The Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, as well as a number of other committees, recently wrapped up its work for the session at the General Assembly. While much remains to be done - especially in the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committees - we wanted to share a quick update on the bills that have been introduced that impact Connecticut independent colleges.
A few items of note:
The Governor’s proposed budget cuts the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program (previously known as the Governor’s Scholarship Program) $2.2 million (6%) in FY 18 and $4.4 (12%) in FY 19. The Appropriations Committee will release its budget at the end of April. No significant programmatic changes have been proposed at this time by the Higher Education Committee.
As part of the Governor’s budget, it was proposed to move the currently freestanding Office of Higher Education (OHE) into the State Department of Education. Under the proposal, the Planning Commission for Higher Education would have been reinvigorated and charged with making a recommendation for the appointment of an OHE director, working with OHE to implement CT’s Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education and to work together to find opportunities for collaboration among public and private colleges. This proposal is currently dead but may be revived in some form through the budget process. See testimony on this proposal here.
SB 1021, AN ACT REVISING THE UNIFORM FRAUDULENT TRANSFER ACT was voted out of the Judiciary Committee earlier this week. This bill seeks to ensure that undergraduate tuition payments made to institutions of higher education are not construed as fraudulent transfers under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. CCIC supports this bill as it seeks to prevent Bankruptcy trustees from requiring colleges and universities to pay back to a bankrupt estate tuition paid for their child’s education. To see testimony on this bill, click here.
For a complete update on all the bills we are tracking, click here.
Matter of Fact
Total Undergraduate & Graduate Enrollment at CT Higher
Education Institutions, by sector: Fall 2015
A Significant Percentage of the Undergraduate and Graduate
Students in Connecticut are Enrolled at CCIC Member Institutions
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