Florida Senate - 2023                              CS for SB 266
       By the Committee on Education Postsecondary; and Senator Grall
       589-02628-23                                           2023266c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to higher education; amending s.
    3         1001.706, F.S.; revising requirements in the Board of
    4         Governors duties relating to the mission of each state
    5         university; revising requirements for the Board of
    6         Governors’ strategic plan relating to the goals and
    7         objectives of the State University System; requiring
    8         the Board of Governors to annually require each state
    9         university to include certain information in its
   10         economic security report; authorizing a Board of
   11         Governors regulation to include a post-tenure review
   12         of state university faculty at any time, with cause;
   13         amending s. 1001.7065, F.S.; requiring each state
   14         university to annually report certain research
   15         expenditures of a specified amount; creating s.
   16         1001.725, F.S.; providing that each state university
   17         board of trustees is responsible for hiring full-time
   18         faculty; authorizing the board to delegate hiring
   19         authority to the president; prohibiting the president
   20         from delegating hiring authority except as specified;
   21         prohibiting a university from using specified methods
   22         in its admissions or personnel processes; requiring
   23         each state university board of trustees to confirm
   24         specified employee reappointments and contracts;
   25         requiring each state university president to annually
   26         present specified performance evaluations and salaries
   27         to the board of trustees; amending s. 1004.06, F.S.;
   28         expanding definition of discrimination; prohibiting
   29         specified educational institutions from expending
   30         funds to promote specified concepts; providing
   31         exceptions; requiring the State Board of Education and
   32         the Board of Governors to adopt rules and regulations,
   33         respectively; amending s. 1004.6496, F.S.; authorizing
   34         the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida to
   35         use funds to establish and fund the Hamilton College
   36         for Classical and Civic Education; revising the goals
   37         of the college; providing powers of the college;
   38         amending s. 1004.6499, F.S.; renaming the Florida
   39         Institute of Politics at the Florida State University
   40         as the Florida Institute for Governance and Civics;
   41         providing the goals of the institute; amending s.
   42         1004.64991, F.S.; authorizing the Adam Smith Center
   43         for the Study of Economic Freedom to perform certain
   44         tasks in order to carry out its established purpose;
   45         amending s. 1007.25, F.S.; revising how general
   46         education core courses are established; requiring the
   47         Commissioner of Education and Chancellor of the State
   48         University System to consider approval of certain
   49         courses; requiring faculty committees to review and
   50         submit recommendations to the Articulation
   51         Coordinating Committee and the commissioner relating
   52         to certain courses by a specified date and every 3
   53         years thereafter; prohibiting general education core
   54         courses from teaching certain topics or presenting
   55         information in specified ways; providing requirements
   56         for general education core courses; requiring
   57         specified educational institutions to offer certain
   58         courses; prohibiting public postsecondary educational
   59         institutions from requiring students to take certain
   60         additional general education core courses; creating s.
   61         1007.55, F.S.; providing legislative findings;
   62         requiring the Articulation Coordinating Committee to
   63         submit an annual report to specified entities relating
   64         to courses that have been approved as meeting
   65         specified requirements to be used by public
   66         postsecondary educational institutions; providing
   67         requirements for general education courses; requiring
   68         public postsecondary educational institution boards of
   69         trustees and presidents to annually review and approve
   70         general education requirements; providing a penalty
   71         for failing to meet such review and approval
   72         requirements; requiring public postsecondary
   73         educational institutions to report certain courses to
   74         the department; prohibiting public postsecondary
   75         educational institutions from requiring students to
   76         take certain additional general education courses;
   77         requiring the State Board of Education and the Board
   78         of Governors to adopt rules and regulations,
   79         respectively; amending s. 1008.47, F.S.; specifying a
   80         one-time limit on the requirement to change
   81         accrediting agencies; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.;
   82         providing that certain postsecondary fee waivers
   83         continue until specified criteria are met; providing
   84         an effective date.
