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

       Senator Diaz moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Delete lines 266 - 276
    4  and insert:
    5         (2)ACCREDITATION.By July 1, 2022, the Board of Governors,
    6  for state universities, and the State Board of Education, for
    7  Florida College System institutions, shall identify and
    8  determine the accrediting agencies or associations best suited
    9  to serve as an accreditor for state universities and Florida
   10  College System institutions. Such accrediting agencies or
   11  associations must be recognized by the database created and
   12  maintained by the United States Department of Education. A state
   13  university or Florida College System institution may not be
   14  accredited by the same accrediting agency or association for
   15  consecutive accreditation cycles. In the year following
   16  reaffirmation or fifth-year review by their accrediting agencies
   17  or associations, each state university or Florida College System
   18  institution must seek and obtain accreditation from an
   19  accrediting agency or association identified by the Board of
   20  Governors or State Board of Education, respectively, before its
   21  next reaffirmation date. The requirements of this subsection are
   22  not applicable to those professional, graduate, departmental, or
   23  certificate programs at state universities or Florida College
   24  System institutions that have specific accreditation
   25  requirements or best practices, including, but not limited to,
   26  law, pharmacy, engineering, or other similarly situated
   27  educational programs.
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   30  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   31         Delete lines 259 - 260
   32  and insert:
   33         Section 3. Effective upon this act becoming a law, section
   34  1008.47, Florida Statutes, is created to read:
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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 specified 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