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Substitute Bill No. 5136

    February Session, 2018

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A STATE-WIDE STRATEGIC PLAN TO ENSURE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

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 Section 10a-11 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):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] Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut shall [, in consultation with the institutions of the state system of higher education and the constituent unit boards of trustees,] jointly develop a state-wide 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] Each public institution of higher education shall implement the state-wide strategic 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] Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut shall also develop policies to guide equal employment opportunity officers and programs [in all constituent units and at each institution of public higher education] at each public institution of higher education that each board governs.

(b) The [Office of Higher Education] Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut shall each report annually, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the Governor and [General Assembly] the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education on the activities undertaken by [the office] each board 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] each public institution of higher education that each board governs. 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] board by which such institution is governed. The Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut may establish a minority advancement program to reward and support efforts by [institutions within the state system of higher education] the public institutions of higher education that each board governs 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

10a-11

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(b), "each" was added for clarity.

HED

Joint Favorable Subst.