Protect the public interest in educational television by making application to the federal communications commission for educational television channels reserved for Wisconsin, and take such action as is necessary to preserve such channels to Wisconsin for educational use.
Initiate, develop and maintain a comprehensive state plan for the orderly operation of a statewide television system for the presentation of noncommercial instructional programs that will serve the best interests of the people of the state now and in the future.
Work with the educational agencies and institutions of the state as reviewer, adviser and coordinator of their joint efforts to meet the educational needs of the state through radio, television and other appropriate technologies.
Furnish leadership in securing adequate funding for statewide joint use of radio and television for educational and cultural purposes, including funding for media programming for broadcast over the state networks. The educational communications board may submit joint budget requests with state agencies and other nonstate organizations or corporations for the purposes enumerated in this subsection.
Lease, purchase or construct radio and television facilities for joint use, such as network interconnection or relay equipment, mobile units, or other equipment available for statewide use.
Apply for, construct and operate radio and television transmission equipment in order to provide broadcast service to all areas of this state.
Establish and maintain a continuing evaluation of the effectiveness of the joint efforts of all participating educational institutions in terms of jointly-established goals in the area of educational radio and television.
Act as a central clearing house and source of information concerning educational radio and television activities in this state, including the furnishing of such information to legislators, offices of government, educational institutions and the general public.
If appropriate funds are made available, file applications after appropriate engineering studies and feasibility surveys for the construction and operation of noncommercial educational radio and television transmitters in the vicinities of Wausau, Colfax, La Crosse and Appleton and translators in the Platteville and Ashland area.
Establish and operate, as soon as practicable, an interconnection between the broadcast facilities and higher education campuses to facilitate statewide use of closed circuit and broadcast radio and television for educational purposes. Additional facilities may be authorized by the educational communications board if deemed necessary and if funds are available for such purposes.
Throughout this development, seek to cooperate with similar bodies in other states and participate in regional and national network planning so as to insure maximum educational benefits for the people of this state.
Coordinate the radio activities of the various educational and informational agencies, civic groups, and citizens having contributions to make to the public interest and welfare.
Manage, operate and maintain broadcasting station WLBL.
When appropriate and related to the programs of the state educational radio and television network, procure or publish instructional material. A reasonable handling charge may be established to cover the costs of providing such material.
Expend at least $140,200 in each fiscal year for the development and periodic update of instructional television programs that are specific to this state for use in schools. Funds may be expended for the programs from the appropriation under s. 20.225 (1) (f)
, or (m)
Give priority in the development of instructional television programs to programs specific to this state.
Assist any state agency, upon its request, in the development and review of plans for the utilization of educational radio and television to include, but not be limited to, equipment, personnel, facilities and programming.
Maintain annual records of its expenditures for programming purposes by type of programming and by source of revenue. By December 1, 1981, and annually thereafter, the educational communications board shall submit to the governor and the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
, a report on all of the board's sources of revenue by source and amount.
Use the funds appropriated under s. 20.225 (1) (d)
to contract with Milwaukee area technical college for television facilities access or programs of statewide interest produced by the technical college, or both.
Operate an emergency weather warning system.
The board's relationship with support organizations is discussed. 70 Atty. Gen. 163.
Educational communications board; powers.
The educational communications board may:
Copyright in its own name or acquire copyrights by assignment and charge for their use.
Review capital equipment purchases related to public broadcasting made by any state agency.
Enter into a contract with any state agency, county, cooperative educational service agency, technical college district, municipality or school district for the educational communications board to furnish engineering and other services related to the construction or operation of telecommunications facilities.
History: 1985 a. 29
; 1995 a. 27
Nonstock corporation. 39.12(1)
The educational communications board may organize and maintain a nonstock nonprofit corporation under ch. 181
for the exclusive purpose of raising funds for the educational communications board to support the activities of the educational communications board. Any funds raised by the corporation shall be expended to carry out the purposes for which received.
