(1) The Higher Education Coordinating Council is created for the purposes of identifying unmet needs and facilitating solutions to disputes regarding the creation of new degree programs and the establishment of new institutes, campuses, or centers.
(2) Members of the council shall include:
(a) The Commissioner of Education.
(b) The Chancellor of the State University System.
(c) The Chancellor of the Florida College System.
(d) The executive director of the Commission for Independent Education.
(e) The President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.
(f) Two representatives of the business community, one appointed by the President of the Senate and one appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who are committed to developing and enhancing world class workforce infrastructure necessary for Florida’s citizens to compete and prosper in the ever-changing economy of the 21st century.
(3) The council shall serve as an advisory board to the Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Board of Governors. Recommendations of the council shall be consistent with the following guiding principles:
(a) To achieve within existing resources a seamless academic educational system that fosters an integrated continuum of kindergarten through graduate school education for Florida’s students.
(b) To promote consistent education policy across all educational delivery systems, focusing on students.
(c) To promote substantially improved articulation across all educational delivery systems.
(d) To promote a system that maximizes educational access and allows the opportunity for a high-quality education for all Floridians.
(e) To promote a system of coordinated and consistent transfer of credit and data collection for improved accountability purposes between the educational delivery systems.
(4) The council shall make detailed recommendations relating to:
(a) The primary core mission of public and nonpublic postsecondary education institutions in the context of state access demands and economic development goals.
(b) Performance outputs and outcomes designed to meet annual and long-term state goals, including, but not limited to, increased student access, preparedness, retention, transfer, and completion. Performance measures must be consistent across sectors and allow for a comparison of the state’s performance to that of other states.
(c) The state’s articulation policies and practices to ensure that cost benefits to the state are maximized without jeopardizing quality. The recommendation shall consider return on investment for both the state and students and propose systems to facilitate and ensure institutional compliance with state articulation policies.
(d) A plan for workforce development education that addresses:
1. The alignment of school district and Florida College System workforce development education programs to ensure cost efficiency and mission delineation, including an examination of the need for both college credit and noncollege credit certificate programs, an evaluation of the merit of retaining the associate in applied science degree, and the consolidation of adult general education programs within school districts.
2. The consistency of workforce education data collected and reported by Florida College System institutions and school districts, including the establishment of common elements and definitions for any data that is used for state and federal funding and program accountability.
(5) The council shall submit a report outlining its detailed recommendations to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Board of Governors, and the State Board of Education by December 31, 2011, which specifically includes recommendations for consideration by the Legislature for implementation in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
(6) The Board of Governors and the Department of Education shall provide administrative support for the council.