Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (525260) for CS for SB 2
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/23/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Galvano) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 616 and 617
    4  insert:
    5         Section 17. Paragraph (b) of subsection (5) of section
    6  1001.706, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1001.706 Powers and duties of the Board of Governors.—
    9         (b) The Board of Governors shall develop a strategic plan
   10  specifying goals and objectives for the State University System
   11  and each constituent university, including each university’s
   12  contribution to overall system goals and objectives. The
   13  strategic plan must:
   14         1. Include performance metrics and standards common for all
   15  institutions and metrics and standards unique to institutions
   16  depending on institutional core missions, including, but not
   17  limited to, student admission requirements, retention,
   18  graduation, percentage of graduates who have attained
   19  employment, percentage of graduates enrolled in continued
   20  education, licensure passage, average wages of employed
   21  graduates, average cost per graduate, excess hours, student loan
   22  burden and default rates, faculty awards, total annual research
   23  expenditures, patents, licenses and royalties, intellectual
   24  property, startup companies, annual giving, endowments, and
   25  well-known, highly respected national rankings for institutional
   26  and program achievements.
   27         2. Consider reports and recommendations of the Higher
   28  Education Coordinating Council pursuant to s. 1004.015 and the
   29  Articulation Coordinating Committee pursuant to s. 1007.01.
   30         3. Include student enrollment and performance data
   31  delineated by method of instruction, including, but not limited
   32  to, traditional, online, and distance learning instruction.
   33         4. Include criteria for designating baccalaureate degree
   34  and master’s degree programs at specified universities as high
   35  demand programs of emphasis. Fifty percent of the criteria for
   36  designation as high-demand programs of emphasis must be based on
   37  achievement of performance outcome thresholds determined by the
   38  Board of Governors, and 50 percent of the criteria must be based
   39  on achievement of performance outcome thresholds specifically
   40  linked to:
   41         a. Job placement in employment of 36 hours or more per week
   42  and average full-time wages of graduates of the degree programs
   43  1 year and 5 years after graduation, based in part on data
   44  provided in the economic security report of employment and
   45  earning outcomes produced annually pursuant to s. 445.07.
   46         b. Data-driven gap analyses, conducted by the Board of
   47  Governors, of the state’s job market demands and the outlook for
   48  jobs that require a baccalaureate or higher degree. Each state
   49  university must use the gap analyses to identify internship
   50  opportunities for students to benefit from mentorship by
   51  industry experts, earn industry certifications, and become
   52  employed in high-demand fields.
   53         Section 18. Section 1004.6497, Florida Statutes, is created
   54  to read:
   55         1004.6497 World Class Faculty and Scholar Program.—
   56         (1) PURPOSE AND LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—The World Class Faculty
   57  and Scholar Program is established to fund and support the
   58  efforts of state universities to recruit and retain exemplary
   59  faculty and research scholars. It is the intent of the
   60  Legislature to elevate the national competitiveness of Florida’s
   61  state universities through faculty and scholar recruitment and
   62  retention.
   63         (2) INVESTMENTS.—Retention, recruitment, and recognition
   64  efforts, activities, and investments may include, but are not
   65  limited to, investments in research-centric cluster hires,
   66  faculty research and research commercialization efforts,
   67  instructional and research infrastructure, undergraduate student
   68  participation in research, professional development, awards for
   69  outstanding performance, and postdoctoral fellowships.
   70         (3) FUNDING AND USE.—Funding for the program shall be as
   71  provided in the General Appropriations Act. Each state
   72  university shall use the funds only for the purpose and
   73  investments authorized under this section.
   74         (4)ACCOUNTABILITY.—By March 15 of each year, the Board of
   75  Governors shall provide to the Governor, the President of the
   76  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a report
   77  summarizing information from the universities in the State
   78  University System, including, but not limited to:
   79         (a)Specific expenditure information as it relates to the
   80  investments identified in subsection (2).
   81         (b)The impact of those investments in elevating the
   82  national competitiveness of the universities, specifically
   83  relating to:
   84         1. The success in recruiting research faculty and the
   85  resulting research funding;
   86         2. The 4-year graduation rate;
   87         3. The number of undergraduate courses offered with fewer
   88  than 50 students; and
   89         4. The increased national academic standing of targeted
   90  programs, specifically advancement among top 50 universities in
   91  the targeted programs in well-known and highly respected
   92  national public university rankings, including, but not limited
   93  to, the U.S. News and World Report rankings, which reflect
   94  national preeminence, using the most recent rankings.
   95         Section 19. Section 1004.6498, Florida Statutes, is created
   96  to read:
   97         1004.6498 State University Professional and Graduate Degree
   98  Excellence Program.—
   99         (1) PURPOSE.—The State University Professional and Graduate
  100  Degree Excellence Program is established to fund and support the
  101  efforts of state universities to enhance the quality and
  102  excellence of professional and graduate schools and degree
  103  programs in medicine, law, and business and expand the economic
  104  impact of state universities.
  105         (2) INVESTMENTS.—Quality improvement efforts may include,
  106  but are not limited to, targeted investments in faculty,
  107  students, research, infrastructure, and other strategic
  108  endeavors to elevate the national and global prominence of state
  109  university medicine, law, and graduate-level business programs.
