relating to education; postsecondary; establishing a budget for higher education;
appropriating money to the Office of Higher Education, the Board of Trustees
of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic; regulating tuition increases;
regulating bonus payments; establishing the Minnesota Discovery, Research,
and InnoVation Economy funding program; providing statewide electronic
infrastructure; modifying provisions related to student grants, awards, and
aid, school registration, and licensure; requiring certain information to be
provided in higher education budget proposals; modifying procedures related
to terminating institutions from financial aid programs; establishing procedure
for cancellation of required surety bond; repealing Higher Education Advisory
Council;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 135A.031, subdivision 7;
136A.101, subdivision 9; 136A.125, subdivisions 2, 4; 136A.233, subdivision
2; 136A.646; 136A.65, subdivision 8; 136A.653, by adding a subdivision;
136F.40, subdivision 2; 137.027; 141.35; 299A.45, subdivision 4; proposing
coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 136A; 137; repealing
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.031, subdivision 2; Minnesota Rules,
parts 4830.0120; 4830.0130; 4830.0140; 4830.0150; 4830.0160; 4830.0170;
4830.0180; 4830.0190; 4830.0195.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.23HIGHER EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS
1.25 Subdivision 1. Summary By Fund. The amounts shown in this subdivision
1.26summarize direct appropriations, by fund, made in this article.
|Section 1. SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS.
2.3 Subd. 2. Summary By Agency - All Funds. The amounts shown in this subdivision
2.4summarize direct appropriations, by agency, made in this article.
|SUMMARY BY FUND
|Health Care Access
|SUMMARY BY AGENCY - ALL FUNDS
|Minnesota Office of Higher
|Board of Trustees of the
Minnesota State Colleges and
|Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota
2.17 The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
2.18agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
2.19general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated
2.20for each purpose. The figures "2014" and "2015" used in this article mean that the
2.21appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or
2.22June 30, 2015, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2014. "The second year" is fiscal
2.23year 2015. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
|Sec. 2. HIGHER EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS.
||Available for the Year
||Ending June 30
|Sec. 3. MINNESOTA OFFICE OF HIGHER
2.31The amounts that may be spent for each
2.32purpose are specified in the following
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
3.1If the appropriation in this subdivision for
3.2either year is insufficient, the appropriation
3.3for the other year is available for it.
3.4For the biennium, the tuition maximum is
3.5$10,488 in each year for students in four-year
3.6programs, and $5,808 in fiscal year 2014
3.7and $5,808 in fiscal year 2015 for students
3.8in two-year programs.
3.9This appropriation sets the living and
3.10miscellaneous expense allowance at $7,000
3.12Notwithstanding section 136A.101,
3.13subdivision 5a, for the biennium ending June
3.1430, 2015, the assigned family responsibility
3.15for independent students without dependents
3.16other than a spouse is 53 percent of the
3.17student contribution, and the assigned family
3.18responsibility for independent students with
3.19dependents other than a spouse is 80 percent
3.20of the student contribution.
|Subd. 2.State Grants
|Subd. 3.Child Care Grants
|Subd. 4.State Work-Study
3.24If the appropriation in this subdivision for
3.25either year is insufficient, the appropriation
3.26for the other year is available to meet
3.27reciprocity contract obligations.
|Subd. 5.Interstate Tuition Reciprocity
3.29This appropriation is to provide educational
3.30benefits under Minnesota Statutes, section
3.31299A.45, to eligible dependent children and
3.32to the spouses of public safety officers killed
3.33in the line of duty.
4.1If the appropriation in this subdivision for
4.2either year is insufficient, the appropriation
4.3for the other year is available for it.
|Subd. 6.Safety Officer's Survivors
4.5The director must contract with or employ
4.6at least one person with demonstrated
4.7competence in American Indian culture and
4.8residing in or near the city of Bemidji to
4.9assist students with the scholarships under
4.10Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.126, and
4.11with other information about financial aid for
4.12which the students may be eligible. Bemidji
4.13State University must provide office space
4.14at no cost to the Minnesota Office of Higher
4.15Education for purposes of administering the
4.16American Indian scholarship program under
4.17Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.126. This
4.18appropriation includes funding to administer
4.19the American Indian scholarship program.
|Subd. 7.Indian Scholarships
4.22For the intervention for college attendance
4.23program under Minnesota Statutes, section
4.25This appropriation includes funding to
4.26administer the intervention for college
4.27attendance program grants.
