Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 1752 Barcode 595224 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/01/2012 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations (Oelrich) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 1001.765, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 1001.765 State universities of academic and research 8 excellence and national preeminence.— 9 (1) This section may be cited as the “State Universities of 10 Academic and Research Excellence and National Preeminence Act.” 11 (2) A collaborative partnership is established between the 12 Board of Governors and the Legislature to elevate the academic 13 and research excellence and national preeminence of Florida’s 14 highest-performing state research universities in accordance 15 with this section. The partnership stems from the State 16 University System Governance Agreement executed on March 24, 17 2010, wherein the Board of Governors and leaders of the 18 Legislature agreed to a framework for the collaborative exercise 19 of their joint authority and shared responsibility for the State 20 University System. Specifically, the governance agreement 21 confirmed the commitment of the Board of Governors and the 22 Legislature to continue collaboration on accountability 23 measures, the use of data, and recommendations derived from such 24 data. 25 (3)(a) Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, a state 26 research university that has substantially met at least 11 of 27 the academic and research excellence standards identified in 28 subsection (4), as verified by the Board of Governors, may 29 establish student tuition and fees at differentiated and market 30 rates in addition to the tuition differential fee, 31 notwithstanding the percentages and dollar amount limitations in 32 s. 1009.24, as approved by the university’s board of trustees 33 and the Board of Governors. Tuition and fee increases may occur 34 no more than once each academic year and must be implemented 35 beginning with the fall term. 36 (b) A qualified beneficiary having a prepaid advance 37 payment contract pursuant to s. 1009.98(2)(b) that was in effect 38 prior to the first year a state university receives tuition and 39 fee authority under this subsection, and that remains in effect, 40 is exempt from the payment of any increase to tuition and fees 41 assessed pursuant to this subsection. A qualified beneficiary 42 having a prepaid advance payment contract pursuant to s. 43 1009.98(2)(b) that is entered into the first year a state 44 university receives tuition and fee authority under this 45 subsection, or thereafter, is liable for the difference between 46 the highest rate of tuition and fees covered by the advance 47 payment contract and the tuition and fees assessed pursuant to 48 this subsection by the state university the student attends. 49 (4) Academic and research excellence standards for state 50 universities of national preeminence are: 51 (a) An average weighted grade point average of 3.8 or 52 higher on a 4.0 scale and an average SAT score of 1800 or higher 53 for fall semester incoming freshman, as reported annually. 54 (b) A top 50 ranking on at least two well-known and highly 55 respected national public university rankings, reflecting 56 national preeminence, using most recent rankings. 57 (c) A freshman retention rate of 90 percent or higher for 58 full-time first-time-in-college students, as reported annually 59 to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). 60 (d) A 6-year graduation rate of 70 percent or higher for 61 full-time first-time-in-college students, as reported annually 62 to the IPEDS. 63 (e) Six or more faculty members at the state university who 64 are members of a national academy, as reported by the Center for 65 Measuring University Performance in the Top American Research 66 Universities (TARU) annual report. 67 (f) Total annual research expenditures, including federal 68 research expenditures, of $200 million or more, as reported in 69 the TARU annual report. 70 (g) Total annual research expenditures in diversified 71 nonmedical sciences of $100 million or more, based on data 72 reported annually by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 73 (h) A top 100 university national ranking for research 74 expenditures in five or more science, technology, engineering, 75 or mathematics fields of study, as reported annually by the NSF. 76 (i) One hundred or more total patents awarded by the United 77 States Patent and Trademark Office for the most recent 3-year 78 period. 79 (j) Two hundred fifty or more doctoral degrees awarded 80 annually, as reported in the TARU annual report. 81 (k) Two hundred or more postdoctoral appointees annually, 82 as reported in the TARU annual report. 83 (l) A national quality ranking higher than predicted based 84 on available financial resources rankings, as reported annually 85 by U.S. News and World Report. 86 (m) An endowment of $400 million or more, as reported in 87 the TARU annual report. 88 (n) Annual giving of $50 million or more, as reported in 89 the TARU annual report. 90 (5) Fees collected pursuant to s. 1009.24 that are used to 91 pledge or secure revenue bonds or to secure debt shall be 92 maintained at the appropriate level to meet all debt service 93 obligations of the state university. 94 (6)(a) For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, a state university 95 that meets the requirements of subsection (3), as of February 1, 96 2012, shall submit to the Board of Governors, no later than May 97 31, 2012, the university’s proposal for increasing tuition and 98 fee rates for the 2012-2013 academic year as provided for in 99 this section. Upon approval of the university’s proposal, the 100 Board of Governors shall request an amendment to increase the 101 budget authority in the Education/General Student and Other Fees 102 Trust Fund necessary to accommodate the additional tuition and 103 fee revenues generated by the university’s approved rates. 104 Notwithstanding the $1 million limitation on increases to an 105 approved operating budget contained in ss. 216.181(11) and 106 216.292(3), a budget amendment exceeding that dollar amount is 107 subject to notice and objection procedures set forth in s. 108 216.177. 109 (b) A state university that meets the requirements of 110 subsection (3) shall annually submit to the Board of Governors, 111 no later than May 31, the university’s tuition and fee rate 112 proposal as provided for in this section. Upon approval of the 113 university’s proposal, the Board of Governors shall request, in 114 the board’s annual legislative budget request, budget authority 115 in the Education/General Student and Other Fees Trust Fund 116 necessary to accommodate tuition and fee revenues generated by 117 the university’s approved rates. 118 (7) In order to provide a jointly shared educational 119 experience, a state university that has met the requirements of 120 subsection (3) may require its incoming first-time-in-college 121 students to take a 9-to-12-credit set of courses specifically 122 determined by the university. The state university may require 123 that this set of courses be taken at the university and may 124 stipulate that credit for such courses may not be earned through 125 any acceleration mechanism, pursuant to s. 1007.27 or s. 126 1007.271, or other transfer credit. 127 (8) The Board of Governors is encouraged to identify and 128 grant additional authority and flexibilities as may be 129 appropriate to achieve state university and State University 130 System goals. In addition, the Board of Governors is encouraged 131 to identify state university programs of academic and research 132 excellence and make recommendations to the Legislature for 133 flexibilities designed to move those programs higher in 134 appropriate nationally recognized rankings. 135 (9) The Board of Governors shall oversee implementation of 136 this section. 137 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. 138 139 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 140 And the title is amended as follows: 141 Delete everything before the enacting clause 142 and insert: 143 A bill to be entitled 144 An act relating to state universities of academic and 145 research excellence and national preeminence; creating 146 s. 1001.765, F.S.; providing a short title; 147 establishing a collaborative partnership between the 148 Board of Governors of the State University System and 149 the Legislature to elevate the academic and research 150 excellence and national preeminence of the highest 151 performing state research universities; authorizing a 152 state research university that meets specified 153 criteria, verified by the Board of Governors, to 154 establish student tuition and fees at differentiated 155 and market rates; providing certain conditions for 156 implementing tuition and fee increases; establishing 157 academic and research excellence standards for state 158 universities of national preeminence; specifying 159 requirements relating to debt service obligations; 160 establishing procedures to obtain certain budget 161 authorization for the 2012-2013 fiscal year; 162 establishing procedures for institutional legislative 163 budget requests for certain tuition and fee increases; 164 authorizing state universities of national preeminence 165 to establish required courses for certain students; 166 encouraging the Board of Governors to identify, grant, 167 and recommend flexibilities to achieve goals and 168 improve the national rankings of programs of 169 excellence; requiring the Board of Governors to 170 oversee implementation; providing an effective date.