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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2511         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1069

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to performance-based funding for the public system of higher education.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason

 

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2511        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1069

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1069) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to establishing a special commission (including members of the General Court) to make an investigation and study concerning performance-based funding for public institutions of higher education.  Higher Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to performance-based funding for the public system of higher education.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a special commission to study and report on ways to improve and increase funding formulas for the public system of higher education within the commonwealth. The commission shall consist of: the commissioner of higher education; 2 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house, and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the house; 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the senate president, and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the senate minority leader; and 3 members to represent public institutions of higher education. Of the 3 members chosen to represent public institutions of higher education, 1 shall be a member of the board of trustees of the University of Massachusetts as voted by the board of trustees for the university, 1 shall be a member of a board of trustees of a state university chosen by vote of the chairs of the board of trustees of each of the state universities, and 1 shall be a member of a board of trustees of a community college chosen by vote of the chairs of the board of trustees of each of the community colleges. The scope of the commission shall include, but shall not be limited to: studying the various methods of performance-based funding at public institutions of higher education throughout the United States; researching the results of performance-based funding throughout the United States; incentivizing the retention, support, and graduation of students, instead of enrollment of students, at each level of the public system of higher education;  increasing the performance-based funding levels to public institutions of higher education; updating the mission statements and goals of individual institutions at each level of the public system of higher education; and revising the performance measurement system, to reflect the individual missions and goals of each institution and ensure that performance-based funding is allocated appropriately. The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations, along with legislation to effectuate the same, to the board of higher education, the joint committee on higher education, and the senate and house clerks no later than 6 months after the passage of this act.

              As used in this section, the term “performance-based funding” shall refer to the calculated appropriation of funding to public institutions of higher learning based upon the achievement of specific metrics of the performance measurement system, as detailed in section 7A of chapter 15A of the General Laws.

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