Florida Senate - 2015                                    SB 1252
       By Senator Stargel
       15-00931A-15                                          20151252__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to higher education; amending s.
    3         1001.03, F.S.; deleting a provision prohibiting the
    4         State Board of Education from approving Florida
    5         College System institution baccalaureate degree
    6         program proposals during a certain timeframe; amending
    7         s. 1004.015, F.S.; adding the Chancellor of Career and
    8         Adult Education to the membership of the Higher
    9         Education Coordinating Council; amending s. 1004.92,
   10         F.S.; revising accountability measures for the
   11         Department of Education regarding career education to
   12         include program standards that reflect the quality
   13         components of the career and technical education
   14         programs; requiring the State Board of Education to
   15         adopt rules; amending s. 1007.33, F.S.; deleting a
   16         provision authorizing the Board of Trustees of St.
   17         Petersburg College to establish additional
   18         baccalaureate degree programs under certain
   19         circumstances; providing an effective date.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Subsection (15) of section 1001.03, Florida
   24  Statutes, is amended to read:
   25         1001.03 Specific powers of State Board of Education.—
   27  DEGREE PROGRAMS.—The State Board of Education shall provide for
   28  the review and approval of proposals by Florida College System
   29  institutions to offer baccalaureate degree programs pursuant to
   30  s. 1007.33. A Florida College System institution, as defined in
   31  s. 1000.21, that is approved to offer baccalaureate degrees
   32  pursuant to s. 1007.33 remains under the authority of the State
   33  Board of Education and the Florida College System institution’s
   34  board of trustees. The State Board of Education may not approve
   35  Florida College System institution baccalaureate degree program
   36  proposals from March 31, 2014, through May 31, 2015.
   37         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 1004.015, Florida
   38  Statutes, is amended to read:
   39         1004.015 Higher Education Coordinating Council.—
   40         (2) Members of the council shall include:
   41         (a) One member of the Board of Governors, appointed by the
   42  chair of the Board of Governors.
   43         (b) The Chancellor of the State University System.
   44         (c) The Chancellor of the Florida College System.
   45         (d) The Chancellor of Career and Adult Education.
   46         (e)(d) One member of the State Board of Education,
   47  appointed by the chair of the State Board of Education.
   48         (f)(e) The Executive Director of the Florida Association of
   49  Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.
   50         (g)(f) The president of the Independent Colleges and
   51  Universities of Florida.
   52         (h)(g) The president of Workforce Florida, Inc., or his or
   53  her designee.
   54         (i)(h) The president of Enterprise Florida, Inc., or a
   55  designated member of the Stakeholders Council appointed by the
   56  president.
   57         (j)(i) Three representatives of the business community, one
   58  appointed by the President of the Senate, one appointed by the
   59  Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one appointed by
   60  the Governor, who are committed to developing and enhancing
   61  world class workforce infrastructure necessary for Florida’s
   62  citizens to compete and prosper in the ever-changing economy of
   63  the 21st century.
   64         Section 3. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
   65  1004.92, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   66         1004.92 Purpose and responsibilities for career education.—
   67         (2)
   68         (b) Department of Education accountability for career
   69  education includes, but is not limited to:
   70         1. The provision of timely, accurate technical assistance
   71  to school districts and Florida College System institutions.
   72         2. The provision of timely, accurate information to the
   73  State Board of Education, the Legislature, and the public.
   74         3. The development of policies, rules, and procedures that
   75  facilitate institutional attainment of the accountability
   76  standards and coordinate the efforts of all divisions within the
   77  department.
   78         4. The development of program standards and industry-driven
   79  benchmarks for career, adult, and community education programs,
   80  which must be updated every 3 years. The standards must include
   81  career, academic, and workplace skills; viability of distance
   82  learning for instruction; and work/learn cycles that are
   83  responsive to business and industry; and provisions that reflect
   84  the quality components of career and technical education
   85  programs. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
   86  administer this section.
   87         5. Overseeing school district and Florida College System
   88  institution compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
   89         6. Ensuring that the educational outcomes for the technical
   90  component of career programs are uniform and designed to provide
   91  a graduate who is capable of entering the workforce on an
   92  equally competitive basis regardless of the institution of
   93  choice.
   94         Section 4. Subsection (4) of section 1007.33, Florida
   95  Statutes, is amended to read:
   96         1007.33 Site-determined baccalaureate degree access.—
   97         (4) A Florida College System institution may:
   98         (a) Offer specified baccalaureate degree programs through
   99  formal agreements between the Florida College System institution
  100  and other regionally accredited postsecondary educational
  101  institutions pursuant to s. 1007.22.
  102         (b) Offer baccalaureate degree programs that were
  103  authorized by law before prior to July 1, 2009.
  104         (c) Beginning July 1, 2009, establish a first or subsequent
  105  baccalaureate degree program for purposes of meeting district,
  106  regional, or statewide workforce needs if approved by the State
  107  Board of Education under this section.
  109  Beginning July 1, 2009, the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg
  110  College is authorized to establish one or more bachelor of
  111  applied science degree programs based on an analysis of
  112  workforce needs in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando Counties and
  113  other counties approved by the Department of Education. For each
  114  program selected, St. Petersburg College must offer a related
  115  associate in science or associate in applied science degree
  116  program, and the baccalaureate degree level program must be
  117  designed to articulate fully with at least one associate in
  118  science degree program. The college is encouraged to develop
  119  articulation agreements for enrollment of graduates of related
  120  associate in applied science degree programs. The Board of
  121  Trustees of St. Petersburg College is authorized to establish
  122  additional baccalaureate degree programs if it determines a
  123  program is warranted and feasible based on each of the factors
  124  in paragraph (5)(d). However, the Board of Trustees of St.
  125  Petersburg College may not establish any new baccalaureate
  126  degree programs from March 31, 2014, through May 31, 2015. Prior
  127  to developing or proposing a new baccalaureate degree program,
  128  St. Petersburg College shall engage in need, demand, and impact
  129  discussions with the state university in its service district
  130  and other local and regional, accredited postsecondary providers
  131  in its region. Documentation, data, and other information from
  132  inter-institutional discussions regarding program need, demand,
  133  and impact shall be provided to the college’s board of trustees
  134  to inform the program approval process. Employment at St.
  135  Petersburg College is governed by the same laws that govern
  136  Florida College System institutions, except that upper-division
  137  faculty are eligible for continuing contracts upon the
  138  completion of the fifth year of teaching. Employee records for
  139  all personnel shall be maintained as required by s. 1012.81.
  140         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.