AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT VARIOUS POLICY CHANGES TO IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES, INCLUDING REDUCING TIME TO DEGREE AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, AND TO RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR AND VALUE OF NON-DEGREE WORKFORCE CERTIFICATIONS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the reserve account in the Office of State Budget and Management for enrollment adjustments for UNC $43,578,223 in additional recurring funds for 2019-20 to increase graduation rates and reduce time to degree by expanding the number of and enrollment in on-campus undergraduate summer courses offered on campus at constituent institutions. Requires for subsequent fiscal years, that UNC's annual enrollment growth request reflect incremental changes in the actual credit hours completed in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Adds new Part 5, NC College Completes Scholarship, in Article 23 of GS Chapter 116. Allows a student enrolled in a UNC constituent institution or a community college to apply for scholarship funds to enroll in a summer course. Gives priority to students who have financial need and who can use summer courses to earn 30 credits in the academic year or accelerate their path to a degree. Applies beginning with the 2020 summer term. Appropriates from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors $10 million in recurring funds for 2019-20 to be allocated to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (Authority) to provide summer scholarships as provided for above. Of those funds, requires that (1) up to $7 million in recurring funds be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in constituent institutions and (2) up to $3 million in recurring funds be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in community colleges.
Enacts new GS 116-209.85 to allow a student who (1) receives an eligible college transfer associate degree from a community college and (2) transfers to a UNC constituent institution within 12 months of receiving the degree may apply for a one-time scholarship award in an amount of up to $1,000. Appropriates from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors $4 million in recurring funds for 2019-20 to be allocated to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority to establish this scholarship program. Applies beginning with the award of scholarship funds for the 2019-20 academic year.
Appropriates for 2019-20 fiscal year,from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors $150,000 in recurring funds and $200,000 in nonrecurring funds to support the work of the Transfer Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Military Credit Advisory Council (MCAC).
Appropriates from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors $300,000 in recurring funds for 2019-20 to reduce student textbook costs through the curation and adoption by The University of North Carolina System Office of high-quality open educational resources materials for the most commonly taught courses across constituent institutions and community colleges.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office $11,520,449 in additional recurring funds for 2019-20 for short-term workforce training continuing education programs that lead to a State- or industry-recognized credential. Requires the funds to be used to eliminate the full-time equivalent determination disparity between short-term workforce training programs and curriculum programs.
Appropriates for 2019-20 from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office $5 million in recurring funds and $1.5 million in nonrecurring funds for the purchase of an online registration system for continuing education courses.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office $566,587 in recurring funds for 2019-20 for each of the following: (1) the operation of the Forsyth Technical Community College Transportation Technology Center, (2) for the operation of the Guilford Technical Community College Aviation Campus, (3) for the operation of the Richmond Community College Scotland County Campus, and (4) for the operation of the Wake Technical Community College Research Triangle Park Campus.
Amends GS 115D-21.5, concerning the NC Career Coach Program, by amending the funding match requirement so that the dollar for dollar match applies when the community college's main campus is in a tier three county only, adds a requirement of $1 of local funds every $2 in state funds when the community college's main campus is in a tier two county, and no match is required when the community college's main campus is in a tier one county.
Appropriates $2.8 million in recurring funds for 2019-20 from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office to support the NC Career Coach Program.
Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
Effective July 1, 2019.
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