCH STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN A PARTICULAR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, SUCH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SHALL DISCLOSE THE ACTUAL COSTS OF THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM PAID BY SUCH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY IN WRITING TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS IT. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.