Legislative Update - Palm Beach State College

Division of Florida Colleges
Legislative Update
Narcissus Willis
Coordinator of Student Affairs
June 4, 2014
I. Legislative Action Summary
II. Questions & Answers
Education Dollars for Duty (EDD)
HB 7015
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. 250.10, F.S.
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. 1009.26, F.S.
Postsecondary Student Fees
HB 851
– 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. 1009.26, F.S.
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
Amended Statute: s. 1009.21, F.S.
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)
– Revises s. 1009.22, F.S., workforce education postsecondary
student fees, and eliminates the out-of-state fees for adult
general education
Amended Statutes: s.1009.22, F.S., s.1009.23, F.S., s.1009.24 F.S.
Collegiate High Schools
SB 850
– 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 certification
– 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. 1007.273, F.S.
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
– Clarifies that dual enrollment eligibility is for students in grades 612 (HB 7031)
Amended Statute: s. 1007.271, F.S.
HB 5101
– 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. 1007.01, F.S.
HB 5101
– Moratorium on all new Florida College System
baccalaureate degree proposals (including St. Petersburg
College) March 31, 2014 - May 31, 2015
– Restricts State Board of Education from approving any new
baccalaureate degrees
Amended Statutes: s.1001.03, F.S.; s.1007.33, F.S.
Florida Virtual Campus/
Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative
HB 5101
– Eliminated Florida Virtual Campus organization. It was renamed
Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative and moved to the
University of West Florida 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.1006.73, F.S.
Nursing Education
SB 1036
– Simulation is 50% of the clinical requirement, rather than the current
– 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.
– 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
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. 464.003, F.S., by July
1, 2019
– Programs with no enrolled students must be accredited programs
in accordance with s. 464.003, F.S., within 5 years of enrolling
their first students
Amended Statutes: s.464.008, F.S., s.464.019, F.S.
College Name Changes
SB 236
– Changes Edison State College to Florida SouthWestern
State College
– Changes Pasco-Hernando Community College to PascoHernando State College
Amended Statute: s.1000.21, F.S.
Credit for Online Courses
HB7029 (2013)
• Currently drafting rule/regulation language
as required by s. 1004.0961, FS, Credit
For Online Courses. Similar to existing
rule/regulation for military training credit.
Florida Student Identification Number
Senate Bill 188
Relating to Education Data Privacy
• Requires the Florida Department of
Education to establish a process for
assigning a Florida student identification
number to every student in the state
• Overall increase of $28 million
(2.5%) over 2013-14 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)
Legislation That Did Not Pass
Textbook Affordability
Would have:
• 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.
Technical Career Centers
Would have:
• 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
• 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
Narcissus Willis
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