  110         (3) FUNDING AND USE.—Funding for the program shall be as
  111  provided in the General Appropriations Act. Each state
  112  university shall use the funds only for the purpose and
  113  investments authorized under this section.
  114         (4)ACCOUNTABILITY.—By March 15 of each year, the Board of
  115  Governors shall provide to the Governor, the President of the
  116  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a report
  117  summarizing information from the universities in the State
  118  University System, including, but not limited to:
  119         (a)Specific expenditure information as it relates to the
  120  investments identified in subsection (2).
  121         (b)The impact of those investments in elevating the
  122  national and global prominence of the state university medicine,
  123  law, and graduate-level business programs, specifically relating
  124  to:
  125         1. The first-time pass rate on the United States Medical
  126  Licensing Examination;
  127         2. The first-time pass rate on The Florida Bar Examination;
  128         3. The percentage of graduates enrolled or employed at a
  129  wage threshold that reflects the added value of a graduate-level
  130  business degree;
  131         4. The advancement in the rankings of the state university
  132  medicine, law, and graduate-level programs in well-known and
  133  highly respected national graduate-level university rankings,
  134  including, but not limited to, the U.S. News and World Report
  135  rankings, which reflect national preeminence, using the most
  136  recent rankings; and
  137         5. The added economic benefit of the universities to the
  138  state.
  139         Section 20. Section 1013.79, Florida Statutes, is amended
  140  to read:
  141         1013.79 University Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant
  142  Program.—
  143         (1) The Legislature recognizes that the universities do not
  144  have sufficient physical facilities to meet the current demands
  145  of their instructional and research programs. It further
  146  recognizes that, to strengthen and enhance universities, it is
  147  necessary to provide facilities in addition to those currently
  148  available from existing revenue sources. It further recognizes
  149  that there are sources of private support that, if matched with
  150  state support, can assist in constructing much-needed facilities
  151  and strengthen the commitment of citizens and organizations in
  152  promoting excellence throughout the state universities.
  153  Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to establish a
  154  trust fund to provide the opportunity for each university to
  155  receive support for challenge grants for instructional and
  156  research-related capital facilities within the university.
  157         (2) There is established the Alec P. Courtelis University
  158  Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program for the purpose of
  159  assisting universities build high priority instructional and
  160  research-related capital facilities, including common areas
  161  connecting such facilities. The associated foundations that
  162  serve the universities shall solicit gifts from private sources
  163  to provide matching funds for capital facilities. For the
  164  purposes of this act, private sources of funds may shall not
  165  include any federal, state, or local government funds that a
  166  university may receive.
  167         (3)(a) There is established the Alec P. Courtelis Capital
  168  Facilities Matching Trust Fund to facilitate the development of
  169  high priority instructional and research-related capital
  170  facilities, including common areas connecting such facilities,
  171  within a university. All appropriated funds deposited into the
  172  trust fund shall be invested pursuant to s. 17.61. Interest
  173  income accruing to that portion of the trust fund shall increase
  174  the total funds available for the challenge grant program.
  175         (b) Effective July 1, 2009, the Alec P. Courtelis Capital
  176  Facilities Matching Trust Fund is terminated.
  177         (c) The State Board of Education shall pay any outstanding
  178  debts and obligations of the terminated fund as soon as
  179  practicable, and the Chief Financial Officer shall close out and
  180  remove the terminated funds from various state accounting
  181  systems using generally accepted accounting principles
  182  concerning warrants outstanding, assets, and liabilities.
  183         (d) By June 30, 2008, all private funds and associated
  184  interest earnings held in the Alec P. Courtelis Capital
  185  Facilities Matching Trust Fund shall be transferred to the
  186  originating university’s individual program account.
  187         (3)(4) Each university shall establish, pursuant to s.
  188  1011.42, a facilities matching grant program account as a
  189  depository for private contributions provided under this
  190  section. Once a project is under contract, funds appropriated as
  191  state matching funds may be transferred to the university’s
  192  account once the Board of Governors certifies receipt of the
  193  private matching funds pursuant to subsection (4) (5). State
  194  funds that are not needed as matching funds for the project for
  195  which appropriated shall be transferred, together with any
  196  accrued interest, back to the state fund from which such funds
  197  were appropriated. The transfer of unneeded state funds must
  198  shall occur within 30 days after final completion of the project
  199  or within 30 days after a determination that the project will
  200  not be completed. The Public Education Capital Outlay and Debt
  201  Service Trust Fund or the Capital Improvement Trust Fund may
  202  shall not be used as the source of the state match for private
  203  contributions. Interest income accruing from the private
  204  donations shall be returned to the participating foundation upon
  205  completion of the project.
  206         (4)(5) A project may not be initiated unless all private
  207  funds for planning, construction, and equipping the facility
  208  have been received and deposited in the separate university
  209  program account designated for this purpose. However, these
  210  requirements do not preclude the university from expending funds
  211  derived from private sources to develop a prospectus, including
  212  preliminary architectural schematics or models, for use in its
  213  efforts to raise private funds for a facility, and for site
  214  preparation, planning, and construction. The Board of Governors
  215  shall establish a method for validating the receipt and deposit
  216  of private matching funds. The Legislature may appropriate the
  217  state’s matching funds in one or more fiscal years for the
  218  planning, construction, and equipping of an eligible facility.
