Legislative Agenda

2018

Extend the Moratorium for Academic Program Approval
CCIC member institutions are presently exempt from seeking approval from the Office of Higher Education for the offering of new academic programs but the exemption sunsets July 1, 2018.    The exemption allows our institutions to be nimble and responsive to the needs of the state’s employers in developing new programs and should be extended.

Maintain Current Tax Status of CCIC Institutions
CCIC will work to ensure that current tax exemptions for non-profit independent colleges and universities remain intact.

Advocate for the Independent Colleges to be Included in Economic Development Strategies
CCIC will advocate to ensure that the independent college sector continues to be considered a  key partner in state economic development strategies with a specific focus on educating policymakers around our capacity to support efforts to:

  • Retain Talent in CT
  • Align degree production with workforce needs
  • Promote Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Maintain Support for the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program
CCIC will seek to maintain or increase current appropriation levels for PILOT grants to municipalities.

Advocate for Increased funding for need-based aid within the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program
CCIC will work to maintain or increase funding for need-based aid under the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program.

Leadership, Advocacy and Ongoing Review of Proposed Legislation
CCIC will provide information to the General Assembly regarding the impact of independent colleges and universities on the educational, economic, and community life of Connecticut and its citizens. An ongoing review of all bills and amendments introduced during the legislative session will be conducted to determine whether there are impacts on independent colleges and universities. CCIC will take positions on legislation affecting member institutions as appropriate.

 

Approved by CCIC Board on November 1, 2017.

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