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Substitute Bill No. 1011

    January Session, 2011

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING A REORGANIZATION OF CONNECTICUT'S SYSTEM OF PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10a-2 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) There shall be a Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education to serve as the [central] policy-making authority for public higher education in Connecticut and as the governing body for the regional community-technical college system, the Connecticut State University System and Charter Oak State College. The board shall consist of [eleven] thirteen members who shall be distinguished leaders of the community in Connecticut. The board shall reflect the state's geographic, racial and ethnic diversity. The voting members shall not be employed by or be a member of a board of trustees for any Connecticut higher education institution, public or private, nor shall they be employed by or be elected officials of any public agency as defined in subdivision (1) of section 1-200, during their term of membership on the Board of Governors of Higher Education. [Seven] Nine members shall be appointed by the Governor. [The appointment of the other four members on or after October 1, 1991, shall be made as follows: The president pro tempore of the Senate, minority leader of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives and minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member.] Such members shall include an alumnus of the Connecticut State University System, an alumnus of the regional community-technical college system and an alumnus of Charter Oak State College. The chairperson and vice-chairperson of the student advisory committee, created under section 10a-3, as amended by this act, shall serve as members of the board. The chairperson and vice-chairperson of the faculty advisory committee, created under section 3 of this act, shall serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members of the board.

(b) The terms of the present members of the Board of Higher Education shall expire on [February 28, 1983] the effective date of this section. On [or before March 1, 1983, the appointing authorities enumerated in subsection (a) of this section] the effective date of this section, the Governor shall appoint the initial members of the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education as follows: [Four] Three members [appointed by the Governor] shall serve a term [of four years from said March first and three members appointed by the Governor shall serve a term of two years from said March first. One member appointed by the highest ranked member of the Senate and one member appointed by the highest ranked member of the House of Representatives who are not members of the same political party as the Governor shall serve a term of two years from said March first. One member appointed by the highest ranked member of the Senate and one member appointed by the highest ranked member of the House who are not members of the same political party as the Governor shall serve a term of four years from said March first] expiring on June 30, 2012; three members shall serve a term expiring on June 30, 2013; and three members shall serve a term expiring on June 30, 2014. The initial members of the Board of Regents may begin service immediately upon appointment without regard to section 4-19, but shall not serve past the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly unless qualified in the manner provided in section 4-19. Thereafter all members shall be appointed for a term of [four] three years from [March] July first in the year of their appointment. All appointments shall be made with the advice and consent of the General Assembly, in the manner provided in section 4-19. Any vacancy in the Board of Governors of Higher Education shall be filled in the manner provided in section 4-19.

(c) The Governor shall appoint the [initial] chairperson of the board, who shall serve for a term of [two] three years. [Thereafter, the board shall elect from its membership a chairperson who shall serve for a term to be designated by the board. No chairperson shall serve more than two consecutive terms.] The board shall elect from its members a vice chairperson and such other officers as it deems necessary. Vacancies among any officers shall be filled within thirty days following the occurrence of such vacancy in the same manner as the original selection. Said board shall establish bylaws to govern its procedures and shall appoint such committees and advisory boards as may be convenient or necessary in the transaction of its business.

Sec. 2. Section 10a-3 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) There shall be a [standing committee which shall serve as an advisory body] student advisory committee to the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education to assist the board in performing its statutory functions. The committee shall consist of the following student members: [(1)] One member from each of the [Boards of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System and The University of Connecticut, two members from the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges, one of whom shall be an alumnus of a regional technical college or shall have expertise and experience in business, labor, industry or technical occupations, and one member from a board of trustees of an independent college; (2) one member from the administrative staff of each of said constituent units, except that for the community-technical colleges there shall be two members, one of whom shall be an administrator at a former technical college, and one member from the administrative staff of an independent college; (3) one member from the faculty senate representing each of said constituent units, except that for the community-technical colleges, there shall be two faculty members, one of whom shall be a technical or technological education faculty member at a former technical college, and one member from the faculty of an independent college; (4) one student from each of said constituent units, except that for the community-technical colleges there shall be two students one of whom shall be enrolled in a technical or technological education program at a former technical college, and one student from an independent college; (5) one representative of the Board for State Academic Awards; and (6) one representative from the accredited private occupational schools of Connecticut] institutions within the jurisdiction of the Connecticut State University System, one member from each of the regional community-technical colleges and one member from Charter Oak State College.

(b) The members of the committee and alternates for such members shall be elected by the [constituents] student government at the institutions of higher education that they are to represent. [, in accordance with procedures established by the respective boards of trustees, except the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges shall serve as the appointing authority for members to represent independent colleges and the Accredited Private Occupational Schools of Connecticut shall serve as the appointing authority for its member.] The alternate members of the committee may serve in the absence of the regularly elected member.

(c) The committee shall, on a rotating basis among its members, elect its own [chairman and secretary] chairperson and vice-chairperson and such other officers as it deems necessary, to serve for a term of two years. The committee shall be deemed to be a public agency within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, and shall keep such records as may be appropriate.

(d) The committee, established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, shall meet at least twice annually with the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education. Agendas shall be prepared for such meetings and shall be distributed by the board prior thereto and shall consist of matters recommended for inclusion by the chairman of the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education and the committee. Such meetings shall be chaired by the [chairman] chairperson of the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education and the committee members shall have the right to participate in all discussions and deliberations, but shall not have the right to vote at such meetings.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2011) (a) There shall be a faculty advisory committee to the Board of Regents for Higher Education to assist the board in performing its statutory functions. The committee shall consist of the following members: Three faculty members from the Connecticut State University System, three faculty members from the regional community-technical college system and one faculty member from Charter Oak State College.

(b) The members of the committee and alternates for such members shall be elected by the faculty of the institutions of higher education which they are to represent. The alternate members of the committee may serve in the absence of the regularly elected member.

(c) The committee shall, on a rotating basis among its members, elect its own chairperson and vice-chairperson and such other officers as it deems necessary, to serve for a term of two years. The committee shall be deemed to be a public agency within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200 of the general statutes, and shall keep such records as may be appropriate.

(d) The committee, established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, shall meet at least twice annually with the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Agendas shall be prepared for such meetings and shall be distributed by the board prior thereto and shall consist of matters recommended for inclusion by the chairman of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the committee. Such meetings shall be chaired by the chairperson of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the committee members shall have the right to participate in all discussions and deliberations, but shall not have the right to vote at such meetings.

Sec. 4. Section 10a-5 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) There is established a Board of Regents for Higher Education. The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall select and employ a [Commissioner] President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education who shall [serve at the pleasure of the board] be recommended by the board and appointed by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-5 to 4-8, inclusive, with the powers and duties prescribed by said sections. The [commissioner] president shall have the responsibility for implementing the policies and directives of the board and shall have additional responsibilities as the board may prescribe. [Said commissioner] Such president may designate an alternate to serve as a member of any commission, foundation, or committee upon which the general statutes require [said commissioner] such president to serve. Such designee may vote on behalf of [said commissioner] such president. There shall be [a Department of Higher Education which shall serve as the administrative arm of the Board of Governors of Higher Education] an executive staff responsible for the operation of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The [department] executive staff shall be under the direction of the [Commissioner] President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, who shall be the chief executive officer of the [department] Board of Regents for Higher Education and shall administer, coordinate and supervise the activities of the [department] board in accordance with the policies established by the board.

