Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 194
       By Senator Stargel
       22-01521A-19                                           2019194__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to higher education; amending s.
    3         1001.706, F.S.; requiring the Office of the Inspector
    4         General of the Board of Governors to verify certain
    5         information for accuracy; requiring the Board of
    6         Governors to match specified information; requiring
    7         the board to enter into a data-sharing agreement with
    8         the Department of Economic Opportunity; providing
    9         requirements for such agreement; amending s. 1007.23,
   10         F.S.; requiring, by a specified academic year, Florida
   11         College System institutions and state universities to
   12         execute agreements to establish “2+2” targeted pathway
   13         programs; providing requirements for such agreements;
   14         specifying requirements for student participation;
   15         requiring the State Board of Education and the Board
   16         of Governors to collaborate to eliminate barriers in
   17         executing pathway articulation agreements; amending s.
   18         1007.27, F.S.; requiring district school boards to
   19         notify students about credit-by-examination and dual
   20         enrollment equivalency lists; providing an effective
   21         date.
   23  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   25         Section 1. Paragraph (e) of subsection (5) of section
   26  1001.706, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (i) is
   27  added to that subsection, to read:
   28         1001.706 Powers and duties of the Board of Governors.—
   30         (e) The Board of Governors shall maintain an effective
   31  information system to provide accurate, timely, and cost
   32  effective information about each university. The board shall
   33  continue to collect and maintain, at a minimum, management
   34  information as such information existed on June 30, 2002. The
   35  Office of the Inspector General of the board shall annually
   36  verify the accuracy of the data used to implement ss. 1001.7065
   37  and 1001.92.
   38         (i)The Board of Governors shall match individual student
   39  information with information in the files of state and federal
   40  agencies that maintain educational and employment records. The
   41  board must enter into an agreement with the Department of
   42  Economic Opportunity which allows access to the individual
   43  reemployment assistance wage records maintained by the
   44  department. The agreement must protect individual privacy and
   45  require that student information be used only for the purposes
   46  of auditing or evaluating higher education programs offered by
   47  state universities.
   48         Section 2. Subsection (7) is added to section 1007.23,
   49  Florida Statutes, to read:
   50         1007.23 Statewide articulation agreement.—
   51         (7) By the 2019-2020 academic year, to strengthen Florida’s
   52  “2+2” system of articulation and improve student retention and
   53  on-time graduation, each Florida College System institution
   54  shall execute at least one “2+2” targeted pathway articulation
   55  agreement with one or more state universities, and each state
   56  university shall execute at least one such agreement with one or
   57  more Florida College System institutions to establish “2+2”
   58  targeted pathway programs. The agreement must provide students
   59  who graduate with an associate in arts degree and who meet
   60  specified requirements guaranteed access to the state university
   61  and a degree program at that university, in accordance with the
   62  terms of the “2+2” targeted pathway articulation agreement.
   63         (a)To participate in a “2+2” targeted pathway program, a
   64  student must:
   65         1.Enroll in the program before completing 30 credit hours,
   66  including, but not limited to, college credits earned through
   67  articulated acceleration mechanisms pursuant to s. 1007.27;
   68         2.Complete an associate in arts degree; and
   69         3.Meet the university’s transfer requirements.
   70         (b)A state university that executes a “2+2” targeted
   71  pathway articulation agreement must meet the following
   72  requirements in order to implement a “2+2” targeted pathway
   73  program in collaboration with its partner Florida College System
   74  institution:
   75         1.Establish a 4-year, on-time graduation plan for a
   76  baccalaureate degree program, including, but not limited to, a
   77  plan for students to complete associate in arts degree programs,
   78  general education courses, common prerequisite courses, and
   79  elective courses;
   80         2.Advise students enrolled in the program about the
   81  university’s transfer and degree program requirements; and
   82         3.Provide students who meet the requirements under this
   83  paragraph with access to academic advisors and campus events and
   84  with guaranteed admittance to the state university and a degree
   85  program of the state university, in accordance with the terms of
   86  the agreement.
   87         (c)To assist the state universities and Florida College
   88  System institutions with implementing the “2+2” targeted pathway
   89  programs effectively, the State Board of Education and the Board
   90  of Governors shall collaborate to eliminate barriers in
   91  executing “2+2” targeted pathway articulation agreements.
   92         Section 3. Subsection (2) of section 1007.27, Florida
   93  Statutes, is amended to read:
   94         1007.27 Articulated acceleration mechanisms.—
   95         (2)(a) The Department of Education shall annually identify
   96  and publish the minimum scores, maximum credit, and course or
   97  courses for which credit is to be awarded for each College Level
   98  Examination Program (CLEP) subject examination, College Board
   99  Advanced Placement Program examination, Advanced International
  100  Certificate of Education examination, International
  101  Baccalaureate examination, Excelsior College subject
  102  examination, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education
  103  Support (DANTES) subject standardized test, and Defense Language
  104  Proficiency Test (DLPT). The department shall use student
  105  performance data in subsequent postsecondary courses to
  106  determine the appropriate examination scores and courses for
  107  which credit is to be granted. Minimum scores may vary by
  108  subject area based on available performance data. In addition,
  109  the department shall identify such courses in the general
  110  education core curriculum of each state university and Florida
  111  College System institution.
  112         (b)Each district school board shall notify students who
  113  enroll in articulated acceleration mechanism courses or who take
  114  examinations pursuant to this section of the credit-by
  115  examination equivalency list adopted by rule by the State Board
  116  of Education and the dual enrollment course and high school
  117  subject area equivalencies approved by the state board pursuant
  118  to s. 1007.271.
  119         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.