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The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be estimated at this time, but it could result in a net decrease in General Revenue associated with the bill due to decreased formula funding at general academic and health related institutions, and partially offset by increased formula funding at public junior colleges in fiscal years 2018-2020. The bill could result in a net decrease in tuition and fee revenue at general academic institutions and health related institutions due to estimated declines in enrollment in certain programs. The net change in General Revenue and institutional funds for institutions of higher education will depend on the number of baccalaureate degree programs offered by public junior colleges and the number of students who choose to enroll in those programs instead of programs at general academic institutions or health related institutions.
Based on information provided by a sample of community colleges, the
establishment of additional baccalaureate degree programs for eligible
community colleges under the provisions of the bill could result in a
significant fiscal impact for those community colleges to cover start-up
and operating costs. Such costs include, but are not limited to,
securing proper regional accreditation, upgrading facilities and
libraries to accommodate upper division coursework, and costs associated
with faculty salary and workload. This analysis assumes these costs
would be paid for out of institutional funds, partially offset by any
state appropriations from formula funding.