  219  Each university shall notify all donors of private funds of a
  220  substantial delay in the availability of state matching funds
  221  for this program.
  222         (5)(6) To be eligible to participate in the Alec P.
  223  Courtelis University Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant
  224  Program, a university must shall raise a contribution equal to
  225  one-half of the total cost of a facilities construction project
  226  from private nongovernmental sources which must shall be matched
  227  by a state appropriation equal to the amount raised for a
  228  facilities construction project subject to the General
  229  Appropriations Act.
  230         (6)(7) If the state’s share of the required match is
  231  insufficient to meet the requirements of subsection (5) (6), the
  232  university must shall renegotiate the terms of the contribution
  233  with the donors. If the project is terminated, each private
  234  donation, plus accrued interest, reverts to the foundation for
  235  remittance to the donor.
  236         (7)(8) By October 15 of each year, the Board of Governors
  237  shall transmit to the Legislature a list of projects that meet
  238  all eligibility requirements to participate in the Alec P.
  239  Courtelis University Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant
  240  Program and a budget request that includes the recommended
  241  schedule necessary to complete each project.
  242         (8)(9) In order for a project to be eligible under this
  243  program, it must be included in the university 5-year capital
  244  improvement plan and must receive approval from the Board of
  245  Governors or the Legislature.
  246         (9)(10) A university’s project may not be removed from the
  247  approved 3-year PECO priority list because of its successful
  248  participation in this program until approved by the Legislature
  249  and provided for in the General Appropriations Act. When such a
  250  project is completed and removed from the list, all other
  251  projects shall move up on the 3-year PECO priority list. A
  252  university may shall not use PECO funds, including the Capital
  253  Improvement Trust Fund fee and the building fee, to complete a
  254  project under this section.
  255         (10)(11) The surveys, architectural plans, facility, and
  256  equipment are shall be the property of the State of Florida. A
  257  facility constructed pursuant to this section may be named in
  258  honor of a donor at the option of the university and the Board
  259  of Governors. A No facility may not shall be named after a
  260  living person without prior approval by the Legislature.
  261         (11)(12) Effective July 1, 2011, state matching funds are
  262  temporarily suspended for donations received for this program on
  263  or after June 30, 2011. Existing eligible donations remain
  264  eligible for future matching funds. The program may be restarted
  265  after $200 million of the backlog for programs under ss.
  266  1011.32, 1011.85, 1011.94, and this section have been matched.
  267         (12) Notwithstanding the suspension provision under
  268  subsection (11), for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and subject to
  269  the General Appropriations Act, the Legislature may choose to
  270  prioritize funding for those projects that have matching funds
  271  available before June 30, 2011, and that have not yet been
  272  constructed.
  273         Section 21. Subsection (3) of section 267.062, Florida
  274  Statutes, is amended to read:
  275         267.062 Naming of state buildings and other facilities.—
  276         (3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) or s.
  277  1013.79(10) s. 1013.79(11), any state building, road, bridge,
  278  park, recreational complex, or other similar facility of a state
  279  university may be named for a living person by the university
  280  board of trustees in accordance with regulations adopted by the
  281  Board of Governors of the State University System.
  283  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  284  And the title is amended as follows:
  285         Delete line 52
  286  and insert:
  287         Revision and Information; amending s. 1001.706, F.S.;
  288         requiring state universities to use gap analyses to
  289         identify internship opportunities in high-demand
  290         fields; creating s. 1004.6497, F.S.; establishing the
  291         World Class Faculty and Scholar Program; providing the
  292         purpose and intent of the program; authorizing
  293         investments in certain faculty retention, recruitment,
  294         and recognition activities; specifying funding as
  295         provided in the General Appropriations Act; requiring
  296         the funds to be used only for authorized purposes and
  297         investments; requiring the Board of Governors to
  298         submit an annual report to the Governor and the
  299         Legislature by a specified date; creating s.
  300         1004.6498, F.S.; establishing the State University
  301         Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program;
  302         providing the purpose of the program; listing the
  303         quality improvement efforts that may be used to
  304         elevate the prominence of state university medicine,
  305         law, and graduate-level business programs; specifying
  306         funding as provided in the General Appropriations Act;
  307         requiring the funds to be used only for authorized
  308         purposes and investments; requiring the Board of
  309         Governors to submit an annual report to the Governor
  310         and the Legislature by a specified date; amending s.
  311         1013.79, F.S.; revising the intent of the Alec P.
  312         Courtelis University Facility Enhancement Challenge
  313         Grant Program; deleting the Alec P. Courtelis Capital
  314         Facilities Matching Trust Fund; authorizing the
  315         Legislature to prioritize certain funds for the 2017
  316         2018 fiscal year; amending s. 267.062, F.S.;
  317         conforming a cross-reference; providing an effective
  318         date.