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Conference Committee Report - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 05/17/2015 03:02pm

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1.1CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ON S.F. No. 5
1.2A bill for an act
1.3relating to higher education; establishing a budget for higher education;
1.4appropriating money to the Office of Higher Education, the Board of Trustees
1.5of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Board of Regents of
1.6the University of Minnesota; appropriating money for tuition relief; making
1.7various policy and technical changes to higher-education-related provisions;
1.8regulating the policies of postsecondary institutions relating to sexual harassment
1.9and sexual violence; providing goals, standards, programs, and grants; requiring
1.10reports;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 5.41, subdivisions 2, 3;
1.1113.32, subdivision 6; 13.322, by adding a subdivision; 16C.075; 124D.09, by
1.12adding subdivisions; 124D.091, subdivision 1; 135A.15, subdivisions 1, 2, by
1.13adding subdivisions; 136A.01, by adding a subdivision; 136A.101, subdivisions
1.145a, 8; 136A.121, subdivision 20; 136A.125, subdivisions 2, 4, 4b; 136A.1701,
1.15subdivision 4; 136A.861, subdivision 1; 137.54; 177.23, subdivision 7; Laws
1.162014, chapter 312, article 13, section 47; proposing coding for new law in
1.17Minnesota Statutes, chapters 135A; 136A; 136F; 175; 626; repealing Minnesota
1.18Rules, part 4830.7500, subparts 2a, 2b.
1.19May 17, 2015
1.20The Honorable Sandra L. Pappas
1.21President of the Senate
1.22The Honorable Kurt L. Daudt
1.23Speaker of the House of Representatives
1.24We, the undersigned conferees for S.F. No. 5 report that we have agreed upon the
1.25items in dispute and recommend as follows:
1.26That the House recede from its amendments and that S.F. No. 5 be further amended
1.27as follows:
1.28Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.29"ARTICLE 1
1.30HIGHER EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS

1.31
Section 1. SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS.
1.32    Subdivision 1. Summary By Fund. The amounts shown in this subdivision
1.33summarize direct appropriations, by fund, made in this article.
2.1
SUMMARY BY FUND
2.2
2016
2017
Total
2.3
General
$
1,530,668,000
$
1,536,256,000
$
3,066,924,000
2.4
Health Care Access
2,157,000
2,157,000
4,314,000
2.5
Total
$
1,532,825,000
$
1,538,413,000
$
3,071,238,000
2.6    Subd. 2. Summary By Agency - All Funds. The amounts shown in this subdivision
2.7summarize direct appropriations, by agency, made in this article.
2.8
SUMMARY BY AGENCY - ALL FUNDS
2.9
2016
2017
Total
2.10
2.11
Minnesota Office of Higher
Education
$
230,843,000
$
236,630,000
$
467,473,000
2.12
2.13
2.14
Board of Trustees of the
Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities
672,925,000
672,726,000
1,345,651,000
2.15
2.16
Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota
627,706,000
627,706,000
1,251,098,000
2.17
Mayo Clinic
1,351,000
1,351,000
2,702,000
2.18
Total
$
1,532,825,000
$
1,538,413,000
$
3,066,924,000

2.19
Sec. 2. HIGHER EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS.
2.20    The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
2.21agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
2.22general fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated
2.23for each purpose. The figures "2016" and "2017" used in this article mean that the
2.24appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or
2.25June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal
2.26year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
2.27
APPROPRIATIONS
2.28
Available for the Year
2.29
Ending June 30
2.30
2016
2017

2.31
2.32
Sec. 3. MINNESOTA OFFICE OF HIGHER
EDUCATION
2.33
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
230,843,000
$
236,630,000
2.34The amounts that may be spent for each
2.35purpose are specified in the following
2.36subdivisions.
2.37
Subd. 2.State Grants
180,281,000
180,281,000
3.1If the appropriation in this subdivision for
3.2either year is insufficient, the appropriation
3.3for the other year is available for it.
3.4
Subd. 3.Child Care Grants
6,684,000
6,684,000
3.5
Subd. 4.State Work-Study
14,502,000
14,502,000
3.6
Subd. 5.Interstate Tuition Reciprocity
11,018,000
11,018,000
3.7If the appropriation in this subdivision for
3.8either year is insufficient, the appropriation
3.9for the other year is available to meet
3.10reciprocity contract obligations.
3.11
Subd. 6.Safety Officer's Survivors
100,000
100,000
3.12This appropriation is to provide educational
3.13benefits under Minnesota Statutes, section
3.14299A.45, to eligible dependent children and
3.15to the spouses of public safety officers killed
3.16in the line of duty.
3.17If the appropriation in this subdivision for
3.18either year is insufficient, the appropriation
3.19for the other year is available for it.
3.20
Subd. 7.Indian Scholarships
3,500,000
3,500,000
3.21The commissioner must contract with or
3.22employ at least one person with demonstrated
3.23competence in American Indian culture and
3.24residing in or near the city of Bemidji to
3.25assist students with the scholarships under
3.26Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.126, and
3.27with other information about financial aid for
3.28which the students may be eligible. Bemidji
3.29State University must provide office space
3.30at no cost to the Minnesota Office of Higher
3.31Education for purposes of administering the
3.32American Indian scholarship program under
3.33Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.126. This
4.1appropriation includes funding to administer
4.2the American Indian scholarship program.
4.3
Subd. 8.Tribal College Grants
150,000
150,000
4.4For tribal college assistance grants under
4.5Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1796.
4.6
4.7
Subd. 9.Intervention for College Attendance
Program Grants
671,000
671,000
4.8For the intervention for college attendance
4.9program under Minnesota Statutes, section
4.10136A.861.
4.11This appropriation includes funding to
4.12administer the intervention for college
4.13attendance program grants.
4.14
Subd. 10.Student-Parent Information
122,000
122,000
4.15
Subd. 11.Get Ready!
180,000
180,000
4.16
4.17
Subd. 12.Minnesota Education Equity
Partnership
45,000
45,000
4.18
Subd. 13.Midwest Higher Education Compact
115,000
115,000
4.19
4.20
Subd. 14.United Family Medicine Residency
Program
501,000
501,000
4.21For a grant to United Family Medicine
4.22residency program. This appropriation
4.23shall be used to support up to 21 resident
4.24physicians each year in family practice at
4.25United Family Medicine residency programs
4.26and shall prepare doctors to practice family
4.27care medicine in underserved rural and
4.28urban areas of the state. It is intended
4.29that this program will improve health
4.30care in underserved communities, provide
4.31affordable access to appropriate medical
4.32care, and manage the treatment of patients in
4.33a cost-effective manner.
5.1
Subd. 15.MnLINK Gateway and Minitex
5,905,000
5,905,000
5.2
5.3
Subd. 16.Statewide Longitudinal Education
Data System
882,000
882,000
5.4
Subd. 17.Hennepin County Medical Center
645,000
645,000
5.5For transfer to Hennepin County Medical
5.6Center for graduate family medical education
5.7programs at Hennepin County Medical
5.8Center.
5.9
5.10
Subd. 18.MNSCU Two-Year Public College
Program
-0-
5,000,000
5.11(a) $3,993,000 in fiscal year 2017 is for
5.12two-year public college program grants
5.13under article 3, section 20.
5.14(b) $782,000 in fiscal year 2017 is to provide
5.15mentoring and outreach as specified under
5.16article 3, section 20.
5.17(c) $225,000 in fiscal year 2017 is for
5.18information technology and administrative
5.19costs associated with implementation of the
5.20grant program.
5.21(d) The base for fiscal year 2018 is $3,481,000
5.22and the base for fiscal year 2019 is $0.
5.23
Subd. 19.College Possible
250,000
250,000
5.24(a) This appropriation is for immediate
5.25transfer to College Possible to support
5.26programs of college admission and college
5.27graduation for low-income students through
5.28an intensive curriculum of coaching
5.29and support at both the high school and
5.30postsecondary level.
5.31(b) This appropriation must, to the extent
5.32possible, be proportionately allocated
5.33between students from greater Minnesota and
6.1students in the seven-county metropolitan
6.2area.
6.3(c) This appropriation must be used
6.4by College Possible only for programs
6.5supporting students who are residents
6.6of Minnesota and attending colleges or
6.7universities within Minnesota.
6.8(d) By February 1 of each year, College
6.9Possible must report to the chairs and
6.10ranking minority members of the legislative
6.11committees and divisions with jurisdiction
6.12over higher education and E-12 education on
6.13activities funded by this appropriation. The
6.14report must include, but is not limited to,
6.15information about the expansion of College
6.16Possible in Minnesota, the number of College
6.17Possible coaches hired, the expansion within
6.18existing partner high schools, the expansion
6.19of high school partnerships, the number of
6.20high school and college students served, the
6.21total hours of community service by high
6.22school and college students, and a list of
6.23communities and organizations benefitting
6.24from student service hours.
6.25
6.26
Subd. 20.Large Animal Veterinarian Loan
Forgiveness Program
250,000
6.27For the large animal veterinarian loan
6.28forgiveness program under Minnesota
6.29Statutes, section 136A.1795. This is a
6.30onetime appropriation and is available until
6.31June 30, 2022.
6.32
6.33
Subd. 21.Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic
Brain Injury Research Grant Program
500,000
500,000
7.1For spinal cord injury and traumatic brain
7.2injury research grants authorized under
7.3Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.901.
7.4The commissioner may use no more than
7.5three percent of this appropriation to
7.6administer the grant program under this
7.7subdivision.
7.8
7.9
Subd. 22.Summer Academic Enrichment
Program
100,000
100,000
7.10For summer academic enrichment grants
7.11under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.091.
7.12The commissioner may use no more than
7.13three percent of this appropriation to
7.14administer the grant program under this
7.15subdivision.
7.16
7.17
Subd. 23.Dual Training Competency Grants;
OHE
1,000,000
2,000,000
7.18For training grants under Minnesota Statutes,
7.19section 136A.246.
7.20The commissioner may use no more than
7.21three percent of this appropriation to
7.22administer the grant program under this
7.23subdivision.
7.24
7.25
Subd. 24.Dual Training Competency Grants;
DOLI
200,000
200,000
7.26For transfer to the commissioner of labor
7.27and industry for identification of competency
7.28standards for dual training under Minnesota
7.29Statutes, section 175.45.
7.30
Subd. 25.Concurrent Enrollment Courses
340,000
340,000
7.31(a) $225,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
7.32$225,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for grants to
7.33develop new concurrent enrollment courses
7.34under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09,
8.1subdivision 10, that satisfy the elective
8.2standard for career and technical education.
8.3Any balance in the first year does not cancel
8.4but is available in the second year.
8.5(b) $115,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
8.6$115,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for grants
8.7to postsecondary institutions currently
8.8sponsoring a concurrent enrollment course to
8.9expand existing programs. The commissioner
8.10shall determine the application process and
8.11the grant amounts. The commissioner must
8.12give preference to expanding programs that
8.13are at capacity. Any balance in the first year
8.14does not cancel but is available in the second
8.15year.
8.16(c) By December 1 of each year, the office
8.17shall submit a brief report to the chairs and
8.18ranking minority members of the legislative
8.19committees with jurisdiction over higher
8.20education regarding:
8.21(1) the courses developed by grant recipients
8.22and the number of students who enrolled in
8.23the courses under paragraph (a); and
8.24(2) the programs expanded and the number
8.25of students who enrolled in programs under
8.26paragraph (b).
8.27
Subd. 26.Student Loan Debt Counseling
150,000
150,000
8.28For student loan debt counseling under article
8.293, section 24. This is a onetime appropriation.
8.30
Subd. 27.Campus Sexual Assault Reporting
25,000
25,000
8.31For the sexual assault reporting required
8.32under Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.15.
8.33
Subd. 28.Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness
200,000
200,000
9.1For the loan forgiveness program under
9.2Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1791.
9.3The commissioner may use no more
9.4than three percent of this appropriation
9.5to administer the program under this
9.6subdivision.
9.7
Subd. 29.Agency Administration
2,527,000
2,564,000
9.8
Subd. 30.Balances Forward
9.9A balance in the first year under this section
9.10does not cancel, but is available for the
9.11second year.
9.12
Subd. 31.Transfers
9.13The Minnesota Office of Higher Education
9.14may transfer unencumbered balances from
9.15the appropriations in this section to the state
9.16grant appropriation, the interstate tuition
9.17reciprocity appropriation, the child care
9.18grant appropriation, the Indian scholarship
9.19appropriation, the state work-study
9.20appropriation, the get ready appropriation,
9.21and the public safety officers' survivors
9.22appropriation. Transfers from the child care
9.23or state work-study appropriations may only
9.24be made to the extent there is a projected
9.25surplus in the appropriation. A transfer may
9.26be made only with prior written notice to
9.27the chairs and ranking minority members
9.28of the senate and house of representatives
9.29committees and divisions with jurisdiction
9.30over higher education finance.

9.31
9.32
9.33
Sec. 4. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES
9.34
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
672,925,000
$
672,726,000
10.1The amounts that may be spent for each
10.2purpose are specified in the following
10.3subdivisions.
10.4
10.5
Subd. 2.Central Office and Shared Services
Unit
33,074,000
33,074,000
10.6For the Office of the Chancellor and the
10.7Shared Services Division.
10.8
Subd. 3.Operations and Maintenance
635,736,000
635,537,000
10.9This appropriation includes $50,000,000 in
10.10fiscal year 2016 and $50,000,000 in fiscal
10.11year 2017 for student tuition relief. The
10.12Board of Trustees must establish tuition rates
10.13as follows:
10.14(1) for the 2015-2016 academic year, the
10.15tuition rate at colleges must not exceed the
10.162014-2015 academic year rate; and
10.17(2) for the 2016-2017 academic year, the
10.18tuition rate at universities must not exceed
10.19the 2015-2016 academic year rate, and the
10.20tuition rate at colleges must be reduced by at
10.21least one percent compared to the 2015-2016
10.22academic year rate.
10.23The student tuition relief may not be offset
10.24by increases in mandatory fees, charges, or
10.25other assessments to the student.
10.26$57,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $58,000 in
10.27fiscal year 2017 are for activities related to
10.28the implementation of new transfer pathways
10.29required by article 3, section 21.
10.30This appropriation includes $200,000 in
10.31fiscal year 2016 to award up to two grants to
10.32system institutions with a teacher preparation
10.33program approved by the Board of Teaching
11.1to provide a school year-long student
11.2teaching pilot program, consistent with
11.3the student teaching program requirements
11.4under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.09,
11.5subdivision 4, paragraph (d). This is a
11.6onetime appropriation. The Board of
11.7Trustees must report to the K-12 and higher
11.8education committees of the legislature by
11.9March 1, 2017, on the experiences of the
11.10grant recipients and the student teachers
11.11with the school year-long student teaching
11.12program, and include any recommendations
11.13for amending Minnesota Statutes, section
11.14122A.09, subdivision 4, paragraph (d), based
11.15on the experiences of the grant recipients.
11.16$18,000 each year is for transfer to the Cook
11.17County Higher Education Board to provide
11.18educational programming and academic
11.19support services to remote regions in
11.20northeastern Minnesota. This appropriation
11.21is in addition to the $102,000 per fiscal year
11.22this project currently receives. The project
11.23shall continue to provide information to the
11.24Board of Trustees on the number of students
11.25served, credit hours delivered, and services
11.26provided to students. The base appropriation
11.27under this paragraph is $120,000 each year.
11.28$50,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $50,000
11.29in fiscal year 2017 are for developing and
11.30teaching online agriculture courses by farm
11.31business management faculty at colleges that
11.32offer farm business management.
11.33Institutions developing courses under this
11.34appropriation shall focus on introductory
11.35coursework, and must coordinate with one
12.1another to offer complimentary courses
12.2and avoid duplication. The appropriation
12.3may not be used to develop courses already
12.4available through another state college or
12.5university. Institutions receiving funds from
12.6this appropriation must have one course
12.7developed and ready for student enrollment
12.8within one year of receiving funds.
12.9$225,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $225,000
12.10in fiscal year 2017 are to create and develop
12.11a teacher preparation program leading
12.12to licensure in agricultural education at
12.13Southwest Minnesota State University. This
12.14is a onetime appropriation.
12.15Southwest Minnesota State University shall
12.16provide the committees of the legislature
12.17with primary jurisdiction over agriculture
12.18policy, K-12 education policy, and higher
12.19education policy and finance with a report
12.20on the institution's progress in creating an
12.21agricultural education licensure program and
12.22increasing the number of students receiving
12.23a teaching license in agricultural education.
12.24The report must be submitted by February
12.2515, 2016, and by February 15, 2017.
12.26$35,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $35,000 in
12.27fiscal year 2017 are to implement a program
12.28to assist foreign-born students and groups
12.29underrepresented in nursing to succeed
12.30in postsecondary nursing programs. This
12.31program shall include but not be limited to
12.32mentoring programs and seminars.
12.33One-quarter of this appropriation must be
12.34distributed to Minneapolis Community and
12.35Technical College. One-quarter of this
13.1appropriation must be distributed to Century
13.2College. One-half of this appropriation
13.3must be distributed in equal amounts to
13.4two state colleges or universities that
13.5are located outside of the seven-county
13.6metropolitan area. The board must select
13.7the state colleges or universities outside
13.8of the seven-county metropolitan area
13.9based on the proportion of enrolled nursing
13.10students that are foreign-born or from groups
13.11underrepresented in nursing.
13.12The program established under this
13.13appropriation shall be called the "Kathleen
13.14McCullough-Zander Success in Nursing
13.15Program."
13.16$175,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $175,000
13.17in fiscal year 2017 are to establish a
13.18veterans-to-agriculture pilot program. The
13.19appropriation for fiscal year 2016 shall be
13.20used to establish the pilot program at South
13.21Central College, North Mankato campus, and
13.22the appropriation for fiscal year 2017 shall be
13.23used to support, in equal amounts, up to six
13.24program sites statewide. No more than two
13.25percent of the total appropriation provided by
13.26this section may be used for administrative
13.27purposes at the system level.
13.28The veterans-to-agriculture pilot program
13.29shall be designed to facilitate the entrance
13.30of military veterans into careers related to
13.31agriculture and food production, processing,
13.32and distribution through intensive, four- to
13.33eight-week academic training in relevant
13.34fields of study, job development programs
13.35and outreach to potential employers, and
14.1appropriate career-building skills designed
14.2to assist returning veterans in entering
14.3the civilian workforce. Upon successful
14.4completion, a student shall be awarded
14.5a certificate of completion or another
14.6appropriate academic credit.
14.7The pilot program shall be coordinated
14.8by South Central College, North Mankato
14.9campus' farm business management program
14.10and developed in collaboration with the
14.11University of Minnesota Extension, the
14.12Department of Agriculture, the Department
14.13of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of
14.14Employment and Economic Development.
14.15The program coordinators are encouraged to
14.16involve other interested stakeholders in the
14.17development and operation of the program,
14.18and may request assistance with applications
14.19for grants or other funding from available
14.20federal, state, local, and private sources. As
14.21necessary, they may also work with other
14.22public or private entities to secure temporary
14.23housing for enrolled students.
14.24In addition to South Central College, North
14.25Mankato campus, the pilot program shall
14.26be delivered by up to five additional state
14.27colleges. One of the additional colleges must
14.28be located in the seven-county metropolitan
14.29area, at a campus that has agreed to
14.30incorporate the pilot program as part of an
14.31urban agriculture program, and the remaining
14.32additional colleges must be located outside
14.33of the seven-county metropolitan area,
14.34at campuses with existing farm business
14.35management programs.
15.1No later than December 15, 2016, the
15.2program shall report to the committees of the
15.3house of representatives and the senate with
15.4jurisdiction over issues related to agriculture,
15.5veterans affairs, and higher education on
15.6program operations, including information
15.7on participation rates, new job placements,
15.8and any unmet needs.
15.9This appropriation includes $40,000 in fiscal
15.10year 2016 and $40,000 in fiscal year 2017
15.11to implement the sexual assault policies
15.12required under Minnesota Statutes, section
15.13135A.15.
15.14Five percent of the fiscal year 2017
15.15appropriation specified in this subdivision
15.16is available according to the schedule in
15.17clauses (1) to (5) in fiscal year 2017 when
15.18the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State
15.19Colleges and Universities demonstrates to
15.20the commissioner of management and budget
15.21that the board has met the following specified
15.22number of performance goals:
15.23(1) 100 percent if the board meets three, four,
15.24or five goals;
15.25(2) 67 percent if two of the goals are met;
15.26(3) 33 percent if one of the goals are met; and
15.27(4) zero percent if none of the goals are met.
15.28The performance goals are:
15.29(1) increase by at least four percent in fiscal
15.30year 2015, compared to fiscal year 2008,
15.31degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred
15.32and provide a report to the chairs and
15.33ranking minority members of the legislative
15.34committees with jurisdiction over higher
16.1education on the separate changes in the
16.2number of degrees, diplomas, and certificates
16.3conferred;
16.4(2) increase by at least five percent the fiscal
16.5year 2015-related employment rate for 2014
16.6graduates, compared to the 2011 rate for
16.72010 graduates;
16.8(3) for fiscal year 2016, reallocate
16.9$22,000,000 of costs. The Board of Trustees
16.10is requested to redirect those funds to invest
16.11in direct mission activities, stem growth in
16.12tuition and student fees, and to programs that
16.13benefit students;
16.14(4) decrease by at least ten percent the fiscal
16.15year 2015 headcount of students enrolled in
16.16developmental courses compared to fiscal
16.17year 2013 headcount of students enrolled in
16.18developmental courses; and
16.19(5) increase by at least five percent the
16.20fiscal year 2015 degrees awarded to students
16.21who took no more than 128 credits for a
16.22baccalaureate degree and 68 credits for
16.23associate in arts, associate of science, or
16.24associate in fine arts degrees, as compared to
16.25the rate for 2011 graduates.
16.26By August 1, 2015, the Board of Trustees
16.27and the Minnesota Office of Higher
16.28Education must agree on specific numerical
16.29indicators and definitions for each of the five
16.30goals that will be used to demonstrate the
16.31Minnesota State Colleges and Universities'
16.32attainment of each goal. On or before April
16.331, 2016, the Board of Trustees must report
16.34to the legislative committees with primary
16.35jurisdiction over higher education finance
17.1and policy the progress of the Minnesota
17.2State Colleges and Universities toward
17.3attaining the goals. The appropriation
17.4base for the next biennium shall include
17.5appropriations not made available under this
17.6subdivision for failure to meet performance
17.7goals. All of the appropriation that is not
17.8available due to failure to meet performance
17.9goals is appropriated to the commissioner
17.10of the Office of Higher Education for fiscal
17.11year 2017 for the purpose of the state grant
17.12program under Minnesota Statutes, section
17.13136A.121.
17.14Performance metrics are intended to facilitate
17.15progress towards the attainment goal under
17.16Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.012.
17.17
Subd. 4.Learning Network of Minnesota
4,115,000
4,115,000