   86  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   88         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) through (d) of subsection (5) and
   89  paragraph (b) of subsection (6) of section 1001.706, Florida
   90  Statutes, are amended to read:
   91         1001.706 Powers and duties of the Board of Governors.—
   93         (a) The Legislature intends that the Board of Governors
   94  shall align the missions of each constituent university with the
   95  academic success of its students; the existing and emerging
   96  economic development needs of the state; the national reputation
   97  of its faculty and its academic and research programs; the
   98  quantity of externally generated research, patents, and
   99  licenses; and the strategic and accountability plans required in
  100  paragraphs (b) and (c). The Board of Governors shall
  101  periodically review the mission of each constituent university
  102  and make updates or revisions as needed. Upon completion of a
  103  review of the mission, the board shall review existing academic
  104  programs to ensure alignment with the mission. The board shall
  105  include in its review direction to each constituent university
  106  to examine its programs for any violation of s. 1000.05(4)(a).
  107  The mission alignment and strategic plan shall consider peer
  108  institutions at the constituent universities. The mission
  109  alignment and strategic plan shall acknowledge that universities
  110  that have a national and international impact have the greatest
  111  capacity to promote the state’s economic development through:
  112  new discoveries, patents, licenses, and technologies that
  113  generate state businesses of global importance; research
  114  achievements through external grants and contracts that are
  115  comparable to nationally recognized and ranked universities; the
  116  creation of a resource rich academic environment that attracts
  117  high-technology business and venture capital to the state; and
  118  this generation’s finest minds focusing on solving the state’s
  119  economic, social, environmental, and legal problems in the areas
  120  of life sciences, water, sustainability, energy, and health
  121  care. A nationally recognized and ranked university that has a
  122  global perspective and impact shall be afforded the opportunity
  123  to enable and protect the university’s competitiveness on the
  124  global stage in fair competition with other institutions of
  125  other states in the highest Carnegie Classification.
  126         (b) The Board of Governors shall develop a strategic plan
  127  specifying goals and objectives for the State University System
  128  and each constituent university, including each university’s
  129  contribution to overall system goals and objectives. The
  130  strategic plan must:
  131         1. Include performance metrics and standards common for all
  132  institutions and metrics and standards unique to institutions
  133  depending on institutional core missions, including, but not
  134  limited to, student admission requirements, retention,
  135  graduation, percentage of graduates who have attained
  136  employment, percentage of graduates enrolled in continued
  137  education, licensure passage, nondegree credential attainment,
  138  average wages of employed graduates, average cost per graduate,
  139  excess hours, student loan burden and default rates, faculty
  140  awards, total annual research expenditures, patents, licenses
  141  and royalties, intellectual property, startup companies, annual
  142  giving, endowments, and well-known, highly respected national
  143  rankings for institutional and program achievements.
  144         2. Consider reports and recommendations of the Florida
  145  Talent Development Council under s. 1004.015 and the
  146  Articulation Coordinating Committee under s. 1007.01.
  147         3. Include student enrollment and performance data
  148  delineated by method of instruction, including, but not limited
  149  to, traditional, online, and distance learning instruction.
  150         4. Include criteria for designating baccalaureate degree
  151  and master’s degree programs at specified universities as high
  152  demand programs of emphasis. The programs of emphasis list
  153  adopted by the Board of Governors before July 1, 2021, shall be
  154  used for the 2021-2022 academic year. Beginning in the 2022-2023
  155  academic year, the Board of Governors shall adopt the criteria
  156  to determine value for and prioritization of degree credentials
  157  and degree programs established by the Credentials Review
  158  Committee under s. 445.004 for designating high-demand programs
  159  of emphasis. The Board of Governors must review designated
  160  programs of emphasis, at a minimum, every 3 years to ensure
  161  alignment with the prioritization of degree credentials and
  162  degree programs identified by the Credentials Review Committee.
  163         5. Include criteria for nondegree credentials.
  164         (c) The Board of Governors shall develop an accountability
  165  plan for the State University System and each constituent
  166  university. The accountability plan must address institutional
  167  and system achievement of goals and objectives specified in the
  168  strategic plan adopted pursuant to paragraph (b) and must be
  169  submitted as part of its legislative budget request. Each
  170  university shall submit, as a component of the university’s
  171  annual accountability plan:,
  172         1. Information on the effectiveness of its plan for
  173  improving 4-year graduation rates; and
  174         2. The level of financial assistance provided to students
  175  pursuant to paragraph (h).
