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PRINTER'S NO. 3203
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2173
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY SCHROEDER, SONNEY, TOPPER, BENNINGHOFF, BRIGGS,
BROWN, DRISCOLL, EVERETT, GAYDOS, HARKINS, JAMES, JONES, KIM,
KORTZ, MASSER, McCLINTON, MILLARD, MOUL, MUSTELLO,
OBERLANDER, OWLETT, PICKETT, RADER, ROAE, ROTHMAN, ROZZI,
SAYLOR, SHUSTERMAN, STAATS AND STRUZZI, JANUARY 22, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, JANUARY 22, 2020
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 the State System of Higher
Education, further providing for purposes and general powers,
for rental fees and other charges and for annual report and
providing for student records.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 2003-A(d), 2011-A and 2017-A of the act
of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School
Code of 1949, are amended to read:
Section 2003-A. Purposes and General Powers.--* * *
(d) The system may [enter into an agreement with any entity
for the cooperative use of supplies or services.] participate
in, sponsor, conduct or administer cooperative use or purchasing
agreements. All purchases and agreements made pursuant to this
subsection shall [be the result of a system of competitive
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bidding and in accordance with the laws of this Commonwealth.]
be made in accordance with 62 Pa.C.S. § 1902 (relating to
cooperative purchasing authorized).
Section 2011-A. Rental Fees and Other Charges.--[(a)] In
addition to rental fees fixed, charged and collected in the
manner provided by law from each student residing in State-owned
or State-leased residential facilities at an institution for the
maintenance and operation of such facilities, a sum shall be
fixed by the president, with approval of the Council of
Trustees, and charged and collected from each such person as an
additional rental fee. Such additional rental fees shall be
credited to a Reserve Fund for contingencies and capital
replacements.
[(b) In addition to the other fees from time to time fixed,
charged and collected in the manner provided by law, a fee of
ten dollars ($10) per semester of eighteen (18) weeks and a
proportionate fee for each trimester, quarter, term and summer
sessions of six (6) weeks or three (3) weeks shall be fixed,
charged and collected from each student while in attendance at a
university for which the General State Authority has taken title
to a student community building, which fee shall be credited to
the Department of General Services and shall be fixed by the
council of trustees in amounts sufficient to meet rentals due to
the General State Authority, pursuant to contracts to lease
student community buildings constructed by the said authority
for the use of the system universities.
Section 2017-A. Annual Report.--(a) An annual report shall
be submitted in electronic format by each institution to the
Department of Education and the Joint State Government
Commission, which shall include data for all programs of the
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institution. Each such report, to be submitted prior to
September 1, shall cover the 12-month period beginning with the
summer term of the preceding year and shall include:
(1) The following counts and distributions for each term
during the period:
(i) The definitions and numbers of faculty members employed
full time, of faculty members employed part time, of full-time
students enrolled in graduate courses, of full-time students
enrolled in undergraduate courses, of part-time students
enrolled in graduate courses, and of part-time students enrolled
in undergraduate courses.
(ii) The total numbers of undergraduate student credit
hours, divided into lower division and upper division course
levels, and of graduate student credit hours divided into three
course levels--master's, first professional and doctoral.
(iii) The number of different courses scheduled by level of
instruction and the number of sections of individual instruction
scheduled by level of instruction, each further subdivided by
two digit Classification of Instructional Program (CIP)
categories of instructional programs of higher education as
defined by the National Center for Education Statistics, United
States Department of Education.
(iv) The number of terms scheduled and the dates thereof.
(2) For the summer term and the following academic year in
total and for each two digit CIP program category, a
classification of faculty members or other professional employes
by title, including: professor, associate professor, assistant
professor, instructor, lecturer, research associate, librarian
and academic administrator; faculty members or other
professional employes under each title to be subdivided by type
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of assignment: teaching and nonteaching, and each such set of
faculty members or other professional employes to be further
subdivided by type of employment: full time or part time; and
the following aggregates for each subdivided classification:
(i) The number of faculty and other professional employes
and their full-time equivalence in instructional and
noninstructional functions.
(ii) The sum of credits assigned to undergraduate classroom
courses and the sum of credits assigned to graduate classroom
courses taught, divided into lower division, upper division,
master's, first professional and doctoral course levels.
(iii) The sum of credits assigned to undergraduate
individual instruction courses and the sum of credits assigned
to graduate individual instruction courses taught, divided into
lower division, upper division, master's, first professional and
doctoral course levels.
(iv) The sum of undergraduate classroom student credit hours
and the sum of graduate classroom student credit hours
generated, divided into lower division, upper division,
master's, first professional and doctoral course levels.
(v) The sum of undergraduate individual instruction student
credit hours and the sum of graduate individual instruction
student credit hours generated, divided into lower division,
upper division, master's, first professional and doctoral course
levels.
(vi) The total salary paid for instructional functions and
for noninstructional functions and the amount of this salary
paid for each of these functions from university funds, Federal
funds and other funds.
(3) For each term of the period covered for each faculty
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member employed full time identified by two digit CIP program
category and title, the report shall contain an analysis of the
average hours per week spent in university-related activities,
stating specifically hours spent in undergraduate classroom
contact and graduate classroom contact, hours spent in
preparation, hours spent in research and hours spent in public
service.
(b) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a), each
report covering the 12-month period shall include for all
programs of the institution:
(1) Minimum number of credits required for a baccalaureate
degree and for a master's degree.
(2) Number of bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, first
professional degrees and doctoral degrees awarded in the three
previous years and those estimated for that year.
(c) The Joint State Government Commission shall develop a
statistical comparison analysis recognizing differences in
missions from the reports made under this section. The
comparison shall be provided to the Education Committee of the
Senate and the Appropriations Committee of the Senate and the
Education Committee of the House of Representatives and the
Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives and the
four State regional libraries. The comparative analysis shall be
posted on the Joint State Government Commission's Internet
website for a period of no less than five (5) years from the
date of submission.
(d) Each report submitted under subsection (a) shall be
posted by the Department of Education on its Internet website
for a period of no less than five (5) years from the date of
submission.]
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Section 2. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 2021-A. Student Records.--(a) Student education
records maintained in connection with a transaction, business or
activity of the system or university shall not be subject to the
provisions of the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L.6, No.3), known
as the "Right-to-Know Law."
(b) As used in this section, the term "education record"
shall have the same meaning as in the Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 90-247, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g).
Section 3. All acts and parts of acts are repealed and all
regulations and parts of regulations are abrogated insofar as
they are inconsistent with this act.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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