Florida Senate - 2013 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1720 Barcode 784732 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/12/2013 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Education (Galvano) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment 2 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. 42 (5) PREEMINENT STATE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY ENHANCEMENT 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. 50 (6) PREEMINENT STATE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COURSE 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.