Citations Affected: IC 20-12-0.5-8.
Synopsis: Review of new higher education programs. Removes the
authority of the commission for higher education to approve new
academic degree programs.
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 14, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 8. The commission
shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) To develop, continually keep current, and implement a long range plan for postsecondary education. In developing this plan, the commission shall take into account the plans and interests of the state private institutions, anticipated enrollments in state postsecondary institutions, financial needs of students, and other factors pertinent to the quality of educational opportunity available to the citizens of Indiana. The plan shall define the educational missions and the projected enrollments of the various state educational institutions.
(2) To consult with and make recommendations to the commission on vocational and technical education within the department of workforce development on all postsecondary vocational education programs. The commission shall biennially prepare a plan for implementing postsecondary vocational
education programming after considering the long range state
plan developed under
The commission shall
submit this plan to the commission on vocational and technical
education within the department of workforce development for its
review and recommendations, and shall specifically report on how
the plan addresses preparation for employment.
(3) To make recommendations to the general assembly and the governor concerning the long range plan, and prepare to submit drafts and proposed legislation needed to implement the plan. The commission may also make recommendations to the general assembly concerning the plan for postsecondary vocational education under subdivision (2).
(4) To review the legislative request budgets of all state educational institutions preceding each session of the general assembly and to make recommendations concerning appropriations and bonding authorizations to state educational institutions including public funds for financial aid to students by any state agency. The commission may review all programs of any state educational institution, regardless of the source of funding, and may make recommendations to the governing board of the institution, the governor, and the general assembly concerning the funding and the disposition of the programs. In making this review, the commission may request and shall receive, in such form as may reasonably be required, from all state educational institutions, complete information concerning all receipts and all expenditures.
(5) To submit to the commission on vocational and technical education within the department of workforce development for its review under IC 20-1-18.3-15 the legislative budget requests prepared by state educational institutions for state and federal funds for vocational education. These budget requests shall be prepared upon request of the budget director, shall cover the period determined by the budget director, and shall be made available to the commission within the department of workforce development before review by the budget committee.
(6) To make, or cause to be made, studies of the needs for various types of postsecondary education and to make recommendations to the general assembly and the governor concerning the organization of these programs. The commission shall make or cause to be made studies of the needs for various types of postsecondary vocational education and shall submit to the commission on vocational and technical education within the
department of workforce development its findings in this regard.
(7) To approve or disapprove the establishment of any new branches, regional or other campuses, or extension centers or of any new college or school.
or the offering on any campus of any
additional associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree, or of any
additional program of two (2) semesters, or their equivalent in
duration, leading to a certificate or other indication of
accomplishment. After March 29, 1971, no state educational
institution shall establish any new branch, regional campus, or
extension center or any new or additional academic college, or
school, or offer any new degree or certificate as defined in this
subdivision without the approval of the commission or without
specific authorization by the general assembly. Any state
educational institution may enter into contractual agreements with
governmental units or with business and industry for specific
programs to be wholly supported by the governmental unit or
business and industry without the approval of The commission
may not approve or disapprove any academic, degree, or
other program offered or to be offered at a state educational
(8) If so designated by the governor or the general assembly, to serve as the agency for the purposes of receiving or administering funds available for postsecondary education programs, projects, and facilities for any of the acts of the United States Congress where the acts of Congress require the state to designate such an agency or commission. However, this subdivision does not provide for the designation of the commission by the governor as the recipient of funds which may be provided by acts of the United States Congress, received by an agency, a board, or a commission designated by the general assembly.
(9) To designate and employ an executive officer and necessary employees, to designate their titles, and to fix the compensation in terms of the employment.
(10) To appoint appropriate advisory committees composed of representatives of state educational institutions, representatives of private colleges and universities, students, faculty, and other qualified persons.
(11) To employ all powers properly incident to or connected with any of the foregoing purposes, powers, or duties, including the power to adopt rules.
(12) To develop a definition for and report biennially to the:
(A) general assembly;