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SF 2048

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2019 04:08pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; creating a grant program for postsecondary institutions
offering graduate training for teachers of concurrent enrollment courses; requiring
reports; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 136A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [136A.1277] GRANTS TO POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS FOR
CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTOR TRAINING.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall establish a program to award
grants to postsecondary institutions to provide courses at the master's level or higher for
concurrent enrollment instructors teaching in Minnesota secondary schools. This program
must address the Higher Learning Commission's professional development qualification
standards used to document the qualifications of a concurrent enrollment instructor as a
content expert with competence to teach discipline-specific content in the classroom.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Application process. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall develop an application process
for awarding grants. In awarding grants, the commissioner shall consider the needs of
concurrent enrollment instructors throughout the state in accessing graduate course offerings.
new text end

new text begin (b) The grant application must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) a description of the prospective course offering reflective of the need for the course
by concurrent enrollment instructors in the discipline-specific content area;
new text end

new text begin (2) a description of the participant recruitment process to be coordinated with school
sites offering concurrent enrollment courses and the postsecondary institutions sponsoring
those sites;
new text end

new text begin (3) a timeline for implementation of the course offering;
new text end

new text begin (4) a description of measures necessary to address the dispersed geographic location of
participating concurrent enrollment instructors; and
new text end

new text begin (5) other information at the discretion of the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner may establish an advisory committee to consult on course offerings
and size of grant awards. The members of the committee may include representatives from
the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the University of Minnesota, other
postsecondary institutions, and others deemed appropriate by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grants. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award grants to accredited postsecondary
institutions to provide courses at the master's level or higher in discipline-specific content
areas. The mode of course delivery must meet the needs of working professionals across
the state.
new text end

new text begin (b) Grant funds may be used:
new text end

new text begin (1) to offset up to 80 percent of the tuition and fee costs for course enrollees;
new text end

new text begin (2) for books and instructional materials for course enrollees; and
new text end

new text begin (3) for program administration, including course development, assessing the need for
course offerings, participant recruitment, and outcome reporting.
new text end

new text begin (c) Grants shall be awarded for up to one year. A postsecondary institution may apply
for and receive more than one grant. A postsecondary institution receiving a grant may use
no more than ten percent of a grant award for program administration under paragraph (b),
clause (3).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Outcome report requirements. new text end

new text begin Grant recipients shall report on program
outcomes to the commissioner. The report must specify participant attendance, course
completion, and performance outcomes for each course offering. Reports must be submitted
at the conclusion of each course offering.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By February 1 of each year, the commissioner shall submit a report to
the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over higher education finance regarding the grant recipients and their activities. The report
shall include information about instructors served, instructors' school sites and sponsoring
concurrent enrollment institutions, courses offered, postsecondary institution grant recipients,
and program expenditures. The report may include recommendations, if any, for legislation
to improve program outcomes.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $1,500,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education to provide course
development grants to postsecondary institutions under Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.1277. The commissioner may use up to three percent of this appropriation for program
administration.
new text end