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PRINTER'S NO. 3279
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2159
Session of
2018
INTRODUCED BY STAATS, QUIGLEY, LEWIS, PICKETT, IRVIN, ROEBUCK,
MULLERY, McGINNIS, SCHLOSSBERG, MURT, CHARLTON, O'NEILL,
WARD, B. MILLER, PHILLIPS-HILL, BARBIN, PASHINSKI, DERMODY,
HEFFLEY, J. McNEILL, CUTLER, GROVE, HANNA, D. MILLER, SAYLOR,
JOZWIAK, CORR, RAPP, THOMAS, DAY, TOOHIL, COX, JAMES AND
M. QUINN, APRIL 6, 2018
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, APRIL 6, 2018
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in transfers of credits between
institutions of higher education, further providing for
definitions, for duties of public institutions of higher
education and State-related institutions, for Transfer and
Articulation Oversight Committee and for duties of
department.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 2001-C of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949,
amended November 6, 2017 (P.L.1142, No.55), is amended to read:
Section 2001-C. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this article
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Advanced Placement Program." A program authorized by the
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college board that allows a student to study college-level
subjects while enrolled in high school and to receive advanced
placement and college credit for earning a qualified score on
the course-related Advanced Placement Program exam.
"Career, technical or applied courses." Courses usually
offered as part of an associate degree curriculum designed to
prepare students for entry-level professions, not for transfer
to baccalaureate programs for advanced studies.
"College-Level Examination Program." A set of standardized
tests developed by the college board for various subjects, and
on which a qualifying score can be used to earn college credit.
"Community college." An institution created pursuant to
Article XIX-A or the act of August 24, 1963 (P.L.1132, No.484),
known as the Community College Act of 1963.
"Credit for prior learning." College-level credit granted
toward the award of a postsecondary degree or certificate for
experiential learning that can be demonstrated through various
means of assessment to be the equivalent of learning gained
through formal collegiate instruction, including an Advanced
Placement Program exam, International Baccalaureate Diploma
Program exam, a College-Level Examination Program exam and
Dantes Subject Standardized Tests.
"Dantes Subject Standardized Tests." A set of subject exams
approved by the American Council on Education that tests
knowledge of both lower-level and upper-level college material.
["Degree objective courses." Courses required for completion
of a major in a subject area.]
"Department." The Department of Education of the
Commonwealth.
"Developmental or remedial courses." Courses typically
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consisting of reading, writing and math designed to prepare
students for college-level courses and that are not
transferable.
"Equivalent courses." Courses determined to have generally
equivalent content and level as determined by the faculty of an
institution of higher education consistent with the policy at
each institution of higher education.
"Foundation courses." Courses required to be completed by
students that provide an academic foundation for the degree,
general education or advanced study in a major.
"Independent institution of higher education." An
institution of higher education which is operated not for
profit, located in and incorporated or chartered by the
Commonwealth and entitled to confer degrees as set forth in 24
Pa.C.S. ยง 6505 (relating to power to confer degrees) and to
apply to itself the designation "college" or "university" as
provided for by the standards and qualifications prescribed by
the State Board of Education pursuant to 24 Pa.C.S. Ch. 65
(relating to private colleges, universities and seminaries).
"Industry-recognized credential." A credential that:
(1) is sought or accepted by employers within the
industry or sector involved as a recognized, preferred or
required credential for recruitment, screening, hiring,
retention or advancement purposes;
(2) where appropriate, is endorsed by a nationally
recognized trade association or organization representing a
significant part of the industry or sector; and
(3) is approved by the department.
"Institution of higher education." Any of the accredited
following:
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(1) A public institution of higher education.
(2) A rural regional college.
(3) A State-related institution.
(4) The Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
"International Baccalaureate Diploma Program." An
academically challenging two-year precollege diploma program
comprised of three core requirements and six academic subject
areas with final examinations that prepare students, 16 to 19
years of age, for higher education and life in a global society.
"Public institution of higher education." A community
college or an institution which is part of the State System of
Higher Education pursuant to Article XX-A.