17.18
17.19
Sec. 5. BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
17.20
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
627,706,000
$
627,706,000
17.21
Appropriations by Fund
17.22
2016
2017
17.23
General
625,549,000
625,549,000
17.24
Health Care Access
2,157,000
2,157,000
17.25The amounts that may be spent for each
17.26purpose are specified in the following
17.27subdivisions.
17.28
Subd. 2.Operations and Maintenance
559,111,000
559,111,000
17.29This appropriation includes funding for
17.30operation and maintenance of the system. Of
17.31the amount appropriated in this subdivision:
17.32$11,100,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
17.33$11,100,000 in fiscal year 2017 are to
17.34minimize any increase in a student's cost
18.1of attendance; for research to solve the
18.2challenges facing our state, nation, and
18.3world; to educate a diverse population of
18.4Minnesotans from every community who
18.5show the greatest promise; and for public
18.6service that builds lasting partnerships with
18.7communities across the state to address our
18.8most complex and pressing issues. The
18.9Board of Regents is requested to:
18.10(1) maintain a low cost of mission and
18.11advance operational excellence;
18.12(2) increase the diversity of the university's
18.13students, faculty, and staff; and
18.14(3) strengthen the university's relationships
18.15with the agriculture industry and the
18.16communities of greater Minnesota.
18.17$15,000,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
18.18$15,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 are to:
18.19(1) increase the medical school's research
18.20capacity;
18.21(2) improve the medical school's ranking in
18.22National Institutes of Health funding;
18.23(3) ensure the medical school's national
18.24prominence by attracting and retaining
18.25world-class faculty, staff, and students;
18.26(4) invest in physician training programs in
18.27rural and underserved communities; and
18.28(5) translate the medical school's research
18.29discoveries into new treatments and cures to
18.30improve the health of Minnesotans.
18.31The Board of Regents is requested to
18.32consider hiring additional faculty to conduct
18.33research related to regenerative medicine.
19.1Five percent of the fiscal year 2017
19.2appropriation specified in this subdivision
19.3is available according to the schedule in
19.4clauses (1) to (5) in fiscal year 2017 when
19.5the Board of Regents of the University of
19.6Minnesota demonstrates to the commissioner
19.7of management and budget that the board
19.8has met the following specified number of
19.9performance goals:
19.10(1) 100 percent if the board meets three, four,
19.11or five goals;
19.12(2) 67 percent if two of the goals are met;
19.13(3) 33 percent if one of the goals are met; and
19.14(4) zero percent if none of the goals are met.
19.15The performance goals are:
19.16(1) increase by at least one percent
19.17the four-year, five-year, or six-year
19.18undergraduate graduation rates, averaged
19.19over three years, for students of color
19.20systemwide at the University of Minnesota
19.21reported in fall 2016 over fall 2014. The
19.22average rate for fall 2014 is calculated with
19.23the graduation rates reported in fall 2012,
19.242013, and 2014;
19.25(2) increase by at least two percent the
19.26total number of undergraduate STEM
19.27degrees, averaged over three years, conferred
19.28systemwide by the University of Minnesota
19.29reported in fiscal year 2016 over fiscal year
19.302014. The averaged number for fiscal year
19.312014 is calculated with the fiscal year 2012,
19.322013, and 2014 numbers;
19.33(3) increase by at least one percent the
19.34four-year undergraduate graduation rate at
20.1the University of Minnesota reported in fall
20.22016 over fall 2014. The average rate for
20.3fall 2014 is calculated with the graduation
20.4rates reported in fall 2012, 2013, and 2014.
20.5The averaged number for fiscal year 2014 is
20.6calculated with the fiscal year 2012, 2013,
20.7and 2014 numbers;
20.8(4) for fiscal year 2016, reallocate
20.9$15,000,000 of administrative costs. The
20.10Board of Regents is requested to redirect
20.11those funds to invest in direct mission
20.12activities, stem growth in cost of attendance,
20.13and to programs that benefit students; and
20.14(5) increase licensing disclosures by three
20.15percent for fiscal year 2016 over fiscal year
20.162015.
20.17By August 1, 2015, the Board of Regents and
20.18the Office of Higher Education must agree on
20.19specific numerical indicators and definitions
20.20for each of the five goals that will be used to
20.21demonstrate the University of Minnesota's
20.22attainment of each goal. On or before April
20.231, 2016, the Board of Regents must report
20.24to the legislative committees with primary
20.25jurisdiction over higher education finance
20.26and policy the progress of the University of
20.27Minnesota toward attaining the goals. The
20.28appropriation base for the next biennium shall
20.29include appropriations not made available
20.30under this subdivision for failure to meet
20.31performance goals. All of the appropriation
20.32that is not available due to failure to meet
20.33performance goals is appropriated to the
20.34commissioner of the Office of Higher
20.35Education for fiscal year 2017 for the purpose
21.1of the state grant program under Minnesota
21.2Statutes, section 136A.121.
21.3Performance metrics are intended to facilitate
21.4progress towards the attainment goal under
21.5Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.012.
21.6
Subd. 3.Primary Care Education Initiatives
2,157,000
2,157,000
21.7This appropriation is from the health care
21.8access fund.
21.9
Subd. 4.Special Appropriations
21.10
(a) Agriculture and Extension Service
42,922,000
42,922,000
21.11For the Agricultural Experiment Station and
21.12the Minnesota Extension Service:
21.13(1) the agricultural experiment stations
21.14and Minnesota Extension Service must
21.15convene agricultural advisory groups to
21.16focus research, education, and extension
21.17activities on producer needs and implement
21.18an outreach strategy that more effectively
21.19and rapidly transfers research results and best
21.20practices to producers throughout the state;
21.21(2) this appropriation includes funding for
21.22research and outreach on the production of
21.23renewable energy from Minnesota biomass
21.24resources, including agronomic crops, plant
21.25and animal wastes, and native plants or trees.
21.26The following areas should be prioritized and
21.27carried out in consultation with Minnesota
21.28producers, renewable energy, and bioenergy
21.29organizations:
21.30(i) biofuel and other energy production from
21.31perennial crops, small grains, row crops,
21.32and forestry products in conjunction with
22.1the Natural Resources Research Institute
22.2(NRRI);
22.3(ii) alternative bioenergy crops and cropping
22.4systems; and
22.5(iii) biofuel coproducts used for livestock
22.6feed;
22.7(3) this appropriation includes funding
22.8for the College of Food, Agricultural, and
22.9Natural Resources Sciences to establish and
22.10provide leadership for organic agronomic,
22.11horticultural, livestock, and food systems
22.12research, education, and outreach and for
22.13the purchase of state-of-the-art laboratory,
22.14planting, tilling, harvesting, and processing
22.15equipment necessary for this project;
22.16(4) this appropriation includes funding
22.17for research efforts that demonstrate a
22.18renewed emphasis on the needs of the state's
22.19agriculture community. The following
22.20areas should be prioritized and carried
22.21out in consultation with Minnesota farm
22.22organizations:
22.23(i) vegetable crop research with priority for
22.24extending the Minnesota vegetable growing
22.25season;
22.26(ii) fertilizer and soil fertility research and
22.27development;
22.28(iii) soil, groundwater, and surface water
22.29conservation practices and contaminant
22.30reduction research;
22.31(iv) discovering and developing plant
22.32varieties that use nutrients more efficiently;
23.1(v) breeding and development of turf seed
23.2and other biomass resources in all three
23.3Minnesota biomes;
23.4(vi) development of new disease-resistant
23.5and pest-resistant varieties of turf and
23.6agronomic crops;
23.7(vii) utilizing plant and livestock cells to treat
23.8and cure human diseases;
23.9(viii) the development of dairy coproducts;
23.10(ix) a rapid agricultural response fund for
23.11current or emerging animal, plant, and insect
23.12problems affecting production or food safety;
23.13(x) crop pest and animal disease research;
23.14(xi) developing animal agriculture that is
23.15capable of sustainably feeding the world;
23.16(xii) consumer food safety education and
23.17outreach;
23.18(xiii) programs to meet the research and
23.19outreach needs of organic livestock and crop
23.20farmers; and
23.21(xiv) alternative bioenergy crops and
23.22cropping systems; and growing, harvesting,
23.23and transporting biomass plant material; and
23.24(5) by February 1, 2017, the Board of Regents
23.25must submit a report to the legislative
23.26committees and divisions with jurisdiction
23.27over agriculture and higher education finance
23.28on the status and outcomes of research and
23.29initiatives funded in this paragraph.
23.30
(b) Health Sciences
9,204,000
9,204,000
23.31$346,000 each year is to support up to 12
23.32resident physicians in the St. Cloud Hospital
24.1family practice residency program. The
24.2program must prepare doctors to practice
24.3primary care medicine in rural areas of the
24.4state. The legislature intends this program
24.5to improve health care in rural communities,
24.6provide affordable access to appropriate
24.7medical care, and manage the treatment of
24.8patients in a more cost-effective manner.
24.9The remainder of this appropriation is for
24.10the rural physicians associates program;
24.11the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory;
24.12health sciences research; dental care; the
24.13Biomedical Engineering Center; and the
24.14collaborative partnership between the
24.15University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic
24.16for regenerative medicine, research, clinical
24.17translation, and commercialization.
24.18
(c) Institute of Technology
1,140,000
1,140,000
24.19For the geological survey and the talented
24.20youth mathematics program.
24.21
(d) System Special
5,181,000
5,181,000
24.22For general research, the Labor Education
24.23Service, Natural Resources Research
24.24Institute, Center for Urban and Regional
24.25Affairs, Bell Museum of Natural History, and
24.26the Humphrey exhibit.
24.27
24.28
(e) University of Minnesota and Mayo
Foundation Partnership
7,991,000
7,991,000
24.29This appropriation is for the following
24.30activities:
24.31(1) $7,491,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
24.32$7,491,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for
24.33the direct and indirect expenses of the
24.34collaborative research partnership between
25.1the University of Minnesota and the Mayo
25.2Foundation for research in biotechnology
25.3and medical genomics. An annual report
25.4on the expenditure of these funds must be
25.5submitted to the governor and the chairs of
25.6the legislative committee responsible for
25.7higher education finance by June 30 of each
25.8fiscal year.
25.9(2) $500,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
25.10$500,000 in fiscal year 2017 are to award
25.11competitive grants to conduct research into
25.12the prevention, treatment, causes, and cures
25.13of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
25.14
Subd. 5.Academic Health Center
25.15The appropriation for Academic Health
25.16Center funding under Minnesota Statutes,
25.17section 297F.10, is estimated to be
25.18$22,250,000 each year.

25.19
Sec. 6. MAYO CLINIC
25.20
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
1,351,000
$
1,351,000
25.21The amounts that may be spent are specified
25.22in the following subdivisions.
25.23
Subd. 2.Medical School
665,000
665,000
25.24The state must pay a capitation each year for
25.25each student who is a resident of Minnesota.
25.26The appropriation may be transferred
25.27between each year of the biennium to
25.28accommodate enrollment fluctuations. It is
25.29intended that during the biennium the Mayo
25.30Clinic use the capitation money to increase
25.31the number of doctors practicing in rural
25.32areas in need of doctors.
26.1
26.2
Subd. 3.Family Practice and Graduate
Residency Program
686,000
686,000
26.3The state must pay stipend support for up to
26.427 residents each year.

26.5    Sec. 7. MNSCU PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS; REPORT.
26.6The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall report
26.7in writing to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees
26.8with jurisdiction over higher education by October 1, 2015, its schedule for adopting
26.9a presidential selection process as a comprehensive formal written policy. The board
26.10is encouraged to engage stakeholders in developing the board policy. The board must
26.11strongly consider a policy that provides clarity in the selection process, enhances
26.12communication and the opportunity for local input by colleges and universities and
26.13community stakeholders they serve, and that reflects the need to consult with and to keep a
26.14presidential selection advisory committee informed during the entire selection process.

26.15    Sec. 8. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BUDGET ALLOCATION REPORT.
26.16The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota shall report by February 1,
26.172016, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
26.18primary jurisdiction over higher education finance on the factors it considers to allocate
26.19funds to separate campuses. The report must specifically, without limitation, address the
26.20issue of whether non-Twin Cities campuses are treated as single units for budget allocation
26.21purposes or treated as comprised of multiple units. The report must discuss the effect of
26.22treating a campus as a single unit and the reasons for that treatment.

26.23    Sec. 9. TUITION RECIPROCITY APPROPRIATION CANCELLATION.
26.24All unspent funds, estimated to be $8,394,000, to provide tuition reciprocity
26.25payments under Laws 2013, chapter 99, section 3, subdivision 5, are canceled to the
26.26general fund on June 30, 2015.

26.27ARTICLE 2
26.28OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

26.29    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 13.32, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
26.30    Subd. 6. Admissions forms; Remedial instruction. (a) Minnesota postsecondary
26.31education institutions, for purposes of reporting and research, may collect on the
26.321986-1987 admissions form, and disseminate to any public educational agency or
27.1institution the following data on individuals: student sex, ethnic background, age, and
27.2disabilities. The data shall not be required of any individual and shall not be used for
27.3purposes of determining the person's admission to an institution.
27.4(b) (a) A school district that receives information under subdivision 3, paragraph
27.5(h) from a postsecondary institution about an identifiable student shall maintain the
27.6data as educational data and use that data to conduct studies to improve instruction.
27.7Public postsecondary systems as part of their participation in the Statewide Longitudinal
27.8Education Data System shall provide data on the extent and content of the remedial
27.9instruction received by individual students, and the results of assessment testing and the
27.10academic performance of, students who graduated from a Minnesota school district within
27.11two years before receiving the remedial instruction. The Office of Higher Education, in
27.12collaboration with the Department of Education, shall evaluate the data and annually
27.13report its findings to the education committees of the legislature.
27.14(c) (b) This section supersedes any inconsistent provision of law.

27.15    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 16C.075, is amended to read:
27.1616C.075 E-VERIFY.
27.17A contract for services valued in excess of $50,000 must require certification from
27.18the vendor and any subcontractors that, as of the date services on behalf of the state of
27.19Minnesota will be performed, the vendor and all subcontractors have implemented or are
27.20in the process of implementing the federal E-Verify program for all newly hired employees
27.21in the United States who will perform work on behalf of the state of Minnesota. This
27.22section does not apply to contracts entered into by the:
27.23(1) State Board of Investment.; or
27.24(2) the Office of Higher Education for contracts related to credit reporting services if
27.25the office certifies that those services cannot be reasonably obtained if this section applies.

27.26    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.09, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
27.27    Subd. 4. License and rules. (a) The board must adopt rules to license public school
27.28teachers and interns subject to chapter 14.
27.29(b) The board must adopt rules requiring a person to pass a skills examination in
27.30reading, writing, and mathematics or attain either a composite score composed of the
27.31average of the scores in English and writing, reading, and mathematics on the ACT
27.32Plus Writing recommended by the board, or an equivalent composite score composed
27.33of the average of the scores in critical reading, mathematics, and writing on the SAT
27.34recommended by the board, as a requirement for initial teacher licensure, except that the
28.1board may issue up to two temporary, one-year teaching licenses to an otherwise qualified
28.2candidate who has not yet passed the skills exam or attained the requisite composite score
28.3on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT. Such rules must require college and universities offering
28.4a board-approved teacher preparation program to provide remedial assistance to persons
28.5who did not achieve a qualifying score on the skills examination or attain the requisite
28.6composite score on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT, including those for whom English is
28.7a second language. The requirement to pass a reading, writing, and mathematics skills
28.8examination or attain the requisite composite score on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT does
28.9not apply to nonnative English speakers, as verified by qualified Minnesota school district
28.10personnel or Minnesota higher education faculty, who, after meeting the content and
28.11pedagogy requirements under this subdivision, apply for a teaching license to provide direct
28.12instruction in their native language or world language instruction under section 120B.022,
28.13subdivision 1
. A teacher candidate's official ACT Plus Writing or SAT composite score
28.14report to the board must not be more than ten years old at the time of licensure.
28.15(c) The board must adopt rules to approve teacher preparation programs. The board,
28.16upon the request of a postsecondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed
28.17graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the
28.18person and a postsecondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the
28.19dispute involves an institution's recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the
28.20person's credentials. At the board's discretion, assistance may include the application
28.21of chapter 14.
28.22(d) The board must provide the leadership and adopt rules for the redesign of teacher
28.23education programs to implement a research based, results-oriented curriculum that
28.24focuses on the skills teachers need in order to be effective. Among other components,
28.25teacher preparation programs may use the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
28.26program model to provide a school year-long student teaching program that combines
28.27clinical opportunities with academic coursework and in-depth student teaching
28.28experiences to offer students ongoing mentorship, coaching and assessment, help to
28.29prepare a professional development plan, and structured learning experiences. The board
28.30shall implement new systems of teacher preparation program evaluation to assure program
28.31effectiveness based on proficiency of graduates in demonstrating attainment of program
28.32outcomes. Teacher preparation programs including alternative teacher preparation
28.33programs under section 122A.245, among other programs, must include a content-specific,
28.34board-approved, performance-based assessment that measures teacher candidates in three
28.35areas: planning for instruction and assessment; engaging students and supporting learning;
28.36and assessing student learning. The board's redesign rules must include creating flexible,
29.1specialized teaching licenses, credentials, and other endorsement forms to increase
29.2students' participation in language immersion programs, world language instruction,
29.3career development opportunities, work-based learning, early college courses and careers,
29.4career and technical programs, Montessori schools, and project and place-based learning,
29.5among other career and college ready learning offerings.
29.6(e) The board must adopt rules requiring candidates for initial licenses to pass an
29.7examination of general pedagogical knowledge and examinations of licensure-specific
29.8teaching skills. The rules shall be effective by September 1, 2001. The rules under this
29.9paragraph also must require candidates for initial licenses to teach prekindergarten or
29.10elementary students to pass, as part of the examination of licensure-specific teaching
29.11skills, test items assessing the candidates' knowledge, skill, and ability in comprehensive,
29.12scientifically based reading instruction under section 122A.06, subdivision 4, and their
29.13knowledge and understanding of the foundations of reading development, the development
29.14of reading comprehension, and reading assessment and instruction, and their ability to
29.15integrate that knowledge and understanding.
29.16(f) The board must adopt rules requiring teacher educators to work directly with
29.17elementary or secondary school teachers in elementary or secondary schools to obtain
29.18periodic exposure to the elementary or secondary teaching environment.
29.19(g) The board must grant licenses to interns and to candidates for initial licenses
29.20based on appropriate professional competencies that are aligned with the board's licensing
29.21system and students' diverse learning needs. All teacher candidates must have preparation
29.22in English language development and content instruction for English learners in order to be
29.23able to effectively instruct the English learners in their classrooms. The board must include
29.24these licenses in a statewide differentiated licensing system that creates new leadership
29.25roles for successful experienced teachers premised on a collaborative professional culture
29.26dedicated to meeting students' diverse learning needs in the 21st century, recognizes the
29.27importance of cultural and linguistic competencies, including the ability to teach and
29.28communicate in culturally competent and aware ways, and formalizes mentoring and
29.29induction for newly licensed teachers provided through a teacher support framework.
29.30(h) The board must design and implement an assessment system which requires a
29.31candidate for an initial license and first continuing license to demonstrate the abilities
29.32necessary to perform selected, representative teaching tasks at appropriate levels.
29.33(i) The board must receive recommendations from local committees as established
29.34by the board for the renewal of teaching licenses. The board must require licensed teachers
29.35who are renewing a continuing license to include in the renewal requirements further
30.1preparation in English language development and specially designed content instruction
30.2in English for English learners.
30.3(j) The board must grant life licenses to those who qualify according to requirements
30.4established by the board, and suspend or revoke licenses pursuant to sections 122A.20 and
30.5214.10 . The board must not establish any expiration date for application for life licenses.
30.6(k) The board must adopt rules that require all licensed teachers who are renewing
30.7their continuing license to include in their renewal requirements further preparation in
30.8the areas of using positive behavior interventions and in accommodating, modifying, and
30.9adapting curricula, materials, and strategies to appropriately meet the needs of individual
30.10students and ensure adequate progress toward the state's graduation rule.
30.11(l) In adopting rules to license public school teachers who provide health-related
30.12services for disabled children, the board shall adopt rules consistent with license or
30.13registration requirements of the commissioner of health and the health-related boards who
30.14license personnel who perform similar services outside of the school.
30.15(m) The board must adopt rules that require all licensed teachers who are renewing
30.16their continuing license to include in their renewal requirements further reading
30.17preparation, consistent with section 122A.06, subdivision 4. The rules do not take effect
30.18until they are approved by law. Teachers who do not provide direct instruction including, at
30.19least, counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers, audiovisual
30.20directors and coordinators, and recreation personnel are exempt from this section.
30.21(n) The board must adopt rules that require all licensed teachers who are renewing
30.22their continuing license to include in their renewal requirements further preparation,
30.23first, in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children
30.24and adolescents and then, during subsequent licensure renewal periods, preparation may
30.25include providing a more in-depth understanding of students' mental illness trauma,
30.26accommodations for students' mental illness, parents' role in addressing students' mental
30.27illness, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, autism, the requirements of section 125A.0942
30.28governing restrictive procedures, and de-escalation methods, among other similar topics.
30.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2016-2017 school year and
30.30later.

