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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 56 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 56

(By Senator Unger)


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study methods of increasing funding received by state institutions of higher education through grants.

Whereas, Numerous agencies and organizations, including the federal government and private foundations, provide billions of dollars annually in funding opportunities specifically targeting institutions of higher education; and
Whereas, State institutions of higher education may apply for and receive funds to support faculty research, student programs, advanced technologies, laboratory equipment, cyberinfrastructure, curriculum development, teacher training and workforce development; and
Whereas, State institutions of higher education may not be receiving all of the funding that is available to them due to insufficient resources, knowledge of availability, competitiveness, capacity, concept development or expertise to apply; and
Whereas, Institutions of higher education in West Virginia rank statistically low in the numbers and dollar amounts of extramural funds awarded nationally; and
Whereas, Establishing a state-level position to advise and assist state institutions of higher education in applying for grants may be a cost-effective method to increase the funding state institutions of higher education receive through grants; and
Whereas, There may be other cost-effective measures that could be implemented that would result in an increase in the funding that state institutions of higher education receive through grants and other extramural funding opportunities; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study methods of increasing funding received by state institutions of higher education through grants; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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