(b) The [commissioner] president may employ staff as is deemed necessary, including but not limited to temporary assistants and consultants. The board shall establish terms and conditions of employment of its staff, prescribe their duties, and fix the compensation of its professional and technical personnel. [The Board of Governors of Higher Education shall organize or reorganize the Department of Higher Education into such units as may be necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the department. Upon such organization or reorganization the board shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.]

Sec. 5. Section 10a-6 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall: (1) Establish state-wide policy and guidelines for Connecticut's system of public higher education, [; (2) develop] including, but not limited to, a master plan for higher education and postsecondary education, consistent with the goals in subsection [(b)] (c) of this section, [; (3) establish] state-wide tuition and student fee policies [; (4) establish] and state-wide student financial aid policies; [(5)] (2) monitor and evaluate [institutional] the effectiveness and viability of the Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system and Charter Oak State College in accordance with criteria established by the board; [(6)] (3) merge or close institutions within the Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system and Charter Oak State College in accordance with criteria established by the board provided (A) such recommended merger or closing shall require a two-thirds vote of the board and (B) notice of such recommended merger or closing shall be sent to the committee having cognizance over matters relating to education and to the General Assembly; [(7)] (4) review and approve mission statements for the constituent units and role and scope statements for the individual institutions and branches thereof; [(8)] (5) review and approve any recommendations for the establishment of new academic programs submitted to the board by the constituent [unit boards of trustees] units, and, in consultation with the affected constituent units, provide for the initiation, consolidation or termination of academic programs; [. The Board of Governors of Higher Education shall notify the board of trustees affected by the proposed termination of an academic program. Within ninety days of receipt of such notice, said trustees shall accept or reject the termination proposal and shall notify the Board of Governors of Higher Education of its action. If the termination proposal is rejected by the trustees, the Board of Governors of Higher Education may override the rejection by a two-thirds vote; (9) develop criteria to ensure acceptable quality in programs and institutions and enforce standards through licensing and accreditation; (10)] (6) prepare and present to the Governor and General Assembly, in accordance with section 10a-8, as amended by this act, consolidated operating and capital expenditure budgets for [public higher education] the Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system and Charter Oak State College developed in accordance with the provisions of said section 10a-8 and section 10a-9; [(11)] (7) review and make recommendations on plans received from the [constituent unit boards of trustees] Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system and Charter Oak State College for the continuing development and maximum utilization of the state's public higher education resources for instruction and learning; [(12)] (8) appoint advisory committees to assist in defining and suggesting solutions for the problems and needs of higher education; [(13) establish an advisory council for higher education with representatives from public and private institutions to study methods and proposals for coordinating efforts of all such institutions in providing a stimulating and enriched educational environment for the citizens of the state, including measures to improve educational opportunities through alternative and nontraditional approaches such as external degrees and credit by examination; (14)] (9) coordinate programs and services throughout public higher education and between public and independent institutions, including procedures to evaluate the impact on independent institutions of higher education of proposals affecting public institutions of higher education; [(15)] (10) make or enter into contracts, leases or other agreements in connection with its responsibilities under this part, provided all acquisitions of real estate by lease or otherwise shall be subject to the provisions of section 4b-23; [(16) be responsible for the care and maintenance of permanent records of institutions of higher education dissolved after September 1, 1969; (17)] (11) prepare and present to the Governor and General Assembly legislative proposals affecting public higher education, including proposals which utilize programs and facilities of independent institutions of higher education; [(18)] (12) develop and maintain a central higher education information system and establish definitions and data requirements for the state system of higher education; and [(19)] (13) undertake such studies and other activities as will best serve the higher educational interests of the state.

(b) Within the limits of authorized expenditures, the policies of the state system of higher education shall be consistent with the following goals: (1) To ensure that no qualified person be denied the opportunity for higher education on the basis of age, sex, ethnic background or social, physical or economic condition, (2) to protect academic freedom, (3) to maximize the use of financial resources to support teaching and learning, (4) to provide opportunities for education and training related to the economic, cultural and educational development of the state, [(4)] (5) to assure the fullest possible use of available resources in public and private institutions of higher education, [(5)] (6) to maintain standards of quality ensuring a position of national leadership for state institutions of higher education, [(6)] (7) to apply the resources of higher education to the problems of society, and [(7)] (8) to foster flexibility in the policies and institutions of higher education to enable the system to respond to changes in the economy, society, technology and student interests. Said board shall review recent studies of the need for higher education services, with special attention to those completed pursuant to legislative action, and to meet such needs shall initiate additional programs or services through one or more of the constituent units.

(c) Repealed by P.A. 83-533, S. 53, 54.

(d) The Board of Regents for Higher Education shall serve as the governing board for the regional community-technical college system, as provided in section 10a-71, as amended by this act, and the Connecticut State University System, as provided in section 10a-88, as amended by this act, and serve as the Board for State Academic Awards, as provided in section 10a-143, as amended by this act.

[(d)] (e) The board of [governors] regents shall request and receive, or be provided electronic access to, data, reports and other information from the constituent units of the state system of higher education that is necessary for the board to carry out its responsibilities pursuant to this section.

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 10a-6a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) There is established a Higher Education Coordinating Council composed of: The chairmen of the boards of trustees and the chief executive officers of each constituent unit of the state system of higher education, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, [and the Commissioners of] the President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Commissioner of Education.

Sec. 7. Section 10a-6b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) The accountability measures developed by the Higher Education Coordinating Council pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10a-6a shall be used by the [Department of] Board of Regents for Higher Education and each constituent unit of the state system of higher education in assessing the constituent unit's progress toward meeting the following goals to: (1) Enhance student learning and promote academic excellence; (2) join with elementary and secondary schools to improve teaching and learning at all levels; (3) ensure access to and affordability of higher education; (4) promote the economic development of the state to help business and industry sustain strong economic growth; (5) respond to the needs and problems of society; and (6) ensure the efficient use of resources. The council shall develop an implementation plan for use of the accountability measures.

(b) In developing the measures pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the council shall consider graduation rates, student retention rates, completions, tuition and fees, allocation of resources across expenditure functions, as defined by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, revenues and expenditures broken out by programs, student financial need and available aid, transfer patterns of students transferring in and out of the constituent units, trends in enrollment and the percentage of incoming students who are state residents, strategic plans pursuant to section 10a-11, data on graduates by academic program, faculty productivity, and any other factor that it deems relevant. [In considering faculty productivity measures, the council shall consult with the committee established under section 10a-3.] All measures may be made available for inspection and, where practicable, separated out by constituent unit, institution of higher education, campus and program.

(c) The council shall work with the Labor Department to (1) produce periodic reports on the employment and earnings of students who leave the constituent units upon graduation or otherwise, and (2) develop an annual affordability index for public higher education that is based on state-wide median family income.

[(c)] (d) The council shall submit the accountability measures to the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education for the board's review and approval. Once the measures are approved, each constituent unit shall provide the data to the [department] board that is necessary for purposes of applying the measures.

[(d) The Commissioner of Higher Education, on behalf of the council, shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on the accountability measures and the implementation plan developed pursuant to this section by February 1, 2000. The report shall include recommendations: (1) For any statutory changes needed for purposes of assessing the constituent units and public institutions of higher education based on the accountability measures; (2) to clarify and streamline planning and accountability reporting requirements of the constituent units and public institutions of higher education; (3) concerning goals, actions to achieve such goals and analysis of performance; and (4) for options to revise budgeting policies and programs to meet accountability goals and measures as outlined in subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

(e) The Commissioner of Higher Education shall develop, in concurrence with the Higher Education Coordinating Council, an accountability report prototype. Upon review and approval by the Board of Governors of Higher Education, the commissioner shall submit the report prototype to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education by October 1, 2000. The report prototype shall include accountability measures developed and approved under this section for which data collection mechanisms exist as determined by the commissioner.

