Student Futures Program Act

Student Futures Program Act

Summary

This act creates a career planning program.

Model Policy

Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “Student Futures Program”

Section 2. Definitions.

(A) “Education provider” means:

(1) {insert state} institution of higher education as defined in {insert applicable state law}; or

(2) {insert state} provider of post secondary education.

(B) “Student user” means:

(1) {insert state} student in kindergarten through grade 12;

(2) {insert state} post-secondary education student;

(3) a parent or guardian of a {insert state} public education student; or

(4) {insert state} potential post-secondary education student.

(C) “Other user” means:

(1) a jobseeker;

(2) an adult user;

(3) a {insert state} business user; or

(4) any {insert state} citizen.

(D) “Student Futures” means a career planning program developed and administered by the Department of Workforce Services, the State Board of Regents, and the State Board of Education.

(E) “Student Futures Steering Committee” means a committee of members designated by the governor to administer and manage Student Futures in collaboration with the Department of Workforce Services, the State Board of Regents, and the State Board of Education.

Section 3. Student Futures Funding.

(A) The Student Futures Steering Committee shall ensure, as funding allows and is feasible, that Student Futures will:

(1) allow a student user to:

(a) access the student user’s full academic record;

(b) electronically allow the student user to give access to the student user’s academic record and related information to an education provider as allowed by law;

(c) access information about different career opportunities and understand the related educational requirements to enter that career;

(d) access information about education providers;

(e) access up to date information about entrance requirements to education providers;

(f) apply for entrance to multiple schools without having to fully replicate the

application process;

(g) apply for loans, scholarships, or grants from multiple education providers in one location without having to fully replicate the application process for multiple education providers; and

(h) research open jobs from different companies within the user’s career interest and apply for those jobs without having to leave the website to do so;

(3) allow the Department of Workforce Services to analyze and report on student user

interests, education paths, and behaviors within the education system by redirecting appropriations from the general fund so as to predictively determine appropriate career and educational outcomes and results consistent with FERPA requirements and State provisions regarding student privacy; and

(4) allow all users of the Student Futures’ system to communicate and interact through social networking tools within the Student Futures website as allowed by law.

(B) On or before {insert date}, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Student Futures Steering Committee, may select a technology provider, through a request for proposals process, to provide technology and support for StudentFutures by redirecting appropriations from the general fund.

(C) In evaluating proposals under Subsection (B), the State Board of Education and the

Student Futures Steering Committee shall ensure that the technology provided by a proposer:

(1) allows Student Futures to license and host the selected technologies on Student   Futures’ servers;

(2) allows Student Futures to protect and control all user data within the system;

(3) allows Student Futures to directly control and update the user interface, APIs, and web services software layers as needed; and

(4) provides the ability for a student user to have a secure profile and login to access

and to store personal information related to the services listed in Subsection (A) via the Internet.

Section 4. {Severability clause.}

Section 5. {Repealer clause.}

Section 6. {Effective date.}

Section 7. This program and the student futures committee will sunset after 3 years subject to legislative renewal.

Keyword Tags: 2014 STFS, Education Task Force