SHB 1331

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of April 1, 2013

Title: An act relating to formation of student advisory committees at four-year institutions of higher education.

Brief Description: Authorizing student advisory committees at institutions of higher education.

Sponsors: House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Zeiger, Tarleton, Seaquist, Buys, Sawyer, Tharinger, Stonier, Bergquist, Liias, Upthegrove, Freeman, Farrell, Springer, Roberts, Jinkins, Maxwell, Fagan, Magendanz, Santos, Pollet, Fitzgibbon, Moscoso, Morrell, Fey and Dahlquist).

Brief History: Passed House: 2/20/13, 95-1.

Committee Activity: Higher Education: 4/02/13.


Staff: Katherine Taylor (786-7434)

Background: State statute permits student participation in higher education governance. For example:

Students may also serve as governing members of higher education institutions. One member of the board of regents or trustees at TESC, the Washington research universities, and state regional universities is a student. Boards of trustees for each community college and technical college district may establish a sixth trustee filled by a student.

Summary of Bill: A recognized student government organization at each four-year higher education institution may form one student advisory committee (advisory committee). The purpose of this advisory committee is to advise and assist the administration on issues that directly affect student ability to access and succeed in educational programs. The issues that the advisory committee should consider include tuition and fee levels among other things.

The administration of the higher education institution must make available all nonconfidential information requested by the advisory committee and provide the committee an opportunity to present recommendations before final decisions are made.

The advisory committee must make efforts to solicit feedback from students and keep students informed of the deliberations and actions of the advisory committee.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.