Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1367

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-12-77.

Synopsis: Higher education admission policy. Requires state educational institutions to admit first time freshman undergraduate students who meet certain requirements, including graduating from an Indiana secondary school in the top levels of the student's graduating class. Requires state educational institutions to consider socioeconomic factors in determining first time freshman undergraduate admission decisions.

Effective: July 1, 2004.





Messer




    January 20, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1367



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-12-77; (04)IN1367.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-12-77 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]:
    Chapter 77. Higher Education Admission Policy

     Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the commission for higher education established by IC 20-12-0.5-2.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "state educational institution" has the meaning set forth in IC 20-12-0.5-1.
    Sec. 3.
A state educational institution shall admit a first time freshman student under this chapter.
    Sec. 4. (a) Each state educational institution shall admit an applicant for admission to the state educational institution as an undergraduate student if the applicant meets the following requirements:
        (1) Is a resident of Indiana.
        (2) Has graduated in one (1) of the two (2) school years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is

applying for admission from a public secondary school or a nonpublic secondary school in Indiana that is voluntarily accredited under IC 20-1-1-6.
        (3) Has a grade point average in the top ten percent (10%) of the applicant's high school graduating class.
    (b) To qualify for admission under this section, an applicant must submit an application before the expiration of any application filing deadline established by the state educational institution.
    (c) After admitting an applicant under this section, the state educational institution shall review the applicant's record and any other factors the state educational institution considers appropriate to determine whether the applicant requires additional preparation for college level work or would benefit from inclusion in a retention program. The state educational institution may require such a student to enroll in appropriate enrichment courses and orientation programs during the summer immediately after the student is admitted under this section. This section does not prohibit a student who is found to not need additional preparation for college level work from enrolling, if the student chooses, during the summer immediately after the student is admitted under this section.
    Sec. 5. The governing board of each state educational institution shall determine whether to adopt an admissions policy under which an applicant to the state educational institution as a first time freshman student, other than an applicant eligible for admission under section 4 of this chapter, shall be admitted to the state educational institution if the applicant meets the following requirements:
        (1) Is a resident of Indiana.
        (2) Has graduated in one (1) of the two (2) school years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying for admission from a public secondary school or a nonpublic secondary school in Indiana that is voluntarily accredited under IC 20-1-1-6.
        (3) Has a grade point average in the top twenty-five percent (25%) of the applicant's high school graduating class.
    Sec. 6. (a) An applicant who does not qualify for admission under section 4 or 5 of this chapter may apply for admission to any state educational institution.
    (b) The state educational institution, after admitting students under sections 4 and 5 of this chapter, shall admit other applicants for admission as undergraduate students. Each state educational

institution may consider all of, any of, or a combination of the following socioeconomic indicators or factors in making first time freshman admissions decisions under this section:
        (1) The applicant's academic record.
        (2) The socioeconomic background of the applicant, including the percentage by which the applicant's family is above or below any recognized measure of poverty, the applicant's household income, and the applicant's parents' level of education.
        (3) Whether the applicant would be the first generation of the applicant's family to attend or graduate from an institution of higher education.
        (4) Whether the applicant has bilingual proficiency.
        (5) The financial status of the applicant's school district.
        (6) The performance level of the applicant's school as determined by the school accountability criteria used by the department.
        (7) The applicant's responsibilities while attending school, including whether the applicant has been employed, whether the applicant has helped to raise children, or other similar factors.
        (8) The applicant's region of residence.
        (9) Whether the applicant is a resident of a rural, an urban, or a suburban area or a resident of a rural, an urban, or a suburban area in Indiana.
        (10) The applicant's performance on standardized tests.
        (11) The applicant's performance on standardized tests in comparison with that of other students from similar socioeconomic backgrounds.
        (12) Whether the applicant attended any school while the school was under a court ordered desegregation plan.
        (13) The applicant's involvement in community activities.
        (14) The applicant's extracurricular activities.
        (15) The applicant's commitment to a particular field of study.
        (16) The applicant's personal interview.
        (17) The applicant's admission to a comparable accredited out-of-state institution.
        (18) Any other consideration the institution considers necessary to accomplish the institution's stated mission.
    (c) A state educational institution may review other factors in making an admissions decision.


    (d) Not later than one (1) year before the date that applications for admission are first considered under this section, each state educational institution shall publish in the state educational institution's catalog a description of the factors considered by the state educational institution in making admission decisions and shall make the information available to the public.
    (e) This section does not apply to a state educational institution that has an open enrollment policy.
    Sec. 7. Each state educational institution shall annually report to the commission describing the composition of the entering class of students admitted under this chapter. The report must include a demographic breakdown, including a breakdown by race, ethnicity, and economic status, of the students admitted under sections 4, 5, and 6 of this chapter.
    Sec. 8. The commission shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this chapter.