30.31    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
30.32to read:
30.33    Subd. 3. Incentive programs. The commissioner is authorized to utilize incentive
30.34gifts including, but not limited to, gift cards in order to promote to the public the various
31.1programs administered by the office. The annual total expenditures for such incentive
31.2programs shall not exceed $10,000.

31.3    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.031, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
31.4    Subd. 4. Student representation. The commissioner must place at least one
31.5student from an affected educational system on any task force created by the office. The
31.6commissioner must submit to the SAC the name of any student appointed to an advisory
31.7group or task force. The student appointment is not approved if four SAC members vote
31.8to disapprove of the appointment. If an appointment is disapproved, the commissioner
31.9must submit another student appointment to the SAC in a timely manner shall invite the
31.10council to nominate a student or students to serve on task forces created by the office,
31.11when appropriate.

31.12    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.0411, is amended to read:
31.13136A.0411 COLLECTING FEES.
31.14The office may charge fees for seminars, conferences, workshops, services, and
31.15materials. The office may collect fees for registration and licensure of private institutions
31.16under sections 136A.61 to 136A.71 and chapter 141. The money is annually appropriated
31.17to the office.

31.18    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.125, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
31.19    Subd. 2. Eligible students. (a) An applicant is eligible for a child care grant if
31.20the applicant:
31.21    (1) is a resident of the state of Minnesota or the applicant's spouse is a resident
31.22of the state of Minnesota;
31.23    (2) has a child 12 years of age or younger, or 14 years of age or younger who is
31.24disabled as defined in section 125A.02, and who is receiving or will receive care on a
31.25regular basis from a licensed or legal, nonlicensed caregiver;
31.26    (3) is income eligible as determined by the office's policies and rules, but is not a
31.27recipient of assistance from the Minnesota family investment program;
31.28    (4) has not earned a baccalaureate degree and has been enrolled full time less than
31.29eight semesters or the equivalent;
31.30    (5) is pursuing a nonsectarian program or course of study that applies to an
31.31undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate;
31.32    (6) is enrolled at least half time in an eligible institution; and
31.33    (7) is in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress.
32.1    (b) A student who withdraws from enrollment for active military service after
32.2December 31, 2002, because the student was ordered to active military service as defined
32.3in section 190.05, subdivision 5b or 5c, or for a major illness, while under the care of a
32.4medical professional, that substantially limits the student's ability to complete the term
32.5is entitled to an additional semester or the equivalent of grant eligibility and will be
32.6considered to be in continuing enrollment status upon return.
32.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2015, and applies to
32.8academic terms commencing on or after that date.

32.9    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.125, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
32.10    Subd. 4. Amount and length of grants. (a) The amount of a child care grant
32.11must be based on:
32.12    (1) the income of the applicant and the applicant's spouse;
32.13    (2) the number in the applicant's family, as defined by the office; and
32.14    (3) the number of eligible children in the applicant's family.
32.15    (b) The maximum award to the applicant shall be $2,800 for each eligible child per
32.16academic year, except that the campus financial aid officer may apply to the office for
32.17approval to increase grants by up to ten percent to compensate for higher market charges
32.18for infant care in a community. The office shall develop policies to determine community
32.19market costs and review institutional requests for compensatory grant increases to ensure
32.20need and equal treatment. The office shall prepare a chart to show the amount of a grant
32.21that will be awarded per child based on the factors in this subdivision. The chart shall
32.22include a range of income and family size.
32.23(c) Applicants with family incomes at or below a percentage of the federal poverty
32.24level, as determined by the commissioner, will qualify for the maximum award. The
32.25commissioner shall attempt to set the percentage at a level estimated to fully expend the
32.26available appropriation for child care grants. Applicants with family incomes exceeding
32.27that threshold will receive the maximum award minus ten percent of their income
32.28exceeding that threshold. If the result is less than zero, the grant is zero.
32.29(d) The academic year award amount must be disbursed by academic term using the
32.30following formula:
32.31(1) the academic year amount described in paragraph (b);
32.32(2) divided by the number of terms in the academic year;
32.33(3) divided by 15; and
32.34(4) multiplied by the number of credits for which the student is enrolled that
32.35academic term, up to 15 credits.
33.1(e) Payments shall be made each academic term to the student or to the child care
33.2provider, as determined by the institution. Institutions may make payments more than
33.3once within the academic term.

33.4    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.125, subdivision 4b, is amended to read:
33.5    Subd. 4b. Additional grants. An additional term of child care grant may be
33.6awarded to an applicant attending classes outside of the regular academic year who meets
33.7the requirements in subdivisions 2 and 4. The annual maximum grant per eligible child
33.8must not exceed the calculated annual amount in subdivision 4, plus the additional amount
33.9in this subdivision, or the student's estimated annual child care cost for not more than 40
33.10hours per week per eligible child, whichever is less.

33.11    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.1701, subdivision 4, is amended to
33.12read:
33.13    Subd. 4. Terms and conditions of loans. (a) The office may loan money upon
33.14such terms and conditions as the office may prescribe. Under the SELF IV program, the
33.15principal amount of a loan to an undergraduate student for a single academic year shall not
33.16exceed $7,500 per grade level. The aggregate principal amount of all loans made subject
33.17to this paragraph to an undergraduate student shall not exceed $37,500. The principal
33.18amount of a loan to a graduate student for a single academic year shall not exceed $9,000.
33.19The aggregate principal amount of all loans made subject to this paragraph to a student as
33.20an undergraduate and graduate student shall not exceed $55,500. The amount of the loan
33.21may not exceed the cost of attendance less all other financial aid, including PLUS loans or
33.22other similar parent loans borrowed on the student's behalf. The cumulative SELF loan
33.23debt must not exceed the borrowing maximums in paragraph (b).
33.24(b) The cumulative undergraduate borrowing maximums for SELF IV loans are:
33.25(1) grade level 1, $7,500;
33.26(2) grade level 2, $15,000;
33.27(3) grade level 3, $22,500;
33.28(4) grade level 4, $30,000; and
33.29(5) grade level 5, $37,500.
33.30(c) (b) The principal maximum loan amount of a SELF V or subsequent phase
33.31loan to students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program, postbaccalaureate, or graduate
33.32program must not exceed $10,000 per grade level be determined annually by the office.
33.33For all other eligible students, the principal amount of the loan must not exceed $7,500 per
33.34grade level. The aggregate principal amount of all loans made subject to this paragraph to
34.1a student as an undergraduate and graduate student must not exceed $70,000 $140,000.
34.2The amount of the loan must not exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the
34.3eligible institution less all other financial aid, including PLUS loans or other similar parent
34.4loans borrowed on the student's behalf. The cumulative SELF loan debt must not exceed
34.5the borrowing maximums in paragraph (d) (c).
34.6(d) (c)(1) The cumulative borrowing maximums must be determined annually by the
34.7office for SELF V loans and subsequent phases for students enrolled in a bachelor's degree
34.8program or postbaccalaureate program are:. In determining the cumulative borrowing
34.9maximums, the office shall, among other considerations, take into consideration the
34.10maximum SELF loan amount, student financing needs, funding capacity for the SELF
34.11program, delinquency and default loss management, and current financial market
34.12conditions.
34.13(i) grade level 1, $10,000;
34.14(ii) grade level 2, $20,000;
34.15(iii) grade level 3, $30,000;
34.16(iv) grade level 4, $40,000; and
34.17(v) grade level 5, $50,000.
34.18(2) For graduate level students, the borrowing limit is $10,000 per nine-month
34.19academic year, with a cumulative maximum for all SELF debt of $70,000.
34.20(3) (2) For all other eligible students, the cumulative borrowing maximums for
34.21SELF V loans and subsequent phases are:
34.22(i) grade level 1, $7,500;
34.23(ii) grade level 2, $15,000;
34.24(iii) grade level 3, $22,500;
34.25(iv) grade level 4, $30,000; and
34.26(v) grade level 5, $37,500.

34.27    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.61, is amended to read:
34.28136A.61 POLICY.
34.29    The legislature has found and hereby declares that the availability of legitimate
34.30courses and programs leading to academic degrees offered by responsible private
34.31not-for-profit nonprofit and for-profit institutions of postsecondary education and the
34.32existence of legitimate private colleges and universities are in the best interests of the
34.33people of this state. The legislature has found and declares that the state can provide
34.34assistance and protection for persons choosing private institutions and programs, by
34.35establishing policies and procedures to assure the authenticity and legitimacy of private
35.1postsecondary education institutions and programs. The legislature has also found and
35.2declares that this same policy applies to any private and public postsecondary educational
35.3institution located in another state or country which offers or makes available to a
35.4Minnesota resident any course, program or educational activity which does not require
35.5the leaving of the state for its completion.

35.6    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.63, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
35.7    Subd. 2. Sale of an institution. Within 30 days of a change of its ownership a school
35.8must submit a registration renewal application, all usual and ordinary information and
35.9materials for an initial registration, and applicable registration fees for a new institution.
35.10For purposes of this subdivision, "change of ownership" means a merger or consolidation
35.11with a corporation; a sale, lease, exchange, or other disposition of all or substantially all of
35.12the assets of a school; the transfer of a controlling interest of at least 51 percent of the
35.13school's stock; or a change in the not-for-profit nonprofit or for-profit status of a school.

35.14    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.65, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
35.15    Subd. 4. Criteria for approval. (a) A school applying to be registered and to have
35.16its degree or degrees and name approved must substantially meet the following criteria:
35.17    (1) the school has an organizational framework with administrative and teaching
35.18personnel to provide the educational programs offered;
35.19    (2) the school has financial resources sufficient to meet the school's financial
35.20obligations, including refunding tuition and other charges consistent with its stated policy
35.21if the institution is dissolved, or if claims for refunds are made, to provide service to the
35.22students as promised, and to provide educational programs leading to degrees as offered;
35.23    (3) the school operates in conformity with generally accepted budgeting and
35.24accounting principles;
35.25    (4) the school provides an educational program leading to the degree it offers;
35.26    (5) the school provides appropriate and accessible library, laboratory, and other
35.27physical facilities to support the educational program offered;
35.28    (6) the school has a policy on freedom or limitation of expression and inquiry for
35.29faculty and students which is published or available on request;
35.30    (7) the school uses only publications and advertisements which are truthful and do
35.31not give any false, fraudulent, deceptive, inaccurate, or misleading impressions about the
35.32school, its personnel, programs, services, or occupational opportunities for its graduates
35.33for promotion and student recruitment;
36.1    (8) the school's compensated recruiting agents who are operating in Minnesota
36.2identify themselves as agents of the school when talking to or corresponding with students
36.3and prospective students; and
36.4    (9) the school provides information to students and prospective students concerning:
36.5    (i) comprehensive and accurate policies relating to student admission, evaluation,
36.6suspension, and dismissal;
36.7    (ii) clear and accurate policies relating to granting credit for prior education, training,
36.8and experience and for courses offered by the school;
36.9    (iii) current schedules of fees, charges for tuition, required supplies, student
36.10activities, housing, and all other standard charges;
36.11    (iv) policies regarding refunds and adjustments for withdrawal or modification
36.12of enrollment status; and
36.13    (v) procedures and standards used for selection of recipients and the terms of
36.14payment and repayment for any financial aid program.; and
36.15    (10) the school must not withhold a student's official transcript because the student is
36.16in arrears or in default on any loan issued by the school to the student if the loan qualifies
36.17as an institutional loan under United States Code, title 11, section 523(a)(8)(b).
36.18    (b) An application for degree approval must also include:
36.19    (i) title of degree and formal recognition awarded;
36.20    (ii) location where such degree will be offered;
36.21    (iii) proposed implementation date of the degree;
36.22    (iv) admissions requirements for the degree;
36.23    (v) length of the degree;
36.24    (vi) projected enrollment for a period of five years;
36.25    (vii) the curriculum required for the degree, including course syllabi or outlines;
36.26    (viii) statement of academic and administrative mechanisms planned for monitoring
36.27the quality of the proposed degree;
36.28    (ix) statement of satisfaction of professional licensure criteria, if applicable;
36.29    (x) documentation of the availability of clinical, internship, externship, or practicum
36.30sites, if applicable; and
36.31    (xi) statement of how the degree fulfills the institution's mission and goals,
36.32complements existing degrees, and contributes to the school's viability.

36.33    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.65, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
36.34    Subd. 7. Conditional approval. The office may grant conditional approval for a
36.35degree or use of a term in its name for a period of less than one year if doing so would be
37.1in the best interests of currently enrolled students or prospective students. New schools
37.2may be granted conditional approval for degrees or names annually for a period not to
37.3exceed five years to allow them the opportunity to apply for and receive accreditation as
37.4required in subdivision 1a. A new school granted conditional approval may be allowed
37.5to continue as a registered institution in order to complete an accreditation process upon
37.6terms and conditions the office determines.

37.7    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.657, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
37.8    Subdivision 1. Exemption. Any school or any department or branch of a school (a)
37.9which is substantially owned, operated or supported by a bona fide church or religious
37.10organization; (b) whose programs are primarily designed for, aimed at and attended by
37.11persons who sincerely hold or seek to learn the particular religious faith or beliefs of that
37.12church or religious organization; and (c) whose programs are primarily intended to prepare
37.13its students to become ministers of, to enter into some other vocation closely related to, or
37.14to conduct their lives in consonance with, the particular faith of that church or religious
37.15organization, is exempt from the provisions of sections 136A.61 to 136A.71 136A.834.

37.16    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.657, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
37.17    Subd. 3. Scope. Nothing in sections 136A.61 to 136A.71 136A.834, or the rules
37.18adopted pursuant thereto, shall be interpreted as permitting the office to determine the
37.19truth or falsity of any particular set of religious beliefs.

37.20    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.67, is amended to read:
37.21136A.67 REGISTRATION REPRESENTATIONS.
37.22    No school and none of its officials or employees shall advertise or represent in any
37.23manner that such school is approved or accredited by the office or the state of Minnesota,
37.24except a school which is duly registered with the office, or any of its officials or
37.25employees, may represent in advertising and shall disclose in catalogues, applications, and
37.26enrollment materials that the school is registered with the office by prominently displaying
37.27the following statement: "(Name of school) is registered as a private institution with the
37.28office pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the
37.29institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions." In
37.30addition, all registered schools shall publish in the school catalog or student handbook the
37.31name, street address, telephone number, and Web site address of the office.

37.32    Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.87, is amended to read:
38.1136A.87 PLANNING INFORMATION FOR POSTSECONDARY
38.2EDUCATION.
38.3The office shall make available to all residents beginning in 7th grade through
38.4adulthood information about planning and preparing for postsecondary opportunities.
38.5Information must be provided to all 7th grade students and their parents annually
38.6by September 30 about planning for their postsecondary education. The office may
38.7also provide information to high school students and their parents, to adults, and to
38.8out-of-school youth. The information provided may include the following:
38.9(1) the need to start planning early;
38.10(2) the availability of assistance in educational planning from educational institutions
38.11and other organizations;
38.12(3) suggestions for studying effectively during high school;
38.13(4) high school courses necessary to be adequately prepared for postsecondary
38.14education;
38.15(5) encouragement to involve parents actively in planning for all phases of education;
38.16(6) information about postsecondary education and training opportunities existing
38.17in the state, their respective missions and expectations for students, their preparation
38.18requirements, admission requirements, and student placement;
38.19(7) ways to evaluate and select postsecondary institutions;
38.20(8) the process of transferring credits among Minnesota postsecondary institutions
38.21and systems;
38.22(9) the costs of postsecondary education and the availability of financial assistance
38.23in meeting these costs, including specific information about the Minnesota Promise and
38.24achieve scholarship program;
38.25(10) the interrelationship of assistance from student financial aid, public assistance,
38.26and job training programs; and
38.27(11) financial planning for postsecondary education.

38.28    Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136G.05, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
38.29    Subd. 7. Marketing. The commissioner shall make parents and other interested
38.30individuals aware of the availability and advantages of the program as a way to save for
38.31higher education costs. The cost of these promotional efforts may not be funded with fees
38.32imposed on participants.

38.33    Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.21, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
39.1    Subd. 5. Private career school. "Private career school" means any a person, within
39.2or outside the state, who maintains, advertises, administers, solicits for, or conducts any
39.3program at less than an associate degree level and; is not registered as a private institution
39.4under sections 136A.61 to 136A.71; and is not specifically exempted by section 141.35
39.5
or 141.37. School also means any person, within or outside the state, who maintains,
39.6advertises, administers, solicits for, or conducts any program at less than an associate
39.7degree level, is not registered as a private institution pursuant to sections 136A.61 to
39.8136A.71, and uses the term, "college," "institute," "academy," or "university" in its name.

39.9    Sec. 21. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.21, subdivision 6a, is amended to read:
39.10    Subd. 6a. Multiple location. "Multiple location" means any site where classes or
39.11administrative services are provided to students and which that has a street address that is
39.12different than the street address found on the school's private career school school's license.

39.13    Sec. 22. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.21, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
39.14    Subd. 9. Distance education private career school. "Distance education private
39.15career school" means a school that establishes, keeps, or maintains a facility or location
39.16where a program is offered through distance instruction.

