Information in this chart derived from the Enrolled (Final) version of House HB 7135
|Baccalaureate Degree Planning||Broadens scope of State Board of Education 5 year plan to include identifying enrollment and graduation expectations by baccalaureate program and requiring that this be submitted to the legislature as part of it's legislative budget request.|
|Unified Plan for STEM||The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Board of Governors and the Department of Economic Opportunity, shall adopt a unified state plan to improve K-20 STEM education and prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand employment in STEM and STEM-related fields.|
|Board of Governor's (BOG) Strategic Plan||Broadens scope of BOG strategic plan to include each university's contribution to overall system goals and objectives. Also specifies the following components of the strategic plan:
1. Include performance metrics and standards common for all institutions and metrics and standards unique to institutions depending on institutional core missions, including, but not limited to, student admission requirements, retention, graduation, employment, continued education, licensure passage, excess hours, student loan burden and default rates, faculty awards, total annual research expenditures, patents, licenses and royalties, intellectual property, startup companies, annual giving, endowments, and well-known, highly respected national rankings for institutional and program achievements.
2. Consider reports and recommendations of the Higher Education Coordinating Council pursuant to s. 1004.015 and the Articulation Coordinating Committee pursuant to s. 1007.01.
3. Include student enrollment and performance data delineated by method of instruction, including, but not limited to, traditional, online, and distance learning instruction.
|SUS Accountability Plans||
1. Requires that accountability plans for state universities must address institutional and system achievement of goals and objectives specified in the strategic plan adopted pursuant to paragraph (b) and must be submitted as part of its legislative budget request.
2. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year and annually thereafter, the Board of Governors shall require a state university prior to registration to provide each enrolled student electronic access to the economic security report of employment and earning outcomes prepared by the Department of Economic Opportunity pursuant to s. 445.07. In addition, the Board of Governors shall require a state university to provide each student electronic access to the following information each year prior to registration using the data described in s. 1008.39:
a) The top 25 percent of degrees reported by the university in terms of highest full-time job placement and highest average annualized earnings in the year after earning the degree.
b) The bottom 10 percent of degrees reported by the university in terms of lowest full-time job placement and lowest average annualized earnings in the year after earning the degree.
|Board of Governors Waivers||The Board of Governors may consider waiving its regulations and may waive or modify the tuition differential use requirements under s. 1009.24(16)(a). if not currently authorized, the Board of Governors may request authority from the Legislature to waive or modify specific statutory requirements, including percentages and dollar amount limitations in s. 1009.24, in order to reduce barriers and support the attainment of goals identified in institutional plans, as necessary for advancing system priorities and unique institutional priorities. Regulatory flexibilities authorized and statutory flexibilities authorized or requested by the Board of Governors pursuant to this paragraph must be included in the accountability plan.|
|Board of Governors Cooperation||Adds a requirement that the Board of Governors cooperate with the Higher Education Coordinating Council and the Articulation Coordinating Committee.|
1) Requires the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Chair of the State Board of Education shall jointly appoint faculty committees to identify statewide those courses that meet general education core course options.
2) General education core course options shall consist of a maximum of five courses. Each general education core course option must contain high-level academic and critical thinking skills and common competencies that students must demonstrate to successfully complete the course.
3) Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, each student must complete at least one identified core course in each subject area as part of the general education course requirements. All public postsecondary educational institutions shall offer and accept these courses as meeting general education core course requirements. The remaining general education course requirements courses shall be identified by each institution and reported to the department by their statewide course code number. The general education core course options shall be adopted in rule by the State Board of Education and in regulation by the Board of Governors.
4) Requires that the General education curricula for associate in arts programs shall be identified by each institution and, beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, shall include 30 semester hours in the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.
5) Requires that an associate of arts degree beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-15 and thereafter, include 30 semester hours of general education coursework and demonstration of competency in a foreign language.
6) Requires that a baccalaureate degree program beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-15 and thereafter, include 30 semester hours of general education coursework.
|Florida College Baccalaureate Programs||Requires that Florida College System institutions seeking to propose a new baccalaureate program must provide evidence that the institution engaged in need, demand, and impact discussions with the state university and other regionally accredited postsecondary education providers in its service district. Allows state universities to submit objections to the proposed new programs within 60 days after the receipt of notice by the Chancellor of the State University System. If a state university does not submit a proposal, the State Board of Education will provide regionally accredited private colleges and universities 30 days to submit objections to the new program.|
|Performance Funding for State Universities||1) For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal years, the Board of Governors shall review and rank each state university that applies for performance funding based on the following formula:
a) Twenty-five percent of a state university's score shall be based on the percentage of employed graduates who have earned a degree in the following programs: computer and information science, computer engineering, information systems technology, information technology and management information systems.
b) Twenty-five percent of a state university's score shall be based on the percentage of graduates who have earned baccalaureate degrees in the programs listed above and who have earned industry certifications in a related field from a Florida College System institution or state university prior to graduation.
c) Fifty percent of a state university's score shall be based on factors determined by the Board of Governors which relate to increasing the probability that graduates who have earned degrees in the programs described above will be employed in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand employment.
2) The submission from a state university that has the highest score shall be ranked first, with each remaining submission from a state university ranked sequentially by score.
3) Each year, the Board of Governors shall award up to $15 million to the highest-ranked state universities from funds appropriated for the purposes in this section and as specified in the General Appropriations Act. The award per state university shall be a minimum of 25 percent of the total amount appropriated pursuant to this section. The funds shall be awarded to the department of the state university which offers the degrees described above. The funds may not be used to supplant funding for the degree programs described above.
4) By December 31 of each year funds are appropriated for performance funding, the Board of Governors shall submit a report containing the rankings and award distributions to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
|Economic Security Report||
(1) Beginning December 31, 2013, and annually thereafter,the Department of Economic Opportunity shall prepare, or contract with an entity to prepare, an economic security report of employment and earning outcomes for degrees or certificates earned at public postsecondary educational institutions.
(2) The report must be easily accessible to and readable by the public and shall be made available online. The report, by educational sector, must:
(a) Use the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program for data relating to the employment, earnings, continued education, and receipt of public assistance by graduates of a degree or certificate program from a public postsecondary educational institution.
(b) Use the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System or its equivalent for calculating the average student loan debt of a graduate of a degree or certificate program from a public postsecondary educational institution.
(c) Include data on the employment of graduates of a degree or certificate program from a public postsecondary educational institution the year after the degree or certificate is earned by number and percentage and for graduates employed full time in the year after graduation by number and percentage. Beginning with the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the report must include the employment data of graduates of a degree or certificate program from a public postsecondary educational institution 5 years after graduation by number and percentage.
(d) Include data on the earnings of graduates of a degree or certificate program from a public postsecondary educational institution the year after earning the degree or certificate by at least the following levels on a quarterly and annualized basis, rounded to the nearest dollar:
1. Quarterly wages of $6,250 and annualized wages of $25,000 and below.
2. Quarterly wages between $6,251 and $11,250 and 860 annualized wages between $25,001 and $45,000.
3. Quarterly wages of $11,251 and annualized wages of $45,001 and above.
|Reappointment of University Presidents||Includes a new requirement that the Board of Governors not only confirm presidential selection at univeristies, but also "reappointment."|
|Statewide Articulation Agreement||To improve articulation and reduce excess credit hours, beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution in 2013-2014 and thereafter, the articulation agreement must require each student who is seeking an associate in arts degree to indicate a baccalaureate degree program offered by an institution of interest by the time the student earns 30 semester hours. The institution in which the student is enrolled shall inform the student of the prerequisites for the baccalaureate degree program offered by an institution of interest.|