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.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to the state university of New York educational opportunity centers
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.
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5468 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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.