(f) Each constituent unit of the state system of higher education shall submit to the Commissioner of Higher Education its first accountability report by January 1, 2001. The commissioner shall compile and consolidate the reports. The commissioner shall submit, in accordance with section 11-4a, an accountability report that covers the state system of higher education and each constituent unit and public institution of higher education to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education by February 1, 2001. The report shall include baseline data for the accountability measures developed under this section for which data collection mechanisms exist and comparable peer data, as determined by the commissioner after consultation with the Higher Education Coordinating Council and reviewed and approved by the Board of Governors of Higher Education. The report shall also include a timeline for the collection of data and reporting of the remaining accountability measures and for the identification of performance improvement targets.]

[(g)] (e) Each constituent unit of the state system of higher education shall submit an accountability report to the [Commissioner] President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education annually, by January first. The commissioner shall compile the reports and shall submit, in accordance with section 11-4a, a consolidated accountability report for the state system of higher education to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education annually, by February first. The report shall contain accountability measures for each constituent unit and public institution of higher education pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section. The report shall include updated baseline and peer comparison data, performance improvement targets for each measure, and other information as determined by the commissioner.

Sec. 8. Section 10a-8 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) The provisions of sections 4-77 and 4-78 shall not apply to the constituent units of the state system of higher education, and for the purposes of said sections only, the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall be deemed the budgeted agency for [such constituent units] the Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system and Charter Oak State College. The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall develop a formula or program-based budgeting system to be used by each [institution and constituent board] said constituent unit in preparing operating budgets. The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall prepare a single public higher education budget request itemized by the individual institution and branch using the formula or program-based budgeting system and shall submit such budget request displaying all operating funds to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management in accordance with sections 4-77 and 4-78, subject to procedures developed by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education and approved by said secretary. The budget request of the Boards of Trustees of [The University of Connecticut,] the Community-Technical Colleges and the Connecticut State University System and the Board for State Academic Awards shall set forth, in the form prescribed by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, a proposed expenditure plan which shall include: (1) The total amount requested for such appropriation account; (2) the amount to be appropriated from the General Fund; and (3) the amount to be paid from the tuition revenues of [The University of Connecticut,] the regional community-technical colleges, [and] the Connecticut State University System and the Board for State Academic Awards. After review and comment by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, the proposed expenditure plans shall be incorporated into the single public higher education budget request including recommendations, if any, by said board. Any tuition increase proposed by the Boards of Trustees of [The University of Connecticut,] the Community-Technical Colleges, [and] the Connecticut State University System and the Board for State Academic Awards for the fiscal year to which the budget request relates shall be included in the single public higher education budget request submitted by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education for such fiscal year, provided if the General Assembly does not appropriate the amount requested by any such board of trustees, such board of trustees may increase tuition and fees by an amount greater than that included in the budget request in response to which the appropriation was made. The General Assembly shall make appropriations directly to the [constituent unit boards. Said constituent unit boards] Board of Regents for Higher Education which shall allocate appropriations to the individual institutions and branches with due consideration to [the program or formula-based budget used to develop the appropriation as approved by the General Assembly or as otherwise specified in the approved appropriation] performance and enrollment factors. The board shall develop a plan to allocate a portion of the appropriations across institutions to recognize the achievement of high-priority student and institutional outcomes. Allotment reductions made pursuant to the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of section 4-85 shall be applied by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education among the appropriations to the constituent unit boards without regard to the limitations on reductions provided in said section, except that said limitations shall apply to the total of the amounts appropriated to the higher education budgeted agencies. The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall apply such reductions after consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the constituent unit boards. Any reductions of more than five per cent of the appropriations of any constituent units shall be submitted to the appropriations committee which shall, within ten days, approve or reject such reduction.

(b) The [boards of trustees of each of the constituent units] Boards of Trustees of the Community Technical Colleges and the Connecticut State University System and the Board for State Academic Awards may transfer to or from any specific appropriation of such constituent unit a sum or sums totaling up to fifty thousand dollars or ten per cent of any such specific appropriation, whichever is less, in any fiscal year without the consent of the Finance Advisory Committee. Any such transfer shall be reported to the Finance Advisory Committee within thirty days of such transfer and such report shall be a record of said committee.

Sec. 9. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2011) The Board of Regents for Higher Education shall develop and implement, not later than September 1, 2011, a strategic plan until such time as it implements the strategic plan developed pursuant to section 10a-11b of the general statutes, as amended by legislation pending in the current session.

Sec. 10. Section 10a-71 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

[(a) There shall be a] The Board of Regents for Higher Education shall serve as the Board of Trustees for Community-Technical Colleges. [to consist, except as otherwise provided in this section, of twenty-four persons, twenty-two to be appointed by the Governor, who shall reflect the state's geographic, racial and ethnic diversity, one of whom shall be a regional community college or regional community-technical college alumnus and one of whom shall be a regional technical college or regional community-technical college alumnus and two to be elected by the students enrolled at the institutions under the jurisdiction of said board. Except as otherwise provided, members appointed by the Governor shall serve for terms of six years each from July first in the year of their appointment. On or before August 15, 1989, the Governor shall appoint one member who shall be a regional technical or community-technical college alumnus for a term which shall expire on June 30, 1995, to replace the regional community college alumnus whose term expires June 30, 1989, and eight members who shall have expertise and experience in business, labor, industry or the technical occupations, three for terms which shall expire on June 30, 1991, three for terms which shall expire on June 30, 1993, and two for terms which shall expire June 30, 1995. Thereafter the Governor shall appoint members of said board to succeed those appointees whose terms expire, except that (1) with respect to the members of such board of trustees who were members of the Board of Trustees of the Regional Community Colleges prior to July 1, 1989, the Governor shall appoint two members to replace the four members whose terms expire on June 30, 1991, and shall appoint four members, one of whom shall be a regional community or community-technical college alumnus, to replace the five members whose terms expire on June 30, 1993, and (2) with respect to the members of the board appointed on or after July 1, 1989, and on or before August 15, 1989, the Governor shall appoint one member to replace the three members whose terms expire on June 30, 1991, and shall appoint two members to replace the three members whose terms expire on June 30, 1993. On and after July 1, 1993, the board shall at all times include at least six members who have expertise and experience in business, labor or industry. On and after July 1, 1999, the board shall at all times include at least one member from each county in which a community-technical college is located. On and after July 1, 2010, the board shall at all times include at least two members who have, through education or experience, an understanding of relevant accounting principles and practices and financial statements.

