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Budget Summary FY2016

Department of Higher Education
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015





FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2016
Conference
FY2016
Vetoes
FY2016
Overrides
FY2016
GAA
Department of Higher Education 4,449 -1,000 1,000 4,449
New England Board of Higher Education 368 0 0 368
Foster Care Financial Aid 1,075 0 0 1,075
Dual Enrollment Grant and Subsidies 1,000 0 0 1,000
Nursing and Allied Health Education Workforce Development 200 0 0 200
Foster Care and Adopted Fee Waiver 4,275 0 0 4,275
Schools of Excellence 1,400 0 0 1,400
Performance Management Set Aside 2,750 0 0 2,750
STEM Starter Academy 4,750 -1,250 1,250 4,750
Bridges to College 250 0 0 250
Community College Workforce Grant Advisory Committee 750 0 0 750
State University Incentive Grants 5,560 0 0 5,560
Massachusetts State Scholarship Program 95,608 0 0 95,608
High Demand Scholarship Program 1,000 0 0 1,000
Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine Program 5,000 -1,000 1,000 5,000
Massachusetts Community Colleges 9,100 0 0 9,100
Health and Welfare Reserve for Higher Education Personnel 5,482 0 0 5,482
TOTAL    143,016 -3,250 3,250 143,016

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DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION 151,113,334
7066-0000 Department of Higher Education
For the operation of the department of higher education; provided, that the department shall recommend savings proposals that permit institutions of public higher education to achieve administrative and program cost reductions, resource re-allocation and program re-assessment and to utilize resources otherwise available to such institutions; provided further, that $1,000,000 shall be expended for the state university internship incentive program established in item 7066-0000 of section 2 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012; provided further, that the commonwealth shall contribute funds to each institution in an amount necessary to match private contributions in the current fiscal year to the institution's internship incentive program; provided further, that the commonwealth's contribution shall be equal to $1 for every $1 privately contributed to each university's board of trustees or foundation; provided further, that the maximum total contributions from the commonwealth shall be no greater than the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that funds from this program shall not result in direct or indirect reduction in the commonwealth's appropriations to the institutions for operations, scholarships, financial aid or any state appropriation and the department shall promulgate regulations and criteria for said program; provided further, that in order to meet the estimated costs of employee fringe benefits provided by the commonwealth on account of employees of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and the University of Massachusetts Building Authority and in order to meet the estimated cost of heat, light, power and other services, if any, to be furnished by the commonwealth to projects of these authorities, the boards of trustees of the state colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts shall transfer to the General Fund, from the funds received from the operations of the projects, the costs, if any, as shall be incurred by the commonwealth for these purposes in the current fiscal year as determined by the appropriate building authority, verified by the commissioner of higher education and approved by the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that funds from this account shall be expended for the office of coordination; provided further, that funds from this account may be expended for the commonwealth's share of the cost of the compact for education; provided further, that the office of coordination within the department of higher education, in cooperation with the executive office of labor and workforce development, shall establish a training resources and internship networks (TRAIN) grant program, pursuant to section 179; provided further, that not more than $200,000 shall be expended for startup and administrative costs for the program; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for monthly stipends for participants in the program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be provided to the department to support assessment and coordination of a system-wide effort to address campus violence, with an emphasis on properly identifying, reporting and responding to sexual violence, coordinating and offering training initiatives and fostering a culture of inclusivity; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the office of trustee relations
4,449,334
7066-0009 New England Board of Higher Education
For the New England board of higher education
367,500
7066-0016 Foster Care Financial Aid
For a program of financial aid to support the matriculation of certain persons at public and private institutions of higher learning; provided, that only persons in the custody of the department of children and families under a care and protection petition upon reaching the age of 18 or persons in the custody of the department matriculating at such an institution at an earlier age, shall qualify for such aid; provided further, that no such person shall be required to remain in the custody of the department beyond age 18 to qualify for such aid; provided further, that this aid shall not exceed $6,000 per recipient per year; and provided further, that this aid shall be granted after exhausting all other sources of financial support
1,075,299
7066-0019 Dual Enrollment Grant and Subsidies
For the department of higher education to support the dual enrollment program allowing qualified high school students to take college courses; provided, that public higher education institutions may offer courses in high schools in addition to courses offered at the institutions or online if the number of students is sufficient
1,000,000
7066-0020 Nursing and Allied Health Education Workforce Development
For the nursing and allied health workforce development initiative, to develop and support strategies that increase the number of public higher education faculty members and students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to nursing and allied health; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred to the Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Trust Fund established in section 33 of chapter 305 of the acts of 2008; and provided further, that funds shall be transferred to the fund according to an allotment schedule adopted by the executive office for administration and finance
200,000
7066-0021 Foster Care and Adopted Fee Waiver
For reimbursement to public institutions of higher education for foster and adopted child fee waivers under section 19 of chapter 15A of the General Laws; provided, that no funds shall be distributed from this item prior to certification by the state universities, community colleges and the University of Massachusetts of the actual amount of tuition and fees waived for foster and adopted children attending public institutions of higher education under said section 19 of said chapter 15A that would otherwise have been retained by the campuses according to procedures and regulations promulgated by the board of higher education
4,274,842
7066-0024 Schools of Excellence
For the school of excellence program at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute; provided, that every effort shall be made to recruit and serve equal numbers of male and female students; provided further, that sending districts of students attending the Institute shall not be required to expend any funds for the cost of these students while in attendance at the Institute; provided further, that the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science shall provide professional development activities at the school located at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, including salary and benefits for teachers and visiting scholars; provided further, that the academy shall file a report with the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than January 27, 2016 detailing the professional development activities; and provided further, that the department of elementary and secondary education shall provide a subsidy to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute to operate a school of excellence in mathematics and science
1,400,000
7066-0025 Performance Management Set Aside
