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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 5136

February Session, 2018


LCO No. 375





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

Section 1. Section 10a-11 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) The Office of Higher Education [shall] may, in consultation with the institutions of the state system of higher education and the constituent unit boards of trustees, develop a strategic plan, consistent with the affirmative action plan submitted to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in accordance with section 46a-68, to ensure that students, faculty, administrators and staff at each institution are representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the total population of the state. For each institution, there shall be an approved plan which shall include goals, programs and timetables for achieving those goals, and a procedure to monitor annually the results of these programs and a procedure to take corrective action if necessary. The Office of Higher Education [shall] may also develop policies to guide equal employment opportunity officers and programs in all constituent units and at each institution of public higher education.

(b) The Office of Higher Education [shall] may report annually to the Governor and General Assembly on the activities undertaken by the office in accordance with subsection (a) of this section. The report shall include institutional goals and plans for attaining such goals, as well as changes in enrollment and employment at the state's institutions of public higher education. If it is determined that an institution has failed to achieve the goals set out pursuant to this section, such institution shall develop a plan of corrective procedures to ensure that such goals are achieved, subject to the approval of the Office of Higher Education. The Office of Higher Education may establish a minority advancement program to reward and support efforts by institutions within the state system of higher education towards meeting the goals established in the strategic plan developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018


Statement of Purpose:

To make permissive the requirement that the Office of Higher Education develop a strategic plan to ensure racial and ethnic diversity at public institutions of higher education.

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