1 Division of Florida Colleges Legislative Update Connections 2014 Kasongo Butler, Assistant Chancellor Abbey Ivey, Director of Academic Affairs
2 Agenda I. Legislative Background II. Legislative Action Summary III. Questions & Answers
3 Session at a Glance 264 bills passed which is the fewest since at least That s 22 percent less than the 10-year average of 338 bills passed per year for Fewer bills were filed than any time since at least The 1,812 filed bills is a 23 percent drop from the 10-year average of 2,364 bills filed per year from
4 When Does a Bill Become a Law? A bill becomes a law when it is signed by Governor. It can become a law without Governor s signature. Governor must sign or veto legislation within 15 days of transmittal, or it becomes law.
5 Veteran and Military Support/Residency HB 7015 Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program Public postsecondary institutions to waive out-of-state fees for honorably discharged Armed Forces, Reserve Forces and National Guard veterans: who physically reside in Florida while they are enrolled in the institution Applicable to 110% of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program Institutions must report to the State Board of Education the number and value of all fee waivers granted annually Signed by the Governor; law effective July 1, 2014 Amended Statute: s , F.S.
6 HB 7015 Education Dollars for Duty (EDD) Allows online courses Restricts payment of repeat courses Allows textbook costs to be covered Requires institution to report course enrollment, withdrawal, cancelation, completion, failure and grade for EDD recipients Amended statute: s , F.S.
7 HB 851 Postsecondary Student Fees Provides an out-of-state fee waiver, regardless of immigration status, for students who: Attended a Florida high school for 3 consecutive years Enrolls in an institution of higher education within 24 months after graduation, Provides their high school transcript as documentary evidence of attendance and graduation. Qualifying students are not classified as residents for tuition purposes, but may be reported for purposes of state funding These students are not eligible for state financial aid Amended Statute: s , F.S.
8 Postsecondary Student Fees HB 851 Updates the statutory tuition and eliminates the statutory rate of inflation for: Workforce education programs Florida College System (FCS) State University System (SUS) Amended Statutes: s , F.S., s , F.S., s F.S.
9 Residency HB 851 Redefines parent as either or both parents of a student, any guardian of a student, or any person in a parental relationship to a student Clarifies that a dependent student may not be denied residency based on immigration status of parent Clarifies residency determination on the basis of marriage to a Florida resident Amended Statute: s , F.S.
10 Florida Prepaid College Program HB 851 Extends caps on tuition & fees for Florida Prepaid College Program; limits payment to 100% of amount charged by SUS Results in a significant amount of money being rebated to parents currently in the program Amended Statute: s , F.S.
11 SB 850 Collegiate High Schools Requires FCS institutions and school districts to: Establish a collegiate high school program Execute a contract to establish the program by January 1 each year At a minimum, CHSP must include 12th grade option to earn 30 college credits and industry certifcation Contract must include: Description of how students and parents will be informed about collegiate high school program Include student eligibility and procedural requirements in the district s comprehensive student progression plan Authorizes the SBOE to exercise enforcement authority by withholding funds for noncompliance (school districts and FCS institutions) Amended Statute: s , F.S.
12 Dual Enrollment HB 5101 Public postsecondary institutions shall receive funding equivalent to the standard tuition rate per credit hour for each dual enrollment course taken by a student during the summer term (subject to annual appropriation) Eliminates school district payment requirement for courses taught by school district faculty on high school campus Expands requirement to develop a comprehensive dual enrollment articulation agreement to all public postsecondary institutions Clarifies that dual enrollment eligibility is for students in grades 6-12 (HB 7031) Amended Statute: s , F.S.
13 HB 5101 Articulation By January 31, 2015, Articulation Coordinating Committee to make recommendations regarding the cost and requirements to develop and implement an online system for collecting and analyzing data regarding requests for transfer of credit by postsecondary education students Online system must collect information regarding: Total number of credit transfer requests denied Reason for each denial Amended Statute: s , F.S.
14 HB 5101 Baccalaureates Moratorium on all new Florida College System baccalaureate degree proposals (including St. Petersburg College) March 31, May 31, 2015 Restricts State Board of Education from approving any new baccalaureate degrees Amended Statutes: s , F.S.; s , F.S.
15 Florida Virtual Campus/ Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative HB 5101 Establishes the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative as a single library automation system and association resources and services that all public postsecondary institutions shall use to support their learning, teaching, and research needs The budget restored $838,500 in non-recurring funds for operations Amended Statute: s , F.S.
