Florida Senate - 2011 SB 1732 By Senator Lynn 7-01235B-11 20111732__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to postsecondary education; requiring 3 the Board of Governors of the State University System, 4 in coordination with the Higher Education Coordinating 5 Council, to develop a plan for establishing certain 6 comprehensive undergraduate universities; requiring 7 the Board of Governors to submit a plan to transfer a 8 Florida College System institution to the State 9 University System; providing conditions for the plan; 10 requiring the State Board of Education, in 11 coordination with the Higher Education Coordinating 12 Council, to examine options to realign adult basic 13 education and career education programs; requiring the 14 State Board of Education to submit a plan for the 15 consolidation of certain programs, to clarify 16 jurisdictional responsibility and funding, and to 17 establish an implementation schedule; repealing s. 18 1000.07, F.S., relating to the Florida Business and 19 Education Collaborative; amending s. 1001.64, F.S.; 20 requiring a community college board of trustees to ask 21 the Commissioner of Education to authorize an 22 investigation of a college president by the Department 23 of Education’s inspector general in specified 24 circumstances; requiring the inspector general to 25 report on the investigation and make recommendations; 26 requiring the inspector general to refer any potential 27 legal violation to the Commission on Ethics, the 28 Department of Law Enforcement, the state attorney, or 29 other appropriate authority; amending s. 1007.27, 30 F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to 31 identify certain courses for which a state university 32 has established a higher score for awarding credit; 33 authorizing the statewide articulation agreement to 34 allow a state university board of trustees to 35 establish scores on advance placement exams which the 36 university will accept for course credit; deleting a 37 provision authorizing the exemption of certain 38 students from a requirement to enroll in a summer 39 term; repealing s. 1007.33(6), F.S., relating to an 40 exemption from provisions governing the approval 41 process for baccalaureate degrees; providing an 42 effective date. 43 44 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 45 46 Section 1. The Board of Governors of the State University 47 System, in coordination with the Higher Education Coordinating 48 Council, shall develop a plan to examine the potential for 49 establishing comprehensive undergraduate universities that would 50 not be research universities but would have programs dedicated 51 and limited to undergraduate instruction. The Board of Governors 52 shall submit the plan to the Governor, the President of the 53 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 54 January 31, 2012. The plan must include the identification of 55 conditions that could result in the transfer of a Florida 56 College System institution to the State University System. Such 57 conditions may include those in which a Florida College System 58 institution: 59 (1) Enrolls more than 20 percent of its students in upper 60 division programs; or 61 (2) Constructs dormitories after July 1, 2011. 62 Section 2. The State Board of Education, in coordination 63 with the Higher Education Coordinating Council, shall examine 64 options for realigning adult basic education and career 65 education programs. By January 31, 2012, the State Board of 66 Education shall submit to the Governor, the President of the 67 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a plan 68 to consolidate adult basic education and career education 69 programs within school districts and Florida College System 70 institutions. The plan must clarify jurisdictional 71 responsibility and funding and establish an implementation 72 schedule for realigning the programs. 73 Section 3. Section 1000.07, Florida Statutes, is repealed. 74 Section 4. Subsection (3) of section 1001.64, Florida 75 Statutes, is amended to read: 76 1001.64 Community college boards of trustees; powers and 77 duties.— 78 (3) A board of trustees shall have the power to take action 79 without a recommendation from the president and shall have the 80 power to require the president to deliver to the board of 81 trustees all data and information required by the board of 82 trustees in the performance of its duties. A board of trustees 83 shall ask the Commissioner of Education to authorize an 84 investigation of the president’s actions by the department’s 85 inspector general if the board considers such investigation 86 necessary. The inspector general shall provide a report 87 detailing each issue under investigation and shall recommend 88 corrective action. If the inspector general identifies potential 89 legal violations, he or she shall refer the potential legal 90 violations to the Commission on Ethics, the Department of Law 91 Enforcement, the state attorney, or another appropriate 92 authority. 93 Section 5. Subsections (2), (6), and (10) of section 94 1007.27, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 95 1007.27 Articulated acceleration mechanisms.— 96 (2) The Department of Education shall identify the minimum 97 scores, maximum credit, and course or courses for which credit 98 is to be awarded for each College Level Examination Program 99 (CLEP) general examination, CLEP subject examination, College 100 Board Advanced Placement Program examination, and International 101 Baccalaureate examination. In addition, the department shall 102 identify such courses in the general education core curriculum 103 of each state university and community college and shall 104 identify courses for which a state university has established a 105 higher score for the awarding of credit in accordance with the 106 statewide articulation agreement. 107 (6) Advanced placement shall be the enrollment of an 108 eligible secondary student in a course offered through the 109 Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Board. 110 Postsecondary credit for an advanced placement course shall be 111 limited to students who score a minimum of 3, on a 5-point 112 scale, on the corresponding Advanced Placement Examination. The 113 specific courses for which students receive such credit shall be 114 identified in the statewide articulation agreement required by 115 s. 1007.23(1). The statewide articulation agreement may 116 authorize a state university board of trustees to establish the 117 scores on advanced placement exams which the university will 118 accept for course credit. Students of Florida public secondary 119 schools enrolled pursuant to this subsection shall be exempt 120 from the payment of any fees for administration of the 121 examination regardless of whether or not the student achieves a 122 passing score on the examination. 123
(10) Any student who earns 9 or more credits from one or124 more of the acceleration mechanisms provided for in this section125 is exempt from any requirement of a public postsecondary126 educational institution mandating enrollment during a summer127 term.128 Section 6. Subsection (6) of section 1007.33, Florida 129 Statutes, is repealed. 130 Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.