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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Robinson
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/7/06
HB
SHORT TITLE UNM College Preparatory Mentoring Program
SB 440
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
150.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to HB 169/SB 35 (NMSU Enlace Program).
Relates to HB209/SB 36 (Post-Secondary School Enlace Programs).
Relates to HB 829 (
UNM Law School Child Mentoring Programs
).
Relates to SB 181 (
UNM Law School Mentoring Programs
).
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 440 appropriates $150,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the Uni-
versity of New Mexico to support the universityís Special Programs Office implementation of
college preparatory mentoring programs for eighth graders in the Albuquerque public school sys-
tem.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $150,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to the Higher Education Department (HED),
the purpose of this program is to bridge
students from eighth grade into high school while educating them on how to achieve a post-
secondary degree. It is designed to provide opportunities, education, and career awareness. Each
student will be assigned a college mentor from a similar background. The mentors will meet with
their students throughout the school year to expose them to college life, the application process,
financial aid, class registration, coursework, ACT preparation, and on-campus work experience.
Between 200-300 students will participate in this program.
This request was not on the list of priority projects submitted by UNM to the HED for review
and was not included in the HEDís funding recommendation for FY07.
According to the Public Education Department (PED), this program targets mostly low-income,
students whose parents did not attend college. A major component of the program will be to pro-
vide each student with a college mentor of similar background. Mentors will meet with their stu-
dents throughout the year. Students will be exposed to college life, application process, financial
aid process, registration for classes, coursework, work experiences on campus and engage in
ACT preparation, team building and leadership activities.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
PED notes that, although
this bill has no direct impact on PEDís core performance measures,
there is a relationship with the success of this program and the departmentís education reform
initiatives.
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