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  • NJ A2651
  • Requires independent colleges report certain consumer information on their websites; requires information on remedial instruction to be provided by certain colleges; directs how remedial education is delivered at four-year public and independent colleges.
Introduced
(2/8/2016)
In Committee
(2/8/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Under the "New Jersey College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act," P.L.2009, c.197, a four-year public institution of higher education is required to provide for public inspection on its website comprehensive information on the institution including information on the cost of attendance, the graduation rates of admitted students, and the faculty of the institution. This bill amends that law to provide that independent institutions of higher education will also be subject to the provisions of the "New Jersey College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act." This bill also requires a four-year public or independent institution of higher education to report and post on its website as part of the institution's student consumer information report, information on remedial instruction provided by the institution. Under the bill, the remedial instruction information will include: the overall number and percentage of students who are required to enroll in remedial instruction; the number of remedial instruction courses taken by each student who is required to enroll in remedial instruction and the number of those courses completed by the student; the number of students who enroll in credit-bearing courses after being required to enroll in remedial instruction courses; a list of remedial instruction courses made available; and the overall four-year and six-year graduation rates for students required to enroll in remedial instruction. This bill provides that beginning in the fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic year and in each semester thereafter, if a four-year public or independent institution of higher education determines that a student is likely to succeed in college-level work with supplemental support, the institution must offer that student remedial support that is embedded with the corresponding entry level course in a college-level program. If the institution determines that a student is below the skill level required for success in college-level work, the institution must offer the student the opportunity to participate in an intensive college readiness program before the start of the following semester. After the fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic year, an institution will not be permitted to offer any remedial support to a student other than support that is embedded with the corresponding entry level course or offered as part of an intensive college readiness program, except the institution may offer a student a maximum of one semester of remedial support that is not embedded, provided that certain conditions are met. This provision will not be applicable to an independent institution of higher education having a total endowment of more than $1,000,000,000. The bill also provides that no later than July 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Higher Education will ensure that four-year public and independent institutions of higher education work with the Commissioner of Education and local school districts to use available evaluation methods to assess the potential for college readiness of each student enrolled in the eighth and tenth grades in a public school. This provision will not be applicable to an independent institution of higher education having a total endowment of more than $1,000,000,000.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 2/8/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/8/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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