OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 898

AN ACT CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS.

SUMMARY:

This bill reassigns the authority and responsibility for operating certain doctoral programs between the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) and the UConn Board of Trustees. (Since 2012, the Board of Regents for Higher Education has served as the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System.) It grants (1) special responsibility to the CSUS Board of Trustees to operate professional doctoral degree programs and (2) exclusive responsibility to the UConn Board of Trustees to operate programs leading to research doctoral, doctor of medicine, doctor of dental medicine, and juris doctor degrees.

The bill removes from the UConn Board of Trustees the exclusive responsibility to operate post-baccalaureate professional degree programs.

It also requires the CSUS Board of Trustees to consider the following elements when approving professional doctoral degree programs:

1. the effect such a proposed program would have on the budget of the state university seeking the program,

2. whether expertise in the subject matter of such program currently exists at the state university,

3. current and projected accreditation standards governing the program, and

4. current and projected professional standards in the occupational field for which students would qualify for employment on graduation from the program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Professional Doctoral Degrees

Professional doctoral degrees emphasize skills, practical knowledge, and application of research to practical clinical experience.

Research Doctoral Degrees

Research doctoral degrees, or PhDs, focus on developing new knowledge in a field of study and are primarily the purview of research universities.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

18

Nay

0

(03/24/2015)