16 Nursing Education SB 1036 Curriculum must consist of 50% clinical training in the U.S. and territories for the following programs: practical nursing program; an associate degree in professional nursing; or a professional diploma in nursing education Specifies curriculum must consist of 40% clinical training in the U.S. and territories for a bachelor s degree in professional nursing education. Simulation 50% of the clinical requirement, rather than the current 25% Licensure prep course required for students who have been out of school for more than six months who wish to take NCLEX The Board of Nursing (BON) has authority to establish guidelines
17 Nursing Education (cont.) BON approved program must achieve a graduate passage rate for first time test takers that is not more than 10% lower than the national average passage rate for comparable degree programs, during the same calendar year. Existing nursing programs with enrolled students must be accredited programs in accordance with s , F.S., by July 1, 2019 Programs with no enrolled students must be accredited programs in accordance with s , F.S., within 5 years of enrolling their first students Amended Statutes: s , F.S., s , F.S.
18 Career and Professional Education/Industry Certifications HB 487 Adds a requirement for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to provide industry certifications for farm occupations to be considered for placement on the Industry Certification Funding List and the Postsecondary Industry Certification Funding List to the State Board of Education and the Department of Education
19 Career and Professional Education/Industry Certifications SB 850 FEFP: Removes the funding cap of 0.3 for the CAPE Industry Certifications Includes funding for elementary and middle grades students NOTE: A cap of 0.1 per year was added for elementary and middle grades students Removes the total funding cap of $60 million Requires teacher bonuses to be paid for all types of certifications with the exception of the CAPE Digital Tools certificates Authorizes the Commissioner of Education to limit CAPE Industry Certifications and CAPE Digital Tools certificates to students in certain grades based upon formal recommendations by providers of the certifications Requires recommendations to the Articulation Coordinating Committee for articulation of postsecondary credit for related degrees within 90 days of the State Board of Education approval for the Industry Certification Funding List Amended Statutes: s , F.S., s , F.S., s , F.S.
20 HB 5101 Distance Learning Fee Institutions with a distance learning fee must provide a link to the catalog within the advising and distance learning sections of the institutions website, using a graphic and description provided by the Complete Florida Plus Program Amended Statute: s , F.S.
21 Pasco-Hernando Law Enforcement Academy HB 5101 Requires Pasco County Sheriff s Office (PCSO) and Pasco- Hernando State College (PHSC) to negotiate an interlocal agreement governing the training of officers at the PHSC Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy If there is no agreement by October 1, 2014, the certification of the criminal justice training school at PHSC will be revoked.
22 College Name Changes SB 236 Changes Edison State College to Florida SouthWestern State College Changes Pasco-Hernando Community College to Pasco-Hernando State College Amended Statute: s , F.S.
23 Budget Overall increase of $28 million (2.5%) over state funds Includes: $5 million for college program enhancements (funding model distribution) $15.5 million for equity/compression adjustments $2 million for operating costs of new facilities $5 million for performance incentives based on industry certifications $3.3 million in special projects for 5 colleges $4.8 million for dual enrollment (summer)
24 Public Education Capital Outlay $107.5 million for college projects from PECO $5 million for maintenance $10 million for critical maintenance $122.5 million total for Florida College System fixed capital outlay
25 Legislation That Did Not Pass
26 Would have: Textbook Affordability Revised textbook affordability policies to include recommended and other instructional materials Required institutions to post textbook information 14 days prior to registration Required reports from the SBOE and BOG to the Governor and Legislature on reducing student costs Required Florida Virtual Campus to report affordability policies and procedures and bookstore contracts.
27 Would have: Technical Career Centers Authorized career centers and charter technical career centers to offer college credit certificate programs (formerly referred to as Applied Technology Diplomas) Created a process for approval to offer associate in applied science (AAS) degree programs (mirrors FCS process for baccalaureate degree approval) Provided faculty credential guidelines for general education courses offered as part of an AAS degree to ensure transfer in the Statewide Course Numbering System Authorized career centers and charter technical career centers who offer college credit certificate programs or AAS degrees to request a name change to technical college Removed the nonresident fee for adult general education programs
28 Questions? Kasongo Butler, Assistant Chancellor Abbey Ivey, Director of Academic Affairs
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