OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-40

AN ACT CONCERNING COLLEGE READINESS AND COMPLETION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Board of Regents for Higher Education

GF - Cost

None

750,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost in FY 14 of $750,000 to the constituent units of higher education as outlined below.

Section 1(b) of the bill results in a cost to the constituent units of higher education of $500,000 in FY 14 to develop remedial support embedded in college level courses. Programmatic costs in FY 15 and future years would depend on the structure of the program developed in FY 14.

Development of an intensive college readiness program (section 1(c)) at the Connecticut State Universities (CSUs) and the University of Connecticut would include at least one section of conditionally admitted intensive program participants on each campus. The cost would be dependent upon the program that is actually developed.  

Development of an intensive college readiness program (section 1(c)) at the Regional Community-Technical Colleges (RCTCs) results in a cost of $250,000. Costs in FY 15 and future years would depend on the structure of the program developed in FY 14.

The cost estimate for the lower-level remedial course sections for FY 11 was $3. 7 million for direct instructional spending. The intensive readiness program could be designed for an outlay of a similar magnitude.

Section 2 requires, starting in Fall 2014, that public high schools align mathematics and language arts curricula with Connecticut's Common Core Standards, to be the indicator of readiness for college level work. It is not anticipated that this requirement would result in an additional cost to local and regional school districts as an existing staff member would be designated to coordinate this requirement.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and the programs actually developed.