39.17    Sec. 23. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.25, is amended to read:
39.18141.25 LICENSURE.
39.19    Subdivision 1. Required. A private career school must not maintain, advertise,
39.20solicit for, administer, or conduct any program in Minnesota without first obtaining a
39.21license from the office.
39.22    Subd. 2. Contract unenforceable. A contract entered into with a person for a
39.23program by or on behalf of a person operating a private career school to which a license
39.24has not been issued under sections 141.21 to 141.35, is unenforceable in any action.
39.25    Subd. 2a. Refunds. If a contract is deemed unenforceable under subdivision 2, a
39.26private career school must refund tuition, fees, and other charges received from a student
39.27or on behalf of a student within 30 days of receiving written notification and demand for
39.28refund from the Minnesota office of Higher Education.
39.29    Subd. 3. Application. Application for a license shall be on forms prepared and
39.30furnished by the office, and shall include the following and other information as the
39.31office may require:
39.32(1) the title or name of the private career school, ownership and controlling officers,
39.33members, managing employees, and director;
40.1(2) the specific programs which will be offered and the specific purposes of the
40.2instruction;
40.3(3) the place or places where the instruction will be given;
40.4(4) a listing of the equipment available for instruction in each program;
40.5(5) the maximum enrollment to be accommodated with equipment available in
40.6each specified program;
40.7(6) the qualifications of instructors and supervisors in each specified program;
40.8(7) a current balance sheet, income statement, and adequate supporting
40.9documentation, prepared and certified by an independent public accountant or CPA;
40.10(8) copies of all media advertising and promotional literature and brochures or
40.11electronic display currently used or reasonably expected to be used by the private career
40.12school;
40.13(9) copies of all Minnesota enrollment agreement forms and contract forms and all
40.14enrollment agreement forms and contract forms used in Minnesota; and
40.15(10) gross income earned in the preceding year from student tuition, fees, and other
40.16required institutional charges, unless the private career school files with the office a surety
40.17bond equal to at least $250,000 as described in subdivision 5.
40.18    Subd. 4. Certification. Each application shall be signed and certified to under
40.19oath by the proprietor if the applicant is a proprietorship, by the managing partner if the
40.20applicant is a partnership, or by the authorized officers of the applicant if the applicant is a
40.21corporation, association, company, firm, society or trust.
40.22    Subd. 5. Bond. (a) No license shall be issued to any private career school which
40.23maintains, conducts, solicits for, or advertises within the state of Minnesota any program,
40.24unless the applicant files with the office a continuous corporate surety bond written
40.25by a company authorized to do business in Minnesota conditioned upon the faithful
40.26performance of all contracts and agreements with students made by the applicant.
40.27    (b)(1) The amount of the surety bond shall be ten percent of the preceding year's
40.28gross income from student tuition, fees, and other required institutional charges, but in
40.29no event less than $10,000 nor greater than $250,000, except that a private career school
40.30may deposit a greater amount at its own discretion. A private career school in each annual
40.31application for licensure must compute the amount of the surety bond and verify that the
40.32amount of the surety bond complies with this subdivision, unless the private career school
40.33maintains a surety bond equal to at least $250,000. A private career school that operates at
40.34two or more locations may combine gross income from student tuition, fees, and other
40.35required institutional charges for all locations for the purpose of determining the annual
40.36surety bond requirement. The gross tuition and fees used to determine the amount of the
41.1surety bond required for a private career school having a license for the sole purpose of
41.2recruiting students in Minnesota shall be only that paid to the private career school by the
41.3students recruited from Minnesota.
41.4    (2) A school person required to obtain a private career school license due to the use
41.5of "academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in its name and which is also licensed
41.6by another state agency or board shall be required to provide a school bond of $10,000.
41.7    (c) The bond shall run to the state of Minnesota and to any person who may have a
41.8cause of action against the applicant arising at any time after the bond is filed and before
41.9it is canceled for breach of any contract or agreement made by the applicant with any
41.10student. The aggregate liability of the surety for all breaches of the conditions of the
41.11bond shall not exceed the principal sum deposited by the private career school under
41.12paragraph (b). The surety of any bond may cancel it upon giving 60 days' notice in writing
41.13to the office and shall be relieved of liability for any breach of condition occurring after
41.14the effective date of cancellation.
41.15    (d) In lieu of bond, the applicant may deposit with the commissioner of management
41.16and budget a sum equal to the amount of the required surety bond in cash, an irrevocable
41.17letter of credit issued by a financial institution equal to the amount of the required surety
41.18bond, or securities as may be legally purchased by savings banks or for trust funds in an
41.19aggregate market value equal to the amount of the required surety bond.
41.20    (e) Failure of a private career school to post and maintain the required surety bond
41.21or deposit under paragraph (d) shall result in denial, suspension, or revocation of the
41.22school's license.
41.23    Subd. 6. Resident agent. Private career schools located outside the state of
41.24Minnesota that offer, advertise, solicit for, or conduct any program within the state of
41.25Minnesota shall first file with the secretary of state a sworn statement designating a resident
41.26agent authorized to receive service of process. The statement shall designate the secretary
41.27of state as resident agent for service of process in the absence of a designated agent. If
41.28a private career school fails to file the statement, the secretary of state is designated as
41.29the resident agent authorized to receive service of process. The authorization shall be
41.30irrevocable as to causes of action arising out of transactions occurring prior to the filing of
41.31written notice of withdrawal from the state of Minnesota filed with the secretary of state.
41.32    Subd. 7. Minimum standards. A license shall be issued if the office first determines:
41.33    (1) that the applicant has a sound financial condition with sufficient resources
41.34available to:
41.35    (i) meet the private career school's financial obligations;
42.1    (ii) refund all tuition and other charges, within a reasonable period of time, in the
42.2event of dissolution of the private career school or in the event of any justifiable claims for
42.3refund against the private career school by the student body;
42.4    (iii) provide adequate service to its students and prospective students; and
42.5    (iv) maintain and support the private career school;
42.6    (2) that the applicant has satisfactory facilities with sufficient tools and equipment
42.7and the necessary number of work stations to prepare adequately the students currently
42.8enrolled, and those proposed to be enrolled;
42.9    (3) that the applicant employs a sufficient number of qualified teaching personnel to
42.10provide the educational programs contemplated;
42.11    (4) that the private career school has an organizational framework with administrative
42.12and instructional personnel to provide the programs and services it intends to offer;
42.13    (5) that the premises and conditions under which the students work and study are
42.14sanitary, healthful, and safe;
42.15    (6) (5) that the quality and content of each occupational course or program of study
42.16provides education and adequate preparation to enrolled students for entry level positions
42.17in the occupation for which prepared;
42.18    (7) (6) that the premises and conditions where the students work and study and the
42.19student living quarters which are owned, maintained, recommended, or approved by
42.20the applicant for students are sanitary, healthful, and safe, as evidenced by certificate
42.21of occupancy issued by the municipality or county where the private career school
42.22is physically situated, a fire inspection by the local or state fire marshal, or another
42.23verification deemed acceptable by the office;
42.24    (8) (7) that the contract or enrollment agreement used by the private career school
42.25complies with the provisions in section 141.265;
42.26    (9) (8) that contracts and agreements do not contain a wage assignment provision
42.27or a confession of judgment clause; and
42.28    (10) (9) that there has been no adjudication of fraud or misrepresentation in any
42.29criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding in any jurisdiction against the private career
42.30school or its owner, officers, agents, or sponsoring organization.
42.31    Subd. 8. Fees and terms of license. An application for an initial license under
42.32sections 141.21 to 141.35 shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee as
42.33provided in section 141.255 that is sufficient to recover, but not exceed, the administrative
42.34costs of the office.
42.35All licenses shall expire one year from the date issued by the office, except as
42.36provided in section 141.251.
43.1    Subd. 9. Catalog, brochure, or electronic display. Before a license is issued to
43.2a private career school, the private career school shall furnish to the office a catalog,
43.3brochure, or electronic display including:
43.4    (1) identifying data, such as volume number and date of publication;
43.5    (2) name and address of the private career school and its governing body and officials;
43.6    (3) a calendar of the private career school showing legal holidays, beginning and
43.7ending dates of each course quarter, term, or semester, and other important dates;
43.8    (4) the private career school policy and regulations on enrollment including dates
43.9and specific entrance requirements for each program;
43.10    (5) the private career school policy and regulations about leave, absences, class cuts,
43.11make-up work, tardiness, and interruptions for unsatisfactory attendance;
43.12    (6) the private career school policy and regulations about standards of progress
43.13for the student including the grading system of the private career school, the minimum
43.14grades considered satisfactory, conditions for interruption for unsatisfactory grades or
43.15progress, a description of any probationary period allowed by the private career school,
43.16and conditions of reentrance for those dismissed for unsatisfactory progress;
43.17    (7) the private career school policy and regulations about student conduct and
43.18conditions for dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct;
43.19    (8) a detailed schedule of fees, charges for tuition, books, supplies, tools, student
43.20activities, laboratory fees, service charges, rentals, deposits, and all other charges;
43.21    (9) the private career school policy and regulations, including an explanation of
43.22section 141.271, about refunding tuition, fees, and other charges if the student does not
43.23enter the program, withdraws from the program, or the program is discontinued;
43.24    (10) a description of the available facilities and equipment;
43.25    (11) a course outline syllabus for each course offered showing course objectives,
43.26subjects or units in the course, type of work or skill to be learned, and approximate time,
43.27hours, or credits to be spent on each subject or unit;
43.28    (12) the private career school policy and regulations about granting credit for
43.29previous education and preparation;
43.30    (13) a notice to students relating to the transferability of any credits earned at the
43.31private career school to other institutions;
43.32    (14) a procedure for investigating and resolving student complaints; and
43.33    (15) the name and address of the Minnesota office of Higher Education.
43.34    A private career school that is exclusively a distance education school is exempt
43.35from clauses (3) and (5).
44.1    Subd. 10. Placement records. (a) Before a license is reissued to a private career
44.2school that offers, advertises or implies a placement service, the private career school shall
44.3file with the office for the past year and thereafter at reasonable intervals determined by
44.4the office, a certified copy of the private career school's placement record, containing a list
44.5of graduates, a description of their jobs, names of their employers, and other information
44.6as the office may prescribe.
44.7    (b) Each private career school that offers a placement service shall furnish to each
44.8prospective student, upon request, prior to enrollment, written information concerning
44.9the percentage of the previous year's graduates who were placed in the occupation for
44.10which prepared or in related employment.
44.11    Subd. 12. Permanent records. A private career school licensed under this chapter
44.12and located in Minnesota shall maintain a permanent record for each student for 50 years
44.13from the last date of the student's attendance. A private career school licensed under this
44.14chapter and offering distance instruction to a student located in Minnesota shall maintain
44.15a permanent record for each Minnesota student for 50 years from the last date of the
44.16student's attendance. Records include school transcripts, documents, and files containing
44.17student data about academic credits earned, courses completed, grades awarded, degrees
44.18awarded, and periods of attendance. To preserve permanent records, a private career
44.19school shall submit a plan that meets the following requirements:
44.20    (1) at least one copy of the records must be held in a secure, fireproof depository;
44.21    (2) an appropriate official must be designated to provide a student with copies of
44.22records or a transcript upon request;
44.23    (3) an alternative method, approved by the office, of complying with clauses (1) and
44.24(2) must be established if the private career school ceases to exist; and
44.25    (4) a continuous surety bond must be filed with the office in an amount not to exceed
44.26$20,000 if the private career school has no binding agreement approved by the office, for
44.27preserving student records. The bond shall run to the state of Minnesota.
44.28    Subd. 13. Private career schools licensed by another state agency or board. A
44.29private career school required to obtain a private career school license due to the use of
44.30"academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in its name or licensed for the purpose of
44.31participating in state financial aid under chapter 136A, and which is also licensed by another
44.32state agency or board shall be required to satisfy only the requirements of subdivisions 3,
44.33clauses (1), (2), (3), (5), (7), and (10); 4; 5, paragraph (b), clause (2); 7, clauses (1) and (10);
44.348; 9, clause (13); and 12. A distance education school located in another state, or a school
44.35licensed to recruit Minnesota residents for attendance at a school outside of this state, or a
45.1school licensed by another state agency as its primary licensing body, may continue to use
45.2the school's name as permitted by its home state or its primary licensing body.

45.3    Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.251, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
45.4    Subd. 2. Conditions. The office shall adopt rules establishing the conditions for
45.5renewal of a license. The conditions shall permit two levels of renewal based on the record
45.6of the private career school. A private career school that has demonstrated the quality of
45.7its program and operation through longevity and performance in the state may renew its
45.8license based on a relaxed standard of scrutiny. A private career school that has been in
45.9operation in Minnesota for a limited period of time or that has not performed adequately
45.10on performance indicators shall renew its license based on a strict standard of scrutiny.
45.11The office shall specify minimum longevity standards and performance indicators that
45.12must be met before a private career school may be permitted to operate under the relaxed
45.13standard of scrutiny. The performance indicators used in this determination shall include,
45.14but not be limited to: regional or national accreditation, loan default rates, placement rate
45.15of graduates, student withdrawal rates, audit results, student complaints, and school status
45.16with the United States Department of Education. Private career schools that meet the
45.17requirements established in rule shall be required to submit a full relicensure report once
45.18every four years, and in the interim years will be exempt from the requirements of section
45.19141.25, subdivision 3 , clauses (4), (5), and (8), and Minnesota Rules, parts 4880.1700,
45.20subpart 6; and 4880.2100, subpart 4.

45.21    Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.255, is amended to read:
45.22141.255 FEES.
45.23    Subdivision 1. Initial licensure fee. The office processing fee for an initial licensure
45.24application is:
45.25(1) $2,500 for a private career school that will offer no more than one program
45.26during its first year of operation;
45.27(2) $750 for a private career school licensed exclusively due to the use of the term
45.28"college," "university," "academy," or "institute" in its name, or licensed exclusively in
45.29order to participate in state grant or SELF loan financial aid programs; and
45.30(3) $2,500, plus $500 for each additional program offered by the private career
45.31school, for a private career school during its first year of operation.
45.32    Subd. 2. Renewal licensure fee; late fee. (a) The office processing fee for a
45.33renewal licensure application is:
46.1(1) for a private career school that offers one program, the license renewal fee is
46.2$1,150;
46.3(2) for a private career school that offers more than one program, the license renewal
46.4fee is $1,150, plus $200 for each additional program with a maximum renewal licensing
46.5fee of $2,000;
46.6(3) for a private career school licensed exclusively due to the use of the term "college,"
46.7"university," "academy," or "institute" in its name, the license renewal fee is $750; and
46.8(4) for a private career school licensed by another state agency and also licensed
46.9with the office exclusively in order to participate in state student aid programs, the license
46.10renewal fee is $750.
46.11    (b) If a license renewal application is not received by the office by the close of
46.12business at least 60 days before the expiration of the current license, a late fee of $100
46.13per business day, not to exceed $3,000, shall be assessed.
46.14    Subd. 4. Program addition fee. The office processing fee for adding a program to
46.15those that are currently offered by the private career school is $500 per program.
46.16    Subd. 5. Visit or consulting fee. If the office determines that a fact-finding visit
46.17or outside consultant is necessary to review or evaluate any new or revised program, the
46.18office shall be reimbursed for the expenses incurred related to the review as follows:
46.19(1) $400 for the team base fee or for a paper review conducted by a consultant if the
46.20office determines that a fact-finding visit is not required;
46.21(2) $300 for each day or part thereof on site per team member; and
46.22(3) the actual cost of customary meals, lodging, and related travel expenses incurred
46.23by team members.
46.24    Subd. 6. Modification fee. The fee for modification of any existing program is
46.25$100 and is due if there is:
46.26(1) an increase or decrease of 25 percent or more, from the original date of program
46.27approval, in clock hours, credit hours, or calendar length of an existing program;
46.28(2) a change in academic measurement from clock hours to credit hours or vice
46.29versa; or
46.30(3) an addition or alteration of courses that represent a 25 percent change or more in
46.31the objectives, content, or methods of delivery.
46.32    Subd. 7. Solicitor permit fee. The solicitor permit fee is $350 and must be paid
46.33annually.
46.34    Subd. 8. Multiple location fee. Private career schools wishing to operate at
46.35multiple locations must pay:
46.36(1) $250 per location, for locations two to five; and
47.1(2) an additional $100 for each location over five.
47.2    Subd. 9. Student transcript fee. The fee for a student transcript requested from a
47.3closed private career school whose records are held by the office is $15, with a maximum
47.4of five transcripts per request.
47.5    Subd. 10. Public office documents; copies. The rate for copies of any public
47.6office document shall be 50 cents per page.

47.7    Sec. 26. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.26, is amended to read:
47.8141.26 PERMITS FOR SOLICITORS.
47.9    Subdivision 1. Required. A solicitor representing a private career school must
47.10obtain a solicitor's permit from the office before soliciting students to enroll in such the
47.11private career school. Such permit shall expire one year following the date of issuance.
47.12Application for renewal of permit shall be made annually.
47.13    Subd. 2. Application for permit. (a) The application for the permit shall state the
47.14full name, address, previous employment, and such other information concerning the
47.15solicitor applicant as the office may require.
47.16(b) The application shall have attached to it a certified affidavit signed by a private
47.17career school official and the solicitor attesting to the fact that the applicant has been
47.18furnished a copy, has read and has knowledge of the provisions of this chapter and
47.19Minnesota Rules.
47.20    Subd. 3. Refusal of permit. No permit shall be issued to any solicitor unless such
47.21solicitor files with the office a continuous corporate surety bond in the sum of $2,000
47.22conditioned upon the faithful performance of all contracts and agreements with the students
47.23made by the solicitor. Such bonds shall run to the state of Minnesota and to any person who
47.24may have cause of action against the applicant arising at any time after the bond is filed and
47.25before it is canceled for breach of any contract or agreement made by the solicitor with any
47.26student. The aggregate liability of the surety for all breaches of the conditions of the bond
47.27shall not exceed the principal sum of $2,000. The surety of any such bond may cancel it
47.28upon giving 60 days' notice in writing to the office and shall be relieved of liability for any
47.29breach of condition occurring after the effective date of cancellation. In lieu of bond, the
47.30solicitor may deposit with the commissioner of management and budget the sum of $2,000.
47.31    Subd. 4. Additional permits. A solicitor representing more than one private career
47.32school must obtain a separate permit for each private career school represented; however
47.33when a solicitor represents private career schools having a common ownership, only one
47.34permit shall be required.
48.1    Subd. 5. Fee. The initial and renewal application for each permit shall be
48.2accompanied by a nonrefundable fee under section 141.255.
48.3    Subd. 6. Contract; validity. Any contract entered into by a solicitor for a licensed
48.4private career school shall be unenforceable in any action brought thereon if the solicitor
48.5does not hold a valid permit as required by this section.

48.6    Sec. 27. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.265, is amended to read:
48.7141.265 INFORMATION TO STUDENTS.
48.8    Subdivision 1. Catalog, brochure, or electronic display. A private career school
48.9or its agent must provide the catalog, brochure, or electronic display required in section
48.10141.25, subdivision 9 , to a prospective student in a time or manner that gives the
48.11prospective student at least five days to read the catalog, brochure, or electronic display
48.12before signing a contract or enrollment agreement or before being accepted by a private
48.13career school that does not use a written contract or enrollment agreement.
48.14    Subd. 2. Contract information. A contract or enrollment agreement used by a
48.15private career school must include at least the following:
48.16    (1) the name and address of the private career school, clearly stated;
48.17    (2) a clear and conspicuous disclosure that the agreement is a legally binding
48.18instrument upon written acceptance of the student by the private career school unless
48.19canceled under section 141.271;
48.20    (3) the private career school's cancellation and refund policy that shall be clearly and
48.21conspicuously entitled "Buyer's Right to Cancel";
48.22    (4) a clear statement of total cost of the program including tuition and all other
48.23charges;
48.24    (5) the name and description of the program, including the number of hours or
48.25credits of classroom instruction, or distance instruction, that shall be included; and
48.26    (6) a clear and conspicuous explanation of the form and means of notice the student
48.27should use in the event the student elects to cancel the contract or sale, the effective
48.28date of cancellation, and the name and address of the seller to which the notice should
48.29be sent or delivered.
48.30The contract or enrollment agreement must not include a wage assignment provision or a
48.31confession of judgment clause.
48.32    Subd. 3. Contract copies. Immediately upon signing of the enrollment agreement
48.33or the contract by a prospective student, the private career school or agent shall furnish to
48.34the prospective student an exact duplicate copy of the enrollment agreement or contract.

49.1    Sec. 28. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
49.2    Subd. 1a. Notice; right to refund. Every private career school shall notify each
49.3student, in writing, of acceptance or rejection. In the event that the student is rejected by
49.4the private career school, all tuition, fees and other charges shall be refunded.

49.5    Sec. 29. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 1b, is amended to read:
49.6    Subd. 1b. Short-term programs. Licensed private career schools conducting
49.7programs not exceeding 40 hours in length shall not be required to make a full refund once
49.8a program has commenced and shall be allowed to prorate any refund based on the actual
49.9length of the program as stated in the private career school catalog or advertisements and
49.10the number of hours attended by the student.

49.11    Sec. 30. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
49.12    Subd. 3. Schools not using written contracts Notice; amount. (a) Notwithstanding
49.13anything to the contrary, A private career school that does not use a written contract or
49.14enrollment agreement shall refund all tuition, fees and other charges paid by a student
49.15if the student gives written notice of cancellation within five business days after the day
49.16on which the student is accepted by the private career school regardless of whether the
49.17program has started.
49.18(b) When a student has been accepted by the private career school and gives written
49.19notice of cancellation following the fifth business day after the day of acceptance by the
49.20private career school, but before the start of the program, in the case of resident private
49.21career schools, or before the first lesson has been serviced by the private career school, in
49.22the case of distance education schools, all tuition, fees and other charges, except 15 percent
49.23of the total cost of the program but not to exceed $50, shall be refunded to the student.

49.24    Sec. 31. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
49.25    Subd. 5. Distance education schools Proration. When a student has been accepted
49.26by a distance education private career school and gives written notice of cancellation after
49.27the first lesson has been completed by the student and serviced by the school program of
49.28instruction has begun, but before completion of 75 percent of the program, the amount
49.29charged for tuition, fees and all other charges for the completed lessons shall be prorated
49.30based on the number of days in the term as a portion of the total charges for tuition, fees
49.31and all other charges. An additional 25 percent of the total cost of the program may be
49.32added but shall not exceed $75 $100. After completion of 75 percent of the program,
49.33no refunds are required.

50.1    Sec. 32. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
50.2    Subd. 7. Equipment and supplies. The fair market retail price, if separately stated
50.3in the catalog and contract or enrollment agreement, of equipment or supplies furnished to
50.4the student, which the student fails to return in condition suitable for resale, and which
50.5may reasonably be resold, within ten business days following cancellation may be retained
50.6by the private career school and may be deducted from the total cost for tuition, fees and
50.7all other charges when computing refunds.
50.8An overstatement of the fair market retail price of any equipment or supplies
50.9furnished the student shall be considered inconsistent with this provision.

50.10    Sec. 33. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
50.11    Subd. 8. Time of refund. Each private career school shall acknowledge in writing
50.12any valid notice of cancellation within ten business days after the receipt of such notice
50.13and within 30 business days shall refund to the student any amounts due and arrange for
50.14termination of the student's obligation to pay any sum in excess of that due under the
50.15cancellation and refund policy.

50.16    Sec. 34. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
50.17    Subd. 9. Limitation. A private career school cannot make its refund policy
50.18conditional upon compliance with the school's regulations or rules of conduct.

50.19    Sec. 35. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
50.20    Subd. 10. Cancellation occurrence. Written notice of cancellation shall take place
50.21on the date the letter of cancellation is postmarked or, in the cases where the notice is hand
50.22carried, it shall occur on the date the notice is delivered to the private career school. If
50.23a student has not attended class for a period of 21 consecutive days without contacting
50.24the private career school to indicate an intent to continue in school or otherwise making
50.25arrangements concerning the absence, the student is considered to have withdrawn from
50.26school for all purposes as of the student's last documented date of attendance.

50.27    Sec. 36. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
50.28    Subd. 12. Instrument not to be negotiated. A private career school shall not
50.29negotiate any promissory instrument received as payment of tuition or other charge prior
50.30to completion of 50 percent of the program, except that prior to that time, instruments may
50.31be transferred by assignment to purchasers who shall be subject to all defenses available
50.32against the private career school named as payee.

51.1    Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 13, is amended to read:
51.2    Subd. 13. Cancellation of enrollment. If a student's enrollment in a private career
51.3school is canceled for any reason, the private career school shall notify any agency known
51.4to the private career school to be providing financial aid to the student of the cancellation
51.5within 30 days.

51.6    Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.271, subdivision 14, is amended to read:
51.7    Subd. 14. Closed private career school. In the event a private career school closes
51.8for any reason during a term and interrupts and terminates classes during that term, all
51.9tuition for the term shall be refunded to the students or the appropriate state or federal
51.10agency or private lender that provided any funding for the term and any outstanding
51.11obligation of the student for the term is canceled.

