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S.B. 97 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

House Sponsor: Don L. Ipson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions of the State System of Higher Education code relating to
             10      higher education appropriations.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires the State Board of Regents to include the mission of each institution in the
             14      master plan for higher education;
             15          .    modifies higher education appropriations provisions, including:
             16              .    specifying the required components of the board's combined budget
             17      recommendation;
             18              .    establishing mission based funding; and
             19              .    requiring reporting to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on
             20      the use of the previous year's mission based funding;
             21          .    requires the president of each institution of higher education to:
             22              .    establish institutional initiatives each year aligned with the board's strategic
             23      priorities; and
             24              .    allocate mission based funding to each initiative; and
             25          .    makes technical amendments.
             26      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          None
             28      Other Special Clauses:
             29          This bill provides an immediate effective date.

             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      AMENDS:
             32          53B-6-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 346
             33          53B-7-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1987, Chapter 167
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 53B-6-101 is amended to read:
             37           53B-6-101. Additional responsibilities of the board -- Studies and evaluations --
             38      Master plan for higher education -- Productivity -- Institutional student assessment --
             39      Biennial accountability report to the Legislature.
             40          (1) The board shall conduct continuing studies and evaluations of the facilities,
             41      grounds, buildings, and equipment at the higher education institutions under its jurisdiction and
             42      use space utilization and other studies conducted by the State Building Board.
             43          (2) The board shall establish and maintain an up-to-date master plan which shall
             44      include:
             45          (a) providing for statewide planning of public higher education in terms of a mission,
             46      aims, purposes, and objectives of the system as a whole;
             47          (b) establishing and defining the mission, role, and programs of each institution within
             48      the system;
             49          (c) establishing criteria for and determination of the future needs and requirements for
             50      new programs and new institutions and the elimination, curtailment, or consolidation of
             51      existing programs and facilities;
             52          (d) providing for the initiation and financing of projects as considered necessary to
             53      meet and satisfy the projected patterns of growth and maintenance;
             54          (e) establishing criteria for and determination of the operating and capital budgetary
             55      needs of each institution and the system as a whole;
             56          (f) recommending the methods and sources of future financial support of the higher
             57      education system;

             58          (g) establishing procedures for the development of maximum utilization of existing
             59      facilities as suggested by space utilization studies conducted by the State Building Board; and
             60          (h) securing an adequate and coordinated program for the community colleges and
             61      career and technical education programs in the institutions and departments in the state system
             62      of higher education.
             63          (3) (a) The board may do all things necessary for the effective implementation of the
             64      statewide master plan as adopted and revised by the board from time to time.
             65          (b) The State Board of Education and the Utah College of Applied Technology shall
             66      provide career and technical education staff assistance to the State Board of Regents in support
             67      of master planning activities related to career and technical education in higher education.
             68          (4) (a) The board shall adopt rules and initiate programs to promote and increase
             69      productivity in the state system of higher education.
             70          (b) The board shall require each college and university in the system to establish
             71      multiple measures of institutional and student assessment in order to improve student
             72      instruction, academic programs, and learning opportunities.
             73          (c) The board shall submit a biennial accountability report to the Legislature, which
             74      shall include such factors as:
             75          (i) space utilization, faculty productivity, and other similar measures of the
             76      management of institutional resources at each institution; and
             77          (ii) student assessment at entry to each institution, at critical midway points, and at
             78      exit.
             79          (d) The board shall establish a systemwide committee to address assessment and
             80      accountability issues and propose essential elements to be included in the biennial report.
             81          Section 2. Section 53B-7-101 is amended to read:
             82           53B-7-101. Combined requests for appropriations -- Board review of operating
             83      budgets -- Submission of budgets -- Recommendations -- Hearing request --
             84      Appropriation formulas -- Allocations -- Dedicated credits -- Financial affairs.
             85          (1) (a) The board shall recommend a combined appropriation for the operating budgets

