House of Representatives
File No. 301
February Session, 2012
(Reprint of File No. 4)
As Amended by House Amendment
Approved by the Legislative Commissioner
April 9, 2012
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) (a) Not later than July 1, 2013, the regional community-technical college system and the Connecticut State University System shall develop and implement a general education core of courses for which not fewer than thirty academic credits shall be offered by each such constituent unit as part of its liberal arts and sciences programs and any other degree program designated as a transfer program. A student who graduates from any such liberal arts and sciences program or transfer program or transfers from such program to another of such constituent units or to another institution within the same constituent unit shall transfer any credits earned while enrolled in such program toward the general education core curriculum requirements of the constituent unit to which such student transfers.
(b) Teaching faculty from the regional community-technical college system and the Connecticut State University System, elected pursuant to a uniform, system-wide election by the faculty senates representing each of such constituent units, shall be included in the development and implementation of the general education core of courses.
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
July 1, 2012
The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.
OFA Fiscal Note
There is no fiscal impact associated with the development and implementation of a general education core of courses to the Board of Regents (BOR), as the BOR routinely perform these types of activities.
House “A” (LCO 2871) removes the University of Connecticut from the requirements of the bill and results in no fiscal impact.
The Out Years
OLR Bill Analysis
This bill requires the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) and the community-technical college system (CTC) to develop and implement, by July 1, 2013, a general education core of courses. The core must comprise at least 30 academic credits and be offered in CSUS's and CTC's liberal arts and sciences programs and any other degree program designated as a transfer program. If a student earns academic credits from the core and subsequently transfers to the other system or a different institution in the same system, the bill requires those credits to count towards that system's core requirements.
The bill requires teaching faculty from CSUS and CTC to be included in the core's development and implementation. The faculty must be elected in a uniform, system-wide election by the faculty senates representing CSUS and CTC.
*House Amendment “A” removes provisions that applied the bill's requirements to UConn.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012
Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute