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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 57 – Community colleges, study


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HCR057.........................................................by EDUCATION
COMMUNITY COLLEGES - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and
authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and
complete a thorough assessment of the role and mission of community
colleges in Idaho.
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      AYES -- Barraclough, Barrett, Bilbao, Block, Boe, Bolz, Brackett,
      Cannon, Crow, Deal, Henbest, Jaquet, Kemp, LeFavour, Martinez,
      Mitchell, Moyle, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Ringo, Rusche,
      Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Trail,
      Wills, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Anderson, Andrus, Bastian, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Black,
      Bradford, Chadderdon, Clark, Collins, Denney, Edmunson, Ellsworth,
      Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Hart, Harwood, Henderson,
      Lake, Loertscher, Mathews, McGeachin, McKague, Miller, Nonini,
      Raybould, Ring, Roberts, Rydalch, Sali, Shirley, Skippen, Snodgrass,
      Absent and excused -- Shepherd(8), Wood
    Floor Sponsors - Boe & Sayler
    Filed in Office of the Chief Clerk

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2006
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 57
                                   BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4        COLLEGES.
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS, the Legislature acknowledges the important role of community col-
  7    leges in providing academic and professional-technical education  as  well  as
  8    work force training; and
  9        WHEREAS,  we  acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our current community
 10    colleges, North Idaho College and the College of Southern Idaho  in  providing
 11    these services; and
 12        WHEREAS,  we  also  acknowledge the many efforts of other higher education
 13    institutions in providing community college services; and
 14        WHEREAS, we acknowledge the importance of a well trained and well educated
 15    work force as essential to Idaho's economy and the well-being of its citizens;
 16    and
 17        WHEREAS, we acknowledge the relatively low percentage of Idaho high school
 18    graduates seeking higher education; and
 19        WHEREAS, we acknowledge the need for  expanded  access  to  an  affordable
 20    higher education or affordable work force training; and
 21        WHEREAS,  we  also  acknowledge the growing need for an expanded statewide
 22    community college system that is efficient, affordable and accessible; and
 23        WHEREAS, there are significant issues of local control and of funding that
 24    are still unresolved and that need resolution; and
 25        WHEREAS, at present there is no general consensus about how to  best  pro-
 26    vide  community college services and there are many important policy questions
 27    to be addressed.
 28        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
 29    sion  of  the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
 30    the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is  authorized  to
 31    appoint  a  committee  to  undertake and complete a thorough assessment of the
 32    role and mission of community colleges in Idaho including their  benefits  and
 33    needs.
 34        BE  IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall involve and solicit input
 35    from representatives from all of the  postsecondary  educational  institutions
 36    and the Office of the State Board of Education as well as high school adminis-
 37    trators,  school district superintendents and community colleges offering edu-
 38    cational services in Idaho.
 39        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee  shall  comprehensively  examine
 40    and make recommendations regarding Idaho community colleges' governance, fund-
 41    ing  strategies,  role  and  missions, state appropriations distribution, cost
 42    comparisons of academic programs and differing tax burdens for community  col-
 43    lege districts' patrons. The Legislative Council shall determine the number of
 44    legislators  and  membership  from  each  house appointed to the committee and
  1    shall authorize the committee to receive input,  advice  and  assistance  from
  2    interested and affected parties who are not members of the Legislature.
  3        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nonlegislative members of the committee may be
  4    appointed  by  the cochairs of the committee who are appointed by the Legisla-
  5    tive Council. Nonlegislative members of the advisory committee  shall  not  be
  6    reimbursed  from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses and
  7    shall not have voting privileges regarding the committee's recommendations  or
  8    proposed legislation.
  9        BE  IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report its findings, rec-
 10    ommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the First Regular Session of
 11    the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 16169

This resolution authorizes the creation of an interim committee,
to be created by the Legislative Council, for the purpose of
conducting a study of the role and mission of community colleges
in Idaho, including their governance, funding, needs and
benefits, mission, and other relevant policy issues regarding the
establishment of a statewide community college system.  It would
allow for a thorough study of this issue by all the relevant
parties.  The committee would be charged with making
recommendations to the next regular session of the Idaho

                           FISCAL NOTE

The cost of the Committee would be expected to not exceed
$10,000.  It would be paid for from the Legislative Account.

Name: Representatives Sayler, Boe 
Phone: 332 1123, 332 1135, 332 1219

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                        HCR 57