|Subd. 8.Intervention for College Attendance
|Subd. 9.Student-Parent Information
|Subd. 10.Get Ready
|Subd. 11.Midwest Higher Education Compact
|Subd. 12.Minnesota Minority Partnership
|Subd. 13.United Family Medicine Residency
|Subd. 14.MnLINK Gateway and Minitex
|Subd. 15.Agency Administration
5.3A balance in the first year under this section
5.4does not cancel, but is available for the
|Subd. 16.Balances Forward
|Sec. 4. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND
5.10The amounts that may be spent for each
5.11purpose are specified in the following
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
5.15For the Office of the Chancellor and the
5.16Shared Services Division.
|Subd. 2.Central Office and Shared Services
5.18This appropriation includes $25,500,000 in
5.19fiscal year 2014 and $52,500,000 in fiscal
5.20year 2015 for student tuition relief. The
5.21Board of Trustees may not set the tuition
5.22rate in any undergraduate degree-granting
5.23program for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015
5.24academic years at a rate greater than the
5.252012-2013 academic year rate. The student
5.26tuition relief may not be offset by increases
5.27in mandatory fees, charges, or other
5.28assessments to the student.
5.29To the extent that appropriations under
5.30this subdivision are insufficient to meet
5.31obligations contained in a labor or program
5.32contract, the Board of Trustees shall fund
5.33those obligations through reductions in costs
5.34associated with central administration of
6.1the system and executive administration of
6.2individual campuses, or through reallocation
6.3of nonstate funds received by the system.
6.4These outstanding obligations may not be
6.5funded through reduction in any program or
6.6service that directly impacts students or that
6.7is newly-authorized by the legislature for the
6.82014-2015 biennium, or through increased
6.9fees or costs directly assessed to students.
|Subd. 3.Operations and Maintenance
|Subd. 4.Learning Network of Minnesota
|Sec. 5. BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
6.18The amounts that may be spent for each
6.19purpose are specified in the following
|Appropriations by Fund
|Health Care Access
6.22This appropriation includes funding for
6.23operation and maintenance of the system.
6.24This appropriation includes $14,200,000 in
6.25fiscal year 2014 and $28,400,000 in fiscal
6.26year 2015 for tuition relief for resident
6.27undergraduate students. Notwithstanding
6.28section 137.025, subdivision 1, the
6.29commissioner of management and budget
6.30may not distribute any appropriation provided
6.31under this subdivision until the Board of
6.32Regents certifies to the commissioner that
6.33it has established resident tuition rates for
6.34courses in all undergraduate degree-granting
6.35programs at a rate no greater than the rate
7.1charged for the 2012-2013 academic year,
7.2and that the student tuition relief is not offset
7.3by increases in mandatory fees, charges, or
7.4other assessments to the student.
7.5The Board of Regents of the University
7.6of Minnesota must transfer $645,000 in
7.7fiscal year 2014 and $645,000 in fiscal year
7.82015 from the appropriations made to it for
7.9operations and maintenance to the Hennepin
7.10County Medical Center for graduate family
7.11medicine education programs at Hennepin
7.12County Medical Center.
7.13$9,000,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $9,000,000
7.14in fiscal year 2015 are for the Minnesota
7.15Discovery, Research, and InnoVation
7.16Economy (MnDRIVE) funding program.
|Subd. 2.Operations and Maintenance
7.18This appropriation is from the health care
|Subd. 3.Primary Care Education Initiatives
|Subd. 4.Special Appropriations
7.22For the Agricultural Experiment Station and
7.23the Minnesota Extension Service:
7.24(1) the agricultural experiment stations
7.25and Minnesota Extension Service must
7.26convene agricultural advisory groups to
7.27focus research, education, and extension
7.28activities on producer needs and implement
7.29an outreach strategy that more effectively
7.30and rapidly transfers research results and best
7.31practices to producers throughout the state;
7.32(2) this appropriation includes funding for
7.33research and outreach on the production of
7.34renewable energy from Minnesota biomass
8.1resources, including agronomic crops, plant
8.2and animal wastes, and native plants or trees.
