Florida Senate - 2022                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 7044
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Rodrigues moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Delete lines 266 - 276
    4  and insert:
    5         (2)ACCREDITATION.—By September 1, 2022, the Board of
    6  Governors, for state universities, and the State Board of
    7  Education, for Florida College System institutions, shall
    8  identify and make a determination of the accrediting agencies or
    9  associations, respectively, that are best suited to serve as an
   10  accreditor for state universities and Florida College System
   11  institutions. Such accrediting agencies or associations must be
   12  recognized by the database created and maintained by the United
   13  States Department of Education. A state university or Florida
   14  College System institution may not be accredited by the same
   15  accrediting agency or association for consecutive accreditation
   16  cycles. In the year following reaffirmation or fifth-year review
   17  by their accrediting agencies or associations, each state
   18  university or Florida College System institution must seek and
   19  obtain accreditation from an accrediting agency or association
   20  identified by the Board of Governors or State Board of
   21  Education, respectively, before its next reaffirmation date. The
   22  requirements of this subsection are not applicable to those
   23  professional, graduate, departmental, or certificate programs at
   24  state universities or Florida College System institutions that
   25  have specific accreditation requirements or best practices,
   26  including, but not limited to, law, pharmacy, engineering, or
   27  other similarly situated educational programs.
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   30  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   31         Delete line 259
   32  and insert:
   33         Section 3. Effective upon becoming a law, section 1008.47,
   34  Florida Statutes, is created to
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   37  And the title is amended as follows:
   38         Delete lines 18 - 27
   39  and insert:
   40         requiring the Board of Governors and State Board of
   41         Education to identify and determine accrediting
   42         agencies or associations best suited for state
   43         universities and Florida College System institutions,
   44         respectively, by a certain date; providing
   45         requirements for such accrediting agencies or
   46         associations; prohibiting state universities and
   47         Florida College System institutions from being
   48         accredited by the same agency or association for
   49         consecutive accreditation cycles; requiring state
   50         universities and Florida College System institutions
   51         to obtain accreditation from accrediting agencies or
   52         associations identified by the Board of Governors or
   53         State Board of Education, respectively; providing that
   54         specified academic programs are exempt from such
   55         requirements; creating a cause of