DIGEST OF SB 209 (Updated February 13, 2013 3:58 pm - DI 116)
Degree mapping. Provides that the limit on eligibility is four academic years for: (1) higher education awards; (2) freedom of choice grants; (3) tuition grants from the twenty-first century scholars program; (4) part-time student grant program; (5) insurance education scholarship fund; (6) minority teacher scholarships; special education, occupational therapy, and physical therapy scholarships; (7) nursing scholarship fund; (8) national guard tuition supplement program; (9) tuition exemption for senior citizens; and (10) tuition and fee exemption for children and surviving spouse of public safety officer killed in the line of duty. (Current law provides that the limit for eligibility is eight semesters or 12 quarters.) Adds definition of "degree map". Provides that, not later than August 1, 2013, the commission for higher education (commission) shall develop guidelines or rules to provide a state educational institution guidance for establishing degree maps for each full-time student attending the state educational institution. Requires, for a full-time student who enrolls after July 31, 2014, that a state educational institution must develop a degree map based on the student's specific educational objective or course of study. Requires a student who receives a Frank O'Bannon grant or a twenty- first century scholars award to complete academic requirements specified in the student's degree map for the academic year in order to renew the grant or award. Requires a state educational institution to ensure that courses necessary for the student to comply with the student's degree map are available for the student during the academic term in which the student is required to complete the particular course in accordance with the student's degree map. Provides that a state educational institution must provide a course to the student at no cost during the next academic term in which the course is offered, if: (1) the state educational institution does not offer a course which the student must take to comply with the student's degree map during the current academic term; (2) the timing of the course conflicts with other courses the student is required to take to comply with the student's degree map for the current academic term; or (3) the course is full. Establishes a performance grant for a student who attends a state educational institution if the student earns either a baccalaureate or an associate degree on or before the date the student is expected to earn the degree pursuant to the student's degree map. Provides that the performance grant shall be paid for by the commission from any funds available to the commission. Makes conforming amendments. Makes technical amendment.