(b) On or before November 1, 1975, the students enrolled at the institutions under the jurisdiction of said board shall, in such manner as said board shall determine, elect two members of said board, each of whom shall be enrolled for at least six credits at an institution under the jurisdiction of said board at the time of his election. One such member shall be elected for a term of one year from November 1, 1975, and one for a term of two years from said date. On or before November first, and annually thereafter, such students shall, in such manner as the board shall determine, elect one member of said board, who shall be so enrolled at any such institution at the time of his election and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his election, except that the term of the regional community college student whose term expires on October 31, 1989, shall expire on July 1, 1989, and the student member of the Board of Trustees of the State Technical Colleges prior to July 1, 1989, whose term was to expire on October 31, 1989, shall, on July 1, 1989, be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges until October 31, 1989. The regional community college student whose term expires on October 31, 1990, shall continue as a member of said board until said date. On and after July 1, 1989, the student members of said board shall be elected as follows: (1) (A) On or before November 1, 1989, and until July 1, 1993, students enrolled at the regional technical colleges shall, in such manner as the board shall determine, elect one member of said board, who shall be enrolled for at least six credits at a regional technical college at the time of his election and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his election, and (B) on or before November 1, 1990, students enrolled at the regional community colleges shall, in such manner as the board of trustees shall determine, elect one member of said board who shall be enrolled for at least six credits at a regional community college at the time of his election and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his election. (2) On and after July 1, 1993, the student members of the board shall be elected as follows: (A) On or before November 1, 1993, and biennially thereafter, students enrolled in the institutions under the jurisdiction of the board shall, in such manner as the board shall determine, elect one member of the board, who shall be enrolled for at least six credits in a technical program at such an institution and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his election, and (B) on or before November 1, 1994, and biennially thereafter, students enrolled in the institutions under the jurisdiction of the board shall, in such manner as the board shall determine, elect one member of the board, who shall be enrolled for at least six credits in a nontechnical program at such an institution and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his election.

(c) The Governor shall, pursuant to section 4-9a, appoint the chairperson of the board. The board shall, biennially, elect from its members such other officers as it deems necessary. The Governor shall fill any vacancies in the appointed membership of said board by appointment for the balance of the unexpired term. Any vacancies in the elected membership of said board shall be filled by special election for the balance of the unexpired term. The members of said board shall receive no compensation for their services as such but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses in the course of their duties.]

Sec. 11. Section 10a-72 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) Subject to state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, said board of trustees shall administer the regional community-technical colleges and plan for the expansion and development of the institutions within its jurisdiction. [and submit such plans to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and recommendations.] The Commissioner of Public Works on request of the board of trustees shall, in accordance with section 4b-30, negotiate and execute leases on such physical facilities as the board of trustees may deem necessary for proper operation of such institutions, and said board of trustees may expend capital funds therefor, if such leasing is required during the planning and construction phases of institutions within its jurisdiction for which such capital funds were authorized. The board of trustees may appoint and remove the chief executive officer of each institution within its jurisdiction. [, and with respect to its own operation the board may appoint and remove a chancellor and an executive staff. The board of trustees may determine the size of the executive staff and the duties, terms and conditions of employment of a chancellor and staff, subject to personnel guidelines established by the] The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education [in consultation with said] may appoint and remove executive staff responsible for the operation of the board of trustees. [, provided said board of trustees may not appoint or reappoint members of the executive staff for terms longer than one year.] The board of trustees may employ the faculty and other personnel needed to operate and maintain the institutions within its jurisdiction. Within the limitation of appropriations, the board of trustees shall fix the compensation of such personnel, establish terms and conditions of employment and prescribe their duties and qualifications. Said board of trustees shall determine who constitutes its professional staff and establish compensation and classification schedules for its professional staff. Said board shall annually submit to the Commissioner of Administrative Services a list of the positions which it has included within the professional staff. The board shall establish a division of technical and technological education. The board of trustees shall confer such certificates and degrees as are appropriate to the curricula of community-technical colleges. [subject to the approval of the Board of Governors of Higher Education.] The board of trustees shall [with the advice of, and subject to the approval of, the Board of Governors of Higher Education,] prepare plans for the development of a regional community-technical college and submit the same to the Commissioner of Public Works and request said commissioner to select the site for such college. Within the limits of the bonding authority therefor, the commissioner, subject to the provisions of section 4b-23, may acquire such site and construct such buildings as are consistent with the plan of development. [approved by the Board of Governors of Higher Education.]

(b) Subject to state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, the board of trustees shall:

(1) Make rules for the governance of the regional community-technical colleges, determine the general policies of said colleges, including those concerning the admission of students, and direct the expenditure of said colleges' funds within the amounts available;

(2) Develop mission statements for the regional community-technical colleges: The mission statement for the regional community-technical colleges shall include, but need not be limited to the following elements: (A) The educational needs of and constituencies served by said colleges; (B) the degrees offered by said colleges, and (C) the role and scope of each institution within the community-technical college system, which shall include each institution's particular strengths and specialties; [. The board of trustees shall submit the mission statement to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and approval in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-6;]

(3) Establish policies for the regional community-technical colleges;

(4) Establish policies which protect academic freedom and the content of courses and degree programs;

(5) [Submit to the Board of Governors of Higher Education, for approval, recommendations for the establishment of] Establish new academic programs;

(6) Make [recommendations to the Board of Governors of Higher Education, when appropriate, regarding] institutional mergers or closures;

(7) Coordinate the programs and services of the institutions under its jurisdiction;

(8) Promote fund-raising by the institutions under its jurisdiction in order to assist such institutions, provided the board shall not directly engage in fund-raising except for purposes of providing funding for (A) scholarships or other direct student financial aid and (B) programs, services or activities at one or more of the institutions within its jurisdiction and report to [the Commissioner of Higher Education and] the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education by January 1, 1994, and biennially thereafter, on all such fund-raising; and

(9) Charge the direct costs for a building project under its jurisdiction to the bond fund account for such project; provided, (A) such costs are charged in accordance with a procedure approved by the Treasurer and (B) nothing in this subdivision shall permit the charging of working capital costs, as defined in the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, or costs originally paid from sources other than the bond fund account.

(c) [The board of trustees shall: (1) Review and approve institutional budget requests and prepare and submit to the Board of Governors of Higher Education, in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-8, the budget requests; and (2) propose facility planning and capital expenditure budget priorities for the institutions and divisions under its jurisdiction.] The board of trustees may request authority from the Treasurer to issue payment for claims against said colleges, other than a payment for payroll, debt service payable on state bonds to bondholders, paying agents, or trustees, or any payment the source of which includes the proceeds of a state bond issue.

Sec. 12. Subsection (c) of section 10a-77 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(c) Commencing December 1, 1984, and thereafter not later than sixty days after the close of each quarter, the board of trustees shall submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and the Office of Policy and Management [, through the Board of Governors of Higher Education,] a report on the actual expenditures of the Regional Community-Technical Colleges Operating Fund. [containing such relevant information as the Board of Governors of Higher Education may require.]

Sec. 13. Subsection (f) of section 10a-77 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(f) Said board shall set aside from its anticipated regional community-technical college tuition revenue, an amount not less than that required by [the board of governors'] said board's tuition policy. [established under subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10a-6.] Such funds shall be used to provide tuition waivers, tuition remissions, grants for educational expenses and student employment for residents enrolled in regional community-technical colleges as full or part-time matriculated students in a degree-granting program, or enrolled in a precollege remedial program, who demonstrate substantial financial need. Said board may also set aside from its anticipated tuition revenue an additional amount equal to one per cent of said tuition revenue for financial assistance for students who would not otherwise be eligible for financial assistance but who do have a financial need as determined by the college in accordance with this subsection. In determining such financial need, the college shall exclude the value of equity in the principal residence of the student's parents or legal guardians, or in the student's principal residence if the student is not considered to be a dependent of his parents or legal guardians and shall assess the earnings of a dependent student at the rate of thirty per cent.

Sec. 14. Section 10a-87 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

The Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System shall maintain: Western Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University. The board of trustees shall offer curricula which shall prepare persons who have successfully completed the same to teach in the schools of the state at any of said institutions as the board shall deem appropriate and, in addition, programs of study in academic and career fields. [, provided the board of trustees shall submit to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and approval recommendations for program terminations at any of said institutions in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (8) of subsection (a) of section 10a-6.] The board of trustees shall establish policies which protect academic freedom and the content of course and degree programs, provided such policies shall be consistent with state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education. Each of said institutions shall confer such degrees in education and in academic and career fields as are appropriate to the curricula of said institution and as are usually conferred by the institutions; honorary degrees may be conferred by said institutions upon approval of each honorary degree recipient by the Board of [Trustees of the Connecticut State University System] Regents for Higher Education.

Sec. 15. Section 10a-88 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

[There shall continue to be a] The Board of Regents for Higher Education shall serve as the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System. [to consist of eighteen members, fourteen to be appointed by the Governor, who shall reflect the state's geographic, racial and ethnic diversity; two of whom shall be state college or Connecticut State University System alumni; and four students, one from each state university elected by the students enrolled at such state university. On or before July 1, 1983, the Governor shall appoint members to the board as follows: Five members, one of whom shall be a state college or Connecticut State University System alumnus, for a term of two years from said date; five members, one of whom shall be a state college or Connecticut State University System alumnus, for a term of four years from said date, and four members for a term of six years from said date. Thereafter the Governor shall appoint members of said board to succeed those appointees whose terms expire, such members to serve for terms of six years each from July first in the year of their appointment, provided two of the members appointed for terms commencing July 1, 1995, and their successors shall be state college or Connecticut State University System alumni, one of the members appointed for a term commencing July 1, 1997, and his or her successors shall be such alumni and two of the members appointed for terms commencing July 1, 1999, and their successors shall be such alumni. On and after July 1, 1999, the board shall at all times include at least one member from each county in which a state university is located. (1) On or before November 1, 1975, the students enrolled at the institutions under the jurisdiction of the board shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect two members of the board, each of whom shall be enrolled as a full-time student at an institution under the jurisdiction of the board at the time of his or her election. One such member shall be elected for a term of one year from November 1, 1975, and one for a term of two years from said date. On or before November 1, 1976, until July 1, 1997, such students shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board, who shall be so enrolled at any such institution at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his or her election, except that the term of the member due to expire on October 31, 1998, shall expire on October 31, 1997. (2) On and after July 1, 1997, until June 30, 2007, the student members of the board shall be elected as follows: (A) (i) On or before November 1, 1997, the students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at such state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of one year from said November first, and (ii) on or before November 1, 1998, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at such state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his or her election; (B) (i) on or before November 1, 1997, the students enrolled at Eastern Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at such state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of one year from said November first, and (ii) on or before November 1, 1998, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled at Eastern Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from the November first in the year of his or her election; (C) on or before November 1, 1997, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at such university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from the November first in the year of his or her election; and (D) on or before November 1, 1997, and biennially thereafter, the students at Western Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at such state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from the November first in the year of his or her election. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the term of any student member elected pursuant to this subdivision during calendar year 2005 or 2006, shall terminate June thirtieth of the year in which such term is due to expire. (3) On and after July 1, 2007, the student members of the board shall be elected as follows: (A) On or before July 1, 2008, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at said state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from July first in the year of his or her election; (B) on or before July 1, 2008, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled at Eastern Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at said state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from the July first in the year of his or her election; (C) on or before July 1, 2007, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at said state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from the July first in the year of his or her election; and (D) on or before July 1, 2007, and biennially thereafter, the students at Western Connecticut State University shall, in such manner as the board determines, elect one member of the board who shall be a full-time student at said state university at the time of his or her election and who shall serve for a term of two years from the July first in the year of his or her election. If any student member of the board elected on or after November 1, 2001, ceases to be a matriculating student in good standing, either as a full-time undergraduate student or as a full-time or part-time graduate student, at the state university from which such student member was elected, the membership of such student shall terminate. If, on and after July 1, 2007, the membership of any such student member terminates, the students enrolled at the state university such student member represented shall, not later than thirty days after the membership terminates and in such manner as the board determines, elect a student member of the board who shall serve for the remainder of the term. The Governor shall, pursuant to section 4-9a, appoint the chairperson of the board. The board shall, biennially, elect from its members such other officers as it deems necessary. The Governor shall fill any vacancy in the appointed membership of the board by appointment for the balance of the unexpired term. Any vacancies in the elected membership of said board shall be filled by special election for the balance of the unexpired term. The members of said board shall receive no compensation for their services as such but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses in the course of their duties.]

Sec. 16. Section 10a-89 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) Subject to state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, the board of trustees shall provide for the administration of the Connecticut State University System [,] and plan for the expansion and development of the institutions within its jurisdiction, and submit such plans [to the Board of Governors of Higher Education and] to the Commissioner of Public Works for review and recommendations. The Commissioner of Public Works upon request of the board of trustees shall, in accordance with section 4b-30, negotiate and execute leases on such physical facilities as the board of trustees may deem necessary for proper operation of such institutions, and the board of trustees may, with the permission of the Commissioner of Public Works and the State Properties Review Board, expend capital funds therefor if such leasing is required during the planning and construction phases of institutions within its jurisdiction for which such capital funds were authorized. Subject to such policies as may be established by the board of trustees, the chief executive officer of each institution within the jurisdiction of the board may make buildings and other facilities under its control available to nonprofit and other organizations or to individuals for temporary uses not inconsistent with the educational purpose of the institution. The board of trustees may appoint or remove the chief executive officer of each institution within its jurisdiction. [, and with respect to its own operation the board of trustees may appoint and remove a chancellor and executive staff. The board of trustees may determine the size of the executive staff and the duties, terms and conditions of employment of the chancellor and staff, subject to personnel guidelines established by the] The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education [in consultation with said] may appoint and remove executive staff responsible for the operation of the board of trustees. The board of trustees may employ faculty and other personnel needed to maintain and operate the institutions within its jurisdiction. Within the limitation of appropriations, the board of trustees shall fix the compensation of such personnel, establish terms and conditions of employment and prescribe their duties and qualifications. The board of trustees shall determine who constitutes its professional staff and establish compensation and classification schedules for its professional staff. The board of trustees shall annually submit to the Commissioner of Administrative Services a list of the positions which it has included within the professional staff. The board of trustees may appoint one or more physicians for the Connecticut State University System and shall provide such physicians with suitable facilities for the performance of such duties as it prescribes. Subject to state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, the board of trustees shall: (1) Make rules for the government of the Connecticut State University System and shall determine the general policies of the university system, including those concerning the admission of students and the expenditure of the funds of institutions under its jurisdiction within the amounts available; (2) develop the mission statement for the university system which shall include, but not be limited to the following elements: (A) The educational needs of and constituencies served by the institutions within its jurisdiction; (B) the degrees offered by such institutions; and (C) the role and scope of each institution within the university system, which shall include each institution's particular strengths and specialties; [. The board of trustees shall submit the mission statement to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and approval in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-6;] (3) establish policies for the university system and for the individual institutions under its jurisdiction; (4) [submit to the Board of Governors of Higher Education, for approval, recommendations for the establishment of new academic programs; (5) make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Governors of Higher Education regarding] make institutional mergers or closures; [(6)] (5) coordinate the programs and services of the institutions under its jurisdiction; [(7)] (6) be authorized to enter into agreements, consistent with the provisions of section 5-141d, to save harmless and indemnify sponsors of research grants to institutions under its jurisdiction, provided such an agreement is required to receive the grant and limits liability to damages or injury resulting from acts or omissions related to such research by employees of such institutions; [(8)] (7) promote fund-raising by the institutions under its jurisdiction in order to assist such institutions [, provided the board shall not directly engage in fund-raising except for purposes of providing funding for (A) scholarships or other direct student financial aid; and (B) programs, services or activities at one or more of the institutions within its jurisdiction] and report to the [Commissioner] President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education by January 1, 1994, and biennially thereafter, on all such fund-raising; and [(9)] (8) charge the direct costs for a building project under its jurisdiction to the bond fund account for such project, provided (A) such costs are charged in accordance with a procedure approved by the Treasurer; and (B) nothing in this subdivision shall permit the charging of working capital, as defined in the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, or costs originally paid from sources other than the bond fund account.

