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Report of Regents Higher Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on January 14, 2019. All members were present, with the exception of Regents Norwood and Brown.

Action Items

MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD

Madam Chancellor and Colleagues:  Your Higher Education Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee’s deliberations at its meeting on January 14, 2019, copies of which have been distributed to each member of the Board of Regents.

Matters Not Requiring Board Action:

Proposed Amendment to §80-5.25 Related to the Transitional H Pathway for School District Business Leader Certification - Your Committee discussed proposed amendments to Section 80-5.25 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to expand the type of eligible experiences for the Transitional H pathway for School District Business Leader certification. Following the 60-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented to the Board of Regents for adoption at its May 2019 meeting. If adopted at the May 2019 meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on May 22, 2019. HE (D) 3

Proposed Amendments to Sections 52.21, 57-2, 75.8, 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-5, 80-6, 90.18, 100.2, 100.13, 100.15, 100.17, 100.19, 151-1, 154-2, and 200.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and 30-1, 30-2, and 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents Relating to Professional Development Plans and Other Related Requirements for School Districts and BOCES - Your Committee discussed whether the Board should adopted adopt proposed amendments to Sections 52.21, 57-2, 75.8, 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-5, 80-6, 90.18, 100.2, 100.13, 100.15, 100.17, 100.19, 151-1, 154-2, and 200.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and 30-1, 30-2, and 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents relating to professional development plans and other related requirements for school districts and BOCES.  Following the 30-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendments will be presented to the Board of Regents for adoption at its April 2019 meeting. If adopted at the April 2019 meeting, the proposed amendments will become effective on April 24, 2019. HE (D) 2

Update to the Board of Regents regarding provisionally authorized institutions of higher education: New York Automotive and Diesel Institute; Glasgow Caledonian New York College; and City Seminary of New York Graduate Center - Your Committee received an update on the first year of operation of the three new degree-granting institutions that received provisional authorization from the Board in 2017. HE (D) 4

An Update on St. Paul’s School of Nursing’s Provisional Degree-Granting Authority - Your Committee was provided with an update on the Queens and Staten Island campuses of St. Paul’s School of Nursing since the December 12, 2017 extension of is provisional degree-granting authority lasts through December 31, 2019. HE (D) 1

Matters Requiring Board Action:

Proposed Amendments to Section 80-5.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Employment of Substitute Teachers Who Do Not Hold a Valid Teaching Certificate - Your Committee discussed whether to adopt proposed amendments to §80-5.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the employment of substitute teachers who do not hold a valid teaching certificate, to ensure that school districts and BOCES continue to be provided with the flexibility needed to address their hiring needs and employ substitute teachers who demonstrate competency in the classroom for more than 40 days.  The Committee made a motion to amend Higher Education item HE(A)-1 REVISED to amend Section 80-5.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to require all substitute teachers to have at least an associate’s degree, except for substitute teachers without a valid teaching certificate, but who are completing collegiate study toward certification at the rate of not less than six semester hours per year.  The Committee directed Department staff to bring the revised item to the Full Board for adoption as an emergency rule effective February 4, 2019.  Following the 60-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented to the Board of Regents for adoption at its May 2019 meeting. If adopted at the May 2019 meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on May 22, 2019. HE (A)-1 REVISED

Consent Agenda

The Board of Regents acted on the following consent agenda items at the January 2019 meeting.

  • Proposed Amendments to §80-3.7 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to Initial Certificate Requirements for Individuals Who Have a Graduate Degree and Two Years of Postsecondary Teaching Experience in the Area of the Certificate Sought or a Closely Related Area (Adoption) -  The Board of Regents voted that Section 80-3.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, as submitted, effective January 30, 2019. BR (CA) 7
     
  • Proposed Amendments to §52.21 and 80-3.10 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to the Pilot P-20 Partnerships for Principal Preparation Programs (Permanent Adoption) -  The Board of Regents voted to amend, as submitted, Sections 52.21 and 80-3.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education effective January 30, 2019. BR (CA) 6
     
  • Master Plan Amendment: Nyack College - Relocation of Main Campus to NYC - The Board of Regents voted to approve a master plan amendment to authorize Nyack College to relocate its main campus in Nyack, NY, to 2 Washington Street in New York, NY. BR (CA) 4
     
  • Master Plan Amendment: Mercy College - Offer a Bachelor of Science degree Program in Health Science - That the Board of Regents voted to approve a master plan amendment to authorize Mercy College to offer its first bachelor’s-level program in the Health Professions discipline area at the Bronx Campus, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science. The amendment will be effective until January 15, 2020, unless the Department registers the program prior to that date, in which case the master plan amendment shall be without term. BR (CA) 3
     
  • Application to Surrender Degree - Conferring Authority: Briarcliffe College - The Board of Regents voted, pursuant to Section 3.58(g)(2) of the Rules of the Board of Regents, to accept the request from Briarcliffe College to surrender in whole its degree-conferring authority.  BR (CA) 1
     
  • Permission to Operate in NYS: University of Connecticut - The Board of Regents voted to grant the University of Connecticut School of Law permission to offer courses applicable to its Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and Legal Studies Master of Laws (L.L.M.) programs in New York City (collectively called “Semester in New York City Program”), effective January 15, 2019 and ending on January 30, 2024. BR (CA) 5
     
  • Conferral of Degrees: Dowling College - The Board of Regents approved the conferral of the respective degrees upon listed individuals who have completed the requirements for registered degree programs at Dowling College. BR (CA) 2

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 2:10pm

Committee