Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 798
       By Senator Mayfield
       17-01440-19                                            2019798__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to baccalaureate degree access;
    3         amending s. 1007.33, F.S.; deleting a prohibition
    4         against certain Florida College System institutions
    5         participating in intercollegiate athletics beyond the
    6         2-year level; authorizing Florida College System
    7         institutions to participate in intercollegiate
    8         athletics at the 4-year level; deleting obsolete
    9         language; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraph (g) of subsection (2) and subsection
   14  (4) of section 1007.33, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   15         1007.33 Site-determined baccalaureate degree access.—
   16         (2) Any Florida College System institution that offers one
   17  or more baccalaureate degree programs must:
   18         (g) Not participate in intercollegiate athletics beyond the
   19  2-year level.
   20         (4) A Florida College System institution may:
   21         (a) Offer specified baccalaureate degree programs through
   22  formal agreements between the Florida College System institution
   23  and other regionally accredited postsecondary educational
   24  institutions pursuant to s. 1007.22.
   25         (b) Offer baccalaureate degree programs that were
   26  authorized by law before prior to July 1, 2009.
   27         (c) Participate in intercollegiate athletics at the 4-year
   28  level.
   29         (d)(c)Beginning July 1, 2009, Establish a first or
   30  subsequent baccalaureate degree program for purposes of meeting
   31  district, regional, or statewide workforce needs if approved by
   32  the State Board of Education under this section.
   34  Beginning July 1, 2009, The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg
   35  College is authorized to establish one or more bachelor of
   36  applied science degree programs based on an analysis of
   37  workforce needs in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando Counties and
   38  other counties approved by the Department of Education. For each
   39  program selected, St. Petersburg College must offer a related
   40  associate in science or associate in applied science degree
   41  program, and the baccalaureate degree level program must be
   42  designed to articulate fully with at least one associate in
   43  science degree program. The college is encouraged to develop
   44  articulation agreements for enrollment of graduates of related
   45  associate in applied science degree programs. The Board of
   46  Trustees of St. Petersburg College is authorized to establish
   47  additional baccalaureate degree programs if it determines a
   48  program is warranted and feasible based on each of the factors
   49  in paragraph (5)(d). Before However, the Board of Trustees of
   50  St. Petersburg College may not establish any new baccalaureate
   51  degree programs from March 31, 2014, through May 31, 2015. Prior
   52  to developing or proposing a new baccalaureate degree program,
   53  St. Petersburg College shall engage in need, demand, and impact
   54  discussions with the state university in its service district
   55  and other local and regional, accredited postsecondary providers
   56  in its region. Documentation, data, and other information from
   57  inter-institutional discussions regarding program need, demand,
   58  and impact shall be provided to the college’s board of trustees
   59  to inform the program approval process. Employment at St.
   60  Petersburg College is governed by the same laws that govern
   61  Florida College System institutions, except that upper-division
   62  faculty are eligible for continuing contracts upon the
   63  completion of the fifth year of teaching. Employee records for
   64  all personnel shall be maintained as required by s. 1012.81.
   65         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.