51.12    Sec. 39. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.28, is amended to read:
51.13141.28 PROHIBITIONS.
51.14    Subdivision 1. Disclosure required; advertisement restricted. Private career
51.15schools, agents of private career schools, and solicitors may not advertise or represent
51.16in writing or orally that the private career school is approved or accredited by the state
51.17of Minnesota, except that any private career school, agent, or solicitor may represent in
51.18advertisements and shall disclose in catalogues, applications, and enrollment materials
51.19that the private career school is duly licensed by the state by prominently displaying
51.20the following statement:
51.21"(Name of private career school) is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota
51.22Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 141.21 to 141.32.
51.23Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may
51.24not transfer to all other institutions."
51.25    Subd. 2. Unlawful designation. No private career school organized after November
51.2615, 1969, shall apply to itself either as a part of its name or in any other manner the
51.27designation of "college" or "university." Operating private career schools now using
51.28such designation may continue use thereof.
51.29    Subd. 3. False statements. A private career school, agent, or solicitor shall not
51.30make, or cause to be made, any statement or representation, oral, written or visual, in
51.31connection with the offering or publicizing of a program, if the private career school,
51.32agent, or solicitor knows or reasonably should have known the statement or representation
51.33to be false, fraudulent, deceptive, substantially inaccurate, or misleading.
52.1    Subd. 4. Acceptance of contracts. No private career school shall accept contracts,
52.2enrollment agreements or enrollment applications from an agent or solicitor who does
52.3not have a current permit.
52.4    Subd. 5. Improbable program completion or employment. A private career
52.5school, agent, or solicitor shall not enroll a prospective student when it is obvious that the
52.6prospective student is unlikely to successfully complete a program or is unlikely to qualify
52.7for employment in the vocation or field for which the preparation is designed unless this
52.8fact is affirmatively disclosed to the prospective student. If a prospective student expresses
52.9a desire to enroll after such disclosure, a disclaimer may be obtained by the private career
52.10school. The disclaimer shall be signed by the student and shall state substantially one or
52.11both of the following: "I am fully aware that it is unlikely I will be able to successfully
52.12complete the program" and "I am fully aware of the improbability or impossibility that I
52.13will qualify for employment in the vocation or field for which the program was designed."
52.14    Subd. 6. Financial aid payments. (a) All private career schools must collect,
52.15assess, and distribute funds received from loans or other financial aid as provided in
52.16this subdivision.
52.17(b) Student loans or other financial aid funds received from federal, state, or local
52.18governments or administered in accordance with federal student financial assistance
52.19programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, United States
52.20Code, title 20, chapter 28, must be collected and applied as provided by applicable federal,
52.21state, or local law or regulation.
52.22(c) Student loans or other financial aid assistance received from a bank, finance or
52.23credit card company, or other private lender must be collected or disbursed as provided
52.24in paragraphs (d) and (e).
52.25(d) Loans or other financial aid payments for amounts greater than $3,000 must
52.26be disbursed:
52.27(1) in two equal disbursements, if the term length is more than four months. The
52.28loan or payment amounts may be disbursed no earlier than the first day the student attends
52.29class with the remainder to be disbursed halfway through the term; or
52.30(2) in three equal disbursements, if the term length is more than six months. The
52.31loan or payment amounts may be disbursed no earlier than the first day the student attends
52.32class, one-third of the way through the term, and two-thirds of the way through the term.
52.33(e) Loans or other financial aid payments for amounts less than $3,000 may be
52.34disbursed as a single disbursement on the first day a student attends class, regardless
52.35of term length.
53.1(f) No private career school may enter into a contract or agreement with, or receive
53.2any money from, a bank, finance or credit card company, or other private lender, unless
53.3the private lender follows the requirements for disbursements provided in paragraphs
53.4(d) and (e).
53.5(g) No school may withhold an official transcript for arrears or default on any loan
53.6made by the school to a student if the loan qualifies as an institutional loan under United
53.7States Code, title 11, section 523(a)(8)(b).

53.8    Sec. 40. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.29, is amended to read:
53.9141.29 REVOCATION OF LICENSE OR PERMIT.
53.10    Subdivision 1. Grounds. The office may, after notice and upon providing an
53.11opportunity for a hearing, under chapter 14 if requested by the parties adversely affected,
53.12refuse to issue, refuse to renew, revoke, or suspend a license or solicitor's permit for any
53.13of the following grounds:
53.14(1) violation of any provisions of sections 141.21 to 141.35 or any rule adopted
53.15by the office;
53.16(2) furnishing to the office false, misleading, or incomplete information;
53.17(3) presenting to prospective students information relating to the private career
53.18school that is false, fraudulent, deceptive, substantially inaccurate, or misleading;
53.19(4) refusal to allow reasonable inspection or supply reasonable information after
53.20written request by the office;
53.21(5) the existence of any circumstance that would be grounds for the refusal of an
53.22initial or renewal license under section 141.25.
53.23    Subd. 2. Appeal. Any order refusing, revoking, or suspending a private career
53.24school's license or a solicitor's permit is appealable in accordance with chapter 14. Where
53.25a private career school has been operating and its license has been revoked, suspended, or
53.26refused by the office, the order is not effective until the final determination of the appeal
53.27unless immediate effect is ordered by the court.
53.28    Subd. 3. Powers and duties. The office shall have (in addition to the powers and
53.29duties now vested therein by law) the following powers and duties:
53.30(a) To negotiate and enter into interstate reciprocity agreements with similar agencies
53.31in other states, if in the judgment of the office such agreements are or will be helpful in
53.32effectuating the purposes of Laws 1973, chapter 714;
53.33(b) To grant conditional private career school license for periods of less than one
53.34year if in the judgment of the office correctable deficiencies exist at the time of application
54.1and when refusal to issue private career school license would adversely affect currently
54.2enrolled students;
54.3(c) The office may upon its own motion, and shall upon the verified complaint
54.4in writing of any person setting forth fact which, if proved, would constitute grounds
54.5for refusal or revocation under Laws 1973, chapter 714, investigate the actions of any
54.6applicant or any person or persons holding or claiming to hold a license or permit.
54.7However, before proceeding to a hearing on the question of whether a license or permit
54.8shall be refused, revoked or suspended for any cause enumerated in subdivision 1, the
54.9office shall grant a reasonable time to the holder of or applicant for a license or permit to
54.10correct the situation. If within such time the situation is corrected and the private career
54.11school is in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, no further action leading to
54.12refusal, revocation, or suspension shall be taken.

54.13    Sec. 41. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.30, is amended to read:
54.14141.30 INSPECTION.
54.15(a) The office or a delegate may inspect the instructional books and records,
54.16classrooms, dormitories, tools, equipment and classes of any private career school or
54.17applicant for license at any reasonable time. The office may require the submission of a
54.18certified public audit, or if there is no such audit available the office or a delegate may
54.19inspect the financial books and records of the private career school. In no event shall such
54.20financial information be used by the office to regulate or set the tuition or fees charged by
54.21the private career school.
54.22(b) Data obtained from an inspection of the financial records of a private career
54.23school or submitted to the office as part of a license application or renewal are nonpublic
54.24data as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 9. Data obtained from inspections may be
54.25disclosed to other members of the office, to law enforcement officials, or in connection
54.26with a legal or administrative proceeding commenced to enforce a requirement of law.

54.27    Sec. 42. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.32, is amended to read:
54.28141.32 PENALTY.
54.29    The commissioner may assess fines for violations of a provision of this chapter
54.30sections 141.21 to 141.37. Each day's failure to comply with this chapter sections 141.21
54.31to 141.37 shall be a separate violation and fines shall not exceed $500 per day per
54.32violation. Amounts received under this section must be deposited in the special revenue
54.33fund and are appropriated to the office of Higher Education for the purposes of this
54.34chapter sections 141.21 to 141.37.

55.1    Sec. 43. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 141.35, is amended to read:
55.2141.35 EXEMPTIONS.
55.3    Sections 141.21 to 141.32 shall not apply to the following:
55.4    (1) public postsecondary institutions;
55.5    (2) postsecondary institutions registered under sections 136A.61 to 136A.71;
55.6    (3) private career schools of nursing accredited by the state Board of Nursing or an
55.7equivalent public board of another state or foreign country;
55.8    (4) private schools complying with the requirements of section 120A.22, subdivision
55.94
;
55.10    (5) courses taught to students in a valid apprenticeship program taught by or
55.11required by a trade union;
55.12    (6) private career schools exclusively engaged in training physically or mentally
55.13disabled persons for the state of Minnesota;
55.14    (7) private career schools licensed by boards authorized under Minnesota law to
55.15issue licenses except private career schools required to obtain a private career school
55.16license due to the use of "academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in their names;
55.17    (8) private career schools and educational programs, or training programs, contracted
55.18for by persons, firms, corporations, government agencies, or associations, for the training
55.19of their own employees, for which no fee is charged the employee;
55.20    (9) private career schools engaged exclusively in the teaching of purely avocational,
55.21recreational, or remedial subjects as determined by the office except private career schools
55.22required to obtain a private career school license due to the use of "academy," "institute,"
55.23"college," or "university" in their names unless the school used "academy" or "institute" in
55.24its name prior to August 1, 2008;
55.25    (10) classes, courses, or programs conducted by a bona fide trade, professional, or
55.26fraternal organization, solely for that organization's membership;
55.27    (11) programs in the fine arts provided by organizations exempt from taxation
55.28under section 290.05 and registered with the attorney general under chapter 309. For
55.29the purposes of this clause, "fine arts" means activities resulting in artistic creation or
55.30artistic performance of works of the imagination which are engaged in for the primary
55.31purpose of creative expression rather than commercial sale or employment. In making
55.32this determination the office may seek the advice and recommendation of the Minnesota
55.33Board of the Arts;
55.34    (12) classes, courses, or programs intended to fulfill the continuing education
55.35requirements for licensure or certification in a profession, that have been approved by a
56.1legislatively or judicially established board or agency responsible for regulating the practice
56.2of the profession, and that are offered exclusively to an individual practicing the profession;
56.3    (13) classes, courses, or programs intended to prepare students to sit for
56.4undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, or occupational licensing and occupational
56.5entrance examinations;
56.6    (14) classes, courses, or programs providing 16 or fewer clock hours of instruction
56.7that are not part of the curriculum for an occupation or entry level employment except
56.8private career schools required to obtain a private career school license due to the use of
56.9"academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in their names;
56.10    (15) classes, courses, or programs providing instruction in personal development,
56.11modeling, or acting;
56.12    (16) training or instructional programs, in which one instructor teaches an individual
56.13student, that are not part of the curriculum for an occupation or are not intended to prepare
56.14a person for entry level employment;
56.15    (17) private career schools with no physical presence in Minnesota, as determined
56.16by the office, engaged exclusively in offering distance instruction that are located in and
56.17regulated by other states or jurisdictions; and
56.18    (18) private career schools providing exclusively training, instructional programs,
56.19or courses where tuition, fees, and any other charges for a student to participate do not
56.20exceed $100.

56.21    Sec. 44. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 197.75, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
56.22    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this
56.23section.
56.24    (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of veterans affairs.
56.25    (c) "Deceased veteran" means a veteran who has died as a result of the person's
56.26military service, as determined by the United States Veterans Administration, and who
56.27was a resident of this state: (1) within six months of entering the United States armed
56.28forces, or (2) for the six months preceding the veteran's date of death.
56.29    (d) "Eligible child" means a person who:
56.30    (1) is the natural or adopted child or stepchild of a deceased veteran; and
56.31    (2) is a student making satisfactory academic progress at an eligible institution
56.32of higher education.
56.33    (e) "Eligible institution" means a postsecondary educational institution located in
56.34this state that either (1) is operated by this state or the Board of Regents of the University
56.35of Minnesota, or (2) is operated publicly or privately and, as determined by the office,
57.1maintains academic standards substantially equivalent to those of comparable institutions
57.2operated in this state is licensed or registered with the Office of Higher Education.
57.3    (f) "Eligible spouse" means the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.
57.4    (g) "Eligible veteran" means a veteran who:
57.5    (1) is a student making satisfactory academic progress at an eligible institution
57.6of higher education;
57.7    (2) had Minnesota as the person's state of residence at the time of the person's
57.8enlistment or any reenlistment into the United States armed forces, as shown by the
57.9person's federal form DD-214 or other official documentation to the satisfaction of the
57.10commissioner;
57.11    (3) except for benefits under this section, has no remaining military or veteran-related
57.12educational assistance benefits for which the person may have been entitled; and
57.13    (4) while using the educational assistance authorized in this section, remains a
57.14resident student as defined in section 136A.101, subdivision 8.
57.15    (h) "Satisfactory academic progress" has the meaning given in section 136A.101,
57.16subdivision 10.
57.17    (i) "Student" has the meaning given in section 136A.101, subdivision 7.
57.18    (j) "Veteran" has the meaning given in section 197.447.

57.19    Sec. 45. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 261.23, is amended to read:
57.20261.23 COSTS OF HOSPITALIZATION.
57.21The costs of hospitalization of such indigent persons exclusive of medical and
57.22surgical care and treatment shall not exceed in amount the full rates fixed and charged
57.23by the Minnesota general hospital under the provisions of sections 158.01 to 158.11 for
57.24the hospitalization of such indigent patients. For indigent persons hospitalized pursuant
57.25to sections 261.21 to 261.232, the state shall pay 90 percent of the cost allowable under
57.26the general assistance medical care program and ten percent of the allowable cost of
57.27hospitalization shall be paid by the county of the residence of the indigent persons at
57.28the times provided for in the contract; and in case of an injury or emergency requiring
57.29immediate surgical or medical treatment, for a period not to exceed 72 hours, 90 percent
57.30of the cost allowable under the general assistance medical care program shall be paid by
57.31the state and ten percent of the cost shall be paid by the county from which the patient, if
57.32indigent, is certified. State payments for services rendered pursuant to this section shall
57.33be ratably reduced to the same extent and during the same time period as payments are
57.34reduced under section 256D.03, subdivision 4, paragraph (c). If the county of residence
57.35of the patient is not the county in which the patient has legal settlement for the purposes
58.1of poor relief, then the county of residence may seek reimbursement from the county
58.2in which the patient has settlement for the purposes of poor relief for all costs it has
58.3necessarily incurred and paid in connection with the hospitalization of said patient.

58.4    Sec. 46. REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
58.5(a) The revisor of statutes shall renumber the provisions of Minnesota Statutes
58.6listed in Column A to the references listed in Column B. The revisor shall also make
58.7necessary cross-reference, grammatical, or terminology changes in Minnesota Statutes and
58.8Minnesota Rules consistent with the renumbering, including changing the word "school"
58.9to "private career school" wherever the word appears in sections 141.20 to 141.37.
58.10
Column A
Column B
58.11
141.20
136A.82
58.12
141.21
136A.821
58.13
141.25
136A.822
58.14
141.251
136A.823
58.15
141.255
136A.824
58.16
141.26
136A.825
58.17
141.265
136A.826
58.18
141.271
136A.827
58.19
141.28
136A.828
58.20
141.29
136A.829
58.21
141.30
136A.83
58.22
141.31
136A.831
58.23
141.32
136A.832
58.24
141.35
136A.833
58.25
141.37
136A.834
58.26(b) The revisor of statutes shall make any necessary cross-reference change in
58.27Minnesota Statutes or Minnesota Rules resulting from repealers in this act.

58.28    Sec. 47. REPEALER.
58.29Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 136A.127, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 9b,
58.3010, 10a, 11, and 14; 136A.862; 141.271, subdivisions 4 and 6; 158.01; 158.02; 158.03;
58.31158.04; 158.05; 158.06; 158.07; 158.08; 158.09; 158.091; 158.10; 158.11; and 158.12, are
58.32repealed.

58.33ARTICLE 3
58.34HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY

58.35    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 5.41, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
59.1    Subd. 2. Report. (a) A postsecondary institution must file by November 1 of each
59.2year a report on its programs with the secretary of state. The report must contain the
59.3following information from the previous academic year, including summer terms:
59.4(1) deaths of program participants that occurred during program participation as a
59.5result of program participation; and
59.6(2) accidents and illnesses that occurred during program participation as a result of
59.7program participation and that required hospitalization; and
59.8(3) country, primary program host, and program type for all incidents reported in
59.9clauses (1) and (2).
59.10For purposes of this paragraph, "primary program host" is the institution or
59.11organization responsible for or in control of the majority of decisions being made on
59.12the program including, but not limited to, student housing, local transportation, and
59.13emergency response and support.
59.14Information reported under clause (1) may be supplemented by a brief explanatory
59.15statement.
59.16(b) A postsecondary institution must request, but not mandate, hospitalization and
59.17incident disclosure from students upon completion of the program.
59.18(c) A postsecondary institution must report to the secretary of state annually by
59.19November 1 whether its program complies with health and safety standards set by the
59.20Forum on Education Abroad or a similar study abroad program standard setting agency.

59.21    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 5.41, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
59.22    Subd. 3. Secretary of state; publication of program information. (a) The secretary
59.23of state must publish the reports required by subdivision 2 on its Web site in a format that
59.24facilitates identifying information related to a particular postsecondary institution.
59.25(b) The secretary of state shall publish on its Web site the best available information
59.26by country links to the United States Department of State's Consular Information Program
59.27which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. The
59.28secretary of state shall also publish links to the publicly available reports on sexual assaults
59.29and other criminal acts affecting study abroad program participants during program
59.30participation. This information shall not be limited to programs subject to this section.

59.31    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
59.32to read:
59.33    Subd. 10a. Concurrent enrollment participant survey. (a) Postsecondary
59.34institutions offering courses taught by the secondary teacher according to subdivision
60.110, and are members in the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
60.2(NACEP), must report all required NACEP evaluative survey results by September 1 of
60.3each year to the commissioners of the Office of Higher Education and the Department of
60.4Education. The commissioners must report by December 1 of each year to the committees
60.5of the legislature having jurisdiction over early education through grade 12 education.
60.6(b) Postsecondary institutions that have not adopted and implemented the NACEP
60.7program standards and required evidence for accreditation, are required to conduct an
60.8annual survey of concurrent enrolled students who successfully completed the course
60.9who are one year out of high school, beginning with the high school graduating class
60.10of 2016. By September 1 of each year, the postsecondary institutions must report the
60.11evaluative survey results to the commissioners of the Office of Higher Education and the
60.12Department of Education. The commissioner must report by December 1 of each year to
60.13the committees of the legislature having jurisdiction over early education through grade
60.1412 education. The survey must include, at a minimum, the following student information:
60.15(1) the participant's future education plans, including the highest degree or
60.16certification planned;
60.17(2) whether the participant is enrolled or plans to enroll in a Minnesota postsecondary
60.18institution, either public or private;
60.19(3) the number of credits accepted or denied by postsecondary institutions;
60.20(4) the college or university attended;
60.21(5) the participant's satisfaction level with the concurrent enrollment program;
60.22(6) the participant's demographics, such as gender, parent education level,
60.23qualification for free or reduced-price lunch in high school, Pell grant qualification and
60.24ethnicity; and
60.25(7) a place for participants to provide comments.

60.26    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
60.27to read:
60.28    Subd. 10b. Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board; membership; duties. (a)
60.29A postsecondary institution offering courses taught by the secondary teacher according
60.30to subdivision 10, must establish an advisory board. The purpose of the advisory board
60.31is to engage stakeholders in concurrent enrollment decisions. The duties of the board
60.32must include the following:
60.33(1) providing strategic advice and input relating to concurrent enrollment issues;
60.34(2) recommend and review proposals for concurrent enrollment course offerings;
61.1(3) serve as a coordinating entity between secondary education and postsecondary
61.2institutions; and
61.3(4) increase the understanding and collaboration among concurrent enrollment
61.4partners, stakeholders, the legislature, and the public.
61.5(b) The advisory board at each institution must consist of 16 members in addition to
61.6a concurrent enrollment faculty coordinator who shall serve as the chair and convene the
61.7meetings. A postsecondary institution may elect to have an advisory board of less than 16
61.8members if the institution determines that the extent of its concurrent program warrants
61.9a smaller board. Except for the original members, advisory board members must serve
61.10three-year staggered terms. Advisory board members, appointed by the postsecondary
61.11institution, must be balanced based on geography, school size, and include, if practical,
61.12representatives from the following:
61.13(1) postsecondary faculty members;
61.14(2) school superintendents;
61.15(3) high school principals;
61.16(4) concurrent enrollment teachers;
61.17(5) high school counselors;
61.18(6) charter school administrators;
61.19(7) school board members;
61.20(8) secondary academic administrators;
61.21(9) parents; and
61.22(10) other local organizations.
61.23(c) Members of the board serve without compensation.
61.24(d) The board shall report to the postsecondary institution periodically as requested
61.25by the postsecondary institution to provide advice and proposals described in paragraph (a).
61.26(e) The postsecondary institution shall provide administrative services and meeting
61.27space for the board to do its work.
61.28(f) A board established under this section expires when the postsecondary institution
61.29no longer offers concurrent enrollment course offerings.
61.30(g) The postsecondary institution shall appoint the first members to the advisory
61.31board by October 31, 2015, or by October 15 following the year it establishes a concurrent
61.32enrollment program. The postsecondary institution shall designate the terms of the first
61.33members so that an approximately equal number serve terms of two, three, and four years.

61.34    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.091, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
62.1    Subdivision 1. Accreditation. To establish a uniform standard by which
62.2concurrent enrollment courses and professional development activities may be measured,
62.3postsecondary institutions are encouraged to apply for accreditation by must adopt and
62.4implement the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Partnership's
62.5program standards and required evidence for accreditation by the 2020-2021 school year
62.6and later.

