SENATE, No. 1236

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 3, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† THOMAS H. KEAN, JR.

District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)

Senator† SANDRA B. CUNNINGHAM

District 31 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Establishes New Jersey Higher Education Student Advisory Commission.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act establishing the New Jersey Higher Education Student Advisory Commission 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.†† There is established a New Jersey Higher Education Student Advisory Commission in, but not of, the Department of State.† The commission shall consist of 13 members appointed by the Secretary of Higher Education including: three student representatives from the State colleges and universities established pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes, a student representative from each of the four public research universities, three student representatives from the county colleges, and three student representatives from the independent colleges and universities.

†††† b.††† A student enrolled in an institution of higher education in the State may submit an application to serve on the commission to the Secretary of Higher Education.† The application shall detail the studentís experience as a campus leader and shall include a letter of recommendation from the president of the institution of higher education at which the student is enrolled.† The secretary in making the appointments shall attempt to provide a balanced representation of the geographic regions of the State.†

†††† c.†††† Appointments to the commission shall be made for a term of one year, although the secretary may reappoint a student for additional terms.† The secretary shall make every effort to ensure that at least one member is reappointed to the commission from the prior yearís membership.†

†††† d.††† Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments are made.† Vacancies occurring other than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term.†

†††† e.†††† The members of the commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the commission for its purposes.

 

†††† 2.††† The commission shall organize as soon as practicable following the appointment of its members, but no later than 60 days after the effective date of this act.† The commission shall choose a chairperson from among its members and shall appoint a secretary who need not be a member of the commission.† The commission shall meet a minimum of three times each year.† The minutes of each meeting shall be posted on the Office of the Secretary of Higher Educationís website.

†††† 3.††† The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education shall provide such stenographic, clerical, and other administrative assistants, and such professional staff as the commission requires to carry out its work.† The commission also shall be entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of the employees of any State, county, or municipal department, board, bureau, commission, or agency as it may require and as may be available for its purposes.

 

†††† 4.††† It shall be the responsibility of the commission to advise the secretary on system-wide issues of concern to students.† The commission shall annually report to the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee, or their successor committees on the concerns, perspectives, and experiences of students attending institutions of higher education in the State and may make recommendations on suggested legislative initiatives.

 

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

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill establishes the New Jersey Higher Education Student Advisory Commission in, but not of, the Department of State.† The commission will consist of 13 members appointed by the Secretary of Higher Education including: three student representatives of the State colleges and universities, a student representative of each of the four public research universities, three student representatives of the county colleges, and three student representatives of the independent colleges and universities.†

†††† Under the bill, a student enrolled in an institution of higher education in the State may submit an application to serve on the commission to the Secretary of Higher Education.†

†††† The commission is charged with advising the secretary on system-wide issues of concern to students.† The commission is directed to annually report to the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee, or their successor committees on the concerns, perspectives, and experiences of students attending institutions of higher education in the State and may make recommendations on suggested legislative initiatives.