(b) The board of trustees shall: (1) Review and approve institutional budget requests; [and prepare and submit to the Board of Governors of Higher Education, in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-8, the budget request for the Connecticut State University System;] and (2) propose facility planning and capital expenditure budget priorities for the institutions under its jurisdiction. The board may request authority from the Treasurer to issue payment for claims against the state university system, other than a payment for payroll, debt service payable on state bonds to bondholders, paying agents, or trustees, or any payment the source of which includes the proceeds of a state bond issue.

Sec. 17. Subsection (c) of section 10a-99 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(c) Commencing December 1, 1984, and thereafter not later than sixty days after the close of each quarter, the board of trustees shall submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and the Office of Policy and Management [, through the Board of Governors of Higher Education,] a report on the actual expenditures of the Connecticut State University System Operating Fund. [containing such relevant information as the Board of Governors of Higher Education may require.]

Sec. 18. Section 10a-102 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

The University of Connecticut shall remain an institution for the education of youths whose parents are citizens of this state. The leading object of said university shall be, without excluding scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in such manner as the General Assembly prescribes, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in accordance with the provisions of an Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1862, entitled "An Act donating public lands to the several states and territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts", and also in accordance with an Act of Congress, approved August 30, 1890, entitled "An Act to apply a portion of the proceeds of the public lands to the more complete endowment and support of the colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts established under the provisions of an Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1862". The number of students who are to reside in university dormitories shall be determined by the board of trustees, preference in enrollment in the university being given to qualified students taking the full agricultural course. Said university is authorized to confer the academic and professional degrees appropriate to the courses prescribed by its board of trustees. The board shall establish policies which protect academic freedom and the content of course and degree programs. [, provided such policies shall be consistent with state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of Governors of Higher Education.]

Sec. 19. Section 10a-104 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) [Subject to state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of Governors of Higher Education, the] The Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut shall: (1) Make rules for the government of the university and shall determine the general policies of the university, including those concerning the admission of students and the establishment of schools, colleges, divisions and departments, and shall direct the expenditure of the university's funds within the amounts available; (2) develop the mission statement for The University of Connecticut, and all branches thereof, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following elements: (A) The educational needs of and constituencies served by said university and branches; (B) the degrees offered by said university; and (C) the role and scope of each institution and branch within the university system, which shall include each institution's and branch's particular strengths and specialties. The board of trustees shall submit the mission statement to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and approval in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-6, as amended by this act; (3) establish policies for the university system and for the individual institutions and branches under its jurisdiction; (4) submit to the Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education, for approval, recommendations for the establishment of new academic programs; (5) make recommendations to the Board of Governors of Higher Education, when appropriate, regarding institutional or branch mergers or closures; (6) coordinate the programs and services of the institutions and branches under its jurisdiction; (7) be authorized to enter into agreements, consistent with the provisions of section 5-141d, to save harmless and indemnify sponsors of research grants to The University of Connecticut, provided such an agreement is required to receive the grant and limits liability to damages or injury resulting from acts or omissions related to such research by employees of the university; (8) promote fund-raising to assist the university and report to the Commissioner of Higher Education and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education by January 1, 1994, and biennially thereafter, on such fund-raising; (9) charge the direct costs for a building project under its jurisdiction to the bond fund account for such project, provided (A) such costs are charged in accordance with a procedure approved by the Treasurer and (B) nothing in this subdivision shall permit the charging of working capital costs, as defined in the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, or costs originally paid from sources other than the bond fund account; (10) exercise the powers delegated to it pursuant to section 10a-109d; and (11) establish by October 1, 1997, policies governing the acceptance of gifts made by a foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f to the university or its employees for reimbursement of expenditures or payment of expenditures on behalf of the university or its employees.

(b) The board of trustees shall: (1) Review and approve institutional budget requests and prepare and submit to the [Board of Governors of Higher Education, in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-8,] Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management the budget request for the university and all branches thereof; (2) propose facility planning and capital expenditure budget priorities for the institutions under its jurisdiction; (3) fulfill requirements concerning the auditing and review of projects of UCONN 2000 in accordance with sections 10a-109z to 10a-109bb, inclusive; (4) establish the construction assurance office in accordance with section 10a-109cc; and (5) exercise the powers delegated to it in section 10a-109d. The board may request authority from the Treasurer to issue payment for claims against the university, other than a payment for payroll, debt service payable on state bonds to bondholders, paying agents, or trustees, or any payment the source of which includes the proceeds of a state bond issue.

(c) The board of trustees may create a board of directors for the governance of The University of Connecticut Health Center and may delegate such duties and authority as it deems necessary and appropriate to said board of directors. The board of directors shall include members of the board of trustees designated by the chairperson of the board of trustees and such other persons as the board of trustees deems appropriate.

Sec. 20. Subsection (d) of section 10a-105 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(d) Commencing December 1, 1981, and thereafter not later than sixty days after the close of each quarter, the board of trustees shall submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and the Office of Policy and Management, through the Board of Governors of Higher Education, a report on the actual expenditures of The University of Connecticut Operating Fund and The University of Connecticut Health Center Operating Fund containing such relevant information as the [Board of Governors of Higher Education] Office of Policy and Management may require.

Sec. 21. Subdivision (7) of section 10a-109c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(7) "Endowment fund state grant" means moneys transferred by the [Department of] Board of Regents for Higher Education from the fund established pursuant to section 10a-8b for deposit into the endowment fund pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 10a-109i in an aggregate amount not exceeding the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment.

Sec. 22. Section 10a-143 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education in concert with the state's institutions of higher education, shall study, develop and coordinate the implementation of new methods of awarding undergraduate degrees and college credits including but not limited to: (1) External degrees awarded on the basis of acceptable performance in an educational field whether or not the necessary education was obtained by the candidate at an institution of higher education and (2) examinations and methods other than classroom instruction for determining qualifications. On or before July 1, 1993, each constituent unit of the state system of higher education shall establish procedures to award college credits pursuant to this subsection and subsection (e) of this section.

(b) The Board of [Governors of] Regents for Higher Education shall promulgate regulations to authorize accredited institutions of higher education to award degrees by such new procedures.