  176         (d) Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year and annually
  177  thereafter, The Board of Governors shall annually require a
  178  state university prior to registration to provide each enrolled
  179  student electronic access to the economic security report of
  180  employment and earning outcomes prepared by the Department of
  181  Economic Opportunity pursuant to s. 445.07. In addition, the
  182  Board of Governors shall require a state university to provide
  183  each student electronic access to the following information each
  184  year prior to registration using the data described in s.
  185  1008.39:
  186         1. The top 25 percent of degrees reported by the university
  187  in terms of highest full-time job placement and highest average
  188  annualized earnings in the year after earning the degree.
  189         2. The bottom 10 percent of degrees reported by the
  190  university in terms of lowest full-time job placement and lowest
  191  average annualized earnings in the year after earning the
  192  degree.
  194         (b) The Board of Governors may adopt a regulation requiring
  195  each tenured state university faculty member to undergo a
  196  comprehensive post-tenure review every 5 years. The regulation
  197  must include a process and criteria for each university to
  198  initiate a post-tenure review of a faculty member at any time,
  199  with cause. The board may include other considerations in the
  200  regulation, but the regulation must address:
  201         1. Accomplishments and productivity;
  202         2. Assigned duties in research, teaching, and service;
  203         3. Performance metrics, evaluations, and ratings; and
  204         4. Recognition and compensation considerations, as well as
  205  improvement plans and consequences for underperformance.
  206         Section 2. Paragraph (m) is added to subsection (2) of
  207  section 1001.7065, Florida Statutes, to read:
  208         1001.7065 Preeminent state research universities program.—
  210  following academic and research excellence standards are
  211  established for the preeminent state research universities
  212  program and shall be reported annually in the Board of Governors
  213  Accountability Plan:
  214         (m) Total annual research expenditures of $50 million or
  215  more benefiting STEM-related occupations, businesses, or
  216  industry partners located in this state and currently employing,
  217  or seeking to employ, residents of this state.
  218         Section 3. Section 1001.725, Florida Statutes, is created
  219  to read:
  220         1001.725 University boards of trustees; personnel.—
  221         (1)Each university board of trustees is responsible for
  222  hiring full-time faculty. The president may provide hiring
  223  recommendations to the board. The president and the board are
  224  not bound by recommendations or opinions of faculty or other
  225  individuals or groups.
  226         (a) The board may delegate its hiring authority to the
  227  president; however, the president may not delegate hiring
  228  authority to anyone outside the executive management team within
  229  the president’s office.
  230         (b)A university is prohibited from using diversity,
  231  equity, and inclusion statements, critical race theory, or other
  232  forms of political identity filters that violate s.
  233  1000.05(4)(a) in any university admissions, hiring, promotion,
  234  tenure, or evaluation process.
  235         (2)Each university board of trustees shall confirm its
  236  president’s selection and reappointment of the university’s
  237  executive management team members and their respective contracts
  238  and annual salaries, in accordance with the university’s
  239  personnel program established by the Board of Governors.
  240  Contracts and responsibilities of the president and executive
  241  team members, including, but not limited to, provost positions,
  242  must explicitly delineate that the duties of positions, other
  243  than the president, are limited to administrative oversight and
  244  operational supervision of curricular, instructional, and
  245  research affairs, as applicable to the position.
  246         (3)Each university president shall annually present to his
  247  or her board of trustees for review the results of performance
  248  evaluations and associated salaries of all evaluated personnel
  249  earning an annual compensation of $200,000 or more, regardless
  250  of fund source.
  251         Section 4. Section 1004.06, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  252  read:
  253         1004.06 Prohibited expenditures.—
  254         (1) No Florida College System institution, state
  255  university, Florida College System institution direct-support
  256  organization, or state university direct-support organization
  257  shall expend any funds, regardless of source, to purchase
  258  membership in, or goods and services from, any organization that
  259  discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
  260  disability gender, or religion.
  261         (2)(a) No Florida College System institution, state
  262  university, Florida College System institution direct-support
  263  organization, or state university direct-support organization
  264  may expend any funds, regardless of source, to promote, support,
  265  or maintain any programs or campus activities that violate s.
  266  1000.05(4)(a).