8.3The following areas should be prioritized and
8.4carried out in consultation with Minnesota
8.5producers, renewable energy, and bioenergy
8.7(i) biofuel and other energy production from
8.8perennial crops, small grains, row crops,
8.9and forestry products in conjunction with
8.10the Natural Resources Research Institute
8.12(ii) alternative bioenergy crops and cropping
8.14(iii) biofuel coproducts used for livestock
8.16(3) this appropriation includes funding
8.17for the College of Food, Agricultural, and
8.18Natural Resources Sciences to establish and
8.19provide leadership for organic agronomic,
8.20horticultural, livestock, and food systems
8.21research, education, and outreach and for
8.22the purchase of state-of-the-art laboratory,
8.23planting, tilling, harvesting, and processing
8.24equipment necessary for this project;
8.25(4) this appropriation includes funding
8.26for research efforts that demonstrate a
8.27renewed emphasis on the needs of the state's
8.28agriculture community. The following
8.29areas should be prioritized and carried
8.30out in consultation with Minnesota farm
8.32(i) vegetable crop research with priority for
8.33extending the Minnesota vegetable growing
9.1(ii) fertilizer and soil fertility research and
9.3(iii) soil, groundwater, and surface water
9.4conservation practices and contaminant
9.6(iv) discovering and developing plant
9.7varieties that use nutrients more efficiently;
9.8(v) breeding and development of turf seed
9.9and other biomass resources in all three
9.11(vi) development of new disease-resistant
9.12and pest-resistant varieties of turf and
9.14(vii) utilizing plant and livestock cells to treat
9.15and cure human diseases;
9.16(viii) the development of dairy coproducts;
9.17(ix) a rapid agricultural response fund for
9.18current or emerging animal, plant, and insect
9.19problems affecting production or food safety;
9.20(x) crop pest and animal disease research;
9.21(xi) developing animal agriculture that is
9.22capable of sustainably feeding the world;
9.23(xii) consumer food safety education and
9.25(xiii) programs to meet the research and
9.26outreach needs of organic livestock and crop
9.28(xiv) alternative bioenergy crops and
9.29cropping systems; and growing, harvesting,
9.30and transporting biomass plant material; and
9.31(5) by February 1, 2015, the Board of
9.32Regents must submit a report to the
9.33legislative committees with responsibility
10.1for agriculture and higher education finance
10.2on the status and outcomes of research and
10.3initiatives funded in this section.
|(a) Agriculture and Extension Service
10.5$346,000 each year is to support up to 12
10.6resident physicians in the St. Cloud Hospital
10.7family practice residency program. The
10.8program must prepare doctors to practice
10.9primary care medicine in rural areas of the
10.10state. The legislature intends this program
10.11to improve health care in rural communities,
10.12provide affordable access to appropriate
10.13medical care, and manage the treatment of
10.14patients in a more cost-effective manner.
10.15The remainder of this appropriation is for
10.16the rural physicians associates program, the
10.17Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, health
10.18sciences research, dental care, and the
10.19Biomedical Engineering Center.
|(b) Health Sciences
10.21For the Geological Survey and the talented
10.22youth mathematics program.
|(c) Institute of Technology
10.24For general research, the Labor Education
10.25Service, Natural Resources Research
10.26Institute, Center for Urban and Regional
10.27Affairs, Bell Museum of Natural History, and
10.28the Humphrey exhibit.
10.29Of this amount, $125,000 in fiscal year 2014
10.30and $125,000 in fiscal year 2015 are added
10.31to the base for the Labor Education Service.
|(d) System Special
|(e) University of Minnesota and Mayo
11.1The appropriation for Academic Health
11.2Center funding under Minnesota Statutes,
11.3section 297F.10, is estimated to be
11.4$22,250,000 each year.
|Subd. 5.Academic Health Center
11.7The amounts that may be spent for the
11.8purposes are specified in the following
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
|Subd. 2.Medical School
|Subd. 3.Family Practice and Graduate
11.14HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 135A.031, subdivision 7, is amended to
Subd. 7. Reports.
Instructional and noninstructional expenditure data and
11.18 enrollment data must be submitted in the biennial budget document under section
11.19 135A.034 . This report must include a description of the methodology for determining
11.20 instructional and noninstructional expenditures and estimates of inflation in higher
11.21 education and the methodology or index used to determine the inflation rate. The
11.22University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems shall
11.23include in their biennial budget proposals to the legislature:
11.24 (1) a five-year history of systemwide expenditures, reported by:
11.25 (i) functional areas, including instruction, research, public service, student financial
11.26aid, and auxiliary services, and including direct costs and indirect costs, such as
11.27institutional support, academic support, student services, and facilities management,
11.28associated with each functional area; and
11.29 (ii) objects of expenditure, such as salaries, benefits, supplies, and equipment;
11.30 (2) a five-year history of the system's total instructional expenditures per full-year
11.31equivalent student, by level of instruction, including upper-division undergraduate,
11.32lower-division undergraduate, graduate, professional, and other categories of instructional
11.33programs offered by the system;
12.1 (3) a five-year history of the system's total revenues by funding source, including
12.2tuition, state operations and maintenance appropriations, state special appropriations, other
12.3restricted state funds, federal appropriations, sponsored research funds, gifts, auxiliary
12.4revenue, indirect cost recovery, and any other revenue sources;
12.5 (b) By February 1 of each even-numbered year, the Board of Regents of the University
12.6 of Minnesota and the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
12.7 must submit a report to the chairs of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
12.8 higher education policy and finance. The report must describe the following:
12.9 (1) (4) an explanation describing
how state appropriations made to the system in
odd-numbered year biennium
were allocated and the methodology used to
determine the allocation;
data describing how the institution reallocated resources to advance the
priorities set forth in the budget submitted under section
and the statewide
objectives under section
. The information must indicate whether instruction
and support programs received a reduction in or additional resources. The total amount
reallocated must be clearly explained;
the tuition rates and fees established by the governing board in each of the
past ten years and comparison data for peer institutions and national averages;
data on the number and proportion of students graduating within four, five,
and six years from universities and within three years from colleges as reported in the
integrated postsecondary education data system. These data must be provided for each
institution by race, ethnicity, and gender. Data and information must be submitted that
describe the system's plan and progress toward attaining the goals set forth in the plan
to increase the number and proportion of students that graduate within four, five, or six
years from a university or within three years from a college;
data on, and the methodology used to measure, the number of students
traditionally underrepresented in higher education enrolled at the system's institutions.
