Florida Senate - 2021                                    SB 1436
       By Senator Gruters
       23-01057A-21                                          20211436__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Postsecondary Academic
    3         Library Network; amending ss. 257.02 and 295.22, F.S.;
    4         conforming provisions to changes made by the act;
    5         amending s. 1004.013, F.S.; revising provisions
    6         relating to the awareness of certain postsecondary
    7         education programs and initiatives; amending s.
    8         1006.73, F.S.; deleting provisions relating to the
    9         Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative;
   10         providing responsibilities for the Florida
   11         Postsecondary Academic Library Network; providing that
   12         the Board of Governors and the Department of Education
   13         will oversee a host entity chosen to deliver certain
   14         services; providing the services to be provided by the
   15         host entity; transferring responsibility for the
   16         statewide Internet-based catalog of distance learning
   17         courses to the host entity; providing requirements for
   18         such catalog; transferring responsibility for certain
   19         statewide online student advising services to the host
   20         entity; providing requirements for such services;
   21         requiring the host entity to annually submit a certain
   22         report by a specified date; providing requirements for
   23         such report; requiring the chancellors of the State
   24         University System and the Florida College System to
   25         provide a certain report; providing that specified
   26         entities have responsibility for the governance and
   27         administration of the provided services; requiring
   28         specified entities to issue a recommendation and
   29         report on expanding organizations who may access the
   30         provided services; repealing s. 1006.735, F.S.,
   31         relating to the Complete Florida Plus Program;
   32         amending s. 1007.01, F.S.; conforming a cross
   33         reference; amending s. 1007.27, F.S.; conforming a
   34         provision to changes made by the act; amending ss.
   35         1009.23 and 1009.24, F.S.; conforming cross
   36         references; revising a requirement to include a
   37         certain graphic on specified websites; providing an
   38         effective date.
   40  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   42         Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 257.02, Florida
   43  Statutes, is amended to read:
   44         257.02 State Library Council.—
   45         (1) There shall be a State Library Council to advise and
   46  assist the division with planning, policy, and priorities
   47  related to the development of statewide information services.
   48  The council shall consist of nine members who shall be appointed
   49  by the Secretary of State. Of the nine members, three members
   50  must represent Florida public libraries, two members must
   51  represent the Florida Postsecondary Academic Library Network
   52  Services Cooperative, one member must represent a multitype
   53  library cooperative, one member must represent a school library
   54  media center, one member must represent the Independent Colleges
   55  and Universities of Florida, and one member must represent a
   56  Florida library professional association. Members shall be
   57  appointed for 4-year terms. A vacancy on the council shall be
   58  filled for the period of the unexpired term. A person may not be
   59  appointed to serve more than two consecutive terms as a member
   60  of the council. The secretary may remove from office any council
   61  member for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty,
   62  incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or
   63  pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, or being found guilty of,
   64  a felony.
   65         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
   66  295.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   67         295.22 Veterans Employment and Training Services Program.—
   68         (3) ADMINISTRATION.—Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., shall
   69  administer the Veterans Employment and Training Services Program
   70  and perform all of the following functions:
   71         (b) Assist veterans who reside in or relocate to this state
   72  and who are seeking employment. The corporation shall offer
   73  skills assessments to veterans and assist them in establishing
   74  employment goals and applying for and achieving gainful
   75  employment.
   76         1. Assessment may include skill match information, skill
   77  gap analysis, resume creation, translation of military skills
   78  into civilian workforce skills, and translation of military
   79  achievements and experience into generally understood civilian
   80  workforce skills.
   81         2. Assistance may include providing the veteran with
   82  information on current workforce demand by industry or
   83  geographic region, creating employment goals, and aiding or
   84  teaching general knowledge related to completing applications.
   85  The corporation may provide information related to industry
   86  certifications approved by the Department of Education under s.
   87  1008.44 as well as information related to earning academic
   88  college credit at public postsecondary educational institutions
   89  for college-level training and education acquired in the
   90  military under s. 1004.096.