(c) There shall continue to be a Board for State Academic Awards which shall be an independent constituent unit of the state system of higher education with authority to grant undergraduate and graduate credits and degrees on the basis of (1) examinations, (2) courses offered by Charter Oak State College, and (3) other forms of evaluation and validation of learning including transfer of credit. Said board is authorized to use the term "Charter Oak State College" on diplomas and other documents and utterances to affirm the status of the board as a degree-granting institution of higher education. It shall be the responsibility of the board to serve the interest of all Connecticut residents by providing open access to academic credentials which are based on a consensus of professional judgment. The purpose of such credentials shall be to identify and give recognition to higher learning acquired by individuals through independent study, work experience and programs of noncollegiate educational activity.

(d) The Board of Regents for Higher Education shall serve as the Board for State Academic Awards. [shall consist of nine persons, eight to be appointed by the Governor, who shall reflect the state's geographic, racial and ethnic diversity; one of whom shall be an alumnus of Charter Oak State College; and one to be elected by the students enrolled in Charter Oak State College. On or before July 1, 1983, the Governor shall appoint two members of the board for a term of two years from said date, two members for a term of four years from said date and one member for a term of six years from said date. On or before July 1, 1984, the Governor shall appoint one member for a term of three years from said date. On or before July 1, 1996, the Governor shall appoint two members, one for a term of five years from said date and one for a term of one year from said date. Thereafter the Governor shall appoint members of said board to succeed those appointees whose terms expire, such members to serve for terms of six years each from July first in the year of their appointment. On or before November 1, 1984, and biennially thereafter, the students enrolled with the board shall, in such manner as the board shall determine, elect one member of the board, who shall serve for a term of two years from November first in the year of his election. No member of said board, appointed by the Governor, shall be an employee of an institution of postsecondary or higher education. No member who has served consecutively for two full terms or portions thereof may again be appointed until two years have passed. The Governor shall, pursuant to section 4-9a, appoint the chairperson of the board. The board shall, annually, elect from its members such other officers as it deems necessary. The Governor shall fill any vacancies in the membership of said board by appointment for the balance of the unexpired term. The members of said board shall receive no compensation for their services as such but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses in the course of their duties. The board shall meet at least once during each calendar quarter and at such other times as the chairperson deems necessary or upon the request of a majority of members in office. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from office.]

(e) (1) The Board for State Academic Awards shall develop and implement programs to improve opportunities in higher education through alternative modes of service, including, but not limited to, guidance and information services, registration and validation services, examination and degree-granting services, technological delivery systems, and projects of research and development. [With respect to its own operation the board may appoint and remove an executive director, who shall be the chief academic and administrative officer, and a professional academic staff.] The Board of Regents for Higher Education may appoint and remove executive staff responsible for the operation of the Board for State Academic Awards. The board may determine the size of the academic staff and the duties, terms, and conditions of employment of said [director and] staff. [subject to personnel guidelines established by the Board of Governors of Higher Education in consultation with the Board for State Academic Awards.] The board shall establish through appointments on an adjunct basis a faculty of consulting examiners to make recommendations as to requirements and standards of the board's programs and to make recommendations for the award of academic undergraduate and graduate credits and degrees. Persons serving as members of the faculty of consulting examiners shall have appropriate professional qualifications as determined by the board and may hold professional appointments in active status at accredited institutions of postsecondary or higher learning. Within the limit of appropriations, the board shall fix the compensation of persons serving with adjunct appointment as members of the faculty of consulting examiners. The board shall confer such undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees as are appropriate to programs of postsecondary and higher learning and in accordance with the recommendations of the board's faculty of consulting examiners on the basis of (A) examinations, (B) courses offered by Charter Oak State College, and (C) other forms of validation and evaluation of learning, including transfer of credit. The board shall assist public institutions of higher education in establishing and implementing procedures to award college credits pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(2) The Board for State Academic Awards shall develop a mission statement which shall include, but not be limited to, the following elements: (A) The educational needs of, and constituencies served by the board; (B) the degrees offered by the board; and (C) the role and scope of the programs offered by the board. [The board shall submit the mission statement to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and approval in accordance with the provisions of section 10a-6.]

[(f) The Advisory Council for Higher Education established in accordance with subdivision (13) of subsection (a) of section 10a-6 shall be the advisory council for the board.]

[(g)] (f) The board shall fix fees for examinations and for such other purposes as the board deems necessary and may make refunds and other disposition of same as provided by law or regulation. The board may make contracts, leases or other agreements in connection with its responsibilities.

[(h)] (g) The Board for State Academic Awards shall establish and administer a fund to be known as the Board for State Academic Awards Operating Fund, which shall be a separate account within the General Fund. The operating fund shall be used for the expenses of the board, including personnel expenses and equipment, and for the support of board activities pursuant to this section, including validation and evaluation of learning, guidance and public information services, projects of research and development for the improvement of learning materials and the technology of delivery systems, and for the purchase of such services, materials and equipment as are required for use in connection with said activities. Appropriations from general revenues of the state, all fees and proceeds of the board's activities, including grants and donations, not required by statute or regulation to be deposited to the credit of the General Fund, shall be credited to and become a part of the resources of said operating fund. Any balance of receipts above expenditures shall remain in said operating fund.

[(i)] (h) The Board for State Academic Awards shall promote fund-raising to assist its programs pursuant to this section and shall report to the [Commissioner of Higher Education and the] joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education by January 1, 1994, and biennially thereafter, on such fund-raising.

Sec. 23. Section 10a-143a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) (1) The Board for State Academic Awards shall establish a permanent Endowment Fund for Charter Oak State College to encourage donations from the private sector, with an incentive in the form of an endowment fund state grant, the net earnings on the principal of which are dedicated and made available to Charter Oak State College for scholarships and programmatic enhancements. The fund shall be administered by the Board for State Academic Awards or by a nonprofit entity entrusted for such purpose and qualified as a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, and preferably constituted and controlled independent of the state and college so as to qualify the interest on state bonds the proceeds of which have been granted for deposit in the endowment fund as excludable from federal taxation under such code and shall, in any event, be held in a trust fund separate and apart from all other funds and accounts of the state and the Board for State Academic Awards. There shall be deposited into the fund: (A) Endowment fund eligible gifts; (B) endowment fund state grants; and (C) interest or other earnings from the investment of moneys in the endowment fund pending transfer or use of earnings on the principal of the fund for the purposes identified in this subdivision.

(2) (A) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2006, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the [Department of] Board of Regents for Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for Charter Oak State College a grant in an amount equal to half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received by or for the benefit of Charter Oak State College for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the Board for State Academic Awards by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, [and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education,] provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made.

(B) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2014, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the [Department of] Board of Regents for Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for Charter Oak State College a grant in an amount equal to one-quarter of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts, except as provided in this subdivision, received by or for the benefit of Charter Oak State College for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the Board for State Academic Awards by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, [and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education,] provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made. Endowment fund eligible gifts that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision, made by donors during the period from January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2005, shall continue to be matched by the [Department of] Board of Regents for Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received. Commitments by donors to make endowment fund eligible gifts for two or more years that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision and that are made for the period prior to December 31, 2004, but ending before December 31, 2012, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received through the commitment.

(C) In any such fiscal year in which the total of the eligible gifts received by Charter Oak State College exceeds the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year the amount in excess of such endowment fund state grant maximum commitment shall be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment. Any endowment fund eligible gifts that are not included in the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts certified by the chairperson of the Board for State Academic Awards pursuant to this subdivision may be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state matching grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year.

