- Hawaii HB 1561: Establishes within the Department of Education a workforce readiness program to provide opportunities for students to earn associate degrees, workforce development diplomas, pre apprenticeship certificates, and other industry recognized certificates, requires the Department to designate schools, including adult community schools, to participate in the program.
- Mississippi HB 1388: Requires the office of workforce development, subject to appropriation by the legislature, to pilot a career coaching program to support middle schools and high schools as students are exposed, prepared and connected to career avenues within and beyond the classroom setting, requires the state department of education to work in conjunction with the state community college board to ensure alignment of career and technical education courses across the public school system and community college system.
- Oregon SB 1545: Establishes grant programs in Higher Education Coordinating Commission to provide funding for workforce development activities that aim to increase access for priority populations to training opportunities in construction, health care and manufacturing and to workforce development services and benefits.
- Arizona HB 2322: Creates a definition and criminal consequences for hazing on college campuses. Creates a definition and criminal consequences for hazing on college campuses.
- Maine SB 572: Addes new language around sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking at higher education institutions. Requires institutions to adopt policies and procedures related to sexual violence and the creation of the Higher Education Interpersonal Violence Advisory Council.
- Virginia SB 439: Establishes mandates at both public and nonprofit, private institutions of higher education relating to hazing and defines different types of organizations at such institutions to which the mandates apply. Requires the governing board of each institution to include as part of its policy, code, rules, or set of standards governing sexual violence a provision for immunity from disciplinary action based on hazing or personal consumption of drugs or alcohol where such disclosure is made in conjunction with a good faith report of an act of hazing in advance of or during an incident of hazing that causes injury to a person.
Governance and Finance
- Florida SB 7044: Includes provisions that prohibit public postsecondary institutions from being accredited by the same agency or association for consecutive accreditation cycles. Additionally, authorizes the Board of Governors to adopt post-tenure reviews for tenured faculty every five years.
- Indiana SB 388: Requires institutions to submit disclosure reports when they receive a gift or enter into contracts with foreign sources.
- Washington HB 1051: Provides that the governance of the University of Washington shall be vested in a board of regents to consist of 11 members, one of whom shall be a student and one of whom shall be a full time or emeritus member of the faculty,
- California AB 1633: Requires California State University, and requests the University of California, to electronically transmit specified personal information regarding students whose tuition or fees, or both, are paid, or intended to be paid, using GI Bill educational benefits, as defined, to the Department of Veterans Affairs for each academic year, starting with the 2023-24 academic year, as provided.
- Colorado HB 1407: Requires higher education institutions to permit a veteran to audit a course for no credit if there is space available for the veteran in the course, provides that an institution may set and collect a fee of no more than $10 per audited course, provides that an institution may develop policies governing permitting veterans to audit a course, provides that a veteran auditing a course is not an eligible student for the purposes of receiving a college opportunity fund stipend.
- New Hampshire SB 360: Allows for members of the New Hampshire national guard to transfer their national guard tuition waiver benefit to their spouses until specified date.
- Alabama SB 59: Provides that the Board of Pardons and Paroles, in consultation with the Department of Corrections, shall establish the PREP pilot program to assist individuals exiting the correctional system by providing training in consultation with J. F. Ingram State Technical College, in how to establish small businesses and assistance in obtaining funding to establish small businesses.
- Arizona HB 2823: Provides that a person who is convicted of a Class 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 felony is ineligible for a tuition waiver scholarships.
- Utah HB 226: Establishes the Higher Education and Corrections Council to advise the Board of Higher Education, the Education Interim Committee, and the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, provides for the membership and duties of the council, requires the council to make recommendations regarding the delivery of education in the state's correctional facilities, collects certain critical data.
Student Athlete Compensation (NIL)
- Alabama HB 76: Repeals the state's NIL law for student athlete compensation.
- Tennessee SB 2392: Modifies the state's NIL law to include provisions that widen eligibility for student athletes.
At least four other states have also passed legislation to modify or repeal NIL laws in 2022.
- Arizona Proposition 308: Would allow non-citizen students to receive in-state tuition if the student attends school in the state for at least two years and graduates from a public school, private school, or homeschool in the state. Passed.
Andrew Smalley is a Policy Specialist in the NCSL Education Program.