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2012 Legislative Session DSC Professional Council May 25, 2012 Sharon Crow, Senior Vice President, Governmental Relations 2012 Legislative Session • Budget • Lottery $10,034,908 • CCPF $48,339,804* • Total Operating w/projects $58,374,712 • Authorization tuition incr. 5% • Adults w/Disabilities $ 170,000 • WDSC $ 307,447 2012 Legislative Session • CCPF $48,339,804* • Includes $ 7,600,000 Flagler P/C Classroom Bldg. • Includes $ 2,032,000 Complete NJ Center • Includes $ 1,000,000 DSC/UCF Writing Center • Capital Projects • Gen ren/remodel $ 1,821,938 • Rem/Add Bldg. 220 $ 2,400,000 • Rem/Addition Bldg. 314 $ 3,012,000 2012 Legislative Session • Postsecondary Education Conforming Bill - HB 5201 • Creates the Florida Virtual Campus which consolidates the Florida Distance Learning Consortium, FACTS.org, Florida Center for Library Automation and College Center for Library Automation. • Responsibilities • Provide access to online student and library support services • Serve as a statewide resource and clearinghouse for postsecondary education distance learning courses and degree programs • Increase student access and completion of degrees. • Delays until December 1, 2012, the requirement for colleges and universities to interface with FACTS.org. 2012 Legislative Session • HB 5201 (continued) • Creates a degree completion pilot program for adult learners and assist them in obtaining degrees aligned to high-wage, high-skill workforce needs. • Involves University of West Florida (UWF), University of South Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and St. Petersburg College. • Requires UWF to submit a plan to the Legislature by June 1, 2012, and to implement the pilot in 2012-13. • Requires participating institutions to transfer administration of the pilot to FVC by June 30, 2013. 2012 Legislative Session • HB 5201 (continued) • Clarifies that a student may receive a Bright Futures award for no more than 2 semesters or the equivalent, in any fiscal year, including the summer term. • Establishes a 100% tuition surcharge for hours over 110% of specific baccalaureate degree programs at state universities. • Students graduating high school in 2012-13 academic year and after will have only 2 (down from 3) years to take advantage of Bright Futures. • Allows re-application for qualifying students for up to 2 years (down from 3). • Clarifies that FAFSA is required for all initial and renewal awards. 2012 Legislative Session • HB 5201 (continued) • Limits the use of Gold Seal award to applied technology diploma programs (up to 60 credit hours or equivalent) or technical degree or career certificate program (not to exceed 72 credit hours or equivalent. • Gold Seal can no longer be used for AA or Baccalaureate Programs • Sets dollar amount as specified in the General Appropriations Act. • Extends the $200,000 state funds limitation for remuneration of Presidents and Administrative employees. • Provides closer audit oversight by Auditor General and the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. 2012 Legislative Session • HB 5201 (continued) • Requires Florida College Boards of Trustees to use purchasing agreements and state term contracts or enter into regional, or multi-institutional consortia and cooperative agreements in order to achieve a 5% savings on existing contract prices. • Repeals the current authorization for Florida College District Boards of Trustees to apply for an exemption from SBE approval of baccalaureate degrees. • Expands transient student online admissions application process to include all courses, not just distance learning course as presently authorized. 2012 Legislative Session • HB 5201 (continued) • Increases the Capital Improvement fee from 10% to 20% of tuition per credit hour; maintains that fee can only be raised $2.00 annually. • SB 1994 • Creates the Florida Polytechnic University in Polk County – the state’s 12th university 2012 Legislative Session • HB 7135 • General Education Requires only 30 instead of 36 credit hours. • Foreign language requirements must be taken prior to AA award. • Requires SBE and BOG to develop a coordinated 5-year plan for postsecondary and baccalaureate graduation as well as a unified STEM plan. • SBE strategic plan will be revised to include clarification of FCS institutional missions. • This includes identification of degree programs, including baccalaureates. • SBE will establish criteria for service delivery areas of FCS authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. • Requires SBE to establish performance metrics and specify goals and objectives for each FCS institution. 2012 Legislative Session • Florida College students seeking an AA degree are required 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 any prerequisites required. • Establish a minimum of 5 “core course” options in 5 areas • Communication • Mathematics • Social Sciences • Humanities • Natural Sciences • Directs Higher Education Coordinating Council to provide reports to the Legislature 2012 Legislative Session QUESTIONS?
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