(3) The Board for State Academic Awards shall adopt, by October 1, 1997, guidelines with respect to (A) the solicitation of endowment fund eligible gifts from private donors, and (B) governing the acceptance of gifts made by a foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f, to Charter Oak State College or its employees for reimbursement of expenditures or payment of expenditures on behalf of Charter Oak State College or its employees. Private donations shall not be construed to include proceeds of municipal grants.

(b) For the purposes of this section: (1) "Endowment fund eligible gift" means a gift to or for the benefit of Charter Oak State College of cash or assets which may be reduced to cash or which has a value that is ascertainable by such college which the donor has specifically designated for deposit in the endowment fund or which explicitly or implicitly by the terms of the gift Charter Oak State College may and does deposit or permit to be deposited in the endowment fund. (2) "Endowment fund state grant" means moneys that are transferred by the [Department of] Board of Regents for Higher Education from the fund established pursuant to section 10a-8b to the endowment fund established pursuant to this section in an aggregate amount not exceeding the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment. (3) "Endowment fund state grant maximum commitment" means an amount not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars for each fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive.

(c) Notwithstanding the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment level provided for each fiscal year pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the total of the endowment fund state grant maximum commitments for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2014, inclusive, shall not exceed nine hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 24. Subsection (b) of section 31-11dd of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(b) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness, in accordance with subsection (c) of section 4-124w, may request other state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Departments of Education, [Higher Education,] Economic and Community Development and Social Services, the Labor Department, and the Board of [Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges] Regents for Higher Education to provide information, reports and other assistance to the board in carrying out its duties, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and sections 31-11cc and 31-11ee, and to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission in carrying out its duties pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

Sec. 25. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2011) (a) Whenever the term "Board of Governors of Higher Education" is used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the term "Board of Regents for Higher Education" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 3-22e, 4-9a, 4-38c, 4-67x, 4-89, 4-186, 4d-80, 4d-82, 5-160, 5-177, 5-242, 10-9, 10-16p, 10-19, 10-145a, 10-145b, 10-145m, 10-145n, 10-145p, 10-155d, 10-155e, 10-155l, 10-183b, 10-183n, 10-220a, 10-235, 10-236a, 10a-7, 10a-10, 10a-10a, 10a-11, 10a-11a, 10a-12b, 10a-13, 10a-16, 10a-19i, 10a-20, 10a-20a, 10a-22, 10a-22a, 10a-22b, 10a-22d, 10a-22k, 10a-22x, 10a-23, 10a-24, 10a-25j, 10a-25o, 10a-25p, 10a-31, 10a-33, 10a-34, 10a-34a, 10a-34c, 10a-34d, 10a-34f, 10a-35, 10a-36, 10a-37, 10a-38, 10a-39, 10a-40, 10a-42, 10a-42b, 10a-42g, 10a-43, 10a-44b, 10a-45, 10a-46, 10a-48, 10a-48b, 10a-49, 10a-51, 10a-54, 10a-66, 10a-74, 10a-78, 10a-132a, 10a-149, 10a-161, 10a-162a, 10a-163, 10a-163a, 10a-163b, 10a-164a, 10a-166, 10a-168, 10a-169, 10a-170, 10a-170b, 10a-170d, 10a-170l, 10a-170m, 10a-170u, 10a-170v, 10a-170w, 10a-171, 10a-203, 10a-210, 12-407, 19a-75, 20-37a, 20-206bb, 29-251b, 29-298a, 30-20a and 52-279.

(b) Whenever the term "Department of Higher Education" is used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the term "Board of Regents for Higher Education" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 4-89, 4-124x, 4-124y, 4-124aa, 4a-11, 4d-82, 5-155a, 5-198, 10-8c, 10-76i, 10-145b, 10-155d, 10-221a, 10a-1, 10a-8b, 10a-8c, 10a-10, 10a-11a, 10a-12, 10a-14, 10a-17, 10a-17c, 10a-17d, 10a-19c, 10a-19e, 10a-19f, 10a-19g, 10a-19i, 10a-22d, 10a-22h, 10a-22r, 10a-22u, 10a-25, 10a-25n, 10a-37, 10a-38, 10a-40, 10a-48, 10a-48a, 10a-54, 10a-55g, 10a-65, 10a-77a, 10a-89g, 10a-99a, 10a-109i, 10a-151, 10a-161b, 10a-163, 10a-163a, 10a-163b, 10a-164a, 10a-168a, 10a-169a, 10a-169b, 10a-170a, 10a-170e, 10a-170i, 10a-170l, 10a-170r, 10a-170t, 10a-170u, 11-1, 14-19a, 17a-52, 17a-215c and 20-206bb.

(c) Whenever the term "Commissioner of Higher Education" is used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the term "President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 3-22e, 4-124x, 4-124y, 4-124aa, 10-1, 10-16p, 10-16z, 10a-19d, 10a-19e, 10a-19f, 10a-19h, 10a-22a, 10a-22b, 10a-22c, 10a-22e, 10a-22f, 10a-22g, 10a-22h, 10a-22i, 10a-22n, 10a-22r, 10a-22s, 10a-22u, 10a-22v, 10a-34a, 10a-34b, 10a-34c, 10a-34d, 10a-34e, 10a-42g, 10a-48, 10a-48b, 10a-55a, 10a-77a, 10a-99a, 10a-109i, 10a-112g, 10a-144, 10a-150, 10a-150b, 10a-161a, 10a-161b, 10a-163, 10a-169a, 10a-169b, 10a-170c, 10a-170d, 10a-170h, 10a-170i, 10a-170k, 10a-170s, 10a-170t, 10a-203, 10a-224, 12-413b, 17a-52, 32-4f, 32-35, 32-39 and 32-717.

(d) Wherever the terms "Board of Governors of Higher Education," "Department of Higher Education" and "Commissioner of Higher Education" are used or referred to in any public or special act, the term "Board of Regents for Higher Education" shall be substituted in lieu thereof.

Sec. 26. Sections 10a-4 to 10a-4b, inclusive, 10a-8a, 10a-9, 10a-9a, 10a-12a, 10a-15, 10a-17b, 10a-17c, 10a-19 to 10a-19b, inclusive, and 10a-20 of the general statutes are repealed. (Effective July 1, 2011)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2011

10a-2

Sec. 2

July 1, 2011

10a-3

Sec. 3

July 1, 2011

New section

Sec. 4

July 1, 2011

10a-5

Sec. 5

July 1, 2011

10a-6

Sec. 6

July 1, 2011

10a-6a(a)

Sec. 7

July 1, 2011

10a-6b

Sec. 8

July 1, 2011

10a-8

Sec. 9

July 1, 2011

New section

Sec. 10

July 1, 2011

10a-71

Sec. 11

July 1, 2011

10a-72

Sec. 12

July 1, 2011

10a-77(c)

Sec. 13

July 1, 2011

10a-77(f)

Sec. 14

July 1, 2011

10a-87

Sec. 15

July 1, 2011

10a-88

Sec. 16

July 1, 2011

10a-89

Sec. 17

July 1, 2011

10a-99(c)

Sec. 18

July 1, 2011

10a-102

Sec. 19

July 1, 2011

10a-104

Sec. 20

July 1, 2011

10a-105(d)

Sec. 21

July 1, 2011

10a-109c(7)

Sec. 22

July 1, 2011

10a-143

Sec. 23

July 1, 2011

10a-143a

Sec. 24

July 1, 2011

31-11dd(b)

Sec. 25

July 1, 2011

New section

Sec. 26

July 1, 2011

Repealer section

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Joint Favorable Subst. C/R

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