2003 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Conference Report)

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Clarify off-campus site approval process (language only)

Item 4-5.05 #1c

Item 4-5.05 #1c

Special Conditions and Restrictions on Expenditures
Services and Clients

Page 593, strike lines 46-51.
Page 594, strike lines 1 through 2, and insert:
"1.  A public college or university seeking to create, establish, or operate an off-campus instructional site, funded directly or indirectly from the general fund or with revenue from tuition and mandatory educational and general fees generated from credit course offerings, shall first refer the matter to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for its consideration and approval.  The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia may provide institutions with conditional approval to operate the site for up to one year, after which time the college or university must receive approval from the Governor and General Assembly, through legislation or appropriation, to  continue operating the site.  
2.  For the colleges of the Virginia Community College System, the State Board for Community Colleges shall be responsible for approving off-campus locations. Sites governed by this requirement are those at any locations not contiguous to the main campus of the institution, including locations outside Virginia.  
3. a.  The provisions of this language shall not apply to credit offerings on the site of a public or private entity if the offerings are supported entirely with private, local, or federal funds or revenue from tuition and mandatory educational and general fees generated entirely by course offerings at the site.  
b.  Offerings at previously approved off-campus locations shall also not be subject to these provisions.
c.  Further, the provisions of this language do not govern the establishment and operations of campus sites with a primary function of carrying out grant and contract research where direct and indirect costs from such research are covered through external funding sources.  Such locations may offer limited graduate education as appropriate to support the research mission of the site.
d.  Nothing in this language shall prohibit an institution from offering non-credit continuing education programs at sites away from the main campus of a college or university.
4.  The State Council of Higher Education shall establish guidelines to implement this provision."

(This amendment clarifies the existing language for establishing an off-campus site of an institution of higher education.)