A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO MAKE BASE BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF STATE DEPARTMENTS, INSTITUTIONS, AND AGENCIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
House amendments make the following changes to the 5th edition.
Part XI. Universities
Amendment #38 adds a new Section 11.24, ECSU Study, to this Part. Acknowledges the origins of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and states that the General Assembly finds that ECSU is a key educational and economic resource for northeastern North Carolina.
Directs the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (ED Oversight) to evaluate and study strategies to address any financial or enrollment concerns for ECSU. Requires ED Oversight to examine, at minimum, any plans of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors or of ECSU to restore ECSU to more financially sustainable conditions. Directs ED Oversight to examine the strategies in ECSU's March 2014 publication,"Rightsizing ECSU: The Need for Financial Stability." Urges ED Oversight's work in conducting this study to include consulting with the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth City State University and any other appropriate parties.
Directs ED Oversight to report the results of its evaluation and study to the General Assembly before the convening of the 2015 General Assembly. Requires that the report include any recommendations for actions by the General Assembly to address financial and enrollment concerns.