Legislative and Policy Recap

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MSCSA Director of Government Relations Jason Fossum
MSCSA Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker
This legislative session has been fast and pretty confusing so let's talk about it! In this presentation, we will walk through the steps our bills went through, and update
you on where they are now. We will answer any burning questions you have and fill you in on what may happen next with our legislation and policy.

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  • Legislative and Policy Recap

    1. 1. Legislative Re-Cap Jason Fossum and Kayley Schoonmaker
    2. 2.  State legislature in MN  Federal legislature in D.C.  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) Advocate at Three Levels
    3. 3.  State Legislative agenda ◦ Credit transfer ◦ PSEO ◦ Affordability workgroup ◦ Bonding (HEAPR) Where it all began…
    4. 4.  Proposed legislation on articulation agreements within MnSCU  Negotiations  Higher Ed Chairs supportive  New language Credit Transfer
    5. 5.  Final language: ◦ The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities shall develop a plan to implement multi-campus articulation agreements that lead to baccalaureate degree completion upon earning the number of credits required for the degree minus 60 credits at a system university after transfer to the system university by a student with an associate in arts degree, associate of science degree, or an associate of fine arts (AFA) degree from a system college. The board shall assign the task of developing the plan to the appropriate committee formed under the board's "Charting the Future" initiative. The board shall report on this plan to the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education finance and policy by March 15, 2015. Credit Transfer
    6. 6.  Next steps… ◦ Offer suggestions in CTF committee ◦ Ensure that plan is followed through Credit Transfer
    7. 7. TAKE OVER THE WORLD
    8. 8.  Advertising restriction on cost- savings  Pushed to repeal this  Language went up, down, around, and every other way!  New language PSEO
    9. 9.  Final language: ◦ Colleges being able to advertise on “programmatic or educational grounds only” removed from statute. ◦ High schools with 700 or more students in grades 10,11, and 12 qualify. ◦ High schools must keep up-to-date info on websites. PSEO
    10. 10. Next steps..
    11. 11. Affordability Workgroup
    12. 12.  Final: $159.8 million total ◦ $42 million for HEAPR ◦ $0 for Demolition ◦ 9 projects left unfunded  Next steps: unfunded projects will likely move up on list for next bonding year Bonding: HEAPR
    13. 13. Advocacy Day
    14. 14.  Financial aid  “Preferred lender” and SELF loan  Higher education tax credits  Textbook costs and OER texts  Educational benefits to veterans and their families Federal Legislative Agenda
    15. 15. Trip to DC
    16. 16.  Workgroups: ◦ Steering Committee ◦ Student Success ◦ Diversity ◦ Comprehensive Workplace Solutions ◦ System Incentives and Rewards ◦ Academic Planning and Collaboration ◦ Competency Certification and Credit for Prior Learning ◦ Education Technology ◦ IT Systems Design Charting the Future
    17. 17.  New leadership  Budget year  Charting the Future  The process: Platform committee Next legislative session
    18. 18. Questions?

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