Report of Regents Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) Committee to The Board of Regents
Your ACCES Committee held its scheduled meeting on October 17, 2016. All members were present.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Proposed Regents State Legislative Priorities for ACCES
Your committee was provided information on Reader’s Aid legislation. The proposed legislation would increase the annual aid cap per student, expand eligibility to include non-degree granting proprietary schools in New York State, provide eligibility for students with learning disabilities and print disabilities, and authorize the use of up to half of the funds for the purchase of assistive technology.
Proposed Regents State Budget Priorities for ACCES
Your committee was provided information on State budget priorities for Bridge Programs and Independent Living Centers. Bridge programs enable out-of-school youth and adults to obtain critical basic skills, high school equivalency diplomas, and industry-recognized credentials. It is recommended that the Regents consider reauthorizing last year’s request for $10 million. Independent Living Centers serve people with disabilities and their families by providing an array of services to help these individuals live a fully integrated and self-directed life. Independent Living Centers currently receive approximately $13.3M in state funding. We are requesting a $5 million increase. It is recommended that the Regents consider supporting the sector’s budget request and support accountability mechanisms to ensure that new funding creates improved services and results for this population of New Yorkers.