The educational communications board shall enter into a contract with the corporation under sub. (1)
. The contract shall provide that the educational communications board may make use of the services of the corporation and that the educational communications board may provide administrative services to the corporation. The type and scope of any administrative services provided by the educational communications board to the corporation and the educational communications board employees assigned to perform the services shall be determined by the educational communications board. The corporation may neither employ staff nor engage in political activities.
The corporation under sub. (1)
shall donate any real property to the state within 5 years after acquiring the property unless holding the property for more than 5 years is consistent with sound business and financial practices and is approved by the joint committee on finance.
The educational communications board, the department of administration, the legislative fiscal bureau, the legislative audit bureau and the appropriate committee of each house of the legislature, as determined by the presiding officer, may examine all records of the corporation.
The board of directors of any corporation established under this section shall consist of 5 members, including the executive director of the educational communications board and 4 members of the educational communications board, elected by the educational communications board, of which one shall be a legislator. No 2 members of the board of directors may be from the same category of educational communications board members under s. 15.57 (1)
Any corporation established under this section shall be organized so that contributions to it will be deductible from adjusted gross income under section 170
of the internal revenue code and so that the corporation will be exempt from taxation under section 501
of the internal revenue code and ss. 71.26 (1) (a)
and 71.45 (1) (a)
The educational communications board shall appoint an executive director outside the classified service. The executive director shall coordinate the activities and execute the program and orders of the board, maintain liaison with the various federal and state agencies interested in the system of state radio and television broadcasting and exercise such further powers, functions and duties as the board prescribes.
The executive director may employ a deputy director, the number of division administrators specified in s. 230.08 (2) (e)
and 11 professional staff members outside the classified service. Subject to authorization under s. 16.505
, the executive director may employ additional professional staff members for development and grant projects outside the classified service or for other purposes within the classified service.
The educational communications board may provide a plan for bonus compensation for employees appointed in the unclassified service whose principal responsibility is fund raising, whereby the employees may qualify for an annual bonus for meritorious performance. No bonus awarded by the board to any individual employee for any fiscal year may exceed a total of 25% of the annual salary of the employee at the beginning of the fiscal year. In awarding bonus compensation for a given period, the board shall award no more than 3% of the amount of private funding raised during the preceding fiscal year which is in excess of the amount of private funding raised during the 2nd preceding fiscal year. The board shall provide for a portion of the bonus compensation awarded under this subsection to be distributed to employees over a 3-year period conditioned upon continuation of employment to the time of distribution.
Affiliation agreement. 39.14(1)
The educational communications board may enter into an affiliation agreement with broadcast radio and television licensees for the purpose of furthering its responsibilities under s. 39.11 (2)
. An affiliation agreement shall include the minimum amount of programming of the Wisconsin educational radio or television network to be carried by the affiliated radio and television station.
Any amendment to an agreement under sub. (1)
in the amount of programming to be carried by the affiliated licensee which is offered by the Wisconsin educational radio or television network may be made by mutual agreement between the affiliated licensee and the educational communications board.
Any nonprofit affiliated licensee of the Wisconsin educational radio or television network shall be required to submit to the educational communications board an annual report of their operating and capital budgets, plans for future development and expansion, schedules of weekly broadcast programming, and all other information deemed reasonable and appropriate by the contracting parties.
The educational communications board shall negotiate an affiliation agreement under s. 36.25 (5)
with the University of Wisconsin System.
History: 1973 c. 333
; 1975 c. 41
Aid for medical education. 39.15(1)(a)
Two of the members of the board of trustees of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., shall be nominated by the governor, and, with the advice and consent of the senate, appointed for staggered 6-year terms expiring on June 30.
The Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., shall give first preference in admissions to residents of this state.
The Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., shall make every effort to ensure that at least 5% of the total enrollment of the college consists of minority students.
At the state auditor's discretion or as the joint legislative audit committee directs, the legislative audit bureau shall postaudit expenditures under s. 20.250
so as to assure the propriety of expenditures and compliance with legislative intent. State affirmative action policies, rules, and practices shall be applied to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., consistent with their application to state agencies.