For the Performance Management Set Aside incentive program for the University of Massachusetts, the state universities, and the community colleges; provided, that these funds shall be distributed by the commissioner of higher education to public institutions of higher education through a competitive grant process based on priorities determined by the department of higher education in pursuit of operational efficiency and goals articulated in the commonwealth's vision project; provided further, that priorities may include support of workforce programs that train students for high-quality employment and outreach programs that work to engage surrounding communities with high-quality educational programs; provided further, that the department of higher education shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than January 27, 2016, detailing campuses receiving funds through this item and the criteria used to award funds; and provided further, that for the purposes of this item, appropriated funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months
2,750,000
7066-0036 STEM Starter Academy
For a science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM Starter Academy program to be implemented through the department of higher education at 1 or more of the Massachusetts community colleges to benefit student populations identified by the department as having expressed a high level of interest in STEM majors and STEM careers and yet are underperforming on STEM academic assessments; provided, that the STEM Starter Academy program shall incorporate best practice design elements from established STEM career pathways initiatives including, but not limited to, those recognized by the Massachusetts' Plan for Excellence in STEM Education and any subsequent STEM plans recognized by the department; provided further, that the STEM Starter Academy shall incorporate employer and industry collaboration to address workforce needs in high-demand fields, industry contextualized STEM curriculum, embedded mathematics and English language remediation and student supports and other STEM education research-based strategies that promote enrollment, enhance retention and increase post-secondary graduation rates and pathways to job placement or transfer to 4-year degree programs; provided further, that appropriated funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months; and provided further, that the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on higher education and the joint committee on education shall receive an evaluation of this program and its impact not later than September 30, 2016
4,750,000
7066-0040 Bridges to College
For adult college transition services focused on low-income and entry-level workers; provided, that funds shall be awarded competitively by the board of higher education to adult basic education providers, including local education agencies, community-based organizations, community colleges and correctional facilities with recognized success in bridging academic gaps of underserved populations and resulting in college entrance, retention and completion; provided further, that program awardees shall report on attendees' successful transition to college and that the program shall deliver to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2016, an evaluation of the program and its impact on student achievement, particularly as it relates to closing achievement gaps; and provided further, that appropriated funds may be expended for programs or activities during summer months
250,000
7066-1221 Community College Workforce Grant Advisory Committee
For the administration of the community college workforce grant advisory committee; provided, that funding shall be expended on the community college workforce training incentive grant program established in section 15F of chapter 15A of the General Laws
750,000
7066-1400 State University Incentive Grants
For additional operational funding for state universities for efforts which advance the goals of the commonwealth vision project; provided, that funds from this account shall be distributed in accordance with the funding formula in line item 7066-1400 of section 2 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014; provided further, that funding from this item shall be contingent upon approval of the funding formula by the board of higher education; provided further, that the department shall provide to the house and senate committees on ways and means, not later than August 14, 2015, a report on the status of the development and implementation of the funding formula; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2016 the state universities shall report on the total balance in all budgeted and off-budget funds; and provided further, that the allocation of funds shall be approved by the board of higher education
5,560,108
7070-0065 Massachusetts State Scholarship Program
For a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts students enrolled in and pursuing a program of higher education in any approved public or independent college, university, school of nursing or any other approved institution furnishing a program of higher education; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on the administration of the scholarship program; provided further, that the commissioner of higher education, in coordination with the Massachusetts state scholarship office, shall adopt guidelines governing the eligibility and the awarding of financial assistance; and provided further, that funds from this item shall be made available for early educator scholarships in an amount not less than the amount made available in fiscal year 2015
95,607,756
7070-0066 High Demand Scholarship Program
For a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students from the commonwealth who are enrolled in and pursuing a program of higher education in the University of Massachusetts, state universities and community colleges designated by the board of higher education to be a training program for an in-demand profession as defined by the executive office of labor and workforce development's study on labor market conditions; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on the administration of the scholarship program; provided further, that the commissioner of higher education, in coordination with the Massachusetts state scholarship office, shall adopt guidelines governing the eligibility and the awarding of financial assistance; and provided further, that funds from this item may be expended on the rapid response incentive program for community colleges
1,000,000
7077-0023 Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine Program
For a contract with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; provided, that funds shall be expended under a resident veterinary tuition remission plan as approved by the commissioner of higher education for supportive veterinary services provided to the commonwealth; provided further, that prior year costs may be paid from this item; provided further, that funds appropriated in this item shall support bioterrorism prevention research related to diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, in consultation with Massachusetts emergency authorities; and provided further, that the school may work in consultation with the Norfolk County Agricultural High School on veterinary programs
5,000,000
7100-4000 Massachusetts Community Colleges
For funding to community college campuses in the commonwealth; provided, that funds shall be expended for the continued implementation of community college reform, for continued initiatives to strengthen the connections between the colleges, local businesses and regional workforce investment boards and to improve workforce training at the colleges; provided further, that funding shall be allocated among the campuses using the formula developed by the commissioner of higher education in consultation with the secretaries of education, labor and workforce development and housing and economic development; provided further, that the allocation of funds shall be approved by the board of higher education; and provided further, that in developing the allocation among campuses, the commissioner shall ensure that no campus receives less in fiscal year 2016 than in fiscal year 2015
9,099,596
7520-0424 Health and Welfare Reserve for Higher Education Personnel
For a health and welfare reserve for eligible personnel employed at the community colleges and state universities
5,481,664

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 8,097,235
7066-1574 Improving Teacher Quality Grants - Sahes
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Improving Teacher Quality
1,330,646
7066-1616 College Access Challenge
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, College Access Challenge
1,764,296
7066-6033 Gear Up II
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
5,002,293

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