62.7    Sec. 6. [135A.012] HIGHER EDUCATION ATTAINMENT GOAL.
62.8    Subdivision 1. Purpose. This section sets a goal for postsecondary education
62.9attainment for Minnesota residents.
62.10    Subd. 2. Postsecondary credentials. The number of Minnesota residents ages 25
62.11to 44 years, who hold postsecondary degrees or certificates, should be increased to at
62.12least 70 percent by 2025.
62.13    Subd. 3. Rights not created. The attainment goal in this section is not to the
62.14exclusion of any other goals and does not confer a right or create a claim for any person.
62.15    Subd. 4. Data development and analyses. The Office of Higher Education shall
62.16work with the state demographer's office to measure progress towards the attainment of
62.17the goal specified in subdivision 2. The United States Census Bureau data shall be used to
62.18calculate the number of individuals in the state who hold a postsecondary degree. The
62.19Office of Higher Education, demographer's office, and the Department of Employment
62.20and Economic Development shall develop a methodology to estimate the number of
62.21individuals that hold a certificate awarded by a postsecondary institution as their highest
62.22educational credential using data available at the time that the analysis is completed.
62.23    Subd. 5. Reporting. (a) Beginning in 2016 and every year thereafter, the Office of
62.24Higher Education, in collaboration with the state demographer's office, shall, by October
62.2515, report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
62.26primary jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance on the progress towards
62.27meeting or exceeding the goal of this section.
62.28(b) Meeting and maintaining the goal of 70 percent of Minnesota residents ages 25
62.29to 44 years, holding a postsecondary degree or certificate will likely be difficult without
62.30achieving attainment rates that are comparable across all race and ethnicity groups. The
62.31Office of Higher Education shall utilize benchmarks of 30 percent or higher and 50 percent
62.32or higher to report progress by race and ethnicity groups toward meeting the educational
62.33attainment rate goal of 70 percent.

62.34    Sec. 7. [136A.091] SUMMER ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM.
63.1    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The summer academic enrichment program is
63.2established to enable elementary and secondary students to attend academic summer
63.3programs sponsored by postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations.
63.4    Subd. 2. Eligibility. To be eligible for a program stipend, a student shall:
63.5(1) be a resident of Minnesota;
63.6(2) attend an eligible office-approved program;
63.7(3) be in grades 3 through 12, but not have completed high school;
63.8(4) meet income requirements for free or reduced-price school meals; and
63.9(5) be 19 years of age or younger.
63.10    Subd. 3. Financial need. Need for financial assistance is based on student
63.11eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals. Student eligibility shall be verified by
63.12sponsors of approved academic programs. The office shall award stipends for students
63.13within the limits of available appropriations for this section. If the amount appropriated
63.14is insufficient, the office shall allocate the available appropriation in the manner it
63.15determines. A stipend must not exceed $1,000 per student.
63.16    Subd. 4. Eligible program sponsors. (a) A program stipend may be used only at an
63.17eligible sponsor that is a postsecondary institution or nonprofit educational organization.
63.18A Minnesota public postsecondary institution is an eligible program sponsor. A private
63.19postsecondary institution is an eligible program sponsor if it:
63.20(1) is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of
63.21Education for purposes of eligibility to participate in title IV federal financial aid programs;
63.22(2) offers an associate or baccalaureate degree program approved under sections
63.23136A.61 to 136A.71; and
63.24(3) is located in Minnesota.
63.25(b) A nonprofit educational organization is an eligible program sponsor if it:
63.26(1) is incorporated;
63.27(2) has had favorable financial performance with federal or state funds; and
63.28(3) has not had significant audit findings.
63.29    Subd. 5. Eligible programs. A program stipend may be used only for an eligible
63.30program. To be eligible, a program must:
63.31(1) provide, as its primary purpose, academic instruction for student enrichment in
63.32core curricular areas of English and language arts, humanities, social studies, science,
63.33mathematics, fine arts, performing arts, and world languages and culture;
63.34(2) not be offered for credit to postsecondary students;
63.35(3) not provide remedial instruction;
63.36(4) meet any other program requirements established by the office; and
64.1(5) be approved by the commissioner.
64.2    Subd. 6. Information. The office shall assemble and distribute information about
64.3eligible student participants, program stipends, and eligible programs.
64.4    Subd. 7. Administration. The office shall determine the time and manner of
64.5program applications, program approval, stipend applications, and final awards.
64.6    Subd. 8. Program evaluation. Each program sponsor must annually submit a
64.7report to the office stating its program goals, activities, and stipend recipient eligibility and
64.8demographic information.
64.9    Subd. 9. Report. Annually, the office shall submit a report to the legislative
64.10committees with jurisdiction over higher education finance regarding the program
64.11providers, stipend recipients, and program activities. The report shall include information
64.12about the students served, the organizations providing services, program goals and
64.13outcomes, and student outcomes.
64.14EFFECTIVE DATE.Subdivision 9 is effective January 1, 2016.

64.15    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.101, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
64.16    Subd. 8. Resident student. "Resident student" means a student who meets one of
64.17the following conditions:
64.18    (1) a student who has resided in Minnesota for purposes other than postsecondary
64.19education for at least 12 months without being enrolled at a postsecondary educational
64.20institution for more than five credits in any term;
64.21    (2) a dependent student whose parent or legal guardian resides in Minnesota at the
64.22time the student applies;
64.23    (3) a student who graduated from a Minnesota high school, if the student was a
64.24resident of Minnesota during the student's period of attendance at the Minnesota high school
64.25and the student is physically attending a Minnesota postsecondary educational institution;
64.26    (4) a student who, after residing in the state for a minimum of one year, earned a
64.27high school equivalency certificate in Minnesota;
64.28    (5) a member, spouse, or dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United
64.29States stationed in Minnesota on active federal military service as defined in section
64.30190.05 , subdivision 5c;
64.31    (6) a spouse or dependent of a veteran, as defined in section 197.447, if the veteran
64.32is a Minnesota resident;
64.33    (7) a person or spouse of a person who relocated to Minnesota from an area that
64.34is declared a presidential disaster area within the preceding 12 months if the disaster
64.35interrupted the person's postsecondary education;
65.1    (8) a person defined as a refugee under United States Code, title 8, section
65.21101(a)(42), who, upon arrival in the United States, moved to Minnesota and has
65.3continued to reside in Minnesota; or
65.4    (9) a student eligible for resident tuition under section 135A.043.; or
65.5    (10) an active member, or a spouse or dependent of that member, of the state's
65.6National Guard who resides in Minnesota or an active member, or a spouse or dependent
65.7of that member, of the reserve component of the United States armed forces whose duty
65.8station is located in Minnesota and who resides in Minnesota.

65.9    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.121, subdivision 20, is amended to read:
65.10    Subd. 20. Institution reporting. (a) Each institution receiving financial aid under
65.11this section must annually report by December 31 to the office the following for its
65.12undergraduate programs each award level:
65.13(1) enrollment, persistence, and graduation data for all students, including aggregate
65.14subgroup information on state and federal Pell grant recipients; and
65.15(2) the job placement rate and salary and wage information for graduates of each
65.16program that is either designed or advertised to lead to a particular type of job or advertised
65.17or promoted with a claim regarding job placement, as is practicable; and
65.18(3) the student debt-to-earnings ratio aggregate awarded financial aid information for
65.19all students, and cumulative debt of all graduates by race and ethnicity, gender, and income.
65.20(b) Using the data submitted to the office by institutions pursuant to paragraph (a),
65.21as well as other data available to the office, the office shall provide the following on its
65.22Internet Web site by placing a prominent link on its Web site home page:
65.23(1) the information submitted by an institution pursuant including, but not limited to,
65.24persistence and completion, debt of graduates, employment and wage information, and
65.25other relevant data for each institution subject to paragraph (a), which shall be made
65.26available in a searchable database; and
65.27(2) other information and links that are useful to students and parents who are in
65.28the process of selecting a college or university. This information may include, but is
65.29not limited to, local occupational profiles.
65.30(c) The office shall provide a standard format and instructions for institutions
65.31supplying the information required under paragraph (a).
65.32(d) The office shall provide an electronic copy of the information provided on its
65.33Internet Web site under paragraph (b) to each public and private high school in the state
65.34and each workforce center operated by the Department of Employment and Economic
65.35Development. The copy must contain information formatted by institution so that
66.1comparison can be easily made between institutions. High schools are encouraged to make
66.2the information available to students, including through individual counseling sessions
66.3with students. Workforce centers shall make the information available to job seekers,
66.4those seeking career counseling, and others as determined by the centers.

66.5    Sec. 10. [136A.1791] TEACHER SHORTAGE LOAN FORGIVENESS
66.6PROGRAM.
66.7    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) The terms used in this section have the meanings
66.8given them in this subdivision.
66.9(b) "Qualified educational loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation
66.10loan for actual costs paid for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses
66.11related to a teacher's preparation or further education.
66.12(c) "School district" means an independent school district, special school district,
66.13intermediate district, education district, special education cooperative, service cooperative,
66.14a cooperative center for vocational education, or a charter school located in Minnesota.
66.15(d) "Teacher" means an individual holding a teaching license issued by the licensing
66.16division in the Department of Education on behalf of the Board of Teaching who is
66.17employed by a school district to provide classroom instruction in a teacher shortage area.
66.18(e) "Teacher shortage area" means the licensure fields and economic development
66.19regions reported by the commissioner of education as experiencing a teacher shortage.
66.20(f) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education
66.21unless indicated otherwise.
66.22    Subd. 2. Program established; administration. The commissioner shall establish
66.23and administer a teacher shortage loan forgiveness program. A teacher is eligible for the
66.24program if the teacher is teaching in a licensure field and in an economic development
66.25region with an identified teacher shortage under subdivision 3 and complies with the
66.26requirements of this section.
66.27    Subd. 3. Use of report on teacher shortage areas. The commissioner of education
66.28shall use the teacher supply and demand report to the legislature to identify the licensure
66.29fields and economic development regions in Minnesota experiencing a teacher shortage.
66.30    Subd. 4. Application for loan forgiveness. Each applicant for loan forgiveness,
66.31according to rules adopted by the commissioner, shall:
66.32(1) apply for teacher shortage loan forgiveness and promptly submit any additional
66.33information required by the commissioner;
67.1(2) annually reapply for up to five consecutive school years and submit information
67.2the commissioner requires to determine the applicant's continued eligibility for loan
67.3forgiveness; and
67.4(3) submit to the commissioner a completed affidavit, prescribed by the
67.5commissioner, affirming the teacher is teaching in a licensure field and in an economic
67.6development region identified by the commissioner as experiencing a teacher shortage.
67.7    Subd. 5. Amount of loan forgiveness. (a) To the extent funding is available, the
67.8annual amount of teacher shortage loan forgiveness for an approved applicant shall not
67.9exceed $1,000 or the cumulative balance of the applicant's qualified educational loans,
67.10including principal and interest, whichever amount is less.
67.11(b) Recipients must secure their own qualified educational loans. Teachers who
67.12graduate from an approved teacher preparation program or teachers who add a licensure
67.13field, consistent with the teacher shortage requirements of this section, are eligible to
67.14apply for the loan forgiveness program.
67.15    Subd. 6. Disbursement. (a) The commissioner must make annual disbursements
67.16directly to the participant of the amount for which a participant is eligible, for each year
67.17that a participant is eligible.
67.18(b) Within 60 days of receipt of a disbursement, the participant must provide the
67.19commissioner with verification that the full amount of loan repayment disbursement has
67.20been applied toward the designated loans. A participant that previously received funds
67.21under this section but has not provided the commissioner with such verification is not
67.22eligible to receive additional funds.
67.23    Subd. 7. Penalties. (a) A teacher who submits a false or misleading application or
67.24other false or misleading information to the commissioner may:
67.25(1) have his or her teaching license suspended or revoked under section 122A.20;
67.26(2) be disciplined by the teacher's employing school district; or
67.27(3) be required by the commissioner to repay the total amount of the loan forgiveness
67.28he or she received under this program, plus interest at a rate established under section
67.29270C.40.
67.30(b) The commissioner must deposit any repayments received under paragraph (a)
67.31in the fund established in subdivision 8.
67.32    Subd. 8. Fund established. A teacher shortage loan forgiveness repayment fund
67.33is created for depositing money appropriated to or received by the commissioner for the
67.34program. Money deposited in the fund shall not revert to any state fund at the end of
67.35any fiscal year but remains in the loan forgiveness repayment fund and is continuously
67.36available for loan forgiveness under this section.
68.1    Subd. 9. Annual reporting. By February 1 of each year, the commissioner must
68.2report to the chairs of the K-12 and higher education committees of the legislature on the
68.3number of individuals who received loan forgiveness under this section, the licensure
68.4areas and economic development regions in which the teachers taught, the average amount
68.5paid to a teacher participating in the program, and other summary data identified by the
68.6commissioner as outcome indicators.
68.7    Subd. 10. Rulemaking. The commissioner shall adopt rules under chapter 14 to
68.8administer this section.

68.9    Sec. 11. [136A.246] DUAL TRAINING COMPETENCY GRANTS.
68.10    Subdivision 1. Program created. The commissioner shall make grants for the
68.11training of employees to achieve the competency standard for an occupation identified by
68.12the commissioner of labor and industry under section 175.45 and Laws 2014, chapter 312,
68.13article 3, section 21. "Competency standard" has the meaning given in section 175.45,
68.14subdivision 2.
68.15    Subd. 2. Eligible grantees. An employer or an organization representing the
68.16employer is eligible to apply for a grant to train employees if the employer has an
68.17employee who is in or is to be trained to be in an occupation for which a competency
68.18standard has been identified and the employee has not attained the competency standard
68.19prior to the commencement of the planned training. Training need not address all aspects
68.20of a competency standard but may address only the competencies of a standard that an
68.21employee is lacking. Employees who have previously received a grant under this program
68.22are not eligible to receive another grant.
68.23    Subd. 3. Training institution or program. Prior to applying for a grant, the
68.24employer must have an agreement with a training institution or program to provide the
68.25employee competency standard training. The training may be provided by any institution
68.26or program having trainers qualified to instruct on the competency standard.
68.27    Subd. 4. Application. Applications must be made to the commissioner on a form
68.28provided by the commissioner. The commissioner must, to the extent possible, make
68.29the application form as short and simple to complete as is reasonably possible. The
68.30commissioner shall establish a schedule for applications and grants. The application
68.31must include, without limitation:
68.32(1) the projected number of employee trainees;
68.33(2) the competency standard for which training will be provided;
68.34(3) any credential the employee will receive upon completion of training;
69.1(4) the name and address of the training institution or program and a signed
69.2statement by the institution or program that it is able and agrees to provide the training;
69.3(5) the period of the training; and
69.4(6) the cost of the training charged by the training institution or program and certified
69.5by the institution or program.
69.6An application may be made for training of employees of multiple employers either
69.7by the employers or by an organization on their behalf.
69.8    Subd. 5. Grant criteria. The commissioner shall, to the extent there are sufficient
69.9applications, make at least an equal dollar amount of grants for training for employees
69.10whose work site is projected to be outside the metropolitan area as defined in section
69.11473.121, subdivision 2, as for employees whose work site is projected to be within the
69.12metropolitan area. In determining the award of grants, the commissioner must consider,
69.13among other factors:
69.14(1) the aggregate state and regional need for employees with the competency to
69.15be trained;
69.16(2) the competency standards developed by the commissioner of labor and industry
69.17as part of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project;
69.18(3) the per employee cost of training;
69.19(4) the additional employment opportunities for employees because of the training;
69.20(5) projected increases in compensation for employees receiving the training; and
69.21(6) the amount of employer training cost match, if required, on both a per employee
69.22and aggregate basis.
69.23    Subd. 6. Employer match. A large employer must pay for at least 25 percent of
69.24the training institution's or program's charge for the training to the training institution or
69.25program. For the purpose of this subdivision, a "large employer" means a business with
69.26more than $25,000,000 in annual revenue in the previous calendar year.
69.27    Subd. 7. Payment of grant. The commissioner shall make grant payments to the
69.28training institution or program in a manner determined by the commissioner after receiving
69.29notice from the institution or program that the employer has paid the employer match.
69.30    Subd. 8. Grant amounts. The maximum grant for an application is $150,000. The
69.31maximum cost of training payable by the grant may not exceed $6,000 per employee.
69.32A grant for a particular employee must be reduced by the amounts of any federal
69.33Pell grant received, or state grant the employee is eligible to receive for the training and an
69.34employee must apply for those grants as a condition of payment for training that employee
69.35under this section.
70.1    Subd. 9. Reporting. Commencing in 2017, the commissioner shall annually by
70.2February 1 report on the activity of the grant program for the preceding fiscal year to the
70.3chairs of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over workforce policy and finance.
70.4At a minimum, the report must include:
70.5(1) research and analysis on the costs and benefits of the grants for employees and
70.6employers;
70.7(2) the number of employees who commenced training and the number who
70.8completed training; and
70.9(3) recommendations, if any, for changes to the program.

70.10    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.861, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
70.11    Subdivision 1. Grants. (a) The commissioner shall award grants to foster
70.12postsecondary attendance and retention by providing outreach services to historically
70.13underserved students in grades six through 12 and historically underrepresented college
70.14students. Grants must be awarded to programs that provide precollege services, including,
70.15but not limited to:
70.16    (1) academic counseling;
70.17    (2) mentoring;
70.18    (3) fostering and improving parental involvement in planning for and facilitating a
70.19college education;
70.20    (4) services for students with English as a second language;
70.21    (5) academic enrichment activities;
70.22    (6) tutoring;
70.23    (7) career awareness and exploration;
70.24    (8) orientation to college life;
70.25    (9) assistance with high school course selection and information about college
70.26admission requirements; and
70.27    (10) financial aid counseling.
70.28(b) To the extent there are sufficient applications, the commissioner shall award
70.29an approximate equal amount of grants for program-eligible students who are from
70.30communities located outside the metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121,
70.31subdivision 2, as for students from communities within the metropolitan area. If necessary
70.32to achieve the approximately equal metropolitan area and nonmetropolitan area allocation,
70.33the commissioner may award a preference to a nonmetropolitan area application in the
70.34form of five points on a one hundred point application review scale.
71.1    (b) (c) Grants shall be awarded to postsecondary institutions, professional
71.2organizations, community-based organizations, or others deemed appropriate by the
71.3commissioner.
71.4    (c) (d) Grants shall be awarded for one year and may be renewed for a second year
71.5with documentation to the office of successful program outcomes.

71.6    Sec. 13. [136A.901] SPINAL CORD INJURY AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN
71.7INJURY RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM.
71.8    Subdivision 1. Grant program. The commissioner shall establish a grant program
71.9to award grants to institutions in Minnesota for research into spinal cord injuries and
71.10traumatic brain injuries. Grants shall be awarded to conduct research into new and
71.11innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts for the functional improvement of people
71.12with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Research topics may include, but are not
71.13limited to, pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and rehabilitative approaches
71.14and techniques. The commissioner, in consultation with the advisory council established
71.15under section 136A.902, shall award 50 percent of the grant funds for research involving
71.16spinal cord injuries and 50 percent to research involving traumatic brain injuries. In
71.17addition to the amounts appropriated by law, the commissioner may accept additional
71.18funds from private and public sources. Amounts received from these sources are
71.19appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes of issuing grants under this section.
71.20    Subd. 2. Report. By January 15, 2016, and each January 15 thereafter, the
71.21commissioner shall submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
71.22senate and house of representatives committees having jurisdiction over the Office of
71.23Higher Education, specifying the institutions receiving grants under this section and the
71.24purposes for which the grant funds were used.

71.25    Sec. 14. [136A.902] SPINAL CORD AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
71.26ADVISORY COUNCIL.
71.27    Subdivision 1. Membership. The commissioner shall appoint a 12-member
71.28advisory council consisting of:
71.29(1) one member representing the University of Minnesota Medical School;
71.30(2) one member representing the Mayo Medical School;
71.31(3) one member representing the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center;
71.32(4) one member representing Hennepin County Medical Center;
71.33(5) one member who is a neurosurgeon;
71.34(6) one member who has a spinal cord injury;
72.1(7) one member who is a family member of a person with a spinal cord injury;
72.2(8) one member who has a traumatic brain injury;
72.3(9) one member who is a veteran who has a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain
72.4injury;
72.5(10) one member who is a family member of a person with a traumatic brain injury;
72.6(11) one member who is a physician specializing in the treatment of spinal cord
72.7injury representing Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare; and
72.8(12) one member who is a physician specializing in the treatment of traumatic
72.9brain injury.
72.10    Subd. 2. Organization. The advisory council shall be organized and administered
72.11under section 15.059, except that subdivision 2 shall not apply. Except as provided in
72.12subdivision 4, the commissioner shall appoint council members to two-year terms and
72.13appoint one member as chair. The advisory council does not expire.
72.14    Subd. 3. First appointments and first meeting. The commissioner shall appoint
72.15the first members of the council by September 1, 2015. The chair shall convene the first
72.16meeting by November 1, 2015.
72.17    Subd. 4. Terms of initial council members. The commissioner shall designate six
72.18of the initial council members to serve one-year terms and six to serve two-year terms.
72.19    Subd. 5. Conflict of interest. Council members must disclose in a written statement
72.20any financial interest in any organization that the council recommends to receive a grant.
72.21The written statement must accompany the grant recommendations and must explain the
72.22nature of the conflict. The council is not subject to policies developed by the commissioner
72.23of administration under section 16B.98.
72.24    Subd. 6. Duties. The advisory council shall:
72.25(1) develop criteria for evaluating and awarding the research grants under section
72.26136A.901;
72.27(2) review research proposals and make recommendations by January 15 of each
72.28year to the commissioner for purposes of awarding grants under section 136A.901; and
72.29(3) perform other duties as authorized by the commissioner.

