§ 16-84-1. Legislative findings.
(a) The legislature recognizes that it is clearly in the public interest for the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island to seek private funding in support of initiatives which promote academic excellence and educational access. The legislature further finds that the creation of endowed academic chairs enhances the ability of Rhode Island's three (3) public institutions of higher education to offer quality instruction and that additional scholarship funding will provide opportunities for students to pursue their educational and occupational goals. It is, therefore, declared to be the policy of the state to encourage private fundraising for these purposes by the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island and to assist such fundraising through a matching program to be known as the public higher education academic excellence and student access endowment incentive program.
(b) This program shall not result in direct or indirect reductions in the state's appropriation to the board of governors for higher education.
(P.L. 2005, ch. 252, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 259, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 501, § 84.)