   91         3. The corporation shall encourage veterans to register
   92  with the state’s job bank system and may refer veterans to local
   93  one-stop career centers for further services. The corporation
   94  shall provide each veteran with information about state
   95  workforce programs and shall consolidate information about all
   96  available resources on one website that, if possible, includes a
   97  hyperlink to each resource’s website and contact information, if
   98  available. If appropriate, a veteran shall be encouraged to
   99  participate in the Complete Florida Degree Program established
  100  under s. 1006.735.
  101         4. Assessment and assistance may be in person or by
  102  electronic means, as determined by the corporation to be most
  103  efficient and best meet the needs of veterans.
  104         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
  105  1004.013, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  106         1004.013 SAIL to 60 Initiative.—
  107         (2) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
  108  shall work collaboratively to, at a minimum:
  109         (a) Increase the awareness and use of:
  110         1. The student advising system established under s. 1006.73
  111  s. 1006.735(4)(b).
  112         2.The Complete Florida Degree Initiative established under
  113  s. 1006.735(2) that facilitates degree completion for the
  114  state’s adult learners. The Chancellor of the State University
  115  System and the Chancellor of the Florida College System shall
  116  consult with the Complete Florida Degree Initiative to identify
  117  barriers to program expansion and develop recommendations to
  118  increase the number of participating institutions and students
  119  served by the program. The recommendations must consider, at a
  120  minimum, methods for increasing outreach efforts to help
  121  students complete the “last mile” by providing financial
  122  assistance to students who are within 12 credit hours of
  123  completing their first associate or baccalaureate degree, but
  124  have separated from their institution of enrollment for more
  125  than one semester. Recommendations must be submitted to the
  126  Board of Governors, the State Board of Education, and the
  127  Governor no later than October 1, 2019.
  128         2.3. Summer bridge programs at state universities and
  129  Florida College System institutions that help students
  130  transition to postsecondary education.
  131         Section 4. Section 1006.73, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  132  read:
  133         (Substantial rewording of section. See
  134         s. 1006.73, F.S., for present text.)
  135         1006.73Florida Postsecondary Academic Library Network.—
  136         (1)PURPOSE.—The Board of Governors and the Department of
  137  Education shall jointly oversee the host entity in accordance
  138  with subsection (5) which will deliver the following services to
  139  public postsecondary education institutions in this state,
  140  which, for the purposes of this section, means all Florida
  141  College System and State University System institutions:
  142         (a)Provide information regarding and access to distance
  143  learning courses and degree programs offered by public
  144  postsecondary education institutions within this state.
  145         (b)Coordinate with the Florida College System and the
  146  State University System to identify and provide online academic
  147  support services and resources when the multi-institutional
  148  provision of such services and resources is more cost effective
  149  or operationally effective.
  150         (c)Administer a single library automation system and
  151  associated resources and services that all public postsecondary
  152  institutions shall use to support learning, teaching, and
  153  research needs and develop automated library management tools
  154  that shall include, but are not limited to, the following
  155  services and functions:
  156         1.A shared Internet-based catalog and discovery tool that
  157  allows a user to search and, if authorized, access the aggregate
  158  library holdings of this state’s public postsecondary education
  159  institutions. The catalog and discovery tool shall allow a user
  160  to search the library holdings of one institution, selected
  161  institutions, or all institutions and, to the extent feasible,
  162  shall include an interlibrary loan function that ensures an
  163  authorized user can access the required library holding.
  164         2.An Internet-based searchable collection of electronic
  165  resources which shall include, but not be limited to, full-text
  166  journals, articles, databases, and electronic books licensed
  167  pursuant to paragraph (d).
  168         3.An integrated library management system and its
  169  associated services that all public postsecondary education
  170  institution academic libraries shall use for purposes of
  171  acquiring, cataloging, circulating, and tracking library
  172  material.
  173         4.A statewide searchable database that includes an
  174  inventory of digital archives and collections held by public
  175  postsecondary education institutions.
