Florida Senate - 2014 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS/CS/CS/HB 851, 2nd Eng.
Senate . House
Floor: 1a/RE/2R .
04/30/2014 04:14 PM .
Senator Latvala moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (319896) (with directory and
2 title amendments)
4 Delete lines 262 - 324
5 and insert:
6 approval from the Board of Governors. However, beginning July 1,
7 2014, the Board of Governors may only approve the establishment
8 of or an increase in tuition differential for a state research
9 university designated as a preeminent state research university
10 pursuant to s. 1001.7065(3). The tuition differential shall
11 promote improvements in the quality of undergraduate education
12 and shall provide financial aid to undergraduate students who
13 exhibit financial need.
14 (a) Seventy percent of the revenues from the tuition
15 differential shall be expended for purposes of undergraduate
16 education. Such expenditures may include, but are not limited
17 to, increasing course offerings, improving graduation rates,
18 increasing the percentage of undergraduate students who are
19 taught by faculty, decreasing student-faculty ratios, providing
20 salary increases for faculty who have a history of excellent
21 teaching in undergraduate courses, improving the efficiency of
22 the delivery of undergraduate education through academic
23 advisement and counseling, and reducing the percentage of
24 students who graduate with excess hours. This expenditure for
25 undergraduate education may not be used to pay the salaries of
26 graduate teaching assistants. Except as otherwise provided in
27 this subsection, the remaining 30 percent of the revenues from
28 the tuition differential, or the equivalent amount of revenue
29 from private sources, shall be expended to provide financial aid
30 to undergraduate students who exhibit financial need, including
31 students who are scholarship recipients under s. 1009.984, to
32 meet the cost of university attendance. This expenditure for
33 need-based financial aid shall not supplant the amount of need
34 based aid provided to undergraduate students in the preceding
35 fiscal year from financial aid fee revenues, the direct
36 appropriation for financial assistance provided to state
37 universities in the General Appropriations Act, or from private
38 sources. The total amount of tuition differential waived under
39 subparagraph (b)8. may be included in calculating the
40 expenditures for need-based financial aid to undergraduate
41 students required by this subsection. If the entire tuition and
42 fee costs of resident students who have applied for and received
43 Pell Grant funds have been met and the university has excess
44 funds remaining from the 30 percent of the revenues from the
45 tuition differential required to be used to assist students who
46 exhibit financial need, the university may expend the excess
47 portion in the same manner as required for the other 70 percent
48 of the tuition differential revenues.
49 (b) Each tuition differential is subject to the following
51 1. The tuition differential may be assessed on one or more
52 undergraduate courses or on all undergraduate courses at a state
54 2. The tuition differential may vary by course or courses,
55 by campus or center location, and by institution. Each
56 university board of trustees shall strive to maintain and
57 increase enrollment in degree programs related to math, science,
58 high technology, and other state or regional high-need fields
59 when establishing tuition differentials by course.
60 3. For each state university that is designated as a
61 preeminent state research university by the Board of Governors,
62 pursuant to s. 1001.7065
has total research and development
63 expenditures for all fields of at least $100 million per year as
64 reported annually to the National Science Foundation, the
65 aggregate sum of tuition and the tuition differential may not be
66 increased by no more than 6 15 percent of the total charged for
67 the aggregate sum of these fees in the preceding fiscal year.
68 The tuition differential may be increased if the university
69 meets or exceeds performance standard targets for that
70 university established annually by the Board of Governors for
71 the following performance standards, amounting to no more than a
72 2-percent increase in the tuition differential for each
73 performance standard:
74 a. An increase in the 6-year graduation rate for full-time,
75 first-time-in-college students, as reported annually to the
76 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
77 b. An increase in the total annual research expenditures.
78 c. An increase in the total patents awarded by the United
79 States Patent and Trademark Office for the most recent years.
80 For each state university that has total research and
81 development expenditures for all fields of less than $100
82 million per year as reported annually to the National Science
83 Foundation, the aggregate sum of tuition and the tuition
84 differential may not be increased by more than 15 percent of the
85 total charged for the aggregate sum of these fees in the
86 preceding fiscal year.
87 4. The aggregate sum of undergraduate tuition and fees per
88 credit hour, including the tuition differential, may not exceed
89 the national average of undergraduate tuition and fees at 4-year
90 degree-granting public postsecondary educational institutions.
91 5. The tuition differential shall not be included in any
92 award under the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
93 established pursuant to ss. 1009.53-1009.538.
94 6. Beneficiaries having prepaid tuition contracts pursuant
95 to s. 1009.98(2)(b) which were in effect on July 1, 2007, and
96 which remain in effect, are exempt from the payment of the
97 tuition differential.
98 7. The tuition differential may not be charged to any
99 student who was in attendance at the university before July 1,
100 2007, and who maintains continuous enrollment.
101 8. The tuition differential may be waived by the university
102 for students who meet the eligibility requirements for the
103 Florida public student assistance grant established in s.
105 9. Subject to approval by the Board of Governors, the
106 tuition differential authorized pursuant to this subsection may
107 take effect with the 2009 fall term.
108 (c) A university board of trustees may submit a proposal to
109 the Board of Governors to implement a tuition differential for
110 one or more undergraduate courses. At a minimum, the proposal
112 1. Identify the course or courses for which the tuition
113 differential will be assessed.
114 2. Indicate the amount that will be assessed for each
115 tuition differential proposed.
116 3. Indicate the purpose of the tuition differential.
117 4. Indicate how the revenues from the tuition differential
118 will be used.
119 5. Indicate how the university will monitor the success of
120 the tuition differential in achieving the purpose for which the
121 tuition differential is being assessed.
122 (d) The Board of Governors shall review each proposal and
123 advise the university board of trustees of approval of the
124 proposal, the need for additional information or revision to the
125 proposal, or denial of the proposal. The Board of Governors
126 shall establish a process for any university to revise a
127 proposal or appeal a decision of the board.
128 (e) The Board of Governors shall submit a report to the
129 President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
130 Representatives, and the Governor describing the implementation
131 of the provisions of this subsection no later than February 1 of
132 each year. The report shall summarize proposals received by the
133 board during the preceding fiscal year and actions taken by the
134 board in response to such proposals. In addition, the report
135 shall provide the following information for each university that
136 has been approved by the board to assess a tuition differential:
137 1. The course or courses for which the tuition differential
138 was assessed and the amount assessed.
139 2. The total revenues generated by the tuition
141 3. With respect to waivers authorized under subparagraph
142 (b)8., the number of students eligible for a waiver, the number
143 of students receiving a waiver, and the value of waivers
145 4. Detailed expenditures of the revenues generated by the
146 tuition differential.
147 5. Changes in retention rates, graduation rates, the
148 percentage of students graduating with more than 110 percent of
149 the hours required for graduation, pass rates on licensure
150 examinations, the number of undergraduate course offerings, the
151 percentage of undergraduate students who are taught by faculty,
152 student-faculty ratios, and the average salaries of faculty who
153 teach undergraduate courses.
154 (f) No state university shall be required to lower any
155 tuition differential that was approved by the Board of Governors
156 and in effect prior to January 1, 2009, in order to comply with
157 the provisions of this subsection.
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160 And the directory clause is amended as follows:
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163 Section 4. Subsections (4) and (16) of section 1009.24,
164 Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
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167 And the title is amended as follows:
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170 rate equal to inflation; authorizing the Board of
171 Governors to approve the establishment of or an
172 increase in tuition differential for a state research
173 university designated as a preeminent state research
174 university; revising the annual