Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1720
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/12/2013           .                                

       The Committee on Education (Galvano) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 421 - 478
    4  and insert:
    5         1.For students classified as residents for tuition
    6  purposes, tuition for an online baccalaureate degree program
    7  shall be set at no more than 75 percent of the tuition rate as
    8  specified in the General Appropriations Act pursuant to s.
    9  1009.24(4) and 75 percent of the tuition differential pursuant
   10  to s. 1009.24(16). No distance learning fee or fee for campus
   11  facilities or on-campus services may be assessed, except that
   12  online students shall pay the university’s technology and
   13  financial aid fees and the Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee.
   14  The Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee shall be dedicated to the
   15  university’s online research center.
   16         2.For students classified as nonresidents for tuition
   17  purposes, tuition may be set at market rates as directed and
   18  authorized by the board of directors in accordance with the
   19  business plan.
   20         3.Tuition for the online degree programs shall include all
   21  costs associated with the program, including, but not limited
   22  to, instruction, materials, and enrollment. However, an online
   23  student may be charged the cost of any hard-copy textbook and
   24  any physical laboratory supplies necessary for the program.
   25         4.Subject to the limitations in subparagraph 1., tuition
   26  may be differentiated by degree program as appropriate to the
   27  instructional and other costs of the program and as recommended
   28  by the university president and board of trustees and authorized
   29  by the board of directors in accordance with the business plan.
   30  Pricing must incorporate innovative approaches that incentivize
   31  persistence and completion, including, but not limited to, fee
   32  for assessment, bundled or all-inclusive rate, and sliding scale
   33  features.
   34         5.The university must accept advance payment contracts and
   35  student financial aid.
   36         6.The board of directors shall ensure that 50 percent of
   37  the net revenues generated from the online arm of the university
   38  is used to enhance and enrich the online arm of the university
   39  and 50 percent of the net revenues generated from the online arm
   40  of the university is used to enhance and enrich the university
   41  campus’s state-of-the-art research programs and facilities.
   43  INITIATIVE.—The state research university that has attained the
   44  second highest level on the academic and research excellence
   45  standards identified in subsection (2), as verified by the Board
   46  of Governors, shall recruit National Academy members, expedite
   47  provision of a masters degree in cloud virtualization, and
   48  institute an entrepreneurs-in-residence program throughout its
   49  campus, subject to funds appropriated by the Legislature.
   51  REQUIREMENTS AUTHORITY.—In order to provide a jointly shared
   52  educational experience, a state university that is designated a
   53  preeminent state research university may require its incoming
   54  first-time-in-college students to take a 9-credit to 12-credit
   55  set of courses specifically determined by the university. The
   56  state university may stipulate that credit for such courses may
   57  not be earned through any acceleration mechanism pursuant to s.
   58  1007.27 or s. 1007.271 or other transfer credit. All accelerated
   59  credits earned up to the limits specified in ss. 1007.27 and
   60  1007.271 shall be applied toward graduation at the student’s
   61  request.