  176         (d)In collaboration with library staff from Florida
  177  College System institutions and state universities, coordinate
  178  the negotiation of statewide licensing of electronic library
  179  resources and preferred pricing agreements, issue purchase
  180  orders, and enter into contracts for the acquisition of library
  181  support services, electronic resources, and other goods and
  182  services necessary to carry out its duties under this section.
  183         (e)Promote and provide recommendations concerning the use
  184  and distribution of open-access textbooks and education
  185  resources as a method for reducing costs.
  186         (f)Provide appropriate help desk support, training, and
  187  consultation services to institutions and students.
  189  COURSES.—There is established a statewide Internet-based catalog
  190  of distance learning courses, degree programs, and resources
  191  offered by public postsecondary education institutions which is
  192  intended to assist in the coordination and collaboration of
  193  articulation and access pursuant to parts II and III of chapter
  194  1007. The host entity is responsible for developing and
  195  disseminating operational procedures and technical guidelines
  196  for the catalog, to be followed by all participating
  197  institutions. Operating procedures and technical guidelines will
  198  address the following:
  199         (a)Specific information concerning the distance learning
  200  course or degree program, including, but not limited to, course
  201  number, classification of instructional programs number, and
  202  information on the availability of the course or degree program;
  203  any prerequisite course or technology competency or skill; the
  204  availability of academic support services and financial aid
  205  resources; and course costs, fees, and payment policies.
  206         (b)Definitions and descriptions of the catalog’s search
  207  and retrieval options that, at a minimum, will allow users to
  208  search by academic term or course start date; institution,
  209  multiple institutions, or all institutions; and course or
  210  program delivery methods, course type, course availability,
  211  subject or discipline, and course number or classification of
  212  instructional programs number.
  213         (c)An Internet-based analytic tool that allows for the
  214  collection and analysis of data as to usage of resources
  215  accessed or interaction with constituent institutions whose
  216  courses and programs are listed in the catalog.
  217         (d)Frequent review and updates to institution catalogs to
  218  ensure that distance learning courses and degree programs comply
  219  with operational procedures.
  221  SUPPORT.—The following online services and support shall be made
  222  available on a statewide basis:
  223         (a)A streamlined online admissions application process,
  224  which shall be used by all public postsecondary institutions,
  225  for undergraduate transient students currently enrolled and
  226  pursuing a degree at a public postsecondary education
  227  institution who enroll in a course offered by a public
  228  postsecondary education institution that is not the student’s
  229  degree-granting institution, which shall:
  230         1.Use the transient student admissions application
  231  available through the statewide computer-assisted student
  232  advising system established pursuant to paragraph (b). This
  233  admissions application is the only application required for
  234  enrollment of a transient student as described in this
  235  paragraph.
  236         2.Implement the financial aid procedures required by the
  237  transient student admissions application process.
  238         3.Transfer credit awarded by the institution offering the
  239  course to the transient student’s degree-granting institution.
  240         4.Provide an interface between the institutional advising
  241  system and the statewide computer-assisted student advising
  242  system established pursuant to paragraph (b) in order to
  243  electronically send, receive, and process transient student
  244  admissions application.
  245         (b)A statewide computer-assisted student advising system
  246  that shall support the process of advising, registering, and
  247  capturing student progression toward a degree and career and
  248  shall include a degree audit and an articulation component.
  249  Florida College System institutions and state universities shall
  250  interface institutional advising systems with the statewide
  251  computer-assisted student advising system. At a minimum, the
  252  statewide computer-assisted student advising system shall:
  253         1.Allow a student to access the system at any time.
  254         2.Allow a student to search public postsecondary education
  255  institutions and identify course options that will meet the
  256  requirements of a selected path toward a degree.
  257         3.Audit transcripts of students enrolled in a public
  258  postsecondary education institution to assess current academic
  259  standing, the requirements for a student to transfer to another
  260  institution, and all requirements necessary for graduation.
  261         4.Serve as the official statewide repository for the
  262  common prerequisite manual, admissions information for
  263  transferring programs, foreign language requirements, residency
  264  requirements, and statewide articulation agreements.
