What a week. On Tuesday the Senate released a budget plan with NO cuts to higher education. What’s next? Flying pigs? Dogs and cats living together?
The House path to a budget was rocky. It took several days to get enough votes to move the budget out of the House. Now the Senate, Governor, and House have to sit down and figure out a single version of the budget. Will they make it out by March 8? Two days ago legislative leaders were optimistic. Not so much today. I’m betting it’ll take more than the allotted 60 days to put a period on this.
Meantime, bills are moving forward. Here’s a quick update.
CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH
|Bill||Subject Area / Effect||Status|
|SB 6029||Requiring three-year degree programs to be offered by fall 2012.||Dead|
|HB 2258||Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system.||Dead|
|SB 6164||Authorizes students in the military reserve to make up classes, tests,
examinations, laboratories, or events without prejudice to the final course grade or evaluation.
|SB 5982||Joint center for aerospace||conference|
|HB 2533||Creating an education-only budget||Dead|
|HB 2799||Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success pilot project. Teams six colleges of education with six low performing schools in a multi-year
|SB 5991||Extending mandatory child abuse reporting requirements to specified employees of institutions of higher education.||Conference|
|HB 2313||Requires the boards of trustees and regents to 1) follow procedures
for open public meetings in the open public meetings act; and
2) provide time for public comment at each meeting
|SB 6390||Requires PBIs to create a student auditing committee to review a portion of the university operating budget each year.||Dead|
|SB 6121||Requiring the office of student financial assistance to provide financial aid counseling curriculum for institutions of higher education.||Conference|
|HB 2352||Concerning institutions of higher education services and activities fees.||Governor|
|HB 2259||Minimizes the regulatory burden on institutions of higher education by eliminating reporting requirements that are duplicative of federal reporting requirements.||Governor|
|SB 5984||Wenatchee arena bill||Gov Signed|
|SB 6399||Regarding program fees at institutions of higher education.||Senate Ways & Means|
|SB 6322||Allowing WGU to participate in state need grant program.||Dead|
|HB 2254||Makes the Passport to College Promise permanent, expands goals to include high school graduation of foster youth.||Governor|
|SB 6121||Requiring the office of student financial assistance to provide a financial aid counseling curriculum for institutions of higher ed.||Senate Higher Ed|
|SB 6232||Abolishes the HECB and creates and transfers HECB duties to the Office of the Student Achievement Council, which will 1.) set goals for increasing the educational attainment, and 2.) connect the work of K-12, two-year, and 4-year boards/agencies. Creates a legislative committee to review the council’s work and make budget recommendations to reach council goals.
|House Higher Ed
House Ways & Means