72.30    Sec. 15. [136F.302] REGULATING THE ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO
72.31REMEDIAL COURSES.
72.32    Subdivision 1. ACT college ready score. A state college or university may not
72.33require an individual to take a remedial, noncredit course in a subject area if the individual
72.34has received a college ready ACT score in that subject area.
73.1    Subd. 2. Testing process for determining if remediating is necessary. A college
73.2or university testing process used to determine whether an individual is placed in a
73.3remedial, noncredit course must comply with this subdivision. Prior to taking a test, an
73.4individual must be given reasonable time and opportunity to review materials provided by
73.5the college or university covering the material to be tested which must include a sample
73.6test. An individual who is required to take a remedial, noncredit course as a result of a
73.7test given by a college or university must be given an opportunity to retake the test at the
73.8earliest time determined by the individual when testing is otherwise offered. The college
73.9or university must provide an individual with study materials for the purpose of retaking
73.10and passing the test.

73.11    Sec. 16. [136F.303] DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE COMPLETION; REPORT.
73.12Beginning in 2018, the board shall annually by January 15, report to the chairs
73.13and ranking minority members of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over higher
73.14education finance on its activities and achievements related to the goal of improving
73.15timely completion of degrees and certificates. The report must, at a minimum, include
73.16for the previous academic year:
73.17(1) the percent of students placed in remedial education;
73.18(2) the percent of students who complete remediation within one academic year;
73.19(3) the percent of students that complete college-level gateway courses in one
73.20academic year;
73.21(4) the percent of students who complete 30 semester credits per academic year;
73.22(5) the student retention rate;
73.23(6) time to complete a degree or certificate; and
73.24(7) credits earned by those completing a degree or certificate or other program.
73.25The report must disaggregate data for each college and university by race, ethnicity, Pell
73.26Grant eligibility, and age and provide aggregate data.

73.27    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 137.54, is amended to read:
73.28137.54 CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT TO UNIVERSITY.
73.29    (a) Before the commissioner may make the first payment to the board authorized in
73.30this section, the commissioner must certify that the board has received at least $110,750,000
73.31in pledges, gifts, sponsorships, and other nonstate general fund revenue support for the
73.32construction of the stadium. On July 1 of each year after certification by the commissioner,
73.33but no earlier than July 1, 2007, and for so long thereafter as any bonds issued by the board
73.34for the construction of the stadium are outstanding, the state must transfer to the board up
74.1to $10,250,000 to reimburse the board for its stadium costs, provided that bonds issued
74.2to pay the state's share of such costs shall not exceed $137,250,000. Up to $10,250,000
74.3is appropriated annually from the general fund for the purpose of this section. The
74.4appropriation of up to $10,250,000 per year may be made for no more than 25 years. The
74.5board must certify to the commissioner the amount of the annual payments of principal and
74.6interest required to service each series of bonds issued by the university for the construction
74.7of the stadium, and the actual amount of the state's annual payment to the university shall
74.8equal the amount required to service the bonds representing the state's share of such costs.
74.9Except to the extent of the annual appropriation described in this section, the state is not
74.10required to pay any part of the cost of designing or constructing the stadium.
74.11(b) The board may refund the bonds issued pursuant to paragraph (a) if refunding
74.12is determined by the board to be in the best interest of the university. Notwithstanding
74.13paragraph (a), the principal amount of bonds issued in a refunding shall not exceed
74.14the lesser of $104,385,000 or the amount necessary to defease the bonds outstanding
74.15immediately prior to refunding. The amount of the state's annual payment to the
74.16university for the refunded bonds shall be equal to the maximum annual appropriation of
74.17$10,250,000, notwithstanding the amount certified under paragraph (a).
74.18(c) The board shall allocate sufficient funds, including any interest expense, from
74.19the savings realized through refunding of the bonds pursuant to paragraph (b), to provide
74.20$10,000,000 for predesign and design of improved health education and clinical research
74.21facilities to meet the needs of the Medical School and Academic Health Center on the
74.22Twin Cities campus. The facilities shall be designed to support education and research
74.23that promote new innovative models of care which are patient-centered, team-based, and
74.24facilitate collaboration across the health professions. The education and research facilities
74.25will be collocated and designed to maximize collaboration and high-quality delivery of
74.26health care. The board may in its discretion, after the $10,000,000 allocation required by
74.27this paragraph, allocate to other university purposes payments from the state that exceed
74.28the amount necessary to service the refunded bonds, except for savings in 2029, 2030, and
74.292031, which shall cancel to the general fund.
74.30(d) The board must certify to the commissioner that the per-semester student fee
74.31contribution to the stadium will be at a fixed level coterminous with bonds issued by the
74.32board to meet the student share of the design construction of the stadium and that the
74.33student fee will not be increased to meet construction cost overruns.
74.34(c) (e) Before the first payment is made under paragraph (a), the board must certify
74.35to the commissioner that a provision for affordable access for university students to the
74.36university sporting events held at the football stadium has been made.

75.1    Sec. 18. [175.45] COMPETENCY STANDARDS FOR DUAL TRAINING.
75.2    Subdivision 1. Duties; goal. The commissioner of labor and industry shall identify
75.3competency standards for dual training. The goal of dual training is to provide current
75.4employees of an employer with training to acquire competencies that the employer
75.5requires. The standards shall be identified for employment in occupations in advanced
75.6manufacturing, health care services, information technology, and agriculture. Competency
75.7standards are not rules and are exempt from the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14, and
75.8the provisions in section 14.386 concerning exempt rules do not apply.
75.9    Subd. 2. Definition; competency standards. For purposes of this section,
75.10"competency standards" means the specific knowledge and skills necessary for a particular
75.11occupation.
75.12    Subd. 3. Competency standards identification process. In identifying competency
75.13standards, the commissioner shall consult with the commissioner of the Office of Higher
75.14Education and the commissioner of employment and economic development and convene
75.15recognized industry experts, representative employers, higher education institutions,
75.16representatives of the disabled community, and representatives of labor to assist in
75.17identifying credible competency standards. Competency standards must be consistent
75.18with, to the extent available and practical, recognized international and national standards.
75.19    Subd. 4. Duties. The commissioner shall:
75.20(1) identify competency standards for entry level and higher skill levels;
75.21(2) verify the competency standards and skill levels and their transferability by
75.22subject matter expert representatives of each respective industry;
75.23(3) develop models for Minnesota educational institutions to engage in providing
75.24education and training to meet the competency standards established;
75.25(4) encourage participation by employers and labor in the standard identification
75.26process for occupations in their industry; and
75.27(5) align dual training competency standards with other workforce initiatives.
75.28    Subd. 5. Notification. The commissioner must communicate identified competency
75.29standards to the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education for the purpose of the
75.30dual training competency grant program under section 136A.246. The commissioner of
75.31labor and industry shall maintain the competency standards on the department's Web site.

75.32    Sec. 19. Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 13, section 47, is amended to read:
75.33    Sec. 47. RESEARCH DOGS AND CATS.
75.34(a) A higher education research facility that receives public money or a facility that
75.35provides research in collaboration with a higher education facility that confines dogs or
76.1cats for science, education, or research purposes and plans on euthanizing a dog or cat
76.2for other than science, education, or research purposes must first offer the dog or cat
76.3to an animal rescue organization. A facility that is required to offer dogs or cats to an
76.4animal rescue organization under this section may enter into an agreement with the animal
76.5rescue organization to protect the facility. A facility that provides a dog or cat to a rescue
76.6organization under this section is immune from any civil liability that otherwise might
76.7result from its actions, provided that the facility is acting in good faith.
76.8(b) For the purposes of this section, "animal rescue organization" means any
76.9nonprofit organization incorporated for the purpose of rescuing animals in need and
76.10finding permanent, adoptive homes for the animals.
76.11(c) This section expires July 1, 2015.

76.12    Sec. 20. MNSCU COLLEGE OCCUPATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PILOT
76.13PROGRAM.
76.14    Subdivision 1. Pilot program administration. The commissioner of the Office
76.15of Higher Education shall administer a pilot program pursuant to this section for the
76.162016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years including summer session.
76.17    Subd. 2. Definitions. (a) For the purpose of this section the terms defined in this
76.18subdivision have the meanings given them.
76.19(b) "College" means a two-year college in the Minnesota State Colleges and
76.20Universities system.
76.21(c) "Eligible individual" means an individual who:
76.22(1) is a resident;
76.23(2) has graduated from a Minnesota secondary school, has as a Minnesota resident
76.24completed an adult basic education (ABE) program, or as a Minnesota resident, has passed
76.25general education development (GED) testing;
76.26(3) first applies for a grant for the fall term immediately following secondary school
76.27graduation, passing GED tests, or completing an ABE program; and
76.28(4) has completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
76.29(d) "Grant" means a scholarship granted under this section.
76.30(e) "Program" means a certificate, diploma, or associate of science or associate of
76.31applied science in a program area covered by the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and
76.32Technical Education Act and in an occupational field designated as high demand by the
76.33Department of Employment and Economic Development. "Program area" includes only
76.34the areas of:
76.35(1) agriculture, food, and natural resources;
77.1(2) business management and administration;
77.2(3) human services;
77.3(4) engineering, manufacturing and technology;
77.4(5) arts, communications, and information systems; and
77.5(6) health science technology.
77.6(f) To the extent not inconsistent with this section, the definitions in section
77.7136A.101 apply to this section.
77.8    Subd. 3. AmeriCorps worker; exceptions. (a) Notwithstanding any contrary
77.9provision of this section, an eligible individual who completes a 12-month or 24-month
77.10approved AmeriCorps program commencing immediately after secondary school
77.11graduation, may apply for a grant for the fall term immediately following completion of
77.12the AmeriCorps program. These individuals have a two consecutive academic year grant
77.13eligibility period commencing the start of that fall term.
77.14(b) For the purpose of this subdivision, an "approved AmeriCorps program" means a
77.15program overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
77.16including:
77.17(1) AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA);
77.18(2) AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC); or
77.19(3) AmeriCorps State and National.
77.20    Subd. 4. Grants. The commissioner shall, to the extent of available funds and
77.21subject to this section, make grants to eligible individuals to attend a program at a college.
77.22    Subd. 5. Application. Application for a grant shall be made by a FAFSA and on any
77.23additional form required by the commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner.
77.24    Subd. 6. Income limits for grant recipients. Dependent students reporting a
77.25parental federal adjusted gross income on a FAFSA of $90,000 or less are eligible for
77.26a grant. Independent students reporting a family adjusted gross income on a FAFSA
77.27of $90,000 or less are eligible for a grant.
77.28    Subd. 7. Grant amount. The amount of a grant is equal to program tuition and fees
77.29minus any federal Pell grant received or state grant for which the individual is eligible.
77.30For the purpose of this subdivision, "fees" has the meaning given it in Minnesota Statutes,
77.31section 136A.121, subdivision 6.
77.32    Subd. 8. Eligibility period. A grant may be made only for academic terms that are
77.33during the two academic years commencing the fall term immediately after secondary
77.34school graduation, completing an adult basic education program, or passing all GED tests.
77.35A grant is available for up to 72 semester credits.
78.1    Subd. 9. Satisfactory academic progress. An individual is eligible for a grant
78.2if the individual is making satisfactory academic progress as defined under Minnesota
78.3Statutes, section 136A.101, subdivision 10, and has a cumulative grade point average of
78.4at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first academic year and at the end of each
78.5academic term after the first academic year.
78.6    Subd. 10. Credit load. A grantee must have accumulated at least 30 program
78.7credits by the end of the first academic year including summer term. A college must
78.8certify that a grantee is carrying sufficient credits in the second grant year to complete
78.9the program at the end of the second year, including summer school. The commissioner
78.10shall set the terms and provide the form for certification.
78.11    Subd. 11. Grant renewal. A grant may be renewed for a second academic year.
78.12Application for renewal must be on a form provided by the commissioner and on a
78.13schedule set by the commissioner.
78.14    Subd. 12. Mentoring. A grantee must be provided mentoring. Mentoring must
78.15include, but is not limited to:
78.16(1) communicating frequently and consistently throughout program participation;
78.17(2) developing a personalized student success plan. The plan must include concrete
78.18steps towards program completion and job placement and identify and make contingency
78.19plans for potential obstacles to program completion;
78.20(3) connect grantees to on-campus resources and personal development
78.21opportunities; and
78.22(4) financial planning.
78.23The commissioner shall issue request for proposals to provide mentoring activities.
78.24The commissioner shall select the proposal that in the commissioner's judgment
78.25demonstrates the best potential within available funding for achieving success in assisting
78.26students to complete programs. The commissioner may accept and select proposals
78.27made by colleges.
78.28    Subd. 13. Outreach. The commissioner may through the office and by contract
78.29engage in recruitment for and promotion of the grants.
78.30    Subd. 14. Insufficient appropriation. Grant awards shall be made based on the
78.31date of receipt of application from the earliest to the latest date. If there are not sufficient
78.32funds, grants shall not be prorated and eligible individuals shall be placed on a waiting
78.33list. Preference shall be given to timely received renewal grant applications prior to the
78.34award of new grants.
78.35    Subd. 15. Reporting. (a) A college must report to the commissioner the following
78.36information:
79.1(1) the number of grantees and their race, gender, and ethnicity;
79.2(2) grantee persistence and completion;
79.3(3) employment outcomes; and
79.4(4) other information requested by the commissioner.
79.5(b) The commissioner shall report annually by January 15, to the chairs and ranking
79.6minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education
79.7finance by college and in aggregate on the information submitted to the commissioner
79.8under paragraph (a). The commissioner may include in the report recommendations
79.9for changes in the grant program.
79.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2016.

79.11    Sec. 21. BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PATHWAYS.
79.12    Subdivision 1. Regulate MnSCU baccalaureate transfers. The Board of Trustees
79.13of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall implement new transfer pathways
79.14for associate of arts degrees, associate of science degrees, and associate of fine arts degrees
79.15toward baccalaureate degree programs. The implementation must, to the greatest extent
79.16possible, be done in accordance with the implementation plan, including its timeline,
79.17developed pursuant to Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 1, section 12.
79.18    Subd. 2. New or enhanced bachelor of applied science degrees. The board, in
79.19consultation with system constituency groups, is encouraged to create a plan to enhance or
79.20develop new bachelor of applied science degree programs in areas of high employment
79.21need in the state to facilitate transfer pathways for students with associate of applied
79.22science degrees.
79.23    Subd. 3. Report. By March 15, 2016, the board must report to the chairs and
79.24ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher
79.25education on the status of implementation of transfer pathways under subdivision 1 and
79.26any deviations from the implementation plan.

79.27    Sec. 22. COLLEGE COMPLETION; MNSCU.
79.28(a) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall
79.29develop a comprehensive plan to encourage students to complete degrees, diplomas, or
79.30certificates in their fields of study. The board must consult with students, faculty, and
79.31administrators of the state colleges and universities and the Office of Higher Education to
80.1create a plan that would increase program completion at each state college or university.
80.2Components of this plan may include, but are not limited to:
80.3(1) replacing developmental or remedial courses, when appropriate, with corequisite
80.4courses in which students with academic deficiencies are placed into introductory
80.5credit-bearing coursework while receiving supplemental academic instruction on the
80.6same subject and during the same term;
80.7(2) expanding intrusive advising, including the use of early alert systems or requiring
80.8the approval of an advisor or counselor to register for certain classes;
80.9(3) developing meta-majors in broad academic disciplines as an alternative to
80.10undecided majors;
80.11(4) making available alternative mathematics curriculum, including curriculum most
80.12relevant to the student's chosen area of study;
80.13(5) implementing "opt-out scheduling" by automatically enrolling students in a
80.14schedule of courses chosen by the student's department but allowing students to disenroll
80.15from such courses if they wish;
80.16(6) facilitating the transfer of credits between state colleges and universities; and
80.17(7) strategies to encourage students to enroll full time, including the use of financial
80.18assistance to reduce a student's need to work.
80.19(b) The development of the plan required under this section shall not discourage the
80.20development or delay the implementation or expansion of existing programs to encourage
80.21college completion.
80.22(c) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall
80.23submit a report describing the plan developed under this section and an implementation
80.24schedule to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education policy no
80.25later than January 15, 2016. This report must include identification of the financial and
80.26other resources needed by state colleges or universities to implement the plan developed
80.27under this section.

80.28    Sec. 23. COLLEGE COMPLETION; UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.
80.29(a) The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota is requested to develop a
80.30comprehensive plan to encourage students to complete degrees, diplomas, or certificates
80.31in their fields of study. The board is requested to consult with students, faculty, and
80.32administrators of the University of Minnesota and the Office of Higher Education to create
80.33a plan that would increase program completion among University of Minnesota students.
80.34Components of this plan may include, but are not limited to:
81.1(1) offering interdisciplinary courses that encourage students to think across
81.2disciplinary boundaries and take advantage of the universitywide intellectual expertise;
81.3(2) expanding undergraduate academic advising, including intrusive advising, and
81.4the use of online advising tools;
81.5(3) assisting undecided students with personalized services to help them develop a
81.6plan for major and career selection;
81.7(4) requiring all students to fill out, and regularly update, their four-year degree plans;
81.8(5) facilitating student transfers to the University of Minnesota through support of
81.9the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and other transfer tools;
81.10(6) developing strategies to encourage students to enroll full time and graduate
81.11in four years; and
81.12(7) enhancing financial literacy programs that focus on low-income students.
81.13(b) The development of the plan required under this section shall not discourage the
81.14development or delay the implementation or expansion of existing programs to encourage
81.15college completion.
81.16(c) The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota shall submit a report
81.17describing the plan developed under this section and an implementation schedule to the
81.18legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education policy no later than January
81.1915, 2016. This report must include identification of the financial and other resources
81.20needed to implement the plan developed under this section.

81.21    Sec. 24. COUNSELING FOR COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN DEBTORS.
81.22    Subdivision 1. Pilot program created. The commissioner of the Office of Higher
81.23Education shall make a grant to a nonprofit qualified debt counseling organization to
81.24provide individual student loan debt repayment counseling to borrowers who are Minnesota
81.25residents concerning loans obtained to attend a Minnesota postsecondary institution. The
81.26counseling shall be provided to borrowers who are 30 to 60 days delinquent when they
81.27are referred to or otherwise identified by the organization as candidates for counseling.
81.28The number of individuals receiving counseling may be limited to those capable of being
81.29served with available appropriations for that purpose. A goal of the counseling program is
81.30to provide two counseling sessions to at least 75 percent of borrowers receiving counseling.
81.31The purpose of the counseling is to assist borrowers to:
81.32(1) understand their loan and repayment options;
81.33(2) manage loan repayment; and
81.34(3) develop a workable budget based on the borrower's full financial situation
81.35regarding income, expenses, and other debt.
82.1    Subd. 2. Qualified debt counseling organization. A qualified debt counseling
82.2organization is an organization that:
82.3(1) has experience in providing individualized student loan counseling;
82.4(2) employs certified financial loan counselors; and
82.5(3) has offices at multiple rural and metropolitan area locations in the state to
82.6provide in-person counseling.
82.7    Subd. 3. Grant application. Applications for a grant shall be on a form created by
82.8the commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner. Among other provisions,
82.9the application must include a description of:
82.10(1) the characteristics of borrowers to be served;
82.11(2) the services to be provided and a timeline for implementation of the services;
82.12(3) how the services provided will help borrowers manage loan repayment;
82.13(4) specific program outcome goals and performance measures for each goal; and
82.14(5) how the services will be evaluated to determine whether the program goals
82.15were met.
82.16    Subd. 4. Grant. The commissioner shall select one grant recipient.
82.17    Subd. 5. Program evaluation. (a) The grant recipient must submit a report to the
82.18Office of Higher Education by January 15, 2017. The report must evaluate and measure
82.19the extent to which program outcome goals have been met.
82.20(b) The grant recipient must collect, analyze, and report on participation and
82.21outcome data that enable the office to verify the outcomes.
82.22(c) The evaluation must include information on the number of borrowers served with
82.23on-time student loan payments, the number who brought their loans into good standing,
82.24the number of student loan defaults, the number who developed a monthly budget plan,
82.25and other information required by the commissioner. Recipients of the counseling must be
82.26surveyed on their opinions about the usefulness of the counseling and the survey results
82.27must be included in the report.
82.28    Subd. 6. Report to legislature. By February 1, 2017, the commissioner must
82.29submit a report to the committees in the legislature with jurisdiction over higher education
82.30finance regarding grant program outcomes.

82.31    Sec. 25. HIGHER EDUCATION ATTAINMENT GOAL; INITIAL REPORT.
82.32By October 15, 2015, the Office of Higher Education, after collaborating with the
82.33state demographer's office, shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
83.1legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance,
83.2on the baseline data and methodology that will be used to measure progress towards
83.3the attainment goal specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.012. The report shall
83.4include information about the specific data and data sources that will be used to complete
83.5the analyses, and make recommendations regarding the appropriate comparison groups
83.6for conducting the analyses, and the manner in which data can be disaggregated by
83.7distinct racial and ethnic group categories, and timeline benchmarks for meeting the goal
83.8in Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.012, subdivision 2.

