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Report of Regents Higher Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Higher Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on March 3, 2020. Regents Kathleen M. Cashin and Josephine Victoria Finn were absent and excused.

Action Items


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 March 3, 2020, copies of which have been distributed to each member of the Board of Regents.

Matters Not Requiring Board Action:

Proposed Amendments to Sections 145-6.2, 145-6.5, and 145-6.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Eligibility Requirements for Loan Forgiveness and Grant Programs -

Your Committee discussed proposed amendments to certain sections of Part 145 of the Commissioner’s regulations to clarify the eligibility language to ensure that students made eligible under the DREAM Act may apply for applicable grant and loan forgiveness programs. In addition to amending section 145-6.2, the Regents Physician Loan Forgiveness Program, the proposed amendments seek to conform the student eligibility requirements to the DREAM Act for both the STEP and CSTEP programs, Sect. 145-6.5, and 145-6.6, respectively. Following the 60-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 July 2020 meeting. If adopted at the July 2020 meeting, the proposed amendments will become effective on July 29, 2020.

Matters Requiring Board Action:


Consent Agenda

The Board of Regents acted on the following consent agenda item at the March 2020 meeting.

  • Permission to Operate – Saint Mary’s College. The Board of Regents approved the renewal of Saint Mary’s College of California’s permission to operate in New York to offer liberal arts courses from its Bachelor of Arts program in Performing Arts at 330 West 38th Street in Manhattan. This approval will be effective for a five-year period beginning on March 18, 2020 and ending on March 31, 2025.
  • Permission to Operate – Centre College. The Board of Regents granted Centre College permission to offer a semester away program in New York City for students of Centre College, Sewanee: The University of the South, and Rhodes College. This permission will be effective March 3, 2020 and end on March 31, 2025.
  • Permission to Operate – Duke University. The Board of Regents granted Duke University permission to offer a program in New York City, known as Duke in New York, in which Duke students may take courses applicable to their undergraduate degree programs. This permission will be effective March 3, 2020 and end on March 31, 2025.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:25am