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									 2012 Florida
  Legislative
   Session

Possible Attacks
       to
Higher Education
         2011 Legislative Session
•   Paycheck Protection -  Union “gag” bill
•   Automatic Decertification
•   Higher Education Reform (Tenure)
•   Changes to retirement system
            Paycheck Protection
              Union “gag” bill
                   2011
• Florida House
  – Prohibited payroll deduction for unions…
  – And ONLY for unions
• Stopped from being heard in the Senate
  – Through the efforts of UFMDC, UFF, and other 
    unions
        Union Decertification Bill
                 2011
• If a public-employees’ union had less than 
  50% membership, the union would be 
  decertified
• Collective Bargain Agreement would no longer 
  be in effect
• This motivated locals with low union 
  membership to increase membership 
  significantly
  Higher Education Reform (Tenure)
                2011
• Florida House Committee Bill
  – Appeared halfway through session
  – Eliminated continuing contract for college faculty
  – Eliminated tenure for university faculty
  – Strong opposition from UFMDC and UFF
  – Community College Presidents on record NOT in 
    favor
  – Bill was withdrawn within a week
     Changes to Retirement System
                 2011
• Florida House
  – 5% employee contribution
  – Elimination of DROP
  – Changes for new employees
• Florida Senate
  – % contribution based on salary
  – Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) eliminated
  – Changes for new Employees
    Final Changes to Retirement System
                   2011
• 3% employee contribution
• Defined benefit plan saved
• COLA accruals stopped for next 5 years
• DROP saved, but interest reduced from 6.5% to 
  1.3%
• For new employees
     – Eight-year average salary for calculations – instead of 
       5 years (lowers benefits)
     – Retirement age increased
                     Legislative Session

•   Union “gag” bill?
•   Union decertification bill?
•   Changes to retirement system?
•   Higher Education Reform (Texas Plan)?
•   Funding? $1.5B shortfall expected
    Changes to Retirement System
                2012

• Will employee contribution increase to 5%? 
• Will the Defined benefit plan be eliminated?
• Will DROP be on the table again?
                  Texas Plan
                  7 Solutions
1. Measure teaching efficiency and 
   effectiveness.
2. Publicly recognize and reward extraordinary 
   teachers.
3. Split research and teaching budgets to 
   encourage excellence in both.
4.  Require evidence of teaching skill for tenure.
                 Texas Plan
                 7 Solutions

5. Use “results-based” contracts with students 
   to measure quality.
6. Put state funding directly in the hands of 
   students.
7. Create results-based accrediting alternatives.
   2. Publicly recognize and reward 
        extraordinary teachers.

• Up to 25% faculty receives bonus based on:
  –  quality of teaching
  – # of students taught
• “Easy to implement”
  – Teachers of classes ranked in top 25% receive 
    awards (up to $10,000 per course per semester)
     2. Publicly recognize and reward 
          extraordinary teachers.
• Factors that affect student ratings
Instructor                  Course                 Student
Gender *                    Academic Field *       Gender
Ethnicity                   Required/Elective      Ethnicity
Years of Teaching           Level – Freshman to    Age
Experience                  Senior
Expressiveness *            Difficulty *           Achievement/Expect
                                                   ed Grade *
Enthusiasm                  Class Size *           Prior Interest in 
                                                   Subject
Communication               Time of day            Attitudes
Ability
*These factors have been shown to bias ratings. 
  And what does student satisfaction 
     have to do with LEARNING?

• 2010 Study at the US Air Force Academy
  – First semester freshmen
  – Required Calculus I course
  – Instructors randomly assigned
  – Identical syllabus
  – Identical exams
• Ratings were compared to performance in 
  follow-on classes
  And what does student satisfaction 
     have to do with LEARNING?
• Less experienced, less qualified professors had 
  students who performed better in the 
  Calculus I course AND rated professors more 
  favorably
• More experienced, highly qualified professors 
  produced students who performed better in 
  follow-on courses, EVEN after receiving lower 
  grades in Calculus I
    And what does student satisfaction 
       have to do with LEARNING?
• “…our results show that student evaluations 
  reward professors who increase achievement 
  in the contemporaneous course being taught, 
  not those who increase deep learning.”

•   Carrell, S. E. & West, J.E. (2010). Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence 
    from Random Assignment of Students to Professors. Journal of Political 
    Economy, 118(5) (pp. 409-432)



                        http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/scarrell/profqual2.pd
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• “building a world class education system”
• “continued improvement for K-12 and higher 
  education institutions”
• rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com
• http://www.flgov.com/
Governor Rick

								
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