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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/9/06
HB
SHORT TITLE ENMU Education & Technology Programs
SB 506
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
240.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 506 appropriates $240,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of Eastern
New Mexico University to expand the College of Education and Technology programs.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $240,000 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.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Higher Education Department (HED) notes that, according to Eastern New Mexico Univer-
sity (ENMU) President Dr. Steven Gamble, the purpose of this appropriation is to employ three
professors in Education Technology, Bilingual Education, and Reading to support outreach ef-
forts to sites throughout Eastern New Mexico that do not facilitate distance education delivery.
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According to HED, the $240,000 appropriation
request includes:
$195,000 for personnel services and benefits, and
$45,000 to cover other costs.
ENMUís College of Education and Technology currently offers distance education courses at
Clovis/CAFB, Farmington, Hobbs (Lea County), Roswell, and Ruidoso.
HED adds ENMU is a regional comprehensive university centered on the preparation of teach-
ers, administrators, and counselors. The university has liberal arts and education programs that
provide highly qualified teachers. Technology plays an innovative role in the programs by utiliz-
ing distance education technologies, training labs, and ITV technologies.
This proposal was not submitted by ENMU to HED through the Research, Public Service, and
Special Program requests, nor is it included in the HEDís funding recommendation for FY07.
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