Bill Summary for H 305 (2019-2020)

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Jul 23 2019

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 305 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 7, 2019
AN ACT TO STUDY THE IMPACT AND FUNDING OF UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES IN IMPROVING GRADUATION RATES AND STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS; AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF THE COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS TO ENSURE COLLEGE ADVISERS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO ASSIST STUDENTS IN PLANNING FOR FULFILLMENT OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION GOALS.
Intro. by Setzer, Howard, Saine, D. Hall.

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House committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and now provides the following.

Includes whereas clauses.

Part I.

Directs the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to study and evaluate the impact of undergraduate summer school courses in improving academic success, overall college completion rates, and four-year graduation rates and potential funding options. Specifically requires the BOG to examine and include in its report at least the most recent six years of available data, both system wide and by each constituent institution, when available, including examining the most utilized undergraduate summer school courses, evaluating the funding methods for summer school courses or year-round enrollment in other state public university systems, examining the impact of undergraduate summer school instruction on current faculty contracts, and examining campus services provided to students enrolled in the summer school courses, among other required data. Requires the BOG to report to the specified NCGA committee and division by March 15, 2020, on its findings, recommendations, and potential funding options. 

Part II.

Directs that, from the funds appropriated by the act for the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to the BOG for the College Advising Corps program, that the BOG provide a directed grant to the National College Advising Corps Inc. (CAC) to support an expansion of the placement of college advisers in NC public schools through its program over a three-year period. Describes the CAC and its program. Appropriates the following amounts to the BOG for each fiscal year of the 2019-21 fiscal biennium to CAC to expand the placement of college advisers pursuant to the act: $1,881,861 in recurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year; and $618,139 in recurring funds for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Establishes legislative intent to appropriate to the BOG $333,333 in recurring funds for the 2021-22 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years to expand the placement of college advisers statewide in the program's third year. Establishes a 2:1 match of CAC funds to State funds. Specifies that the availability of matching funds does not revert. Details parameters for the use of State funds by CAC, requiring that CAC focus expanding its program into Tier 1 and Tier 2 designated counties during the first two years, and the remaining counties designated Tier 3 during the third year. Also requires CAC to designate at least three postsecondary institutions to partner with in order to increase the number of recent graduates working as near-peer college advisers to meet the needs of the program expansion. Directs that once the statewide goals have been met, the funds provided to CAC for the program are to continue the mission of the program to increase access for NC public school students to postsecondary degree or certificate attainment at community colleges and universities. Requires CAC to report annually to the specified NCGA committee and division for every year it uses State funds pursuant to the act, as specified. Deems the provisions of the Part to supersede GS 143C-5-4 in the event they conflict. Provides that the provisions are effective until the Current Operations Appropriations Act for the applicable year becomes law, at which point the Director of the Budget will adjust allotments to give effect to that act from July 1 of the fiscal year. Effective July 1, 2019.

Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.

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