Data and information must be submitted that describe the system's plan and progress
toward attaining the goals set forth in the plan to increase the recruitment, retention, and
timely graduation of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education; and
data on the revenue received from all sources to support research or
workforce development activities or the system's efforts to license, sell, or otherwise
market products, ideas, technology, and related inventions created in whole or in part by
the system. Data and information must be submitted that describe the system's plan and
progress toward attaining the goals set forth in the plan to increase the revenue received
to support research or workforce development activities or revenue received from the
licensing, sale, or other marketing and technology transfer activities by the system.
(c) Instructional expenditure and enrollment data (b) Data required by this
shall be submitted by the public postsecondary systems to the Minnesota
Office of Higher Education and the Department of Management and Budget and included
in the biennial budget document.
The specific data shall be submitted only after the
13.7 director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education has consulted with a data advisory
13.8 task force to determine the need, content, and detail of the information. Representatives
13.9from each system, in consultation with the commissioner of management and budget
13.10and the director of the Office of Higher Education, shall develop consistent reporting
13.11practices for this purpose.
13.12 (c) To the extent practicable, each system shall develop the ability to respond to
13.13legislative requests for financial analyses that are more detailed than those required by this
13.14subdivision, including but not limited to analyses that show expenditures or revenues by
13.15institution or program, or in multiple categories of expenditures or revenues, and analyses
13.16that show revenue sources for particular types of expenditures.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.101, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
Subd. 9. Independent student.
"Independent student" has the meaning given
13.19 under Title IV of
the Higher Education Act of 1965,
United States Code, title 20, section
13.20 1070a-6 as amended
, and applicable regulations.
Sec. 3. [136A.104] INSTITUTION TERMINATION.
13.22 (a) The office shall have the authority to terminate a postsecondary institution's
13.23eligibility to participate in state student aid programs if the institution meets one of the
13.25 (1) violates a provision of Minnesota Statutes, Minnesota Rules, or administrative
13.26policies governing student aid programs and fails to correct the violation and reimburse
13.27the office for audit findings within the time frame specified in the audit report or other
13.28notice furnished by the office;
13.29 (2) has a consistent pattern of noncompliance with Minnesota Statutes, Minnesota
13.30Rules, or administrative policies governing student aid programs as documented by the
13.31office or lacks administrative capability to successfully administer student financial aid
13.32programs on campus based on factors including, but not limited to:
13.33 (i) adequacy of financial aid staffing levels, experience, training, and turnover of key
13.34financial aid staff;
14.1 (ii) adequate checks and balances in its system of internal controls;
14.2 (iii) maintenance of records required for programs; or
14.3 (iv) the ability to participate in the electronic processes used for program
14.5 (3) refuses to allow inspection of or provide information relating to financial aid
14.6records, after written request by the office;
14.7 (4) misappropriates student aid program funds;
14.8 (5) falsifies information or engages in misleading or deceptive practices involving
14.9the administration of student financial aid programs;
14.10 (6) no longer meets institutional eligibility criteria in section 136A.103 or 136A.155,
14.11or additional criteria for state grant participation in Minnesota Rules, part 4830.0300,
14.12subparts 1 and 2; or
14.13 (7) is terminated from participating in federal financial aid programs by the United
14.14States Department of Education, if such termination was based on violation of laws,
14.15regulations, or participation agreements governing federal financial aid programs.
Sec. 4. [136A.1041] TERMINATION PROCEDURE.
14.17 The office shall provide written notice of its intent to terminate an institution's
14.18eligibility to participate in student financial aid programs if the institution meets any of
14.19the criteria for termination in section 136A.104. The office shall send the institution
14.20written notification of the termination which is effective 90 days from the date of the
14.21written notification. The office shall also provide an institution an opportunity for a
14.22hearing pursuant to chapter 14.
