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: An act 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 Legislature.
JUSTIFICATION: 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.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $711,200.00
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1 next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3132 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 9, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, SAMPSON, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to opportunity for gradu- ate education, and making an appropriation therefor 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 6456 to read as follows: S 6456. OPPORTUNITY FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION. 1. TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY IN GRADUATE EDUCATION, THE COMMISSIONER MAY CONTRACT WITH THREE PUBLIC OR INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCA- TION FOR THE SUPPORT OF SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMS ESTABLISHED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF ECONOMICALLY AND EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE PREPARED FOR ADMISSION TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS BEYOND THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND A SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM, A STUDENT SHALL HAVE COMPLETED THE FIRST YEAR OF AN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AS A PARTICIPANT IN ONE OF THE PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATIONALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE OR SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE. A STUDENT WHO ATTENDED A SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM UPON COMPLETION OF THE FIRST YEAR OF AN UNDER- GRADUATE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM SHALL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND SUCH PROGRAM UPON COMPLETION OF THE SECOND YEAR OF AN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCA- TIONAL PROGRAM. A STUDENT WHO HAS COMPLETED THE THIRD OR FOURTH YEAR OF AN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND A SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM. ELIGIBLE STUDENTS SHALL BE SELECTED IN EQUAL NUMBERS FROM STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS OF INDE- PENDENT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, RESPECTIVELY. ENROLLMENT INEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08691-01-1 S. 3132 2
SUCH PROGRAMS SHALL NOT EXCEED LEVELS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET. 2. TO QUALIFY FOR STATE ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, AN INSTI- TUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION MUST BE A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY INCORPORATED BY THE REGENTS OR BY THE LEGISLATURE AND MUST MAINTAIN ONE OR MORE EARNED DEGREE PROGRAMS CULMINATING IN A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. 3. MONEYS MADE AVAILABLE TO INSTITUTIONS THROUGH CONTRACTS SHALL BE SPENT ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: A. PERSONAL AND CAREER COUNSELING FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS; B. DIAGNOSTIC AND PRESCRIPTIVE TESTING FOR SUCH STUDENTS; C. INSTRUCTION IN SUBJECT MATTER AND LABORATORY WORK; D. TUTORING OF ENROLLED STUDENTS; E. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS IN SUCH AMOUNT AS IS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER; F. ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING PLANNING AND EVALUATION, WITHIN THE LIMITATIONS ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER. 4. EACH PROGRAM SHALL BE OPERATED FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT WEEKS, BETWEEN THE FIRST DAY OF JULY AND THE FIRST DAY OF SEPTEMBER OF EACH YEAR. AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION SELECTED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM SHALL OFFER A PROGRAM IN HEALTH AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; LAW AND BUSINESS; OR SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER. 5. INSTITUTIONS APPLYING FOR CONTRACTS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL SUBMIT TO THE COMMISSIONER SUCH REPORTS OR OTHER INFORMATION AS HE SHALL REQUIRE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSIDER SUCH INFORMATION IN DETERMIN- ING WHETHER TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH ANY INSTITUTION. THE COMMIS- SIONER MAY PROMULGATE REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE PROGRAMS. 6. CONTRACTS MADE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET. 7. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PREPARE AN ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF INSTITUTIONS WHICH RECEIVED STATE FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IN THE FISCAL YEAR, CONCERNING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAMS CONTRACTED FOR, THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED, THE COSTS OF THE PROGRAMS, AND FUTURE PLANS THEREFOR, AND SHALL TRANSMIT SUCH REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER FIRST NEXT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF SUCH YEAR'S SUMMER PROGRAMS. S 2. The sum of seven hundred eleven thousand two hundred dollars ($711,200), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropri- ated to the department of education out of any moneys in the state trea- sury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated, for its expenses, including personal service, maintenance and operation, in carrying out the provisions of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.