SB 301: "An Act relating to postsecondary education."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 301                                                                                                     
01 "An Act relating to postsecondary education."                                                                           
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
03    * Section 1.  AS 14.42.015(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
04  (a)  There is in the Department of Education the Alaska Commission on                                                 
05 Postsecondary Education consisting of                                                                                   
06   (1)  one member [TWO MEMBERS] of the Board of Regents of the                                                       
07 University of Alaska designated by the members of that body;                                                            
08   (2)  one person representing private higher education in the state                                                   
09 selected jointly by the Boards of Trustees of Alaska Pacific University and Sheldon                                     
10 Jackson College from among their membership;                                                                            
11   (3)  one person representing the Department of Education selected by                                                 
12 the state Board of Education;                                                                                           
13   (4)  four persons broadly and equitably representative of the general                                                
14 public appointed by the governor;                                                                                       
01   (5)  [ONE MEMBER OF THE ALASKA HUMAN RESOURCE                                                                        
02 INVESTMENT COUNCIL ESTABLISHED BY AS 44.19.620 DESIGNATED BY                                                            
03 THE MEMBERS OF THAT BODY;                                                                                               
04   (6)  ONE PERSON FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL                                                                        
05 COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVISORY COUNCILS APPOINTED BY THE                                                                    
06 GOVERNOR;                                                                                                               
07   (7)]  two members from the legislature, one of whom shall be appointed                                               
08 by the president of the senate and one by the speaker of the house of representatives;                                  
09   (6) [(8)]  one person appointed in accordance with (e) of this section                                             
10 who is a full-time student as defined in AS 14.43.160;                                                                  
11   (7) [(9)]  one administrator appointed by the governor from a proprietary                                          
12 institution of postsecondary education that has an authorization to operate in the state                                
13 issued under AS 14.48.                                                                                                  
14    * Sec. 2.  AS 14.42.030(a) is amended to read:                                                                       
15  (a)  The commission has the following functions, advisory to the governing                                            
16 boards of institutions of public and private higher education in Alaska, to the governor,                               
17 the legislature, and to other appropriate state and federal officials:                                                  
18   (1)  coordinate the development of comprehensive plans for the orderly,                                              
19 systematic growth of public and private postsecondary education, including community                                    
20 colleges and occupational education, in the state and submit recommendations on the                                     
21 need for, and location of, new facilities and programs;                                                                 
22   (2)  advise as to the functions and purposes of the colleges and                                                     
23 universities, both public and private, in the state and counsel as to the programs                                      
24 appropriate to each;                                                                                                    
25   (3)  [REVIEW THE ANNUAL BUDGETS AND CAPITAL OUTLAY                                                                   
26 REQUESTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA AND OF EACH OF THE                                                                 
27 PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE, AND PRESENT                                                             
28 COMMENTS ON THE GENERAL LEVEL OF SUPPORT SOUGHT;                                                                        
29   (4)]  review and advise as to the working of all consortia and other                                                 
30 cooperative agreements between the institutions of higher education in the state that                                   
31 are parties to them [;                                                                                                  
01   (5)  REPEALED].                                                                                                      
02    * Sec. 3.  AS 14.42.030(b) is amended to read:                                                                       
03  (b)  The commission shall                                                                                             
04   (1)  [DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STATEWIDE PLAN FOR                                                                     
05 COORDINATED POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE STATE AND SERVE                                                              
06 AS THE STATE COMMISSION ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION REQUIRED                                                             
07 UNDER SEC. 1202 OF TITLE XII OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965,                                                       
08 AS AMENDED BY THE EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 1972 (P.L. 92-318,                                                            
09 SEC. 196; 86 STAT. 324);                                                                                                
10  (2)  ESTABLISH A STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON COMMUNITY                                                                  
11 COLLEGES AND DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STATEWIDE PLAN FOR THE                                                             
12 EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES UNDER                                                               
13 SEC. 1001 OF TITLE X OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965,                                                               
14 AS AMENDED BY THE EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 1972 (P.L. 92-318,                                                            
15 SEC. 186; 86 STAT. 312, 313);                                                                                           
16  (3)  SERVE AS THE STATE AGENCY REQUIRED UNDER SEC. 105 OF                                                             
17 TITLE I (COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION), 603 OF                                                            
18 TITLE VI (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION),                                                            
19 704 OF TITLE VII (CONSTRUCTION OF ACADEMIC FACILITIES), AND PART                                                        
20 B OF TITLE IV (GUARANTEED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM) OF THE HIGHER                                                           
21 EDUCATION ACT OF 1965 (P.L. 89-329; 79 STAT. 1220, 1262; 20 U.S.C. 1005,                                                
22 1123) AS AUTHORIZED BY SEC. 1202(c) OF TITLE XII OF THE HIGHER                                                          
23 EDUCATION ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED BY THE EDUCATION                                                                      
24 AMENDMENTS OF 1972 (P.L. 92-318, SEC. 196; 86 STAT. 324);                                                               
25   (4)]  administer the provisions of AS 14.43.090 - 14.43.160 (student                                                 
26 loan program);                                                                                                          
27   (2) [(5)]  administer the provisions of AS 14.48 (regulation of                                                    
28 postsecondary educational institutions) [;                                                                              
29   (6)  RESOLVE ANY DISPUTES THAT EXIST OR ARISE UNDER                                                                  
30 A CONSORTIUM OR OTHER COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN                                                                     
31 INSTITUTIONS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE                                                              
01 STATE].                                                                                                                 
02    * Sec. 4.  AS 14.42.120(a) is amended to read:                                                                       
03  (a)  The corporation shall be governed by a board of directors appointed by the                                       
04 governor consisting of two members of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary                                            
05 Education, each of whom is selected for the commission under AS 14.42.015(a)(1) -                                       
06 (2), (4), (6), or (7) [(4) - (6), (8), OR (9)] and the commissioner of revenue, the                                   
07 commissioner of administration, and the commissioner of commerce and economic                                           
08 development. Members of the board serve without compensation but the members who                                        
09 are also members of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education are entitled                                       
10 to per diem and travel expenses authorized by law for boards and commissions under                                      
11 AS 39.20.180.                                                                                                           
12    * Sec. 5.  AS 14.42.055 is repealed.