|Passed by the House April 22, 2009|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 25, 2009
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2344 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 04/20/09.
AN ACT Relating to resident undergraduate tuition; amending RCW 28B.15.068; adding a new section to chapter 28B.15 RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 28B.15.068 and 2007 c 151 s 1 are each amended to read
(1) Beginning with the 2007-08 academic year and ending with the 2016-17 academic year, tuition fees charged to full-time resident undergraduate students, except in academic years 2009-10 and 2010-11, may increase no greater than seven percent over the previous academic year in any institution of higher education. Annual reductions or increases in full-time tuition fees for resident undergraduate students shall be as provided in the omnibus appropriations act, within the seven percent increase limit established in this section. For academic years 2009-10 and 2010-11 the omnibus appropriations act may provide tuition increases greater than seven percent. To the extent that state appropriations combined with tuition and fee revenues are insufficient to achieve the total per-student funding goals established in subsection (2) of this section, the legislature may revisit state appropriations, authorized enrollment levels, and changes in tuition fees for any given fiscal year.
(2) The state shall adopt as its goal total per-student funding levels, from state appropriations plus tuition and fees, of at least the sixtieth percentile of total per-student funding at similar public institutions of higher education in the global challenge states. In defining comparable per-student funding levels, the office of financial management shall adjust for regional cost-of-living differences; for differences in program offerings and in the relative mix of lower division, upper division, and graduate students; and for accounting and reporting differences among the comparison institutions. The office of financial management shall develop a funding trajectory for each four-year institution of higher education and for the community and technical college system as a whole that when combined with tuition and fees revenue allows the state to achieve its funding goal for each four-year institution and the community and technical college system as a whole no later than fiscal year 2017. The state shall not reduce enrollment levels below fiscal year 2007 budgeted levels in order to improve or alter the per-student funding amount at any four-year institution of higher education or the community and technical college system as a whole. The state recognizes that each four-year institution of higher education and the community and technical college system as a whole have different funding requirements to achieve desired performance levels, and that increases to the total per-student funding amount may need to exceed the minimum funding goal.
(3) By September 1st of each year beginning ((
[in])) in 2008, the
office of financial management shall report to the governor, the higher
education coordinating board, and appropriate committees of the
legislature with updated estimates of the total per-student funding
level that represents the sixtieth percentile of funding for comparable
institutions of higher education in the global challenge states, and
the progress toward that goal that was made for each of the public
institutions of higher education.
(4) As used in this section, "global challenge states" are the top performing states on the new economy index published by the progressive policy institute as of July 22, 2007. The new economy index ranks states on indicators of their potential to compete in the new economy. At least once every five years, the office of financial management shall determine if changes to the list of global challenge states are appropriate. The office of financial management shall report its findings to the governor and the legislature.
(5) During the 2009-10 and the 2010-11 academic years, institutions of higher education shall include information on their billing statements notifying students of tax credits available through the American opportunity tax credit provided in the American recovery and reinvestment act of 2009.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 28B.15 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) The higher education coordinating board, in coordination with higher education stakeholders, shall review options and make recommendations on a tuition policy that allows flexibility, accessibility, and differentiation among Washington's various public baccalaureate tuition rates. Recommendations shall support the implementation of the strategic master plan for higher education including consideration of policies that address student access, equity, and academic quality.
(2) The board shall examine policies that couple higher tuition with higher institutional need-based financial aid; differential tuition rates based on family income; differential tuition rates based on institutional mission, campus, credit hours, academic program, and delivery method; and policies that encourage collaboration and coordination among institutions of higher education and that facilitate coenrollment among multiple institutions, including enrollment in online learning courses.
(3) Each option shall be assessed in terms of administrative feasibility, interactions with and implications for state and federal financial aid tuition programs, and impacts on students of different income levels.
(4) The board shall report its findings and recommendations to the governor and to the appropriate committees of the legislature by November 1, 2009.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 (1) Within existing resources, the joint
legislative audit and review committee shall complete a systemic
performance audit of the state universities, regional universities, and
The Evergreen State College. The purpose of the audit is to create a
transparent link between revenues, expenditures, and performance
outcomes as outlined in the performance agreements developed under RCW
28B.10.920 and the strategic master plan for higher education as
adopted by the legislature. The study shall:
(a) Identify standardized categories of costs that will allow comparison across various administrative, student support, and academic functions;
(b) Based on available management data, estimate current annual costs at each institution for the various cost categories;
(c) Based on available management data, identify fund sources that support the cost categories at each institution; and
(d) Identify barriers or gaps in data linking revenues, expenditures, and performance agreement outcome measures.
(2) The auditor shall report findings and recommendations to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2010. The report shall include, but is not limited to, the following elements as they relate to the purpose of the audit:
(a) The identification of cost savings and programs or services that could be eliminated;
(b) Analysis of gaps or overlaps in programs or services and recommendations to correct gaps or overlaps;
(c) Feasibility of pooling technology systems or elements of technology systems pursuant to chapter __ RCW (Second Substitute House Bill No. 1946), Laws of 2009;
(d) Recommendations for statutory or regulatory changes that may be necessary for the state universities, regional universities, and The Evergreen State College to meet performance agreement objectives mutually agreed upon pursuant to RCW 28B.10.922; and
(e) Recommendations on the development of a uniform higher education performance, budgeting, accounting and reporting system.