Florida Senate - 2019                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 190
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: WD/2R          .                                
             04/24/2019 08:56 AM       .                                

       Senator Stargel moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 515 and 516
    4  insert:
    5         Section 5. Present subsection (7) of section 1004.335,
    6  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (8), a new
    7  subsection (7) is added to that section, and subsection (1),
    8  paragraphs (a) and (g) of subsection (4), subsection (5), and
    9  paragraph (a) of subsection (6) of that section are amended, to
   10  read:
   11         1004.335 Accreditation consolidation of University of South
   12  Florida branch campuses.—
   13         (1) The University of South Florida Consolidation Planning
   14  Study and Implementation Task Force is established to develop
   15  recommendations to improve service to students by phasing out
   16  the separate accreditation of the University of South Florida
   17  St. Petersburg branch campus and the University of South Florida
   18  Sarasota/Manatee branch campus, which were conferred by the
   19  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
   20  Colleges (SACSCOC) pursuant to ss. 1004.33 and 1004.34,
   21  respectively.
   22         (4) No later than February 15, 2019, the task force must
   23  submit a report to the University of South Florida Board of
   24  Trustees which includes, at a minimum, recommendations on the
   25  following:
   26         (a) Identification of specific degrees in programs of
   27  strategic significance, including health care, science,
   28  technology, engineering, mathematics, and other program
   29  priorities to be offered at the University of South Florida St.
   30  Petersburg branch campus and the University of South Florida
   31  Sarasota/Manatee branch campus and the timeline for the
   32  development and delivery of programs on each campus;
   33         (g) Developing and delivering integrated academic programs,
   34  student and faculty governance, and administrative services to
   35  better serve the students, faculty, and staff at the University
   36  of South Florida College of Marine Science, the University of
   37  South Florida Sarasota/Manatee branch campus, and the University
   38  of South Florida St. Petersburg branch campus.
   39         (5) No later than March 15, 2019, the Board of Trustees of
   40  the University of South Florida, after considering the
   41  recommendations of the task force, must adopt and submit to the
   42  Board of Governors an implementation plan that:
   43         (a) Establishes a timeline for each step that is necessary
   44  to terminate the separate accreditation for each campus no later
   45  than June 30, 2020, while maintaining branch campus status for
   46  both campuses, so that there is no lapse in institutional
   47  accreditation for any campus during the phasing-out process.
   48         (b) Minimizes disruption to students attending any the
   49  University of South Florida or any of its branch campuses campus
   50  so that the consolidation of SACSCOC accreditation does not
   51  impede a student’s ability to graduate within 4 years after
   52  initial first-time-in-college enrollment.
   53         (c) Requires that, on or before July 1, 2020, the entirety
   54  of the University of South Florida, including all branch
   55  campuses and other component units of the university, operate
   56  under a single institutional accreditation from the SACSCOC.
   57         (d) Requires that, on each regularly scheduled submission
   58  date subsequent to July 1, 2020, the University of South Florida
   59  report consolidated data for all of the university’s campuses
   60  and students to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data
   61  System and to the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors
   62  shall use the consolidated data for purposes of determining
   63  eligibility for funding pursuant to ss. 1001.7065 and 1001.92.
   64  However, if the University of South Florida meets the deadline
   65  outlined in paragraph (c) and the University of South Florida
   66  Sarasota/Manatee and the University of South Florida St.
   67  Petersburg maintain branch campus status as defined in
   68  subsection (7), the Board of Governors may not use the
   69  consolidated data for purposes of determining eligibility for
   70  funding pursuant to s. 1001.7065 until July 1, 2022.
   72  The Board of Governors shall monitor the fidelity of the
   73  implementation of the plan.
   74         (6) Notwithstanding ss. 1001.7065 and 1001.92 or any Board
   75  of Governors regulation to the contrary relating to the
   76  calculation of graduation rates and retention rates, a student
   77  who meets all of the following criteria may not be counted by
   78  the Board of Governors when calculating or confirming the
   79  graduation rate or the retention rate of the University of South
   80  Florida under those sections:
   81         (a) The student was admitted to and initially enrolled
   82  before the spring 2020 semester as a first-time-in-college
   83  student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg branch
   84  campus or the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee
   85  branch campus.
   86         (7)For purposes of this section, a branch campus is an
   87  instructional site located geographically apart and independent
   88  of the main campus of the institution. A location is independent
   89  of the main campus if the location:
   90         (a) Is permanent in nature;
   91         (b) Offers courses in educational programs leading to a
   92  degree, diploma, certificate, or other recognized educational
   93  credential;
   94         (c)Has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory
   95  organization; and
   96         (d)Has its own budgetary and hiring authority.
   97         Section 6. The Board of Governors shall use its 2019
   98  Accountability Plan in determining a state university’s
   99  preeminence designation and in distributing awards for the 2019
  100  2020 fiscal year appropriation.
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  103  And the title is amended as follows:
  104         Delete line 55
  105  and insert:
  106         its space need calculation methodology; amending s.
  107         1004.335, F.S.; clarifying that the University of
  108         South Florida St. Petersburg and the University of
  109         South Florida Sarasota/Manatee are branch campuses;
  110         revising the date the Board of Governors will use
  111         specified data to determine funding under certain
  112         circumstances; requiring the Board of Governors to
  113         monitor the implementation of a specified plan;
  114         providing requirements for specified campuses to be
  115         considered branch campuses; requiring the Board of
  116         Governors to use its 2019 Accountability Plan for
  117         specified purposes; amending s.