"Public school." Any of the following:
(1) A school district.
(2) An intermediate unit.
(3) An area vocational-technical school.
(4) A charter school, as defined in section 1703-A.
(5) A regional charter school, as defined in section
1703-A.
(6) A cyber charter school, as defined in section 1703-
A.
"Rural regional college." A rural regional college operating
under Article XIX-G.
"State-related institution." The Pennsylvania State
University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University,
Lincoln University and their branch campuses.
"Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee." The
committee established under section 2004-C.
Section 2. Section 2003-C of the act is amended to read:
Section 2003-C. Duties of [public] institutions of higher
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education and [State-related institutions] public
schools.
(a) Agreements.--Each [public] institution of higher
education and [State-related institution] public school shall
provide the Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee and
the department with copies of all articulation agreements for
inclusion in the electronic database or software program and
portal provided for under section 2005-C(4) within 180 days of
the effective date of this section and within 30 days of
entering into any subsequent articulation agreement.
(b) Reporting requirements.--The following shall apply to
reporting requirements:
(1) Each [public] institution of higher education [and
State-related institution] shall submit to the department a
series of interim reports that describe the status of the
institution's articulation agreements, which shall include
all of the following:
(i) The number of students who have transferred to
the [public] institution of higher education [or State-
related institution] by institution of origin within the
last academic year or since submittal of the
institution's last interim report required under this
section.
(ii) The total number of credits completed by
transfer students at the institution of origin.
(iii) The total number of credits from each
institution of origin that transferred to the [public]
institution of higher education [or State-related
institution] for each academic year.
(iv) An explanation of the credit transfer process
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at the institution.
(v) Any other information related to the credit
transfer process as requested by the department,
including the useability of transfer credits.
(2) Each [public] institution of higher education [and
State-related institution] shall submit its first interim
report required under this section 180 days after the
effective date of this section and by September 30, 2018, and
each September 30 thereafter.
Section 3. Section 2004-C(a)(1) introductory paragraph is
amended and subsection (c) is amended by adding a paragraph to
read:
Section 2004-C. Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee.
(a) Establishment and membership.--
(1) In order to develop and implement equivalency
standards as provided for in subsection (c)(1) and provide
access to articulation agreements, there is hereby
established within the department, the Transfer and
Articulation Oversight Committee. The committee shall be
comprised of the following members:
* * *
(c) Duties of Transfer and Articulation Oversight
Committee.--The committee shall:
* * *
(7) Meet on a regular basis at least quarterly.
Section 4. Section 2005-C(4) of the act is amended to read:
Section 2005-C. Duties of department.
The department shall:
* * *
(4) Provide for an electronic database or software
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program and portal for the purpose of providing access to all
of the following information on an Internet website:
(i) Articulation agreements and agreements that
award credit for an industry-recognized credential
entered into by [public institutions of higher education
and institutions that elect to participate under section
2006-C.] institutions of higher education, public schools
and institutions described under clause (C). The
following shall apply:
(A) The department shall extract transfer
information from each articulation agreement and each
agreement that awards credit for an industry-
recognized credential and enter the information into
the electronic database or software program and
portal and provide a meaningful, user-friendly and
interactive search engine for access to the
information.
(B) The department shall, within 60 days of
receiving an articulation agreement or agreement that
awards credit for an industry-recognized credential ,
update the database and post each articulation
agreement and each agreement that awards credit for
an industry-recognized credential on its publicly
accessible Internet website.
(C) An institution which is not subject to the
duties under section 2003-C may submit to the
department any articulation agreement or agreement
that awards credit for an industry-recognized
credential into which the institution enters. Each
submitted articulation agreement and each agreement
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that awards credit for an industry-recognized
credential shall be subject to this paragraph.
(ii) The annual report to the General Assembly as
required by section 2004-C(c)(5).
[(iii) At the request of a public institution of
higher education or an institution that elects to
participate under section 2006-C, any articulation
agreements.]
Section 5. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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