April 14, 2003
HB 2224: The highlights of this, the most far-reaching of WV legislative bills to affect higher education, are as follows:
1) Consolidation of Institutions:
…By July 2005, Potomac State will cease to be an autonomous institution, rather it will function as a regional campus of WVU, lead by a provost reporting to WVU.
…Concord College and Bluefield State College will undergo extensive study to be completed by September 1, 2003, to determine administrative duplication and areas of possible collaboration.
…Bluefield State C&T will operate under the entity know as New River C&T, headquartered in Beckley and led by a provost reporting to Bluefield State College.
…Glenville State C&T service area will be divided between Fairmont State and the New River C&T, which will be administratively linked to Bluefield State College.
2) Fiscal Efficiency:
…Employees will receive wages electronically.
…Purchasing card limit has been increased up to $5000.
…Purchasing cards can be used for travel but not fuel or food.
…Each institution will have one purchasing card for emergencies.
…Institutions are required to reduce the number of low-enrollment sections of introductory (GS) courses by fall 2004.
…HEPC may make additional recommendations to LOCEA by December 1, 2003 for additional efficiency actions.
…Obsolete faculty salary schedule has been abolished.
…10% salary increase upon faculty promotion has been abolished.
…Probationary faculty members need only receive notice of non-retention by March 1.
…Faculty who accrue leave may participate in catastrophic leave policy.
4) Adjunct Staff:
…BOGs at each institution will adopt, by July 1, 2003, policies regarding the balance between adjunct and full-time faculty. These policies include discouraging the hiring of part-time employees instead of full-time solely to avoid paying benefits. …C&T colleges will have greater discretion regarding hiring of adjunct staff.
4) Classified Staff:
…Classified Staff Councils have been established at all institutions, as of April 1, 2003--2 employees elected from each of 5 defined sectors of employment, meeting monthly, with elections held in April of each odd-numbered year.
…The 20-year cap on incremental salary for classified employees has been removed, the cost born by reduction of employee positions without regard to seniority if funding cannot be found.
5) Tuition Caps:
…BOG's may propose annual tuition and fee increases up to 9.5% for resident undergraduates (4.75 cap for 2-yr. Institutions). Criteria for tuition raises include:
a. institutional achievement of benchmarks,
b. institutional progress on compact goals,
c. institutional implementation of efficiency measures,
d. progress made in achieving SREB goals,
e. per capita income of the institution's service region.
(Out-of-state student tuition cap of up to 13.02%)
…Tuition and fee waivers can increase up to 5%, not to be used for athletics, however.
…Institutions who contract income from bookstore operation may use those sources for non-athletics scholarships.
HB2383 Teacher Education Certification Changes (bill will require WV DOE to submit comprehensive Teacher Certification Plan to LOCEA prior to July 1, 2003): No signature
HB2052 and HB3035 Promise Scholarship Awards: No signatures
SB105 Cigarette Tax (.55 tax): Signed April 2, 2003
SB433 Premium payments for PEIA Retirees (public employees cost sharing and coverage plan): No signature
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