Medical College of Wisconsin; state aid policies. 39.155(1)(1)
All funds appropriated to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., under s. 20.250 (1) (a)
shall be based on a per capita formula for an amount for each Wisconsin resident enrolled at the college who is paying full tuition. A student's qualification as a resident of this state shall be determined by the higher educational aids board in accordance with s. 36.27
, so far as applicable.
On or before January 15 and September 15 of each year, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., shall submit to the higher educational aids board for its approval a list of the Wisconsin residents enrolled at the college who are paying full tuition. The state shall make semiannual payments to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., from the appropriation under s. 20.250 (1) (a)
, upon approval of the list. No more than 8 such payments may be made to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., from the appropriation under s. 20.250 (1) (a)
, for any individual student.
Medical education review committee. 39.16(1)
There is created a medical education review committee consisting of 9 members as follows. Seven members shall be appointed by the governor for staggered 5-year terms, and shall be selected from citizens with broad knowledge of medical education who are currently not associated with either of the medical schools of this state. The remaining members of the committee shall be the president of the University of Wisconsin System or a designee, and the president of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. or a designee.
The medical education review committee shall:
Stimulate the development of cooperative programs by the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, and advise the governor and legislature on the viability of such cooperative arrangements.
Develop basic information on the potential resources for medical education in this state. Each school shall provide such information and data as the committee requires.
After studying the resources available and needs for hospital affiliations throughout the state, prepare a statewide plan for such affiliations in consultation with the 2 medical schools and various hospitals, and review and approve or disapprove all proposed affiliations on the basis of the plan. Costs incurred directly and indirectly in support of nonapproved affiliations implemented after approval of a statewide affiliation plan cannot be included under any state program receiving state funding in whole or in part.
Encourage the development of continuing education programs for practicing physicians in this state, including communication links with outlying regions of the state that would allow practitioners to have access to their medical schools.
Encourage and review the development of training programs in relation to the state's health work force needs.
Encourage the development of joint or cooperative programs for training of allied health personnel and the development of accelerated bachelor of science and doctor of medicine training programs.
Encourage the development of systems for cross registration of students for specialized courses.
Stimulate the development of joint research and patient care programs that would most effectively apply the resources of both schools and avoid duplication of expensive equipment and personnel, and help attract resources for such developments and projects.
Draw upon existing executive, legislative and agency personnel for the provision of staff services to the committee. Any necessary and reasonable expenses incurred by the committee shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (a)
Provide upon request of the governor, the joint committee on finance, or on its own initiative analyses and recommendations on policy issues in the broad field of medical education in the state.
HIGHER EDUCATIONAL AIDS BOARD
In this subchapter, "board" means the higher educational aids board.
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
Powers and duties. 39.28(1)(1)
The board shall administer the programs under this subchapter and may promulgate such rules as are necessary to carry out its functions. The board may accept and use any funds which it receives from participating institutions, lenders or agencies. The board may enter into such contracts as are necessary to carry out its functions under this subchapter.
The board shall establish plans to be administered by the board for participation by this state under any federal acts relating to higher education and submit them to the U.S. secretary of education for the secretary's approval. The board may utilize such criteria for determination of priorities, participation or purpose as are delineated in the federal acts.
In its biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
, the board also shall include recommendations for improvement of the state's student financial aid programs.
On January 1 and July 1, the board shall report to the joint committee on finance and the joint legislative audit committee on the board's loan collection activities and efforts to develop collection policies to improve program performance through changes in data processing and program review.
The board may assign, sell, convey or repurchase student loans made under s. 39.32
subject to prior approval by the joint committee on finance.
The board may not provide any state financial assistance under this subchapter to any person during the period that the person is required to register with the selective service system under 50 USC, Appendix, sections 451 to 473 if the person has not so registered.
See also HEA
, Wis. adm. code.
Board review of proposed formulae. 39.285(1)
By May 1, 1998, and annually thereafter, the board shall approve, modify or disapprove any proposed formula for the awarding of grants for the upcoming academic year submitted under sub. (2)
or s. 36.11 (6) (c)
or 38.04 (7m)