  267         (b) Programs required for compliance with federal
  268  regulations, or access programs for military veterans, Pell
  269  Grant recipients, first generation college students,
  270  nontraditional students, “2+2” transfer students from the
  271  Florida College System, students from low-income families, or
  272  students with unique abilities, are not prohibited by this
  273  subsection.
  274         (3)The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
  275  shall adopt rules and regulations, respectively, to implement
  276  this section.
  277         Section 5. Section 1004.6496, Florida Statutes, is amended
  278  to read:
  279         1004.6496 Hamilton College Center for Classical and Civic
  280  Education.—
  281         (1) By July 1, 2024, the Board of Trustees of the
  282  University of Florida may use funds as provided in the General
  283  Appropriations Act and charitable donations to establish and
  284  fund the Hamilton College Center for Classical and Civic
  285  Education as an academic unit within the University of Florida.
  286  The purpose of the college center is to support teaching and
  287  research concerning the ideas, traditions, and texts that form
  288  the foundations of Western and American civilization.
  289         (2) The goals of the college center are to:
  290         (a) Educate university students in core texts and great
  291  debates of Western civilization and the Great Books.
  292         (b) Educate university students in the principles, ideals,
  293  and institutions of the American political order.
  294         (c) Educate university students in the foundations of
  295  responsible leadership and informed citizenship.
  296         (d) Provide programming and training related to civic
  297  education and the values of open inquiry and civil discourse to
  298  support the K-20 system.
  299         (e) Coordinate with the Florida Institute for Governance
  300  and Civics of Politics created pursuant to s. 1004.6499 and the
  301  Adam Smith Center for the Study of Economic Freedom created
  302  pursuant to s. 1004.64991 and assist in the curation and
  303  implementation of Portraits in Patriotism created pursuant to s.
  304  1003.44.
  305         (3) In order to carry out the purposes set forth in
  306  subsection (2), the college is authorized to:
  307         (a) Hire necessary faculty and staff pursuant to s.
  308  1001.725;
  309         (b)Enroll students;
  310         (c) Develop curriculum and offer new courses, including
  311  honors courses, certificates, and major and minor programs;
  312         (d)Award degrees;
  313         (e) Hold events, including fundraisers;
  314         (f) Fulfill other actions approved by the president of the
  315  university; and
  316         (g) Generate resources based on student credit hour
  317  enrollment, in the same manner as any other college within the
  318  institution.
  319         (4)The president of the university may hire a dean for the
  320  college, subject to the approval of the board of trustees.
  321         (a) If at any time the position of dean becomes vacant, the
  322  president of the university may appoint a faculty member of the
  323  college to serve as the acting dean. The president of the
  324  university may remove the dean in accordance with the policies
  325  and procedures established at the university.
  326         (b) The dean of the college must report directly to the
  327  president of the university.
  328         (c) The dean of the college has the same delegated
  329  authority, in the same manner, as any other dean at the
  330  university.
  331         (5) Faculty of the college may be awarded tenure subject to
  332  the tenure policies of the university.
  333         (6) Funds appropriated specifically to the college may not
  334  be used for any other purpose at the university; however, the
  335  university can provide additional funding as available to the
  336  college.
  337         Section 6. Section 1004.6499, Florida Statutes, is amended
  338  to read:
  339         1004.6499 Florida Institute for Governance and Civics of
  340  Politics.—
  341         (1) The Florida Institute for Governance and Civics of
  342  Politics is established at the Florida State University within
  343  the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The purpose of
  344  the institute is to provide the southeastern region of the
  345  United States with a world class, bipartisan, nationally
  346  renowned institute of politics.
  347         (2) The goals of the institute are to:
  348         (a) Provide students with access to an interdisciplinary
  349  hub that will develop academically rigorous scholarship and
  350  coursework on the origins of the American system of government,
  351  its foundational documents, its subsequent political traditions
  352  and evolutions, and its impact on comparative political systems
  353  Motivate students throughout the Florida State University to
  354  become aware of the significance of government and civic
  355  engagement at all levels and politics in general.
  356         (b) Encourage civic literacy in this state through the
  357  development of educational tools and resources for K-12 and
  358  postsecondary students which foster an understanding of how
  359  individual rights, constitutionalism, separation of powers, and
  360  federalism function within the American system Provide students
  361  with an opportunity to be politically active and civically
  362  engaged.
