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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 34 – Community college system, study


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HCR034....................................................by WAYS AND MEANS
COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and
authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and
complete a study of the community college system.
03/13    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/14    Rpt prt - to Educ
03/20    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/21    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/22    3rd rdg - PASSED - 70-0-0
      AYES -- Barraclough, Barrett, Bedke, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe, Bolz,
      Bradford, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Collins, Crow,
      Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellis, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(13),
      Field(20), Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Harwood, Henbest, Higgins,
      Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Langford,
      Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery, Mortensen,
      Moss, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Raybould, Ridinger, Roberts,
      Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stevenson,
      Stone, Swan(Block), Tilman, Trail, Wheeler, Wood, Young, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsor -- Gagner
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/23    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  First Regular Session - 2001
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 34
                                BY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4        COLLEGE SYSTEM.
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS, historically, Idaho has wrestled with the concept of developing a
  7    community college system for its citizens. Limited funding, a tradition of the
  8    four  year  college/university, a small population, and geography have impeded
  9    the efforts of several groups supporting the comprehensive  community  college
 10    movement  which  in the 1960's and 1970's benefitted so many states in meeting
 11    social, academic, technical and economic needs. Although Idaho  has  undergone
 12    several  reviews and initiated attempts in developing a community college sys-
 13    tem, there has been little success; and
 14        WHEREAS, two comprehensive community colleges,  the  College  of  Southern
 15    Idaho,  Twin  Falls,  and  North Idaho college, Coeur d'Alene, have broken the
 16    barriers and become a healthy and viable part  of  the  state's  postsecondary
 17    system.  These  two colleges are positioned to provide the type of training so
 18    necessary for a continued growth of this state; and
 19        WHEREAS, Idaho has been fully aware of the potential of developing a  sys-
 20    tem  of  comprehensive  community colleges. Our present two community colleges
 21    are part of the structure provided in Idaho law. So too, are the colleges part
 22    of a statewide strategic plan developed to ensure that  opportunities  for  an
 23    education  are  available  to all our citizens. Recently, the Governor and the
 24    Legislature ensured continued support for the  community  college  concept  by
 25    adjusting local property tax and assuming more of the financial burden of sup-
 26    port for the two standing institutions; and
 27        WHEREAS, also to be considered in a discussion about community colleges in
 28    this  state  is  the fact that Idaho has within its system three embedded two-
 29    year technical schools/colleges in Boise State University,  Lewis-Clark  State
 30    College and Idaho State University, as well as University Place in Idaho Falls
 31    and  a  stand  alone technical college in the Eastern Idaho Technical College,
 32    Idaho Falls, with a limited degree granting option. These colleges have direct
 33    connection to the state's professional-technical division; and
 34        WHEREAS, when considering the options available in the  development  of  a
 35    system of community colleges, one must recognize the number of critical issues
 36    and myriad of opportunities that accompany such a move.
 37        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 38    of  the  Fifty-sixth  Idaho  Legislature, the House of Representatives and the
 39    Senate concurring therein, that  the  Legislative  Council  is  authorized  to
 40    appoint a committee to undertake and complete a study of development of commu-
 41    nity  colleges. The Legislative Council shall determine the number of legisla-
 42    tors and membership from each house  appointed  to  the  committee  and  shall
 43    authorize  the  committee  to receive input, advice and assistance from inter-
 44    ested and affected parties who are not members of the Legislature.
  1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an advisory committee  composed  of  not  less
  2    than: a member of the State Board of Education, appointed by the Board; a rep-
  3    resentative  of  a  state  institution  of  higher education, appointed by the
  4    Board; a community college representative, appointed by the Board; a represen-
  5    tative of a technical college appointed by the Board; and a  designee  of  the
  6    Governor  shall  assist  the  committee.  Nonlegislative advisors shall not be
  7    reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses  and
  8    shall  not have voting privileges regarding the committee's recommendations or
  9    proposed legislation.
 10        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee should consider, at  a  minimum,
 11    the following:
 12        The  present structure of the system and its establishment under the Idaho
 13             Constitution and law;
 14        The organization and structure of the system/colleges as envisioned by the
 15             committee;
 16        The mission and role of the colleges either as a system or  as  individual
 17             entities;
 18        The  funding  of the system and/or the institutions, e.g. formula applica-
 19             tions with varied support elements, sources of  income,  and  related
 20             issues;
 21        The governance of the system/colleges;
 22        The  potential  of an extensive community college system to meet immediate
 23             short-term, limited duration program needs and  provide  flexibility,
 24             responsiveness  and  accountability  based upon performance measures,
 25             such as response to need,  number  of  graduates  filling  jobs,  and
 26             retraining the present work force;
 27        The  capacity  of  improved articulation of technical training and options
 28             for entry in advance program offerings such as  engineering,  medical
 29             training  and  similar programs to contribute to a comprehensive sys-
 30             tem. Additionally, the opportunity for a community college to provide
 31             a low-cost means of addressing remedial needs of existing high school
 32             graduates;
 33        The advantages of community colleges  in  establishing  partnerships  with
 34             other  institutions, the kindergarten through grade 12 education sys-
 35             tem, business and industry through strategic planning.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                        STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                          RS 11234C1
This resolution would authorize the Legislative Council to

appoint an interim study committee to undertake and complete a

study of the current structure, mission, role and funding of

community colleges. Governance issues will also be discussed

along with the potential for an extensive community college

structure to meet short term, limited duration programs and to

meet remedial needs of high school graduates.
                         FISCAL IMPACT
If this resolution is adopted by the Legislature and the

committee is appointed by the Legislative Council, any necessary

legislator travel and per diem expense would be paid from the

existing legislative appropriation to the Senate and the House of

Representatives. Funding for staff support and expenses would be

provided from the existing appropriation to the Legislative

Council for the Legislative Services Office. There would be no

additional impact on the state General Fund as a result of this


Name:   Rep. Lee Gagner
        Rep. Hilde Kellogg
Phone:  (208) 332-1000