             86      of higher education institutions for inclusion in [the] a state appropriations act.
             87          (b) The board's combined budget recommendation shall include:
             88          (i) employee compensation;
             89          (ii) mandatory costs, including building operations and maintenance, fuel, and power;
             90          (iii) mission based funding described in Subsection (2);
             91          (iv) statewide and institutional priorities, including scholarships, financial aid, and
             92      technology infrastructure; and
             93          (v) unfunded historic growth.
             94          (c) The board's recommendations shall be available for presentation to the governor
             95      and to the Legislature at least 30 days prior to the convening of the Legislature, and shall
             96      include schedules showing the recommended amounts for each institution, including separately
             97      funded programs or divisions.
             98          (d) The recommended appropriations shall be determined by the board only after it has
             99      reviewed the proposed institutional operating budgets, and has consulted with the various
             100      institutions and board staff in order to make appropriate adjustments.
             101          (2) (a) The board shall establish mission based funding.
             102          (b) Mission based funding shall include:
             103          (i) enrollment growth; and
             104          (ii) up to three strategic priorities.
             105          (c) The strategic priorities described in Subsection (2)(b)(ii) shall be:
             106          (i) approved by the board; and
             107          (ii) designed to improve the availability, effectiveness, or quality of higher education in
             108      the state.
             109          (d) When recommending an allocation of mission based funding to a
             110      doctorate-granting university, as defined by the board, or Southern Utah University, the board
             111      shall place greater emphasis on the university's fulfillment of the strategic priorities described
             112      in Subsection (2)(b)(ii).
             113          (e) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(d), the board may allocate funding for a modest

             114      amount of growth to doctorate-granting institutions and Southern Utah University.
             115          (f) Concurrent with recommending mission based funding, the board shall also
             116      recommend to the Legislature ways to address funding any inequities for institutions as
             117      compared to institutions with similar missions.
             118          [(2)] (3) (a) Institutional operating budgets shall be submitted to the board at least 90
             119      days prior to the convening of the Legislature in accordance with procedures established by the
             120      board.
             121          (b) Funding requests pertaining to capital facilities and land purchases shall be
             122      submitted in accordance with procedures prescribed by the State Building Board.
             123          [(3)] (4) (a) The budget recommendations of the board shall be accompanied by full
             124      explanations and supporting data.
             125          (b) The appropriations recommended by the board shall be made with the dual
             126      objective of:
             127          [(a)] (i) justifying for higher educational institutions appropriations consistent with their
             128      needs, and consistent with the financial ability of the state; and
             129          [(b)] (ii) determining an equitable distribution of funds among the respective
             130      institutions in accordance with the aims and objectives of the statewide master plan for higher
             131      education.
             132          [(4)] (5) (a) The board shall request a hearing with the governor on the recommended
             133      appropriations.
             134          (b) After the governor delivers his budget message to the Legislature, the board shall
             135      request hearings on the recommended appropriations with the appropriate committees of the
             136      Legislature.
             137          (c) If either the total amount of the state appropriations or its allocation among the
             138      institutions as proposed by the Legislature or its committees is substantially different from the
             139      recommendations of the board, the board may request further hearings with the Legislature or
             140      its appropriate committees to reconsider both the total amount and the allocation.
             141          [(5)] (6) The board may devise, establish, periodically review, and revise formulas for

             142      its use and for the use of the governor and the committees of the Legislature in making
             143      appropriation recommendations.
             144          [(6)] (7) (a) The board shall recommend to each session of the Legislature the
             145      minimum tuitions, resident and nonresident, for each institution which it considers necessary to
             146      implement the budget recommendations.
             147          (b) The board may fix the tuition, fees, and charges for each institution at levels it finds
             148      necessary to meet budget requirements.
             149          [(7)] (8) (a) Money allocated to each institution by legislative appropriation may be
             150      budgeted in accordance with institutional work programs approved by the board, provided that
             151      the expenditures funded by appropriations for each institution are kept within the
             152      appropriations for the applicable period.
             153          (b) A president shall:
             154          (i) establish initiatives for the president's institution each year that are:
             155          (A) aligned with the strategic priorities described in Subsection (2); and
             156          (B) consistent with the institution's mission and role; and
             157          (ii) allocate the institution's mission based funding to the initiatives.
             158          [(8)] (9) The dedicated credits, including revenues derived from tuitions, fees, federal
             159      grants, and proceeds from sales received by the institutions are appropriated to the respective
             160      institutions and used in accordance with institutional work programs.
             161          [(9)] (10) Each institution may do its own purchasing, issue its own payrolls, and
             162      handle its own financial affairs under the general supervision of the board.
             163          (11) (a) If the Legislature appropriates money in accordance with this section, it shall
             164      be distributed to the State Board of Regents and higher education institutions to fund the items
             165      described in Subsection (1)(b).
             166          (b) During each general session of the Legislature following a fiscal year in which the
             167      Legislature provides an appropriation for mission based funding, the board and institutions
             168      shall report to the Legislature's Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on the use of
             169      the previous year's mission based funding, including performance outcomes relating to the

             170      strategic initiatives approved by the board.
             171          Section 3. Effective date.
             172          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             173      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             174      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             175      the date of veto override.

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