  363         (c) Model civic discourse that recognizes the importance of
  364  viewpoint diversity, intellectual rigor, and an evidence-based
  365  approach to history Nurture a greater awareness of and passion
  366  for public service and politics.
  367         (d) Plan and host forums to allow students and guests to
  368  hear from exceptional individuals who have excelled in a wide
  369  range of sectors of American life, to highlight the
  370  possibilities created by individual achievement and
  371  entrepreneurial vision and interact with experts from
  372  government, politics, policy, and journalism on a frequent
  373  basis.
  374         (e) Become a national and state resource on using polling
  375  instruments and other assessments to measure civic literacy and
  376  make recommendations for improving civic education information
  377  and survey methodology.
  378         (f) Provide fellowships and internship opportunities to
  379  students in government, nonprofit organizations, and community
  380  organizations.
  381         (g) Create through scholarship, original research,
  382  publications, symposia, testimonials, and other means a body of
  383  resources that can be accessed by students, scholars, and
  384  government officials to understand the innovations in public
  385  policy in this state over a rolling 30-year time period Provide
  386  training sessions for newly elected state and local public
  387  officials.
  388         (h) Organize and sponsor conferences, symposia, and
  389  workshops throughout this state to educate and inform citizens,
  390  elected officials, and appointed policymakers regarding
  391  effective policymaking techniques and processes.
  392         (i) Create and promote research and awareness regarding
  393  politics, citizen involvement, and public service.
  394         (j) Collaborate with related policy institutes and research
  395  activities at the Florida State University and other
  396  institutions of higher education to motivate, increase, and
  397  sustain citizen involvement in public affairs.
  398         Section 7. Subsection (3) is added to section 1004.64991,
  399  Florida Statutes, to read:
  400         1004.64991 The Adam Smith Center for the Study of Economic
  401  Freedom.—
  402         (3) In order to carry out the purpose set forth in this
  403  section, the institute is authorized to:
  404         (a) Hire necessary faculty and staff pursuant to s.
  405  1001.725;
  406         (b) Enroll students;
  407         (c) Develop curriculum and offer new courses, including
  408  honors courses, certificates, and major and minor programs;
  409         (d) Award degrees;
  410         (e) Hold events, including fundraisers;
  411         (f) Fulfill other actions approved by the president of the
  412  university; and
  413         (g) Generate resources based on student credit hour
  414  enrollment, in the same manner as any other college within the
  415  institution.
  416         Section 8. Subsection (3) of section 1007.25, Florida
  417  Statutes, is amended to read:
  418         1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites;
  419  other degree requirements.—
  420         (3) The chair of the State Board of Education and the chair
  421  of the Board of Governors, or their designees, shall jointly
  422  appoint faculty committees to review and recommend to the
  423  Articulation Coordinating Committee for approval by the
  424  Commissioner of Education and Chancellor of the State University
  425  System identify statewide general education core course options
  426  for inclusion in the statewide course numbering system
  427  established under s. 1007.24. Faculty committees shall, by
  428  December 1, 2023, and by December 1 every 3 years thereafter,
  429  review and submit recommendations to the Articulation
  430  Coordinating Committee and the commissioner for the removal,
  431  alignment, realignment, or addition of general education core
  432  courses that satisfy the requirements of this subsection.
  433         (a) General education core course options shall consist of
  434  a maximum of five courses within each of the subject areas of
  435  communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and
  436  natural sciences. The core courses may be revised, or the five
  437  course maximum within each subject area may be exceeded, if
  438  approved by the State Board of Education and the Board of
  439  Governors, as recommended by the subject area faculty committee
  440  and approved by the Articulation Coordinating Committee as
  441  necessary for a subject area.
  442         (b) Each general education core course option must contain
  443  high-level academic and critical thinking skills and common
  444  competencies that students must demonstrate to successfully
  445  complete the course.
  446         (c) General education core courses may not distort
  447  significant historical events or include a curriculum that
  448  teaches identity politics, violates s. 1000.05(4)(a), or defines
  449  American history as contrary to the creation of a new nation
  450  based on universal principles stated in the Declaration of
  451  Independence.
  452         (d)General education core courses must meet the following
  453  standards:
  454         1.Communication courses must afford students the ability
  455  to communicate effectively, including the ability to write
  456  clearly and engage in public speaking.
