HCS/SB 941 - This act modifies several provisions relating to higher education.
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSES
This act exempts yoga teacher training courses, programs, and schools from provisions regulating proprietary schools.
This provision is identical to HB 1681 (2016) and to a provision contained in HCS/SB 113 (2015).
This act requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop a brochure that includes information on all meningococcal vaccines receiving a Category A or B recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and a recommendation that the current or entering student receive meningococcal vaccines in accordance with current practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. (Section 167.638)
This provision is identical to a provision contained in HB 2616 (2016), CCS #2/HCS/SS/SB 608 (2016), and CCS/HCS/SB 635 (2016).
Under current law, every public institution of higher education in Missouri must require all students residing in on-campus housing to have received the meningococcal vaccine, unless an exemption applies. This act would require all such students to have received the vaccine not more than 5 years prior to enrollment and in accordance with the latest recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, this act defines "on-campus" housing as including any fraternity or sorority residence, privately owned or not, on or near the campus of a public institution of higher education. (Section 174.335)
This provision is identical to SB 1005 (2016) and to a provision contained in HB 2616 (2016), CCS #2/HCS/SS/SB 608 (2016), and CCS/HCS/SB 635 (2016).
HIGHER EDUCATION WEBSITES
This act requires the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to publish and maintain on its website a list of higher education institutions that meet certain requirements, as described in the act. (Section 173.005)
This provision is identical to HCS/HB 2742 (2016) and to a provision contained in CCS/HCS/SB 997 (2016).
MISSOURI HIGHER EDUCATION CORE CURRICULUM TRANSFER ACT
This act creates the Missouri Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer Act, which establishes a standard core curriculum and a common course numbering system for lower division courses at community colleges and public four-year institutions of higher learning. The coordinating board of higher education will work in conjunction with an advisory committee, composed of representatives from community colleges and public four year institutions, to develop a recommended core curriculum.
The core curriculum must be comprised of at least 42 semester credit hours and will cover mathematics, English, communications, humanities, biological and physical science, social science, and computer technology. All undergraduate students of the above institutions must complete the core curriculum as a requirement of graduation.
Each community college and public four-year institution must adopt a core curriculum of no less than 42 credit hours. Such curriculum must include specific courses and be based on the core curriculum recommended by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education.
The Coordinating Board must also approve a common course numbering system for lower-division courses at all institutions of higher learning in the state. Community colleges and four-year institutions must include in its course listings the corresponding numbers from the common course numbering system.
Students will be able to transfer credits earned under the core curriculum, as described within the act. The coordinating board must also develop criteria to evaluate the transfer practices each public institution of higher learning in the state and subsequently evaluate each institution. Institutions of higher education must publish in its course catalogs and on its website the evaluation policies of the Coordinating Board. (Sections 178.780 to 178.789)
These provisions are identical to HB 2651 (2016) and to provisions contained in CCS/HCS/SB 997 (2016).
HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYEE SPOUSE TRAVEL EXPENSES
This act requires the spouse of any full-time employee of a public institution of higher education to file a quarterly travel report with the Missouri Ethics Commission, as described in the act, if he or she incurs out-of-state travel costs that are paid or reimbursed by his or her spouse's institution. (Section 1)
This provision is identical to a provision contained in CCS/HCS/SB 997 (2016).