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HF 378

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/07/2011 09:37am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; requiring a study of graduate education.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginSTUDY OF GRADUATE EDUCATION IN FOR-PROFIT SECTOR.
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new text begin The Minnesota Office of Higher Education must study graduate education in the
for-profit institutions that offer graduate education to Minnesota students. The study
must examine the rights and responsibilities of graduate students attending for-profit
institutions. At a minimum, the study must include an analysis of contractual arrangements
with graduate students, fulfillment of these contracts by all parties, protection of graduate
students' intellectual property rights, communication of well-defined expectations
for completion of graduation requirements, provision of adequate notice of changing
expectations for completion of graduate degrees, and ease of access by the graduate
student to information on the policies and procedures of the institution. The study must
evaluate the extent to which these institutions provide clear guidelines for graduate studies
on due process, academic freedom of inquiry, and recourse for graduate students if a
potential conflict of interest situation, including access to alternative dispute resolution
systems, and provide examples of effective guidelines and policies. The office must report
on the findings of this study by January 15, 2013, to the committees of the legislature with
responsibility for higher education finance. The report must include recommendations for
any changes to improve graduate education in the for-profit sector.
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