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WHEREAS, The Congress of the United States has recognized the necessity for studies and planning for the expansion and improvement of postsecondary education;
WHEREAS, the young men and women of the Commonwealth deserve and require vocational-technical educational programs and facilities of the highest standards in the area of postsecondary education;
WHEREAS, the enactment by the Congress of the United States of Public Law 92-318, the Education Amendments of 1972, provides for financial support of such studies and planning; and
WHEREAS, said Public Law 92-318 requires the establishment of a State Postsecondary Education Commission to conduct such studies and planning;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Francis W. Sargent, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows;
1. There shall be a Postsecondary Education Commission, hereinafter called the Commission, which shall, in accordance with the provisions of Section 1202 of Title XII of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Public Law 92-318, be broadly and equitably representative of the general public and public and private non-profit and proprietary institutions of postsecondary education in the Commonwealth including community colleges, junior colleges, postsecondary vocational schools, area vocational schools, technical institutes, four year institutions of higher education and branches thereof.
2. The commission shall be composed of at least fifteen members, including seven persons, who shall be the persons appointed by the Governor to the Board of Higher Education, serving coterminous with their term on the Board of Higher Education, and at least eight persons, appointed by the Governor for terms of one year, who shall be representative of the general public and public and private nonprofit and proprietary institutions of postsecondary education in the Commonwealth, including community colleges, junior colleges, postsecondary vocational schools, area vocational schools, technical institutes, four year institutions of higher education and branches thereof. The membership of the Commission may be increased or decreased from time to time as may be necessary or convenient to enable the Commonwealth to receive, for the Commission, any grants or other funds from the United States. The Governor shall, from time to time, designate one member of the Commission to serve as chairman. Members shall receive no compensation for their service but may be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in rendering such service. The Commission shall meet at the call of the chairman and shall meet at least four times a year.
3. The Commission shall:
a) conduct studies and planning for the expansion and improvement of postsecondary education in accordance with the purposes of Sections 1202 and 1203 of Title XII of said Higher Education Act of 1965, as it may be amended,
b) in doing so, establish committees or task forces, not necessarily consisting of Commission members, and utilize surveys, submit recommendations, or otherwise contribute the best available expertise from the institutions, interest groups, and segments of the society most concerned with a particular aspect of the Commission's work;
c) report to and advise the Secretary of Educational Affairs with respect to postsecondary education;
d) submit, through the Secretary of Educational Affairs, to the United States Commissioner of Education an annual evaluation report; and
e) take such other actions as may be required by law or necessary or convenient to fulfill its purposes.
4. Subject to the approval of the Secretary of Educational Affairs, the Commission may, as provided by law, expend such funds as may be available for its purposes and employ such professional, technical, and clerical personnel as may be necessary for the performance of its functions.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this twenty-second day of April in the year one thousand nine hundred and seventy-four and the year of the independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.
FRANCIS W. SARGENT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
JOHN F. X. DAVOREN
Secretary of the Commonwealth