83.9    Sec. 26. HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH STANDARDS; UNIVERSITY OF
83.10MINNESOTA.
83.11The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota shall report monthly,
83.12commencing July 1, 2015, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative
83.13committees with jurisdiction over higher education finance. The reports must describe
83.14progress in developing and implementing a plan to conduct human subject research
83.15at the university. The monthly reports must continue until the plan has been fully
83.16implemented. The reports must include how the university will implement the individual
83.17recommendations contained in the final report, dated February 23, 2015, titled "An
83.18External Review of the Protection of Human Research Participants at the University of
83.19Minnesota with Special Attention to Research with Adults who may lack Decision-Making
83.20Capacity." The report was prepared pursuant to an agreement by the university with the
83.21Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP).
83.22The reports must, among other details, provide specific details about:
83.23(1) the changes to Institutional Review Board membership, policies, and practices;
83.24(2) the procedures required for obtaining and reviewing consents by individuals with
83.25impaired decision-making abilities; and
83.26(3) the policy with respect to responding to concerns of family and others for the
83.27well-being of human research subjects.
83.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

83.29    Sec. 27. REPEALER.
83.30Minnesota Rules, part 4830.7500, subparts 2a and 2b, are repealed.

84.1ARTICLE 4
84.2CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT

84.3    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 13.322, is amended by adding a
84.4subdivision to read:
84.5    Subd. 6. Campus sexual assault data. Data relating to allegations of sexual assault
84.6at a postsecondary institution are classified under section 135A.15.
84.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2016.

84.8    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 135A.15, is amended to read:
84.9135A.15 SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE POLICY.
84.10    Subdivision 1. Applicability; policy required. (a) This section applies to the
84.11following postsecondary institutions:
84.12(1) institutions governed by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges
84.13and Universities; and
84.14(2) private postsecondary institutions that offer in-person courses on a campus
84.15located in Minnesota and which are eligible institutions as defined in section 136A.103,
84.16provided that a private postsecondary institution with a systemwide enrollment of fewer
84.17than 100 students in the previous academic year is exempt from subdivisions 4 to 10.
84.18Institutions governed by the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota are
84.19requested to comply with this section.
84.20The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall, and
84.21the University of Minnesota is requested to, (b) A postsecondary institution must adopt
84.22a clear, understandable written policy on sexual harassment and sexual violence that
84.23informs victims of their rights under the crime victims bill of rights, including the right to
84.24assistance from the Crime Victims Reparations Board and the commissioner of public
84.25safety. The policy must apply to students and employees and must provide information
84.26about their rights and duties. The policy must apply to criminal incidents against a student
84.27or employee of a postsecondary institution occurring on property owned or leased by the
84.28postsecondary system or institution in which the victim is a student or employee of that
84.29system or institution or at any activity, program, organization, or event sponsored by
84.30the system or institution, or by a fraternity and sorority. It must include procedures for
84.31reporting incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence and for disciplinary actions
84.32against violators. During student registration, each technical college, community college,
84.33or state university shall, and the University of Minnesota is requested to, a postsecondary
84.34institution shall provide each student with information regarding its policy. A copy of the
85.1policy also shall be posted at appropriate locations on campus at all times. Each private
85.2postsecondary institution that is an eligible institution as defined in section 136A.155,
85.3must adopt a policy that meets the requirements of this section.
85.4    Subd. 1a. Sexual assault definition. For the purposes of this section, "sexual
85.5assault" means forcible sex offenses as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 34,
85.6part 668, subpart D, appendix A, as amended.
85.7    Subd. 2. Victims' rights. The policy required under subdivision 1 shall, at a
85.8minimum, require that students and employees be informed of the policy, and shall
85.9include provisions for:
85.10(1) filing criminal charges with local law enforcement officials in sexual assault cases;
85.11(2) the prompt assistance of campus authorities, at the request of the victim, in
85.12notifying the appropriate law enforcement officials and disciplinary authorities of a
85.13sexual assault incident;
85.14(3) allowing sexual assault victims to decide whether to report a case to law
85.15enforcement;
85.16(4) requiring campus authorities to treat sexual assault victims with dignity;
85.17(5) requiring campus authorities to offer sexual assault victims fair and respectful
85.18health care, counseling services, or referrals to such services;
85.19(6) preventing campus authorities from suggesting to a victim of sexual assault that
85.20the victim is at fault for the crimes or violations that occurred;
85.21(7) preventing campus authorities from suggesting to a victim of sexual assault that
85.22the victim should have acted in a different manner to avoid such a crime;
85.23(8) subject to subdivision 10, protecting the privacy of sexual assault victims by only
85.24disclosing data collected under this section to the victim, persons whose work assignments
85.25reasonably require access, and, at a sexual assault victim's request, police conducting
85.26a criminal investigation;
85.27(3) (9) an investigation and resolution of a sexual assault complaint by campus
85.28disciplinary authorities;
85.29(4) (10) a sexual assault victim's participation in and the presence of the victim's
85.30attorney or other support person who is not a fact witness to the sexual assault at any
85.31meeting with campus officials concerning the victim's sexual assault complaint or campus
85.32disciplinary proceeding concerning a sexual assault complaint;
85.33(11) ensuring that a sexual assault victim may decide when to repeat a description
85.34of the incident of sexual assault;
85.35(12) notice to a sexual assault victim of the availability of a campus or local program
85.36providing sexual assault advocacy services;
86.1(5) (13) notice to a sexual assault victim of the outcome of any campus disciplinary
86.2proceeding concerning a sexual assault complaint, consistent with laws relating to data
86.3practices;
86.4(6) (14) the complete and prompt assistance of campus authorities, at the direction
86.5of law enforcement authorities, in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in
86.6connection with a sexual assault incident;
86.7(7) (15) the assistance of campus authorities in preserving for a sexual assault
86.8complainant or victim materials relevant to a campus disciplinary proceeding; and
86.9(8) (16) during and after the process of investigating a complaint and conducting
86.10a campus disciplinary procedure, the assistance of campus personnel, in cooperation
86.11with the appropriate law enforcement authorities, at a sexual assault victim's request, in
86.12shielding the victim from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including transfer
86.13of the victim to alternative classes or to alternative college-owned housing, if alternative
86.14classes or housing are available and feasible.;
86.15(17) forbidding retaliation, and establishing a process for investigating complaints of
86.16retaliation, against sexual assault victims by campus authorities, the accused, organizations
86.17affiliated with the accused, other students, and other employees;
86.18(18) at the request of the victim, providing students who reported sexual assaults to
86.19the institution and subsequently choose to transfer to another postsecondary institution
86.20with information about resources for victims of sexual assault at the institution to which
86.21the victim is transferring; and
86.22(19) consistent with laws governing access to student records, providing a student
86.23who reported an incident of sexual assault with access to the student's description of the
86.24incident as it was reported to the institution, including if that student transfers to another
86.25postsecondary institution.
86.26    Subd. 3. Uniform amnesty. The sexual harassment and violence policy required by
86.27subdivision 1 must include a provision that a witness or victim of an incident of sexual
86.28assault who reports the incident in good faith shall not be sanctioned by the institution
86.29for admitting in the report to a violation of the institution's student conduct policy on the
86.30personal use of drugs or alcohol.
86.31    Subd. 4. Coordination with local law enforcement. (a) A postsecondary
86.32institution must enter into a memorandum of understanding with the primary local law
86.33enforcement agencies that serve its campus. The memorandum must be entered into no
86.34later than January 1, 2017, and updated every two years thereafter. This memorandum
86.35shall clearly delineate responsibilities and require information sharing, in accordance with
87.1applicable state and federal privacy laws, about certain crimes including, but not limited
87.2to, sexual assault. This memorandum of understanding shall provide:
87.3(1) delineation and sharing protocols of investigative responsibilities;
87.4(2) protocols for investigations, including standards for notification and
87.5communication and measures to promote evidence preservation; and
87.6(3) a method of sharing information about specific crimes, when directed by the
87.7victim, and a method of sharing crime details anonymously in order to better protect
87.8overall campus safety.
87.9(b) Prior to the start of each academic year, a postsecondary institution shall
87.10distribute an electronic copy of the memorandum of understanding to all employees on the
87.11campus that are subject to the memorandum.
87.12(c) An institution is exempt from the requirement that it develop a memorandum of
87.13understanding under this section if the institution and local or county law enforcement
87.14agencies establish a sexual assault protocol team to facilitate effective cooperation and
87.15collaboration between the institution and law enforcement.
87.16    Subd. 5. Online reporting system. (a) A postsecondary institution must provide an
87.17online reporting system to receive complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence
87.18from students and employees. The system must permit anonymous reports, provided
87.19that the institution is not obligated to investigate an anonymous report unless a formal
87.20report is submitted through the process established in the institution's sexual harassment
87.21and sexual violence policy.
87.22(b) A postsecondary institution must provide students making reports under this
87.23subdivision with information about who will receive and have access to the reports filed,
87.24how the information gathered through the system will be used, and contact information for
87.25on-campus and off-campus organizations serving victims of sexual violence.
87.26(c) Data collected under this subdivision is classified as private data on individuals
87.27as defined by section 13.02, subdivision 12. Postsecondary institutions not otherwise
87.28subject to chapter 13 must limit access to the data to only the data subject and persons
87.29whose work assignments reasonably require access.
87.30    Subd. 6. Data collection and reporting. (a) Postsecondary institutions must
87.31annually report statistics on sexual assault. This report must be prepared in addition to
87.32any federally required reporting on campus security, including reports required by the
87.33Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,
87.34United States Code, title 20, section 1092(f). The report must include, but not be limited
87.35to, the number of incidents of sexual assault reported to the institution in the previous
87.36calendar year, as follows:
88.1(1) the number that were investigated by the institution;
88.2(2) the number that were referred for a disciplinary proceeding at the institution;
88.3(3) the number the victim chose to report to local or state law enforcement;
88.4(4) the number for which a campus disciplinary proceeding is pending, but has not
88.5reached a final resolution;
88.6(5) the number in which the alleged perpetrator was found responsible by the
88.7disciplinary proceeding at the institution;
88.8(6) the number that resulted in any action by the institution greater than a warning
88.9issued to the accused;
88.10(7) the number that resulted in a disciplinary proceeding at the institution that closed
88.11without resolution;
88.12(8) the number that resulted in a disciplinary proceeding at the institution that closed
88.13without resolution because the accused withdrew from the institution;
88.14(9) the number that resulted in a disciplinary proceeding at the institution that closed
88.15without resolution because the victim chose not to participate in the procedure; and
88.16(10) the number of reports made through the online reporting system established in
88.17subdivision 5, excluding reports submitted anonymously.
88.18(b) If an institution previously submitted a report indicating that one or more
88.19disciplinary proceedings was pending, but had not reached a final resolution, and one or
88.20more of those disciplinary proceedings reached a final resolution within the previous
88.21calendar year, that institution must submit updated totals from the previous year that
88.22reflect the outcome of the pending case or cases.
88.23(c) The reports required by this subdivision must be submitted to the Office of
88.24Higher Education by October 1 of each year. Each report must contain the data required
88.25under paragraphs (a) and (b) from the previous calendar year.
88.26(d) The commissioner of the Office of Higher Education shall calculate statewide
88.27numbers for each data item reported by an institution under this subdivision. The statewide
88.28numbers must include data from postsecondary institutions that the commissioner could
88.29not publish due to federal laws governing access to student records.
88.30(e) The Office of Higher Education shall publish on its Web site:
88.31(1) the statewide data calculated under paragraph (d); and
88.32(2) the data items required under paragraphs (a) and (b) for each postsecondary
88.33institution in the state.
88.34Each postsecondary institution shall publish on the institution's Web site the data items
88.35required under paragraphs (a) and (b) for that institution.
89.1(f) Reports and data required under this subdivision must be prepared and published
89.2as summary data, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 19, and must be consistent
89.3with applicable law governing access to educational data. If an institution or the Office
89.4of Higher Education does not publish data because of applicable law, the publication
89.5must explain why data are not included.
89.6    Subd. 7. Access to data; audit trail. (a) Data on incidents of sexual assault shared
89.7with campus security officers or campus administrators responsible for investigating or
89.8adjudicating complaints of sexual assault are classified as private data on individuals as
89.9defined by section 13.02, subdivision 12, for the purposes of postsecondary institutions
89.10subject to the requirements of chapter 13. Postsecondary institutions not otherwise subject
89.11to chapter 13 must limit access to the data to only the data subject and persons whose
89.12work assignments reasonably require access.
89.13(b) Only individuals with explicit authorization from an institution may enter,
89.14update, or access electronic data related to an incident of sexual assault collected, created,
89.15or maintained under this section. The ability of authorized individuals to enter, update, or
89.16access these data must be limited through the use of role-based access that corresponds to
89.17the official duties or training level of the individual and the institutional authorization that
89.18grants access for that purpose. All actions in which the data related to an incident of sexual
89.19assault are entered, updated, accessed, shared, or disseminated outside of the institution
89.20must be recorded in a data audit trail. An institution shall immediately and permanently
89.21revoke the authorization of any individual determined to have willfully entered, updated,
89.22accessed, shared, or disseminated data in violation of this subdivision or any provision of
89.23chapter 13. If an individual is determined to have willfully gained access to data without
89.24explicit authorization, the matter shall be forwarded to a county attorney for prosecution.
89.25    Subd. 8. Comprehensive training. (a) A postsecondary institution must provide
89.26campus security officers and campus administrators responsible for investigating or
89.27adjudicating complaints of sexual assault with comprehensive training on preventing and
89.28responding to sexual assault in collaboration with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
89.29or another law enforcement agency with expertise in criminal sexual conduct. The
89.30training for campus security officers shall include a presentation on the dynamics of
89.31sexual assault, neurobiological responses to trauma, and best practices for preventing,
89.32responding to, and investigating sexual assault. The training for campus administrators
89.33responsible for investigating or adjudicating complaints on sexual assault shall include
89.34presentations on preventing sexual assault, responding to incidents of sexual assault, the
89.35dynamics of sexual assault, neurobiological responses to trauma, and compliance with
89.36state and federal laws on sexual assault.
90.1(b) The following categories of students who attend, or will attend, one or more
90.2courses on campus or will participate in on-campus activities must be provided sexual
90.3assault training:
90.4(1) students pursuing a degree or certificate;
90.5(2) students who are taking courses through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options
90.6Act; and
90.7(3) any other categories of students determined by the institution.
90.8Students must complete such training no later than ten business days after the start of a
90.9student's first semester of classes. Once a student completes the training, institutions must
90.10document the student's completion of the training and provide proof of training completion
90.11to a student at the student's request. Students enrolled at more than one institution within
90.12the same system at the same time are only required to complete the training once.
90.13The training shall include information about topics including but not limited to sexual
90.14assault as defined in subdivision 1a; consent as defined in section 609.341, subdivision
90.154; preventing and reducing the prevalence of sexual assault; procedures for reporting
90.16campus sexual assault; and campus resources on sexual assault, including organizations
90.17that support victims of sexual assault.
90.18(c) A postsecondary institution shall annually train individuals responsible for
90.19responding to reports of sexual assault. This training shall include information about
90.20best practices for interacting with victims of sexual assault, including how to reduce the
90.21emotional distress resulting from the reporting, investigatory, and disciplinary process.
90.22    Subd. 9. Student health services. (a) An institution's student health service
90.23providers must screen students for incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment.
90.24Student health service providers shall offer students information on resources available
90.25to victims and survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment including counseling,
90.26mental health services, and procedures for reporting incidents to the institution.
90.27(b) Each institution offering student health or counseling services must designate an
90.28existing staff member or existing staff members as confidential resources for victims of
90.29sexual violence or sexual harassment. The confidential resource must be available to meet
90.30with victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment. The confidential resource must
90.31provide victims with information about locally available resources for victims of sexual
90.32violence and sexual harassment including, but not limited to, mental health services and
90.33legal assistance. The confidential resource must provide victims with information about
90.34the process for reporting an incident of sexual violence and sexual harassment to campus
90.35authorities or local law enforcement. The victim shall decide whether to report an incident
90.36of sexual violence and sexual harassment to campus authorities or local law enforcement.
91.1Confidential resources must be trained in all aspects of responding to incidents of sexual
91.2violence and sexual harassment including, but not limited to, best practices for interacting
91.3with victims of trauma, preserving evidence, campus disciplinary and local legal processes,
91.4and locally available resources for victims. Data shared with a confidential resource is
91.5classified as sexual assault communication data as defined by section 13.822, subdivision 1.
91.6    Subd. 10. Applicability of other laws. This section does not exempt mandatory
91.7reporters from the requirements of section 626.556 or 626.557 governing the reporting of
91.8maltreatment of minors or vulnerable adults. Nothing in this section limits the authority of
91.9an institution to comply with other applicable state or federal laws related to investigations
91.10or reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or sexual assault.
91.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2016, except subdivision
91.129, paragraph (a), is effective January 1, 2017.

91.13    Sec. 3. [626.891] COOPERATION WITH POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS.
91.14Local law enforcement agencies, including law enforcement agencies operated
91.15by statutory cities, home rule charter cities, and counties must enter into and honor the
91.16memoranda of understanding required under section 135A.15.
91.17EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective August 1, 2016.

91.18ARTICLE 5
91.19STATE GRANT

91.20    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.121, subdivision 6, is amended to
91.21read:
91.22    Subd. 6. Cost of attendance. (a) The recognized cost of attendance consists of:
91.23(1) an allowance specified in law for living and miscellaneous expenses, and (2) an
91.24allowance for tuition and fees equal to the lesser of the average tuition and fees charged
91.25by the institution, or a tuition and fee maximum if one is established in law. If no living
91.26and miscellaneous expense allowance is established in law, the allowance is equal to the
91.27federal poverty guidelines for a one person household in Minnesota for nine months. If
91.28no tuition and fee maximum is established in law, the allowance for tuition and fees is
91.29equal to the lesser of: (1) the average tuition and fees charged by the institution, and (2)
91.30for two-year programs, an amount equal to the highest tuition and fees charged at a public
91.31two-year institution, or for four-year programs, an amount equal to the highest tuition and
91.32fees charged at a public university.
92.1(b) For a student registering for less than full time, the office shall prorate the cost of
92.2attendance to the actual number of credits for which the student is enrolled.
92.3(c) The recognized cost of attendance for a student who is confined to a Minnesota
92.4correctional institution shall consist of the tuition and fee component in paragraph (a),
92.5with no allowance for living and miscellaneous expenses.
92.6(d) For the purpose of this subdivision, "fees" include only those fees that are
92.7mandatory and charged to full-time resident students attending the institution. Fees do
92.8not include charges for tools, equipment, computers, or other similar materials where the
92.9student retains ownership. Fees include charges for these materials if the institution retains
92.10ownership. Fees do not include optional or punitive fees.

92.11    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 136A.121, subdivision 7a, is amended to read:
92.12    Subd. 7a. Surplus appropriation. If the amount appropriated is determined by the
92.13office to be more than sufficient to fund projected grant demand in the second year of the
92.14biennium, the office may increase the living and miscellaneous expense allowance or the
92.15tuition and fee maximums in the second year of the biennium by up to an amount that
92.16retains sufficient appropriations to fund the projected grant demand. The adjustment may
92.17be made one or more times. In making the determination that there are more than sufficient
92.18funds, the office shall balance the need for sufficient resources to meet the projected
92.19demand for grants with the goal of fully allocating the appropriation for state grants. An
92.20increase in the living and miscellaneous expense allowance under this subdivision does
92.21not carry forward into a subsequent biennium."
92.22Delete the title and insert:
92.23"A bill for an act
92.24relating to relating to higher education; establishing a budget for higher education;
92.25appropriating money to the Office of Higher Education, the Board of Trustees
92.26of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Board of Regents of the
92.27University of Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic; appropriating money for tuition
92.28relief; making various policy and technical changes to higher-education-related
92.29provisions; regulating the policies of postsecondary institutions relating to sexual
92.30harassment and sexual violence; providing goals, standards, programs, and
92.31grants; requiring reports; authorizing refinancing of certain bonds;amending
92.32Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 5.41, subdivisions 2, 3; 13.32, subdivision 6;
92.3313.322, by adding a subdivision; 16C.075; 122A.09, subdivision 4; 124D.09,
92.34by adding subdivisions; 124D.091, subdivision 1; 135A.15; 136A.01, by adding
92.35a subdivision; 136A.031, subdivision 4; 136A.0411; 136A.101, subdivision 8;
92.36136A.121, subdivisions 6, 7a, 20; 136A.125, subdivisions 2, 4, 4b; 136A.1701,
92.37subdivision 4; 136A.61; 136A.63, subdivision 2; 136A.65, subdivisions 4,
92.387; 136A.657, subdivisions 1, 3; 136A.67; 136A.861, subdivision 1; 136A.87;
92.39136G.05, subdivision 7; 137.54; 141.21, subdivisions 5, 6a, 9; 141.25; 141.251,
92.40subdivision 2; 141.255; 141.26; 141.265; 141.271, subdivisions 1a, 1b, 3, 5, 7, 8,
92.419, 10, 12, 13, 14; 141.28; 141.29; 141.30; 141.32; 141.35; 197.75, subdivision
92.421; 261.23; Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 13, section 47; proposing coding for
92.43new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 135A; 136A; 136F; 175; 626; repealing
93.1Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 136A.127, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
93.29, 9b, 10, 10a, 11, 14; 136A.862; 141.271, subdivisions 4, 6; 158.01; 158.02;
93.3158.03; 158.04; 158.05; 158.06; 158.07; 158.08; 158.09; 158.091; 158.10;
93.4158.11; 158.12; Minnesota Rules, part 4830.7500, subparts 2a, 2b."
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We request the adoption of this report and repassage of the bill.
94.2
Senate Conferees:
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Terri E. Bonoff
Greg D. Clausen
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Kent Eken
Kari Dziedzic
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Jeremy R. Miller
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House Conferees:
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Bud Nornes
Marion O'Neill
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Glenn Gruenhagen
Drew Christensen
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Gene Pelowski Jr.