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File #: Int 1138-2016    Version: Name: Establish a task force on affordability, admissions, and graduation rates at CUNY.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Higher Education
On agenda: 4/7/2016
Enactment date: 12/6/2016 Law number: 2016/161
Title: A Local Law to establish a task force on affordability, admissions, and graduation rates at the City University of New York
Sponsors: Inez D. Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Deborah L. Rose, Andrew Cohen, Jumaane D. Williams, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Ben Kallos, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Donovan J. Richards, Annabel Palma, Brad S. Lander, Stephen T. Levin, Paul A. Vallone, Rory I. Lancman, Vincent J. Gentile, The Public Advocate (Ms. James)
Council Member Sponsors: 19
Summary: This bill would establish a temporary task force to examine ways to increase affordability and admission to the City University of New York (CUNY), including the feasibility of eliminating tuition at CUNY and, to the extent appropriate, develop recommendations for addressing such matters. The task force would be composed of 13 members including the Public Advocate or their designee, the Speaker of the City Council or their designee, 7 members to be appointed by the mayor, and 4 members to be appointed by the Speaker of the City Council. Members would be appointed within 90 days of enactment of this local law. Members would meet at least three times. The task force would be required to issue a report to the Mayor and the Speaker no later than October 15, 2017. The report would take into account the State’s role in substantially funding CUNY and would include, but not be limited to, an analysis of obstacles affecting the affordability of, admission to, and timely graduation from CUNY. The report would also address the feasibility of eliminating tuition at CUNY. After the report’s submission, the task force would cease to exist.
Indexes: Council Appointment Required, Other Appointment Required, Report Required, Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1138-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 1138, 4. Int. No. 1138 - 4/7/16, 5. April 7, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 6/16/16, 7. Hearing Testimony 6/16/16, 8. Hearing Transcript 6/16/16, 9. Proposed Int. No. 1138-A - 11/10/16, 10. Committee Report 11/15/16, 11. Hearing Transcript 11/15/16, 12. November 16, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 13. Fiscal Impact Statement, 14. Int. No. 1138-A (FINAL), 15. Mayor's Letter, 16. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 11-16-16, 17. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - November 16, 2016, 18. Local Law 161
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/7/2016AInez D. Barron City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/6/2016AInez D. Barron Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/6/2016AInez D. Barron Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/16/2016AInez D. Barron City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/16/2016AInez D. Barron City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2016*Inez D. Barron Committee on Higher Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2016*Inez D. Barron Committee on Higher Education Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2016*Inez D. Barron Committee on Higher Education Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2016AInez D. Barron Committee on Higher Education Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Inez D. Barron Committee on Higher Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Inez D. Barron Committee on Higher Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/7/2016*Inez D. Barron City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/7/2016*Inez D. Barron City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1138-A

 

By Council Members Barron, Chin, Dickens, Dromm, Rose, Cohen, Williams, Cornegy, Kallos, Rodriguez, Rosenthal, Richards, Palma, Lander, Levin, Vallone, Lancman, Gentile and the Public Advocate (Ms. James)

 

A Local Law to establish a task force on affordability, admissions, and graduation rates at the City University of New York

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section one. Task force on affordability, admissions, and graduation rates at the City University of New York. a. There is hereby established a temporary task force to examine ways to increase affordability and admission to the City University of New York, including the feasibility of eliminating tuition at the University and, to the extent appropriate, develop recommendations for addressing such matters.

b. The task force shall be composed of 13 members, who shall include:

1. the public advocate, or their designee;

2. the speaker of the city council or their designee;

3. seven members as appointed by the mayor, including one member who shall represent faculty of the City University of New York, one member who is a non-student member of the board of trustees of the City University of New York, one member with expertise in the finance and management of public institutions of higher education, one member with expertise in improving student performance in higher education, one member with expertise in management and budgetary operations, one member who shall represent advocacy organizations with relevant experience in improving college affordability and admissions, and one additional member; and

4. four members, as appointed by the speaker of the city council, including one member who shall represent students at the City University of New York, one member who shall represent advocacy organizations with relevant experience in improving college affordability and access, one member who has expertise in state and municipal budgeting and finance, and one additional member.

c. All members shall be appointed within 90 days of the enactment of this local law.  Members of the task force shall serve without compensation and shall meet no less than three times before the task force is required to issue a report. Members of the task force shall also meet when deemed necessary by the chair or upon the written request of at least three members of the task force, provided that no meeting of the task force shall be held without at least 30 days’ notice to the members of the task force.  No member of the task force shall be removed except for cause and upon notice and hearing by the appropriate appointing official.

d. Upon appointment of all members, the task force shall elect a chair from its membership by a majority vote at the first meeting of such task force.  The task force shall issue a report to the mayor and the speaker of the council no later than October 15, 2017.  Such report shall take into account the state’s role in substantially funding the City University of New York and shall include, but need not be limited to, an analysis of obstacles affecting the affordability of, admission to, and timely graduation from the City University of New York, examining revenue sources, recommendations on how obstacles could be addressed, and the feasibility of eliminating tuition at the University. After the submission of such report, the task force shall cease to exist.

                     § 2.  This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

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