TITLE 17. EDUCATION
CHAPTER 5-B. LOUISIANA COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES
17:1871 Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges; establishment; members; qualifications and terms; vacancies; duties
A. (1)(a) The Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges is created as a body corporate. The board shall be composed of fifteen members appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate and of such appointments:
(i) One member shall be appointed by the governor from among three persons nominated by the Louisiana AFL-CIO.
(ii) One member shall be appointed by the governor from among three persons nominated by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
(iii) Two members shall be appointed by the governor from among six persons nominated by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
(b) In addition, the board shall have two student members who shall serve one-year terms and shall be selected as provided in R.S. 17:1806.
(c) Of the members selected and appointed by the governor, there shall be two members from each congressional district and the remaining member or members from the state at large.
(2)(a) The term of each initial gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges shall be assigned by the appointing governor so that five of the initial appointments expire on July 1, 2001, five of the initial appointments expire on July 1, 2003, and five of the initial appointments expire on July 1, 2005. Thereafter, all gubernatorial appointees shall serve terms of six years.
(b) At least three members appointed by the governor as a successor to the initial appointees whose terms expire on July 1, 2005, and their successors shall have significant experience in vocational education. At least two of the members appointed by the governor as successors to the members whose terms expire on July 1, 2007, and at least two of their successors shall have significant experience in vocational education. At least one of the members appointed by the governor as a successor to the members whose terms expire on July 1, 2009, and at least one of their successors shall have significant experience in vocational education.
(3) The board should be representative of the state's population by race and gender to ensure diversity.
(4) A vacancy on the board occurring prior to the expiration of a term shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by appointment by the governor, with consent of the Senate.
B. The board shall:
(1) Supervise and manage the public institutions of higher education assigned to its jurisdiction and the public institutions which exclusively or predominantly provide programs of vocational-technical education.
(2) Participate as other education boards in the educational governance structure of the state.
(3) Cooperate and work together with the Board of Regents in seeking to ensure that community and technical college programs are responsive to the needs of students for education and training and businesses for educated and trained employees.
(4) Maximize the use of facilities, faculties, and other resources already in place to provide for the education and training of students and to increase access to such education and training, including assistance to students to adequately prepare them for their pursuit of a postsecondary or higher education.
(5) Adopt practices and guidelines to provide for minimizing the number of administrators employed in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the proportion of the system budget allocated for costs associated with administration, consistent with principles contained in the Board of Regents' funding formula for higher education.
(6) Continue development of articulation agreements between institutions under the management of the board and institutions managed by other postsecondary management boards, both public and private.
(7) Cooperate and work together with the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to improve linkages and career and technical education pathways between high schools and community and technical colleges including but not limited to the following:
(a) Aligning existing career and technical education programs to more industry-driven programs.
(b) Expanding career and technical education programs and related opportunities for high school students.
(c) Creating articulated courses and programs between high schools and community and technical colleges.
(8) Beginning July 1, 2010 and thereafter, establish, operate, and maintain a statewide adult education program and adopt such regulations as may be necessary for the provision of such program.
C. In accordance with Article VII, Section 2.1 of the Constitution of Louisiana, the board may equalize the tuition and registration fee amounts for online courses offered by the public postsecondary education institutions under its jurisdiction by setting a uniform tuition and registration fee for each such course in an amount up to the highest amount authorized by law for such courses in effect on July 1, 2009. Such uniform tuition and registration fee amounts shall not be raised unless authorized by law.
Added by Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 151, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2005, No. 141, § 1, eff. June 28, 2005; Acts 2006, No. 99, § 1; Acts 2009, No. 307, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009; Acts 2010, No. 132, § 1, eff. July 1, 2010; Acts 2010, No. 732, § 1, eff. July 1, 2010.