Bill Text: NJ A791 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Requires public institutions of higher education to grant academic credit to certain veterans.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 14-3-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-01-17 - Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee [A791 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A791-Amended.html

[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 791

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2018 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  BOB ANDRZEJCZAK

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman  R. BRUCE LAND

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblywoman  GABRIELA M. MOSQUERA

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman  JOE DANIELSEN

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Assemblyman  RAJ MUKHERJI

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblywoman  JOANN DOWNEY

District 11 (Monmouth)

Assemblyman  ANDREW ZWICKER

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Mazzeo, Benson and Assemblywoman Chaparro

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires public institutions of higher education to grant academic credit to certain veterans.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on September 17, 2018, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning veterans at public institutions of higher education and supplementing chapter 62 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1[1.    a.   As used in this section, "veteran" means an individual who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, a Reserve component thereof, or the National Guard, and who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service.

     b.    A public institution of higher education shall adopt a policy to award academic credit to veterans.  The policy shall grant a veteran who is accepted to pursue a course of study at the institution a minimum of six credits upon the veteran's enrollment.]1

 

     11.   a.   Each public and independent institution of higher education, after taking into account and giving due consideration to the credit recommendation of the American Council on Education, shall accept and apply towards an undergraduate degree program appropriate credit for a student's military experience, following an evaluation and determination by the institution that the credits are in alignment with appropriate courses and correspond to the degree being pursued at the institution.  The institution may award a maximum of 30 credits for military experience towards an undergraduate degree to a student enrolled in the institution.

     Each public and independent institution of higher education, after taking into account and giving due consideration to the credit recommendation of the American Council on Education, shall accept and apply towards a graduate degree program appropriate credit for a student's military experience, following an evaluation and determination by the institution that the credits are in alignment with appropriate courses and correspond to the degree being pursued at the institution.  The institution may award a maximum of 12 credits for military experience towards a graduate degree to a student enrolled in the institution.

     The credit recommendation of the American Council on Education shall represent college-level equivalencies based on a review of workforce training, military training or occupations, and other sources of learning outside the college classroom.

     b.    Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any public or independent institution of higher education to admit a student or to waive its admission standards and application procedures. 

     c.     Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a public or independent institution from accepting and applying towards a degree program more than 30 credits for a student's military experience should the institution choose to take such action.1

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately and shall first apply to the first full academic year following the date of enactment.

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