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Higher Education Finance and Policy

TWENTY SECOND MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 24, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY SECOND MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION



HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE AND POLICY
COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Connie Bernardy, Chair of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee, called the virtual committee meeting to order at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members Present:
BERNARDY, Connie
CHRISTENSEN, Shelly
O’NEILL, Marion
ALBRIGHT, Tony
DANIELS, Brian
ERICKSON, Sondra
HANSON, Jessica
HEINTZEMAN, Josh
HOWARD, Michael
KEELER, Heather
KLEVORN, Ginny
KRESHA, Ron
KOZNICK, Jon
MASIN, Sandra
MECKELAND, Shane
NOOR, Mohamud
SANDELL, Steve
SANDSTEDE, Julie
THOMPSON, John

A quorum was present.

Representative Sandstede moved to approve the minutes from March 23, 2021. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Dr. Bruce Corrie presented an overview of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Racial Justice.

HF 2393 (Mariani) - Higher education state grant program parameters modified, state college and university developmental education restrictions modified, Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities new grant program created, reports required, and money appropriated.

Chair Bernardy moved that HF 2393 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill.

Representative Mariani presented HF 2393 to the committee.

Testifiers:
Jennifer Godinez - Associate Director, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP)
Dr. Robert Jon Peterson - Program Consultant, MnEEP
Matt Williams - President, Minnesota State College Faculty
Megan Rozowski - Director of Research and Policy Development, ?Minnesota Private College Council
Dr. Sandy Pulles - Vice President of Equity & Inclusion at ServeMinnesota

Chair Bernardy renewed her motion that HF 2393 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill. The bill was laid over.

HF 1895 (Sandstede) - University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute funding increased, and money appropriated.

Representative Sandstede moved that HF 1895 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill.

Representative Sandstede presented HF 1895 to the committee.

Testifiers:
Rolf Weberg - Executive Director, Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI)

Representative Sandstede renewed her motion that HF 1895 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill. The bill was laid over.

HF 2205 (Davnie) - Direct admissions pilot project established, and money appropriated.

Chair Bernardy moved that HF 2205 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill.

Representative Davnie presented HF 2205 to the committee.

Testifiers:
Meredith Fergus: Research and SLEDS Manager, Office of Higher Ed

Chair Bernardy renewed her motion that HF 2205 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Higher Education Finance & Policy Omnibus Bill. The bill was laid over.

The meeting adjourned at 4:25 PM.




Representative Connie Bernardy, Chair



Jenna Maus, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1895 (Sandstede) - University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute funding increased, and money appropriated.
  • HF2205 (Davnie) - Direct admissions pilot project established, and money appropriated.
  • HF2393 (Mariani) - Higher education state grant program parameters modified, state college and university developmental education restrictions modified, Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities new grant program created, reports required, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
View Archive

03:51 - Overview of Select Committee on Racial Justice recommendations.
- Doctor Bruce Corrie.
10:06 - HF2393 (Mariani) Higher education state grant program parameters modified, state college and university developmental education restrictions modified, Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities new grant program created, reports required, and money appropriated.
47:57 - HF1895 (Sandstede) University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute funding increased, and money appropriated.
1:14:32 - HF2205 (Davnie) Direct admissions pilot project established, and money appropriated.
Runs 1 hour, 25 minutes.


*Agenda Updated*

I. Overview of Select Committee on Racial Justice Recommendations by Dr. Bruce Corrie.*

II. HF2393 (Mariani) - A bill for an act relating to higher education; modifying parameters in the state grant program; modifying restrictions on developmental education in state colleges and universities; creating new grant programs within the Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota State system.

III. HF1895 (Sandstede) - University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute funding increased, and money appropriated.*

IV. HF2205 (Davnie) - Direct admissions pilot project established, and money appropriated.*

*Agenda items may be added or removed.

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact her with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda.

Meeting documents will be posted on the Higher Education Finance & Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92015

This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm