Florida Senate - 2012 (Corrected Copy) CS for SB 1752 By the Committee on Higher Education; and Senators Oelrich and Lynn 589-03550A-12 20121752c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to state universities of academic and 3 research excellence and national preeminence; creating 4 s. 1001.7065, F.S.; providing a short title; 5 establishing a partnership initiative between the 6 Board of Governors of the State University System and 7 the Legislature to lift the academic and research 8 excellence and national preeminence of the highest 9 performing state research universities; authorizing a 10 state research university that meets specified 11 criteria, and receives approval, to establish resident 12 and nonresident student tuition or fees at 13 differentiated and market rates; providing conditions 14 for increasing such tuition or fees; authorizing the 15 Board of Governors to exercise its governing 16 authority; providing an exemption from the payment of 17 increased tuition or fees for certain students; 18 authorizing a state research university that meets 19 specified criteria, and receives approval, to 20 establish a set of courses having specified credit 21 hours to provide a jointly shared educational 22 experience for all first-time-in-college students; 23 requiring implementation by the Board of Governors; 24 authorizing the Board of Governors to make 25 recommendations to the Legislature; providing an 26 effective date. 27 28 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 29 30 Section 1. Section 1001.7065, Florida Statutes, is created 31 to read: 32 1001.7065 State universities of academic and research 33 excellence and national preeminence.— 34 (1) This section may be cited as the “State Universities of 35 Academic and Research Excellence and National Preeminence Act.” 36 (2) A partnership initiative is established between the 37 Board of Governors and the Legislature to lift the academic and 38 research excellence and national preeminence of the highest 39 performing state research universities in accordance with this 40 section. The initiative derives from the State University System 41 Governance Agreement executed on March 24, 2010, wherein the 42 Board of Governors and leaders of the Legislature agreed to a 43 framework for the collaborative exercise of their joint 44 authority and shared responsibility for the State University 45 System. Specifically, the governance agreement confirmed the 46 commitment of the Board of Governors and the Legislature to 47 continue collaboration on accountability measures, the use of 48 data, and recommendations derived from such data. 49 (3) Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, a state 50 research university that the Board of Governors finds has 51 substantially met at least 11 of the following academic and 52 research excellence standards may establish resident and 53 nonresident student tuition and fees for undergraduate and 54 graduate courses and programs at differentiated and market 55 rates, notwithstanding ss. 1009.01 and 1009.24, as approved by 56 the university’s board of trustees and the Board of Governors: 57 (a) An average weighted grade point average of 3.8 or 58 higher on a 4.0 scale and an average SAT score of 1800 or higher 59 for incoming freshman during the fall term, as reported 60 annually. 61 (b) A top 50 ranking on at least two well-known and highly 62 respected national public university rankings reflecting 63 national preeminence while using the most recent data. 64 (c) A freshman retention rate of 90 percent or higher for 65 full-time, first-time-in-college students, as reported annually 66 to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). 67 (d) Six or more faculty members at the state university who 68 are members of a national academy, as reported annually by the 69 Center for Measuring University Performance for the Top American 70 Research Universities. 71 (e) Total annual research expenditures, including federal 72 research expenditures, of $200 million or more, as reported 73 annually, while using the most recent data. 74 (f) Total annual research expenditures in diversified 75 health sciences of $100 million or more, as reported annually by 76 the National Science Foundation (NSF). 77 (g) A top 100 public university national ranking for 78 research expenditures in five or more science, technology, 79 engineering, or mathematics fields of study, as reported 80 annually by the NSF. 81 (h) One hundred or more total patents awarded for the most 82 recent 3-year period, as reported annually to the IPEDS. 83 (i) Two hundred fifty or more doctoral degrees awarded, as 84 reported annually to the IPEDS. 85 (j) Two hundred or more post-doctoral appointees, as 86 reported annually. 87 (k) A national ranking in quality better than predicted by 88 available financial resources, as reported annually by U.S. News 89 and World Report. 90 (l) An endowment of $400 million or more, as reported 91 annually, while using the most recent data. 92 (m) Annual giving of $45 million or more, as reported 93 annually, while using the most recent data. 94 (n) Unallocated funds as a percentage of total budget of 95 12.5 percent or more, as reported annually to the Board of 96 Governors. 97 98 An increase to tuition or fees may occur no more than once each 99 academic year and must be implemented beginning with the fall 100 term. In addition, the Board of Governors may exercise its 101 governing authority to identify and grant additional authority 102 and flexibilities within its constitutional powers and 103 responsibilities as may be appropriate to achieve the goals of 104 this section. However, a qualified beneficiary having a prepaid 105 advance payment contract pursuant to s. 1009.98(2)(b) which was 106 in effect prior to the first year a state university receives 107 tuition and fee authority under this subsection, and that 108 remains in effect, is exempt from the payment of any increase to 109 tuition and fees assessed pursuant to the tuition and fee 110 authority. A qualified beneficiary having a prepaid advance 111 payment contract pursuant to s. 1009.98(2)(b) which is entered 112 into the first year a state university receives tuition and fee 113 authority under this subsection, or thereafter, is liable for 114 the difference between the highest rate of tuition and fees 115 covered by the advance payment contract and the tuition and fees 116 assessed by the state university of national preeminence which 117 the student attends. 118 (4) In order to provide a jointly shared educational 119 experience, and notwithstanding the provisions of part II of 120 chapter 1007 or any other law, rule, or regulation, a state 121 university that the Board of Governors finds has substantially 122 met at least 11 of the academic and research excellence 123 standards set forth in subsection (3) may require its incoming 124 first-time-in college students to take a 9-credit to 12-credit 125 set of courses specifically determined by the state university. 126 The state university may require that they be taken at the 127 specific state university involved and that credit for any such 128 required courses cannot be fulfilled through any acceleration, 129 transfer, or other similar mechanism. 130 (5) The Board of Governors shall oversee the implementation 131 of this section and may recommend to the Legislature for future 132 consideration additional state university programs of academic 133 and research excellence, or academic programs of national or 134 international preeminence, together with recommended 135 flexibilities designed to move those state universities or 136 programs to a higher preeminence in appropriate nationally 137 recognized rankings. 138 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.