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H.B. 32 Enrolled
Martin R. Stephens
Kevin S. Garn
Greg J. Curtis
Susan J. Koehn
Thomas V. Hatch
Dennis H. Iverson
Melvin R. Brown
Nora B. Stephens
Bradley T. Johnson
John E. Swallow
AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION; REQUIRING THE STATE BOARD OF
REGENTS AS PART OF ITS MASTER PLANNING TO REVIEW THE ROLE AND MISSION
OF DIXIE COLLEGE AS RELATED TO OFFERING A LIMITED NUMBER OF
BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS AT THE COLLEGE; PROVIDING FOR A REPORT;
PROVIDING FOR THE CONTENT OF THE REPORT; PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSFER
OF UNIVERSITY CENTER PROGRAM MONIES; PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS AT DIXIE COLLEGE; PROVIDING FOR FUNDING
OF THOSE PROGRAMS; PROVIDING FOR A NAME CHANGE; AND PROVIDING AN
This act enacts uncodified material.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Baccalaureate programs at Dixie College -- Subject to review and report
-- Transfer of University Center funding -- Foundation contribution.
(1) (a) The State Board of Regents, in consultation with Dixie College's president and
board of trustees and subject to the review and report required under Subsections (2) and (3), shall:
(i) establish a minimum of three baccalaureate programs for students at the college; and
(ii) authorize a delivery method for the programs.
(b) The programs shall be in place for the beginning of the 2000 fall semester.
(2) (a) The Legislature reaffirms the State Board of Regents governance of the state system
of higher education.
(b) The board, under its master planning responsibilities in Section 53B-6-101 , shall
review the role and mission of Dixie College in relation to:
(i) the offering of a limited number of baccalaureate programs by the college; and
(ii) other available options for the college to provide baccalaureate programs, including
contracting with a research university to deliver baccalaureate programs at or through the college.
(3) (a) The board shall report its findings, together with recommendations for legislation,
if required, to the Legislature's Education Interim Committee and Higher Education Appropriations
Subcommittee by November 15,1999.
(b) The report shall include:
(i) consideration of changing the name of the college to a name such as "Dixie State College"
to reflect consistency within the system as related to institutional offerings and programs; and
(ii) (A) the methods of delivery and timing for delivery of baccalaureate programs at the
college, comparing on-campus, instructor delivered programs with other available alternatives and
demonstrating that the recommended delivery methods have cost and quality advantages;
(B) the estimated cost for those programs; and
(C) their impact on other institutions within the system.
(4) (a) The budgetary appropriation for the University Center Program at Dixie College made
to Southern Utah University, including any existing reserve funds as of July 1, 1999, shall be
transferred as follows:
(i) monies for administration costs shall be transferred to Dixie College; and
(ii) monies used for offering baccalaureate programs shall be transferred to the State Board
of Regents for distribution to Dixie College.
(b) Dixie College is authorized to use the monies received from the board under Subsection
(4)(a)(ii) to contract with a university or universities to deliver high demand baccalaureate programs
on the Dixie College campus.
(5) (a) The programs referred to in Subsection (1) shall be funded by the monies referred to
in Subsections (4)(a)(i) and (ii).
(b) A contribution of at least $500,000 from the Dixie College Foundation to be made during
the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1999, shall be used to help fund future baccalaureate programs to
be offered by the college and for name change costs.
Section 2. Name change.
The name of the college shall be changed from Dixie College to Dixie State College,
effective July 1, 2000, unless the State Board of Regents, in consultation with Dixie College's
president and board of trustees, recommends otherwise as a result of the review process and report
required under Section 1.
Section 3. Effective date.
This act takes effect on July 1, 1999.
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