Sec. 5. [136A.1042] REQUEST FOR HEARING.
14.24 An institution may request a hearing pursuant to chapter 14 regarding its termination
14.25of eligibility to participate in a student aid program. The request must be in writing and
14.26must be received by the director within 30 days of the date on the written notification of
14.27termination sent by the office. Within ten days of receipt of the request for hearing, the
14.28office shall contact the Office of Administrative Hearings to arrange a hearing date.
Sec. 6. [136A.1043] RESTRICTION ON AWARDS DURING TERMINATION
14.31 After the notice of termination and until such time as the termination becomes
14.32effective, the office reserves the right to withhold further financial aid disbursements to the
14.33institution. During this period, the institution may not make any new awards to students
15.1but may use any remaining student aid program funds on campus to make disbursements
15.2to any students awarded funds prior to the notice of termination.
Sec. 7. [136A.1044] FINAL DECISION; ORDERS.
15.4 The director shall render a decision and order in writing following receipt of the
15.5report issued by the administrative law judge after the hearing. The final decision of the
15.6director shall take into consideration the hearing record and the report of the administrative
15.7law judge. The order of the director is the final decision in the termination of the
15.8institution's eligibility to participate in a student aid program administered by the office.
Sec. 8. [136A.1045] REINSTATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY.
15.10 An institution terminated from participating in student financial aid programs
15.11may submit a request for reinstatement of eligibility. The institution must wait at least
15.1212 consecutive months from the effective date of the termination to submit a request
15.13for reinstatement. A request for reinstatement must be in writing and submitted to the
15.14director. If the institution is initially denied reinstatement, the institution must wait at
15.15least 90 days from the date of denial of reinstatement to resubmit a subsequent request
15.16for reinstatement. If an institution's eligibility is reinstated after the start of the academic
15.17term, eligible students shall receive payment retroactively to the beginning of the term
15.18during which the institution was reinstated.
Sec. 9. [136A.1046] REINSTATEMENT REQUIREMENTS.
15.20 An institution's reinstatement request must include:
15.21 (1) written documentation specifying changes the institution has made to
15.22successfully address the reasons for termination, as outlined in the termination notice;
15.23 (2) permission for the office's staff to conduct a reinstatement audit and to evaluate
15.24systems put in place to address the reasons for termination;
15.25 (3) evidence of full repayment to the office of student aid program funds the
15.26institution improperly received, withheld, disbursed, or caused to be disbursed;
15.27 (4) new participation agreements with the office for all student aid programs in
15.28which the institution wishes to participate; and
15.29 (5) if applicable, documentation of the institution's eligibility to participate in
15.30federal financial aid programs.
Sec. 10. [136A.1047] RESPONSE TO REINSTATEMENT REQUEST.
16.1 Within 60 days of receiving the institution's reinstatement request, the office shall
16.2conduct a reinstatement audit and either:
16.3 (1) place the institution on probationary status for a period of one year; or
16.4 (2) deny the request based on the institution meeting one or more of the termination
16.5criteria in section 136A.104.
Sec. 11. [136A.1048] PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
16.7 During the probationary period, the office may audit the institution's records without
16.8notice. If, while on probation, the institution violates a condition under section 136A.104,
16.9as documented by the office's audit staff, the office must remove the institution from
16.10probationary status and deny the request for reinstatement. If the institution fails to
16.11successfully complete the probationary period, termination is final and effective within 30
16.12days of written notice of the denial of the reinstatement request.
Sec. 12. [136A.1049] REINSTATEMENT.
16.14 If an institution no longer violates a condition under section 136A.104 and
16.15successfully completes the probationary period, the office must reinstate the institution's
16.16eligibility to participate in student financial aid programs effective the last date of the
Sec. 13. [136A.105] STUDENT AWARDS AFTER TERMINATION.
16.19 If an institution is terminated from participating in student financial aid programs
16.20during a payment period, and a student at the institution was eligible for an award other
16.21than a Student Educational Loan Fund loan before the effective date of the institution's
16.22termination, the office must issue a payment for that payment period, as long as the student
16.23will not receive a payment for the same payment period from another institution and the
16.24student continues to meet the program's eligibility requirements.
Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.125, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Eligible students.
(a) An applicant is eligible for a child care grant if
(1) is a resident of the state of Minnesota;
(2) has a child 12 years of age or younger, or 14 years of age or younger who is
disabled as defined in section
, and who is receiving or will receive care on a
regular basis from a licensed or legal, nonlicensed caregiver;
(3) is income eligible as determined by the office's policies and rules, but is not a
recipient of assistance from the Minnesota family investment program;
(4) has not earned a baccalaureate degree and has been enrolled full time less than
eight semesters or the equivalent;
(5) is pursuing a nonsectarian program or course of study that applies to an
undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate;
(6) is enrolled at least half time in an eligible institution; and
(7) is in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress.