  265         5.Provide information relating to career descriptions and
  266  corresponding educational requirements, admissions requirements,
  267  and available sources of student financial assistance.
  268         6.Provide the admissions application for transient
  269  students pursuant to paragraph (a) which must include the
  270  electronic transfer and receipt of information and records for:
  271         a.Admissions and readmissions.
  272         b.Financial aid.
  273         c.Transfer of credit awarded by the institution offering
  274  the course to the transient student’s degree-granting
  275  institution using the Florida Automated System for Transferring
  276  Educational Records (the “FASTER System”).
  277         (c)A method for identifying and evaluating new
  278  technologies and instructional methods for improving distance
  279  learning instruction and development for faculty, student
  280  learning outcomes, student access, the efficient delivery of
  281  student support services, and the overall quality of
  282  postsecondary distance learning courses and degree programs.
  283         (d)Negotiation of statewide licensing resources and
  284  preferred pricing agreements, issuing purchase orders, and
  285  entering into contracts for the acquisition of distance learning
  286  resources, student and support services, electronic resources,
  287  and other goods and services necessary to carry out duties under
  288  this section.
  289         (4)REPORTING.—Beginning December 31, 2021, and each year
  290  thereafter, the host entity shall submit a report to the
  291  chancellors of the State University System and the Florida
  292  College System regarding the implementation and operation of all
  293  components described in this section, including, but not limited
  294  to, usage information collected under paragraph (2)(c),
  295  information and associated costs relating to the services and
  296  functions of the program, and the implementation and operation
  297  of the automated library services. The chancellors will provide
  298  an annual report on the performance of the host entity in
  299  delivering the services and any recommendations for changes
  300  needed to this section to the Governor, the President of the
  301  Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Board
  302  of Governors, and the State Board of Education.
  303         (5)GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION.—The Office of the Board
  304  of Governors and the Department of Education shall have joint
  305  responsibility for determining the host entity for the services
  306  described in this section and shall share in the receipt and
  307  administration of an associated appropriation as described in
  308  the General Appropriations Act. The chancellors of the Florida
  309  College System and the Board of Governors shall provide
  310  oversight for successful delivery by the host entity of the
  311  services described in this section.
  314  NETWORK.—By June 1, 2022, the Commissioner of Education and the
  315  Chancellor of the State University System shall provide a joint
  316  recommendation for a process by which school district career
  317  centers operated under s. 1001.44 and charter technical career
  318  centers under s. 1002.34 would access appropriate postsecondary
  319  distance learning, student support services, and library assets
  320  described in this section. The recommendation must include an
  321  analysis of the resources necessary to expand access and assets
  322  to centers and their students.
  323         Section 5. Section 1006.735, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
  324         Section 6. Paragraph (h) of subsection (3) of section
  325  1007.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  326         1007.01 Articulation; legislative intent; purpose; role of
  327  the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors;
  328  Articulation Coordinating Committee.—
  329         (3) The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the
  330  Chancellor of the State University System, shall establish the
  331  Articulation Coordinating Committee, which shall make
  332  recommendations related to statewide articulation policies and
  333  issues regarding access, quality, and reporting of data
  334  maintained by the K-20 data warehouse, established pursuant to
  335  ss. 1001.10 and 1008.31, to the Higher Education Coordination
  336  Council, the State Board of Education, and the Board of
  337  Governors. The committee shall consist of two members each
  338  representing the State University System, the Florida College
  339  System, public career and technical education, K-12 education,
  340  and nonpublic postsecondary education and one member
  341  representing students. The chair shall be elected from the
  342  membership. The Office of K-20 Articulation shall provide
  343  administrative support for the committee. The committee shall:
  344         (h) Recommend roles and responsibilities of public
  345  education entities in interfacing with the single, statewide
  346  computer-assisted student advising system established pursuant
  347  to s. 1006.73 s. 1006.735.
