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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 7, 2019. All members were present. Also in attendance were Chancellor Rosa and Regents Tilles, Mead, Hakanson and Mittler.

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 May 7, 2019, copies of which have been distributed to each member of the Board of Regents.

Matters Not Requiring Board Action:

Your Committee recommended that the Department review the issue of equitable access to college counseling services.  The Commissioner agreed to ask Department staff to provide the Board with information on this topic.

Proposed Amendment to Section 80-1.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to the Creation of Safety Nets for the Science Content Specialty Tests - Your Committee reviewed and discussed a proposed regulatory amendment to create safety nets for the Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics where candidates may take the revised CST or the predecessor CST for one year after the revised CST in each science subject area becomes operational. 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 September 2019 meeting. If adopted at the September 2019 meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on September 25, 2019.

Proposed Amendments to Section 80-6.1 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) - Your Committee reviewed and discussed proposed technical regulatory amendments to align Section 80-6.1 with the amended Education Law Section 3006-a that adds non-public schools to the provisions relating to CTLE. 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 September 2019 meeting. If adopted at the September 2019 meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on September 25, 2019.

Definition of the Term “University” in New York State - Your Committee heard Department staff present information about the current regulatory use of the term “university” in the name of institutions of higher education in New York State and considered the Department’s recommendation to survey the field regarding if/how the regulations should be amended, or a new definition developed. It is anticipated that the Department’s recommendation will be presented to the Board of Regents for approval at its September 2019 meeting.

Proposed Amendments to Section 52.21 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to the Requirements for Transitional D Programs that Lead to School District Leader Certification - Your Committee reviewed and discussed the proposed regulatory amendments that would require Transitional D programs to inform candidates in writing that they must apply for a Transitional D certificate, require programs to notify the Office of Teaching Initiatives that a candidate is eligible for the Transitional D certificate, and remove the requirement that Transitional D programs are for candidates who do not have three years of classroom teaching service, pupil personnel service, and/or educational leadership service. 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 September 2019 meeting. If adopted at the September 2019 meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on September 25, 2019.

Matters Requiring Board Action:

Consent Agenda

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

Proposed Amendment to Section 80-5.25 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to the Transitional H Pathway for School District Business Leader Certification - The proposed amendments to Section 80-5.25 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education will expand the type of eligible experiences for the Transitional H pathway for School District Business Leader certification. It was voted that Section 80-5.25 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, as submitted, effective May 22, 2019.

Master Plan Amendment – Jamestown Community College, Cattaraugus County Branch Campus: A.S. in Environmental Science - The Board of Regents voted to approve a master plan amendment to authorize Jamestown Community College to offer its first program in the Biological Sciences at its branch campus in Cattaraugus County. The amendment will be effective until May 7, 2020, unless the Department registers the program prior to that date, in which case master plan amendment shall be without term.

Master Plan Amendment and Regents Authorization to Award Degrees – College of Staten Island: EdD in Community- Based Leadership - The Board of Regents voted to authorize The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, to award the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree and approve a master plan amendment to authorize CUNY College of Staten Island to offer a program in Community Based Leadership leading to the Ed.D. degree.

Master Plan Amendment – Unification Theological Seminary - Relocation of main campus from Barrytown, NY to NYC - The Board of Regents voted to approve a master plan amendment to authorize the Unification Theological Seminary to relocate its main campus in Barrytown, New York, to 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY.

 

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:40am

Committee