(b) A student who withdraws from enrollment for active military service or for a
17.10major illness, while under the care of a medical professional, that substantially limits the
17.11student's ability to complete the term
is entitled to an additional semester or the equivalent
of grant eligibility and will be considered to be in continuing enrollment status upon return.
Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.125, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Amount and length of grants.
(a) The amount of a child care grant
must be based on:
(1) the income of the applicant and the applicant's spouse;
(2) the number in the applicant's family, as defined by the office; and
(3) the number of eligible children in the applicant's family.
(b) The maximum award to the applicant shall be
for each eligible
child per academic year, except that the campus financial aid officer may apply to the
office for approval to increase grants by up to ten percent to compensate for higher market
charges for infant care in a community. The office shall develop policies to determine
community market costs and review institutional requests for compensatory grant
increases to ensure need and equal treatment. The office shall prepare a chart to show the
amount of a grant that will be awarded per child based on the factors in this subdivision.
The chart shall include a range of income and family size.
Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.233, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Definitions.
For purposes of sections
, the words
defined in this subdivision have the meanings ascribed to them.
(a) "Eligible student" means a Minnesota resident enrolled or intending to enroll at
least half time in a degree, diploma, or certificate program in a Minnesota postsecondary
(b) "Minnesota resident" means a student who meets the conditions in section
17.34136A.101, subdivision 8
(c) "Financial need" means the need for financial assistance in order to attend a
postsecondary institution as determined by a postsecondary institution according to
guidelines established by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
(d) "Eligible employer" means any eligible postsecondary institution, any nonprofit,
nonsectarian agency or state institution located in the state of Minnesota, a disabled person
or a person over 65 who employs a student to provide personal services in or about the
person's residence, or a private, for-profit employer employing a student as an intern in a
position directly related to the student's field of study that will enhance the student's
knowledge and skills in that field.
(e) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means any postsecondary institution eligible
for participation in the Minnesota state grant program as specified in section
(f) "Independent student" has the meaning given
it in under Title IV of
Education Act of 1965,
United States Code, title 20, section 1070a-6 as amended
(g) "Half time" for undergraduates has the meaning given in section
, and for graduate students is defined by the institution.
Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.646, is amended to read:
18.19136A.646 ADDITIONAL SECURITY.
(a) In the event any registered institution is notified by the United States Department
of Education that it has fallen below minimum financial standards and that its continued
participation in Title IV will be conditioned upon its satisfying either the Zone Alternative,
Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, section 668.175, paragraph (f), or a Letter of Credit
Alternative, Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, section 668.175, paragraph (c), the
institution shall provide a surety bond conditioned upon the faithful performance of all
contracts and agreements with students in a sum equal to the "letter of credit" required by
the United States Department of Education in the Letter of Credit Alternative, but in no
event shall such bond be less than $10,000 nor more than $250,000.
(b) In lieu of a bond, the applicant may deposit with the commissioner of
management and budget:
(1) a sum equal to the amount of the required surety bond in cash; or
(2) securities, as may be legally purchased by savings banks or for trust funds, in an
aggregate market value equal to the amount of the required surety bond.
19.1 (c) The surety of any bond may cancel it upon giving 60 days' notice in writing to
19.2the office and shall be relieved of liability for any breach of condition occurring after
19.3the effective date of cancellation.
Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.65, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
Subd. 8. Disapproval of registration appeal.
(a) If a school's degree or use of a
19.6 term in its name is disapproved by the office, the school may request a hearing under
19.7 chapter 14. The request must be in writing and made to the office within 30 days of the
19.8 date the school is notified of the disapproval.
19.9 (b) (a)
The office may refuse to renew, revoke, or suspend registration, approval of
a school's degree, or use of a regulated term in its name by giving written notice and
reasons to the school.
The school may request a hearing under chapter 14. If a hearing is
19.12 requested, no revocation or suspension shall take effect until after the hearing.
19.13 (c) (b)
Reasons for revocation or suspension of registration or approval may be
for one or more of the following reasons:
(1) violating the provisions of sections
(2) providing false, misleading, or incomplete information to the office;
(3) presenting information about the school which is false, fraudulent, misleading,
deceptive, or inaccurate in a material respect to students or prospective students; or
(4) refusing to allow reasonable inspection or to supply reasonable information after
a written request by the office has been received.
19.21 (c) Any order refusing, revoking, or suspending a school's registration, approval of a
19.22school's degree, or use of a regulated term in the school's name is appealable in accordance
19.23with chapter 14. The request must be in writing and made to the office within 30 days of the
19.24date the school is notified of the action of the office. If a school has been operating and its
19.25registration has been revoked, suspended, or refused by the office, the order is not effective
19.26until the final determination of the appeal, unless immediate effect is ordered by the court.
Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.653, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
19.29 Subd. 5. Free educational courses. A school providing exclusively free training or
19.30instructional programs or courses where no tuition, fees, or any other charges are required
19.31for a student to participate is exempt from the provisions of sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.
Sec. 20. [136A.89] STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC INFRASTRUCTURE;
20.1 Subdivision 1. Collaborative infrastructure. (a) The Department of Employment
20.2and Economic Development, the Department of Education, the Office of Higher
20.3Education, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
20.4shall collaborate to implement an electronic infrastructure, maintained under the direction
20.5and control of the Office of Higher Education, to support academic and workforce success
20.6statewide. The infrastructure shall first utilize existing assets, tools, and services, including
20.7but not limited to efolioMinnesota and GPS LifePlan. To facilitate implementation of this
20.8section, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall transfer hosting, support, help
20.9desk responsibilities, software maintenance, and its intellectual property rights associated
20.10with efolioMinnesota and GPS LifePlan to the Office of Higher Education.
20.11(b) To the extent possible, the basic electronic infrastructure shall be available at no
20.12charge to all state residents and to all students attending Minnesota educational institutions.
20.13 Subd. 2. Goals; programs. The office may enhance the efolioMinnesota platform
20.14to allow, at a minimum, implementation of:
20.15(1) a portfolio-based individual learning plan solution that includes comprehensive
20.16academic and life planning instruments, to support student transitions to postsecondary
20.17school or to work; and
20.18(2) a student-owned proficiency portfolio solution to support student transitions to
20.19the workplace and employers seeking first-day-work-ready employees.
20.20 Subd. 3. Resources; accountability reports. (a) The office may seek and accept
20.21contributions from individuals, businesses, and other organizations to support the goals
20.22required by this section. The parties listed in subdivision 1 are not required to contribute.
20.23All contributions received are appropriated to the office and shall be administered as
20.24directed by the office.
20.25(b) The director of the Office of Higher Education shall submit, no later than January
20.2615 of each year, a report to the governor and legislature on the progress of the office's
20.27activities related to implementation of this section.
Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136F.40, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Contracts.
(a) The board may enter into a contract with the chancellor,
a vice-chancellor, or a president, containing terms and conditions of employment. The
terms of the contract must be authorized under a plan approved under section
(b) Notwithstanding section
43A.17, subdivision 11
, or other law to the contrary, a
contract under this section may provide a liquidated salary amount or other compensation
if a contract is terminated by the board prior to its expiration.
(c) Notwithstanding section
or other law to the contrary, a contract under
this section may contain a deferred compensation plan made in conformance with section
457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.
21.4(d) Notwithstanding any provision of the plan approved under section 43A.18,
21.5subdivision 3a, a contract under this section must not authorize or otherwise provide for a
21.6discretionary or mandatory bonus or other performance-based incentive payment.
21.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment
21.8and applies to contracts entered into on or after that date.
Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 137.027, is amended to read:
21.10137.027 APPROPRIATION; FRINGE BENEFITS.
Direct appropriations to the University of Minnesota include money to pay
the employer's share of Social Security, state retirement, and health insurance. Money
provided for these purposes shall be expended only for these purposes and any amounts in
excess of the employer's share shall be returned to the state treasury.
21.15(b) Unless otherwise explicitly provided for in law, direct appropriations to the
21.16University of Minnesota do not include, and may not be used to pay, any mandatory or
21.17discretionary bonus or other performance-based incentive payment provided for in an
21.18employment contract with the president or vice-presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice
21.19provosts, deans, or directors of individual programs.
Sec. 23. [137.71] MINNESOTA DISCOVERY, RESEARCH, AND INNOVATION
21.21ECONOMY FUNDING PROGRAM.
21.22 Subdivision 1. Establishment. (a) The Minnesota Discovery, Research, and
21.23InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) funding program is established to discover new
21.24knowledge through scientific research that will:
21.25(1) advance the state's economy;
21.26(2) leverage opportunities and establish priorities in sectors of state strength and
21.28(3) improve the health and wellbeing of Minnesota's citizens;
21.29(4) advance the capacity and competitiveness of existing and emerging food- and
21.30manufacturing-related science and technology industries; and
21.31(5) build a better Minnesota by driving progress and advancing the common good.
