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Report of Regents Higher Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on May 8, 2017.  All members were present.

Proposed Amendment to Part 80 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Related to Pathways for Candidates to Pursue a Transitional A, Initial, and/or Professional Career and Technical Education Certificate - Staff presented amendments to Part 80 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education related to pathways for candidates to pursue Transitional A, Initial, and/or Professional Career and Technical Education certificates.  VOTED:  That Part 80 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, be amended, as submitted, effective May 9, 2017, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare to ensure that teaching candidates who meet the requirements of the proposed amendment can obtain certification in career and technical education titles to address current teacher shortages in this area.  Following a 45-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be adopted by the Board of Regents at its September 2017 meeting. It is anticipated that a second emergency action will be needed at the July meeting to ensure that the emergency rule adopted at the May meeting will remain in effect until it can be adopted as a permanent rule.  HE (A)

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 May 8, 2017, copies of which have been distributed to each member of the Board of Regents.

Matters Not Requiring Board Action:

Principal Preparation Project Update - Staff provided an update on the project. Funded by the Wallace Foundation, the project aims to engage stakeholders in efforts to: 1) Review requirements related to preparation of school building leaders in the State; 2) Identify if improvements are needed related to certification and/or program requirements, professional development, supervision, and/or evaluation; 3) Forward recommendations to the Commissioner and Board of Regents for consideration and action, if warranted; and 4) Develop a tool to help districts identify, select, and place school building leaders. HE (D) 2

Proposed Amendment to Add a New Part 48 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Related to Annual Aggregate Data Reporting by New York State Institutions of Higher Education Related to Reports of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault - Staff presented a draft regulation for discussion related to Education Law Article 129-B which requires the New York State Education Department to develop regulations to implement aspects of the law in consultation with SUNY, CUNY and private colleges. A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the State Register on May 24, 2017.  Following the 45-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be adopted by the Board of Regents at its September 2017 meeting.  HE (D) 1

Consent Agenda

The Board of Regents acted on the following consent agenda items at the May 2017 meeting.

  • Approval of Degree-Granting Authority in NYS: New York Automotive and Diesel Institute - The New York Automotive and Diesel Institute, which is currently a for-profit non-degree institution licensed by the Department’s Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision, is seeking authority to become a for-profit degree-granting institution and award two Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees: Automotive Technology and Automotive and Diesel Technology and three related certificate programs:  Automotive Service Technology, Truck and Diesel Service Technology and Collision Repair Technology. BR (CA) 1
  • Master Plan Amendment: Fordham University -  Authorization to award a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Administration.  A master plan amendment is required because the proposed program will be Fordham University’s first master’s level program in the discipline area of the Health Professions. BR (CA) 2
  • Long Island Business Institute: Regents Authorization to Award Degrees - Authorization to award the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree.  There is no corresponding master plan amendment needed as the college already offers other associate-level degree program in the discipline area of Business. BR (CA) 3
  • Master Plan Amendment: St. Thomas Aquinas College - Authorization to award the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree.  A master plan amendment is required because the proposed program will be the College’s first masters-level program in the Social Sciences discipline area. BR (CA) 4
  • Proposed Amendments to Part 80 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to the Elimination of the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) for Teacher Certification and to Remove Unnecessary References to the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test - The proposed amendment is being presented to the Full Board for adoption as a second emergency rule at its May 2017 meeting in order to ensure that the emergency rule adopted at the March 2017 meeting, which will expire on June 10, 2017, remains continuously in effect until it can be permanently adopted at the June 2017 meeting. 

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:50pm

Committee