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  • NJ A4687
  • Permits establishment by county and four-year institutions of higher education of three plus one degree programs for receipt of baccalaureate degree after spending three years at county college and one year at senior institution.
Introduced
(3/16/2017)
In Committee
(3/16/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill permits a four-year institution of higher education and a county college to partner in the establishment of a three plus one degree program for a baccalaureate degree. Under a three plus one degree program, a student admitted into the program would complete three academic years at the county college and gain automatic admission in the fourth academic year to the four-year institution. While the student would receive the baccalaureate degree from the senior institution, he would be responsible for only one year of tuition at the rate the senior institution charges, paying the county college rate for the other three academic years. Instruction in the third academic year in any 300-level class would be required to be provided by either an advanced degree faculty member of the county college in collaboration with a faculty member of the four-year institution or by a faculty member of the four-year institution, and all academic credits for the third academic year would be awarded by the county college. The bill also would ensure that a student who is admitted into any three plus one degree program would not jeopardize his eligibility for a State tuition aid grant, an Educational Opportunity Fund grant, an NJSTARS scholarship, or an NJSTARS II scholarship. The Secretary of Higher Education will provide an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature on three plus one degree programs. The report will include, for the prior academic year: the number of three plus one degree programs implemented; the number of students who participated in a program; the number of students who received an associate degree under a program; the number of students who received a baccalaureate degree under a program; information on the amount of savings realized by students who participated in a program; and recommendations for any changes to the programs. In the third annual report the secretary will include a recommendation on whether all institutions of higher education should be required to offer three plus one degree programs. This bill will take effect in the first full academic year following enactment. This bill implements a recommendation of the College Affordability Study Commission which released its final report in September, 2016.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 3/16/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
3/16/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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