Committee Report | November 2012
REGENTS HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Board of Regents
November 5, 2012
Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on November 5, 2012
Elim Bible Institute: Regents Authorization to award the Associate in Applied Science. Your Committee approved Elim Bible Institute’s request to offer its first degree program, an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Biblical and Theological Studies.
Permission to Operate: Olivet. Your Committee approved Olivet University’s request for permission to operate in New York and offer seven courses in Manhattan. These courses constitute one quarter of their M.B.A. program. The Manhattan location will have no role in offering distance education, or its coordination or administration. Olivet is a private Christian institution in the Presbyterian tradition.
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 November 5, 2012, copies of which have been distributed to each member of the Board of Regents.
Other matters not requiring action:
Proposed Amendments to Sections 80-3.3, 80-3.7 and 80-5.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner Relating to Individual Evaluation and the Experience Requirements for a Level III Teaching Assistant Certificate. Your Committee discussed the proposed amendments to Sections 80-3.3, 80-3.7 and 80-5.6. The proposed amendments would allow someone with one year or more of teaching experience as a certified teacher to be eligible for a level III teaching assistant certificate. In addition, the amendments would also extend the individual evaluation pathway until May 1, 2014. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will come before the Full Board for adoption as a permanent rule at the January 2013 Regents meeting. If adopted at the January Regents meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on January 30, 2013.
Growth Scores. Your Committee reviewed and discussed a sample report on Teacher and Principal Growth Scores.
Budget Priorities. Your Committee discussed the following proposed Regents budget priorities.
- Tenured Teaching Hearings. This program has been chronically under funded for many years, with the current deficit projected at $9 million. Requesting an additional $9 million in General Fund support to address the accumulated deficit and pay claims for hearings that started prior to April 1, 2012.
- Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP). New York State’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides economically and educationally disadvantaged students with access to post-secondary institutions and services. HEOP lacks adequate financial resources to ensure that additional students throughout NYS will continue to benefit from the success of this opportunity program. The Department’s budget request of $2 million would allow for an expansion of HEOP student enrollment in participating post-secondary institutions.