OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-24

AN ACT CONCERNING PROGRAM APPROVAL FOR INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Higher Ed., Off.

GF - Potential Savings

up to $48,000

up to $48,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill could result in a potential savings of up to $48,000 associated with exempting certain nonprofit independent higher education institutions from the Office of Higher Education's (OHE) approval process for new or revised academic programs. Currently, the OHE has multiple cross-trained employees who dedicate a portion of their work duties to program approval. Eliminating certain nonprofit independent higher education institutions would reduce the potential state workload, but would not reduce the federal responsibilities associated with program approval. Depending on the number of exemptions, and the decrease in approvals, OHE could incur savings of up to $48,000, which is equivalent to one part-time consultant.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.