Bill S7792-2013

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

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

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  • Jun 12, 2014: referred to higher education
  • Jun 12, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 12, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 11, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1361
  • Jun 11, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 9, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 11, 2014
Ayes (21): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Little, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Montgomery, Parker, Perkins
Ayes W/R (2): Krueger, Gianaris
Excused (2): Hassell-Thompson, Espaillat

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 education. 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.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7792 IN SENATE 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.

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