Truly Agreed, 2016

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CCS HCS SB 997, 2016    (New Section - Proposed Language)

173.2500. 1. As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:
     (1) "Approved dual credit provider", a board approved, accredited Missouri higher education institution that provides dual credit courses;
     (2) "Board", coordinating board for higher education;
     (3) "Department", department of higher education;
     (4) "Dual credit courses", college level coursework delivered by a postsecondary education institution and taught in the high school by instructors with appropriate academic credentials to high school students who are earning high school and college credit simultaneously.
     2. Each institution of higher education desiring to become or remain an approved dual credit provider in this state shall annually make written application to the board on forms furnished by the board. Such application shall include at a minimum the identification of all locations where the institution will offer dual credit courses, the courses the institution plans to offer, and the fee the institution will charge students per credit hour.
     3. The department shall review the application and may conduct an investigation of the applicant to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations promulgated under this section. A dual credit course may not be advertised or represented as being delivered by an approved dual credit provider in the absence of approval of the application by the board.
     4. The department shall maintain a listing of all approved dual credit providers and shall make that listing publicly available, including through appropriate electronic media.
     5. The board may promulgate administrative rules to implement this section, including parameters for the approval of dual credit providers and establishing appropriate fees as needed to generate funding sufficient to cover the entirety of costs associated with operation of the dual credit provider certification process established in this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010 that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536, and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536, to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2016, shall be invalid and void.
     6. (1) There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Dual Credit Certification Fund", which shall consist of money collected under this section. The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund. In accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180, the state treasurer may approve disbursements. The fund shall be a dedicated fund and money in the fund shall be used solely by the department for the purpose of funding the costs associated with the operation of the dual credit certification process authorized by this section.
     (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund.
     (3) The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested. Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.


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