Proposed Revision to 271 - Vocational Technical Education Board of Regents; Powers and Duties


Statutory authority:

            Chapter 658, Montana Session Laws 1987, House Bill 39

            Section 1.  Powers and duties of board of regents.  The board of regents has general administrative and supervisory control over vocational-technical center education and shall:

            (1)  establish and when necessary amend a plan for the orderly development of vocational-technical center education that is consistent with federal and state law, controlled to prevent unnecessary duplication, and funded to ensure necessary growth and quality education;

            (2)  adopt standards for courses and programs;

            (3)  implement a review process for establishing and deleting programs and courses that recognizes the present and future needs of employers and provides qualified graduates for positions for which there is or may in the near future be a demand;

            (4)  establish student entrance and graduation requirements;

            (5)  appoint a director, to serve at the pleasure of the board, for each vocational-technical center and establish minimum qualifications for faculty, directors, administrative staff, and other personnel;

            (6)  appoint a deputy commissioner of vocational-technical center education, to serve at the pleasure of the board;

            (7)  establish student tuition and prescribe the bases and limitations for charging of fees, taking into account funding available from all other sources and the provisions of 20-7-332(3);

            (8)  determine the amount to be paid for the lease of buildings;

            (9)  adopt budget requests for the vocational-technical center education system;

            (10)  establish a procedure by which students can receive part of their education and training through programs, courses, and on-the-job training offered by the private sector and not available at the centers;

            (11)  establish a procedure by which qualified persons in the private sector can participate in the training and teaching of students in the centers' classrooms when such persons have training, knowledge, and skills not available through the centers' faculty;

            (12)  provide means by which the centers' faculty can obtain advanced education and training in new areas and either be reimbursed for their expenses or raised to a higher salary level, or both;

            (13)  establish for the various centers uniform policies for recordkeeping; financial transactions; accounting; maintenance; recruiting, guidance and placement of students; examinations; personnel relations; and other matters as determined by the board;

            (14)  negotiate with the bargaining representative for personnel of each center or the personnel of the center system in a manner consistent with state and federal law;

            (15)  work with other institutions of higher education to implement the transfer of course credits between those institutions and the vocational-technical centers; and

            (16)  adopt rules and procedures to implement this section and to carry out any other powers and duties of the board.