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HF 2332

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/22/2021 02:05pm

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; expanding the Z-Degree program; appropriating
money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 136F.305, subdivisions 2, 3,
4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 136F.305, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Requirement.

new text begin(a) new text endThree additional colleges must offer the opportunity to earn
a Z-Degree by academic year 2020-2021.

new text begin (b) Six additional colleges must offer the opportunity to earn a Z-Degree in the 2022-2023
academic year.
new text end

new text begin (c)new text end A college's course offerings for its Z-Degree program must include at least two
distinct courses in each transfer curriculum goal area and at least enough credits in each
transfer curriculum goal area to complete the transfer curriculum package.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 136F.305, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Open educational resource development.

(a) The Minnesota State Colleges
and Universities must develop a program to offer a Z-Degree at deleted text beginthreedeleted text end additional colleges
by expanding the use of open educational resources, including custom and open textbooks.
The system office must provide opportunities for faculty to identify, review, adapt, author,
and adopt open educational resources. The system office must develop incentives to academic
departments to identify, review, adapt, author, or adopt open educational resources within
their academic programs.

(b) The programs and incentives developed under this subdivision must be implemented
pursuant to faculty collective bargaining agreements.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 136F.305, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Report.

The board must submit reports by January 13, 2021, and January 12,
2022, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over higher education. Each report must include (1) the number of courses
transitioned to using an open textbook resulting from the programs in this section, deleted text beginanddeleted text end (2)
the total amount of student textbook savings resulting from the transitionsnew text begin, and (3)
information on the types of incentives developed and offered to faculty, and the corresponding
funding for those incentives
new text end.

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $250,000 in fiscal year 2022 and $250,000 in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from the
general fund to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for
purposes of the expansion of Z-Degree program under Minnesota Statutes, section 136F.305.
new text end