ASSEMBLY, No. 1468

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman† PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblywoman† MILA M. JASEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Assemblywoman† MARLENE CARIDE

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman† GABRIELA M. MOSQUERA

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires institutions of higher education to inquire about studentís marital and parental status.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

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An Act concerning the collection of certain demographic data at institutions of higher education and supplementing chapter 3B of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† A public or independent institution of higher education shall inquire about a studentís family status before the fall and spring semesters of each academic year at the time that a student registers for courses for those semesters. The data collected shall include the studentís marital status, whether the student has children, and if the student is the custodial parent of those children. Providing the institution with the information shall be optional on the part of the student.

†††† b.††† An institution shall submit the student information collected pursuant to subsection a. of this section to the Secretary of Higher Education, along with information concerning any programs and services offered by the institution designed to serve this specific student population. The information shall be provided to the secretary twice during the academic year on such dates as determined by the secretary.

†††† c.†††† The secretary shall compile the information submitted by institutions pursuant to subsection b. of this section and issue a report within 18 months of the effective date of this act. The report shall be posted on the secretaryís website for public inspection in an easily accessible location, and shall include, but not be limited to:

†††† (1)†† the size and demographics of the designated student population currently enrolled in the institutions of higher education;†

†††† (2)†† a list of the programs and services currently offered by the institutions for this student population; and

†††† (3)†† a list of any recommended best practices to better serve this student population.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires public or independent institutions of higher education to inquire about a studentís family status before the fall and spring semesters of each academic year at the time that a student registers for courses for those semesters. The data collected would include the studentís marital status, whether the student has children, and if the student is the custodial parent of those children. Providing the institution with the information will be optional on the part of the student.

†††† Under the bill, an institution will submit the student information to the Secretary of Higher Education, along with information concerning any programs and services offered by the institution designed to serve this specific student population. The secretary will compile this information and issue a report within 18 months of the billís effective date. The report will be posted on the secretaryís website for public inspection and must, at a minimum, include:

         the size and demographics of the designated student population currently enrolled in the institutions of higher education;†

         a list of the programs and services currently offered by the institutions for this student population; and

         a list of any recommended best practices to better serve this student population.