  348         Section 7. Subsection (1) of section 1007.27, Florida
  349  Statutes, is amended to read:
  350         1007.27 Articulated acceleration mechanisms.—
  351         (1) It is the intent of the Legislature that a variety of
  352  articulated acceleration mechanisms be available for secondary
  353  and postsecondary students attending public educational
  354  institutions. It is intended that articulated acceleration serve
  355  to shorten the time necessary for a student to complete the
  356  requirements associated with the conference of a high school
  357  diploma and a postsecondary degree, broaden the scope of
  358  curricular options available to students, or increase the depth
  359  of study available for a particular subject. Articulated
  360  acceleration mechanisms shall include, but are not limited to,
  361  dual enrollment and early admission as provided for in s.
  362  1007.271, advanced placement, credit by examination, the
  363  International Baccalaureate Program, and the Advanced
  364  International Certificate of Education Program. Credit earned
  365  through the Florida Virtual School shall provide additional
  366  opportunities for early graduation and acceleration. Students of
  367  Florida public secondary schools enrolled pursuant to this
  368  subsection shall be deemed authorized users of the state-funded
  369  electronic library resources that are licensed for Florida
  370  College System institutions and state universities by the
  371  Florida Postsecondary Academic Library Network Services
  372  Cooperative. Verification of eligibility shall be in accordance
  373  with rules established by the State Board of Education and
  374  regulations established by the Board of Governors and processes
  375  implemented by Florida College System institutions and state
  376  universities.
  377         Section 8. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (16) and
  378  subsection (17) of section 1009.23, Florida Statutes, are
  379  amended to read:
  380         1009.23 Florida College System institution student fees.—
  381         (16)(a) Each Florida College System institution may assess
  382  a student who enrolls in a course listed in the distance
  383  learning catalog, established pursuant to s. 1006.73 s.
  384  1006.735, a per-credit-hour distance learning course user fee.
  385  For purposes of assessing this fee, a distance learning course
  386  is a course in which at least 80 percent of the direct
  387  instruction of the course is delivered using some form of
  388  technology when the student and instructor are separated by time
  389  or space, or both.
  390         (c) If an institution assesses the distance learning fee,
  391  the institution must provide a link to the catalog within the
  392  advising and distance learning sections of the institution’s
  393  website, using a graphic and description provided by the
  394  Complete Florida Plus Program, to inform students of the
  395  catalog.
  396         (17) Each Florida College System institution that accepts
  397  transient students, pursuant to s. 1006.73 s. 1006.735, may
  398  establish a transient student fee not to exceed $5 per course
  399  for processing the transient student admissions application.
  400         Section 9. Paragraph (t) of subsection (14) and paragraphs
  401  (a) and (c) of subsection (17) of section 1009.24, Florida
  402  Statutes, are amended to read:
  403         1009.24 State university student fees.—
  404         (14) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (15), each
  405  university board of trustees is authorized to establish the
  406  following fees:
  407         (t) A transient student fee that may not exceed $5 per
  408  course for accepting a transient student and processing the
  409  transient student admissions application pursuant to s. 1006.73
  410  s. 1006.735.
  412  With the exception of housing rental rates and except as
  413  otherwise provided, fees assessed pursuant to paragraphs (h)-(s)
  414  shall be based on reasonable costs of services. The Board of
  415  Governors shall adopt regulations and timetables necessary to
  416  implement the fees and fines authorized under this subsection.
  417  The fees assessed under this subsection may be used for debt
  418  only as authorized under s. 1010.62.
  419         (17)(a) A state university may assess a student who enrolls
  420  in a course listed in the distance learning catalog, established
  421  pursuant to s. 1006.73 s. 1006.735, a per-credit-hour distance
  422  learning course fee. For purposes of assessing this fee, a
  423  distance learning course is a course in which at least 80
  424  percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered
  425  using some form of technology when the student and instructor
  426  are separated by time or space, or both.
  427         (c) If an institution assesses the distance learning fee,
  428  the institution must provide a link to the catalog within the
  429  advising and distance learning sections of the institution’s
  430  website, using a graphic and description provided by the
  431  Complete Florida Plus Program, informing students of the
  432  catalog.
  433         Section 10. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.