An Act concerning postsecondary educational institutions; relating to the identification,
selection and approval of core indicators of quality performance; preserving certain pow-
ers, duties and functions of community college boards of trustees; amending K.S.A. 2000
Supp. 71-801, 74-3202c and 74-3202d and repealing the existing sections.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

      Section  1. K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 71-801 is hereby amended to read as
follows: 71-801. (a) Community colleges are under the supervision of the
state board of regents.

      (b) The state board of regents shall identify and approve core indi-
cators of quality performance for each of the community colleges sepa-
rately, after considering core indicators recommended by the board of
trustees of each respective community college, and shall establish and im-
plement a data management system that includes a process and format
for collecting, aggregating and reporting common and institution-specific
information documenting effectiveness of the colleges in meeting the role
and mission thereof.

      Sec.  2. K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 74-3202c is hereby amended to read as
follows: 74-3202c. (a) In the exercise of its leadership role, the state board
of regents shall be an advocate for the provision of adequate resources
and sufficient authority for all postsecondary educational institutions so
that each postsecondary educational institution can realize, within its pre-
scribed mission, role and scope, its full potential to the benefit of the
students who attend such postsecondary educational institution and to
the benefit of all Kansas residents in terms of receiving the benefits of a
highly educated and vocationally trained populace.

      (b) In addition to other duties and functions prescribed by law, the state
board of regents shall:

      (1) Adopt, from time to time amend, revise or modify, and administer
a comprehensive plan for coordination of higher education within this state;

      (2) determine institutional roles and review institutional missions and

      (3) develop articulation procedures so that maximum freedom of trans-
fer among and between postsecondary educational institutions is ensured;

      (4) approve or disapprove for state funding purposes existing and pro-
posed educational programs, courses of instruction and out-district program
and course locations;

      (5) review budget requests and requests for state funding of postsecon-
dary educational institutions and present a unified budget for higher edu-
cation to the governor and the legislature each year;

      (6) approve core indicators of quality performance for postsecondary
educational institutions after considering core indicators recommended by
each such postsecondary educational institution;

      (7) resolve conflicts among and between postsecondary educational in-

      (8) develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the utilization of
distance learning technologies;

      (9) develop each year and recommend to the governor and the legis-
lature a policy agenda for higher education, which policy agenda shall assess
priorities among proposals for policy change, programatic recommenda-
tions, and state funding requests;

      (10) conduct continuous studies of ways to maximize the utilization of
resources available for higher education in Kansas and initiate action for

      (11) conduct continuous studies of how state policies affect higher ed-
ucation and how Kansas economic and demographic trends impact upon
accessibility and affordability of postsecondary education to Kansas resi-
dents, and initiate ways to improve such accessibility and affordability;

      (12) receive and consider reports, proposals and recommendations of
the commissions and take such actions thereon as are deemed necessary
and appropriate;

      (13) report annually on the performance of its functions and duties to
the governor and the legislature; and

      (14) exercise such other powers and perform such other functions and
duties as are deemed necessary and appropriate to the fulfillment of its
constitutional and statutory responsibilities.

      (c) Notwithstanding any of the powers, duties and functions conferred
and imposed upon the state board of regents under the Kansas higher ed-
ucation coordination act, the boards of trustees of the community colleges
shall continue to have custody of and be responsible for the property of their
respective community colleges and shall be responsible for the operation,
management and control of such community colleges, except as otherwise
expressly provided by law.

      Sec.  3. K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 74-3202d is hereby amended to read as fol-
lows: 74-3202d. (a) During the 2000 fiscal year, the state board of regents
(1) shall review the performance indicators developed by the postsecondary
educational institutions, including the municipal university; (2) after consid-
eration of the core indicators of quality performance identified by the re-
spective commissions and with the active involvement of the institutions,
shall approve those indicators that the state board determines should be
implemented; and (3) shall select from among the indicators approved for
implementation those indicators that will become determinants for the al-
location of state moneys on the basis of performance. The indicators se-
lected may vary among the institutions and among institutional sectors and,
if feasible, shall include indicators developed and adopted by the governing
bodies of each postsecondary educational institution based on the needs of
each such institution.

      (b) During the 2001 fiscal year, the postsecondary educational institu-
tions, including the municipal university, shall develop institutional improve-
ment plans showing how they will implement the performance indicators
applicable to their institution and how they will measure performance on
the basis of each indicator. Institutional improvement plans shall be revised
and submitted to the state board of regents by each institution at least every
three years. The board of regents shall provide technical assistance to in-
stitutions in the development, implementation, and revision of their im-
provement plans.

      (c) Commencing on July 1, 2001, institutional improvement plans shall
be implemented for each postsecondary educational institution, including
the municipal university. Each institution shall begin the data collection,
measurement, or other documentation necessary in order for its perform-
ance to be evaluated with regard to each indicator.

 Sec.  4. K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 71-801, 74-3202c and 74-3202d are hereby
 Sec.  5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.

Approved April 10, 2001.