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SF 1620

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 09/17/2015 02:09pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; requiring development of a plan to encourage
students to finish their degree programs; requiring reports.

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

Section 1. new text beginCOLLEGE COMPLETION; MNSCU.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall
develop a comprehensive plan to encourage students to complete degrees, diplomas, or
certificates in their fields of study. The board must consult with students, faculty, and
administrators of the state colleges and universities and the Office of Higher Education to
create a plan that would increase program completion at each state college or university.
Components of this plan may include, but are not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) replacing developmental or remedial courses, when appropriate, with corequisite
courses in which students with academic deficiencies are placed into introductory
credit-bearing coursework while receiving supplemental academic instruction on the
same subject and during the same term;
new text end

new text begin (2) expanding intrusive advising, including the use of early alert systems or requiring
the approval of an advisor or counselor to register for certain classes;
new text end

new text begin (3) developing meta-majors in broad academic disciplines as an alternative to
undecided majors;
new text end

new text begin (4) making available alternative mathematics curriculum, including curriculum most
relevant to the student's chosen area of study;
new text end

new text begin (5) implementing "opt-out scheduling" by automatically enrolling students in a
schedule of courses chosen by the student's department but allowing students to disenroll
from such courses if they wish;
new text end

new text begin (6) facilitating the transfer of credits between state colleges and universities; and
new text end

new text begin (7) strategies to encourage students to enroll full time, including the use of financial
assistance to reduce a student's need to work.
new text end

new text begin (b) The development of the plan required under this section shall not discourage the
development or delay the implementation or expansion of existing programs to encourage
college completion.
new text end

new text begin (c) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall
submit a report describing the plan developed under this section and an implementation
schedule to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education policy no
later than January 15, 2016. This report must include identification of the financial and
other resources needed by state colleges or universities to implement the plan developed
under this section.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginCOLLEGE COMPLETION; UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota is requested to develop a
comprehensive plan to encourage students to complete degrees, diplomas, or certificates
in their fields of study. The board is requested to consult with students, faculty, and
administrators of the University of Minnesota and the Office of Higher Education to create
a plan that would increase program completion among University of Minnesota students.
Components of this plan may include, but are not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) replacing developmental or remedial courses, when appropriate, with corequisite
courses in which students with academic deficiencies are placed into introductory
credit-bearing coursework while receiving supplemental academic instruction on the
same subject and during the same term;
new text end

new text begin (2) expanding intrusive advising, including the use of early alert systems or requiring
the approval of an advisor or counselor to register for certain classes;
new text end

new text begin (3) developing meta-majors in broad academic disciplines as an alternative to
undecided majors;
new text end

new text begin (4) making available alternative mathematics curriculum, including curriculum most
relevant to the student's chosen area of study;
new text end

new text begin (5) implementing "opt-out scheduling" by automatically enrolling students in a
schedule of courses chosen by the student's department but allowing students to disenroll
from such courses if they wish;
new text end

new text begin (6) facilitating the transfer of credits between state colleges and universities; and
new text end

new text begin (7) strategies to encourage students to enroll full time, including the use of financial
assistance to reduce a student's need to work.
new text end

new text begin (b) The development of the plan required under this section shall not discourage the
development or delay the implementation or expansion of existing programs to encourage
college completion.
new text end

new text begin (c) The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota shall submit a report
describing the plan developed under this section and an implementation schedule to the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education policy no later than January
15, 2016. This report must include identification of the financial and other resources
needed to implement the plan developed under this section.
new text end