01/01/12 – Senate Bill 242 Passed
January 1st, 2012 by admin
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Senate Bill 242
The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced. Creates Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Grants commission authority to coordinate higher education policy with Oregon University System and community colleges. Abolishes Oregon Student Assistance Commission and transfers functions to Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Renames Office of Degree Authorization Account to Degree Authorization Account.
Redefines Oregon University System as public university system with more authority and independence to manage affairs, operations and obligations. Creates process for State Board of Higher Education to enter into performance compact with state in conjunction with biennial funding request. Eliminates requirement to seek expenditure limitation to spend other available moneys, including enrollment fees collected from students. Revises current process for setting enrollment fees by requiring student and student government participation, subject to limits set by Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Exempts Oregon University System from certain laws relating to state agencies.
Grants State Board of Higher Education power of eminent domain. Grants board authority to purchase insurance, after reporting to Legislative Assembly. Authorizes board to offer fee remissions to students. Increases membership of board. Authorizes board to purchase property and construct facilities without seeking legislative approval if purchase or construction is to be completed without appropriating General Fund moneys or using general obligation bonds. Credits all interest earned in Oregon University System Fund to Oregon University System.
Becomes operative January 1, 2012. Declares emergency, effective on passage.