21.32(b) The MnDRIVE funding program shall establish priorities by investing in
21.33scientific research that promotes:
22.1(1) programs that can position Minnesota as a leader in engineering, science,
22.2technology, and food-related solutions;
22.3(2) initiatives that support the growth of targeted industry clusters and the
22.4competitiveness of existing Minnesota engineering, science, technology, and food
22.5companies in developing new products and services;
22.6(3) initiatives that can result in creating new Minnesota-based companies;
22.7(4) initiatives that can improve the quality of life of Minnesota's citizens, decrease
22.8the incidence of disease, and transform how we prevent, treat, and cure diseases; and
22.9(5) initiatives that can secure a safer environment, seek sustainable energy solutions,
22.10and prevent, diagnose, and treat environmental problems associated with Minnesota
22.12 Subd. 2. Funding requests. The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota,
22.13acting alone or in partnership with other public or private entities, is requested to submit
22.14investment proposals consistent with the goals and objectives of the MnDRIVE funding
22.15program as part of the Board of Regents biennial budget request to the legislature. The
22.16Board of Regents must give consideration to investments in existing scientific research
22.17programs that meet these guidelines but may require additional resources in order to
22.18preserve or accelerate Minnesota into a national or global leadership position. The
22.19governor shall submit a recommendation to the legislature regarding funding requests
22.20submitted by the Board of Regents.
22.21 Subd. 3. Reporting. By March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the Board of Regents
22.22of the University of Minnesota must provide to the chairs and ranking minority members
22.23of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education policy and
22.24finance a summary report of investments and accomplishments related to funds received
22.25from the state under subdivision 2 from the prior biennium.
22.26EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 141.35, is amended to read:
shall not apply to the following:
(1) public postsecondary institutions;
(2) postsecondary institutions registered under sections
(3) schools of nursing accredited by the state Board of Nursing or an equivalent
public board of another state or foreign country;
(4) private schools complying with the requirements of section
(5) courses taught to students in a valid apprenticeship program taught by or
required by a trade union;
(6) schools exclusively engaged in training physically or mentally disabled persons
for the state of Minnesota;
(7) schools licensed by boards authorized under Minnesota law to issue licenses
except schools required to obtain a private career school license due to the use of
"academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in their names;
(8) schools and educational programs, or training programs, contracted for by
persons, firms, corporations, government agencies, or associations, for the training of their
own employees, for which no fee is charged the employee;
(9) schools engaged exclusively in the teaching of purely avocational, recreational,
or remedial subjects as determined by the office except schools required to obtain a private
career school license due to the use of "academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in
their names unless the school used "academy" or "institute" in its name prior to August
(10) classes, courses, or programs conducted by a bona fide trade, professional, or
fraternal organization, solely for that organization's membership;
(11) programs in the fine arts provided by organizations exempt from taxation
and registered with the attorney general under chapter 309. For
the purposes of this clause, "fine arts" means activities resulting in artistic creation or
artistic performance of works of the imagination which are engaged in for the primary
purpose of creative expression rather than commercial sale or employment. In making
this determination the office may seek the advice and recommendation of the Minnesota
Board of the Arts;
(12) classes, courses, or programs intended to fulfill the continuing education
requirements for licensure or certification in a profession, that have been approved by a
legislatively or judicially established board or agency responsible for regulating the practice
of the profession, and that are offered exclusively to an individual practicing the profession;
(13) classes, courses, or programs intended to prepare students to sit for
undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, or occupational licensing and occupational
(14) classes, courses, or programs providing 16 or fewer clock hours of instruction
that are not part of the curriculum for an occupation or entry level employment except
schools required to obtain a private career school license due to the use of "academy,"
"institute," "college," or "university" in their names;
(15) classes, courses, or programs providing instruction in personal development,
modeling, or acting;
(16) training or instructional programs, in which one instructor teaches an individual
student, that are not part of the curriculum for an occupation or are not intended to prepare
a person for entry level employment;
(17) schools with no physical presence in Minnesota, as determined by the office,
engaged exclusively in offering distance instruction that are located in and regulated by
other states or jurisdictions; and
24.11 (18) schools providing exclusively free training or instructional programs or courses
24.12where no tuition, fees, or any other charges are required for a student to participate
Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 299A.45, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Renewal.
Each award must be given for one academic year and is
renewable for a maximum of eight semesters or the equivalent. A student who withdraws
from enrollment for active military service or for a major illness, while under the care
24.17of a medical professional, that substantially limits the student's ability to complete the
is entitled to an additional semester or the equivalent of grant eligibility. An award
must not be given to a dependent child who is 23 years of age or older on the first day of
the academic year.
Sec. 26. REPEALER.
24.22(a) Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 136A.031, subdivision 2, is repealed.
24.23(b) Minnesota Rules, parts 4830.0120; 4830.0130; 4830.0140; 4830.0150;
24.244830.0160; 4830.0170; 4830.0180; 4830.0190; and 4830.0195, are repealed.