Senate Bill No. 653
(Originating in the Committee on Education)
[Passed March 19, 2000; in effect ninety days from passage.]
18B-2A-4. Powers and duties of governing boards generally.

Effective the first day of July, two thousand one, each governing board shall separately have the following powers and duties:

(a) Determine, control, supervise and manage the financial, business and education policies and affairs of the state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction;

(b) Develop a master plan for the institutions under its jurisdiction; except the administratively linked community and technical colleges shall develop their master plans subject to the provisions of section one, article six of this chapter. The ultimate responsibility for developing and updating the master plans at the institutional level resides with the institutional board of governors or board of advisors, as applicable, but the ultimate responsibility for approving the final version of the institutional master plans, including periodic updates, resides with the commission. Each master plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. A detailed demonstration of how the master plan will be used to meet the goals and objectives of the institutional compact;
  2. A well-developed set of goals outlining missions, degree offerings, resource requirements, physical plant needs, personnel needs, enrollment levels and other planning determinates and projections necessary in such a plan to assure that the needs of the institution&Mac226;s area of responsibility for a quality system of higher education are addressed;
  3. Documentation of the involvement of the commission, institutional constituency groups, clientele of the institution and the general public in the development of all segments of the institutional master plan.

The plan shall be established for periods of not less than three nor more than six years and shall be revised periodically as necessary, including the addition or deletion of degree programs as, in the discretion of the appropriate governing board, may be necessary.

(c) Prescribe for the state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction, in accordance with its master plan and the compact for each institution, specific functions and responsibilities to meet the higher education needs of its area of responsibility and to avoid unnecessary duplication;

(d) Direct the preparation of a budget request for the state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction, such request to relate directly to missions, goals and projections as found in the institutional master plans and the institutional compacts;

(e) Consider, revise and submit to the commission a budget request on behalf of the state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction;

(f) Review, at least every five years, all academic programs offered at the state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction. The review shall address the viability, adequacy and necessity of the programs in relation to its institutional master plan, the institutional compact and the education and workforce needs of its responsibility district. As a part of the review, each governing board shall require the institutions under its jurisdiction to conduct periodic studies of its graduates and their employers to determine placement patterns and the effectiveness of the education experience. Where appropriate, these studies should coincide with the studies required of many academic disciplines by their accrediting bodies.

(g) The governing boards also shall ensure that the sequence and availability of academic programs and courses offered by the institutions under their jurisdiction is such that students have the maximum opportunity to complete programs in the time frame normally associated with program completion. Each governing board also is responsible to see that the needs of nontraditional college-age students are appropriately addressed and, to the extent it is possible for the individual governing board to control, to assure core coursework completed at state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction is transferable to any other state institution of higher education for credit with the grade earned.

(h) Subject to the provisions of article one-b of this chapter, the appropriate governing board has the exclusive authority to approve the teacher education programs offered in the institution under its control. In order to permit graduates of teacher education programs to receive a degree from a nationally accredited program and in order to prevent expensive duplication of program accreditation, the chancellor may select and utilize one nationally recognized teacher education program accreditation standard as the appropriate standard for program evaluation.

(i) Utilize faculty, students and classified staff in institutional-level planning and decision making when those groups are affected.

(j) Administer a system for the management of personnel matters, including, but not limited to, personnel classification, compensation, and discipline for employees of the institutions under their jurisdiction, subject to the provisions of state and federal law: Provided, That the chancellor may promulgate a new uniform rule for the purpose of standardizing, as much as possible, the administration of personnel matters among the institutions of higher education;

(k) Administer a system for the hearing of employee grievances and appeals therefrom as prescribed by article twenty-nine, chapter eighteen of this code so that aggrieved parties may be assured of timely and objective review: Provided, That after the first day of July, two thousand, the procedure established in article twenty-nine, chapter eighteen of this code shall be the exclusive mechanism for hearing employee grievances and appeals.

(l) Solicit and utilize or expend voluntary support, including financial contributions and support services, for the state institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction;

(m) Appoint a president or other administrative head for the institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction subject to the provisions of section six, article one-b of this chapter.

(n) Conduct written performance evaluations of each institution's president pursuant to section six, article one-b of this chapter;

(o) Submit to the commission no later than the first day of November of each year an annual report of the performance of the institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction during the previous fiscal year as compared to stated goals in its master plan and institutional compact.

(p) Enter into contracts or consortium agreements with the public schools, private schools or private industry to provide technical, vocational, college preparatory, remedial and customized training courses at locations either on campuses of the public institution of higher education or at off-campus locations in the institution&Mac226;s responsibility district. To accomplish this goal, the boards are permitted to share resources among the various groups in the community.

(q) Delegate, with prescribed standards and limitations, the part of its power and control over the business affairs of a particular state institution of higher education under its jurisdiction to the president or other administrative head of the state institution of higher education in any case where it considers the delegation necessary and prudent in order to enable the institution to function in a proper and expeditious manner and to meet the requirements of its institutional compact. If a governing board elects to delegate any of its power and control under the provisions of this subsection, it shall notify the chancellor. Any such delegation of power and control may be rescinded by the appropriate governing board or the chancellor at any time, in whole or in part.

(r) Unless changed by the interim governing board or the chancellor, the governing boards shall continue to abide by existing rules setting forth standards for acceptance of advanced placement credit for their respective institutions. Individual departments at institutions of higher education may, upon approval of the institutional faculty senate, require higher scores on the advanced placement test than scores designated by the appropriate governing board when the credit is to be used toward meeting a requirement of the core curriculum for a major in that department.

(s) Each governing board, or its designee, shall consult, cooperate and work with the state treasurer and the state auditor to update as necessary and maintain an efficient and cost-effective system for the financial management and expenditure of special revenue and appropriated state funds at the institutions under its jurisdiction that ensures that properly submitted requests for payment be paid on or before due date, but in any event, within fifteen days of receipt in the state auditor's office.

(t) The governing boards in consultation with the chancellor and the secretary of the department of administration shall develop, update as necessary and maintain a plan to administer a consistent method of conducting personnel transactions, including, but not limited to, hiring, dismissal, promotions and transfers at the institutions under their jurisdiction. Each such personnel transaction shall be accompanied by the appropriate standardized system or forms which will be submitted to the respective governing board and the department of finance and administration.

(u) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the governing boards shall have the authority to transfer funds from any account specifically appropriated for their use to any corresponding line item in a general revenue account at any agency or institution under their jurisdiction as long as such transferred funds are used for the purposes appropriated. The governing boards also shall have the authority to transfer funds from appropriated special revenue accounts for capital improvements under their jurisdiction to special revenue accounts at agencies or institutions under their jurisdiction as long as such transferred funds are used for the purposes appropriated; and

(v) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the governing boards may acquire legal services as are considered necessary, including representation of the governing boards, their institutions, employees and officers before any court or administrative body. The counsel may be employed either on a salaried basis or on a reasonable fee basis. In addition, the governing boards may, but are not required to, call upon the attorney general for legal assistance and representation as provided by law.

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