  457         2.Humanities courses must afford students the ability to
  458  think critically through the mastering of subjects concerned
  459  with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music,
  460  and philosophy, and must include selections from the Western
  461  canon.
  462         3.Social science courses must afford students an
  463  understanding of the basic social and behavioral science
  464  concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavior and
  465  past and present social, political, and economic issues.
  466         4.Natural science courses must afford students the ability
  467  to critically examine and evaluate the principles of the
  468  scientific method, model construction, and use the scientific
  469  method to explain natural experiences and phenomena.
  470         5.Mathematics courses must afford students a mastery of
  471  foundational mathematical and computation models and methods by
  472  applying such models and methods in problem solving.
  473         (e) Beginning with students initially entering a Florida
  474  College System institution or state university in 2015-2016 and
  475  thereafter, each student must complete at least one identified
  476  core course in each subject area as part of the general
  477  education course requirements. Beginning in the 2022-2023
  478  academic year and thereafter, students entering a technical
  479  degree education program as defined in s. 1004.02(13) must
  480  complete at least one identified core course in each subject
  481  area as part of the general education course requirements before
  482  a degree is awarded.
  483         (f) All public postsecondary educational institutions shall
  484  offer at least one general education core course in each of the
  485  identified subject areas and accept these courses as meeting
  486  general education core course requirements upon transfer,
  487  regardless of whether the receiving institution offers the
  488  identical general education core courses. The remaining general
  489  education course requirements shall be identified by each
  490  institution as approved in accordance with this section and
  491  listed in the statewide course numbering system and reported to
  492  the department by their statewide course number.
  493         (g) A public postsecondary educational institution may not
  494  require a student to complete an additional course to meet a
  495  subject area distribution requirement that was completed by the
  496  student with a course that has since been removed as a general
  497  education core course.
  498         (h) The general education core course options shall be
  499  adopted in rule by the State Board of Education and in
  500  regulation by the Board of Governors.
  501         Section 9. Section 1007.55, Florida Statutes, is created to
  502  read:
  503         1007.55 General education course principles, standards, and
  504  content.—
  505         (1) The Legislature finds it necessary to ensure that every
  506  undergraduate student of a Florida public postsecondary
  507  educational institution graduates as an informed citizen through
  508  participation in rigorous general education courses that promote
  509  and preserve the constitutional republic through traditional,
  510  historically accurate, and high-quality coursework. Courses with
  511  a curriculum based on unproven, speculative, or exploratory
  512  content are best suited as elective or specific program
  513  prerequisite credit, not general education credit.
  514         (2) In performing its duties under ss. 1007.24 and 1007.25,
  515  by July 1, 2024, and each July 1 thereafter, the Articulation
  516  Coordinating Committee shall submit to the State Board of
  517  Education and the Board of Governors courses that have been
  518  approved to be used by public postsecondary educational
  519  institutions as meeting the additional general education
  520  requirements.
  521         (3)General education courses must meet the following
  522  criteria:
  523         (a)Be in the general education core subject areas and meet
  524  the course standards as provided in s. 1007.25;
  525         (b) Be offered by at least half of all public postsecondary
  526  educational institutions;
  527         (c)Be identified as lower level in the statewide course
  528  numbering system; and
  529         (d) Whenever applicable, provide instruction on the
  530  historical background and philosophical foundation of Western
  531  civilization and this nation’s historical documents, such as the
  532  Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the
  533  Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments, and the Federalist
  534  Papers.
  535         (4)If a course is approved as a general education course,
  536  that course must be accepted as a general education course, in
  537  the same subject area and regardless of whether it is offered by
  538  the institution, by all public postsecondary educational
  539  institutions.
  540         (5) Public postsecondary educational institution boards of
  541  trustees and presidents are responsible for annually reviewing
  542  and approving, at a public meeting, general education course
  543  requirements, as authorized and approved in accordance with ss.
  544  1007.24 and 1007.25 and this section, at their respective
  545  institutions. Public postsecondary educational institutions that
  546  fail to comply with the requirements of this section are not
  547  eligible to receive performance-based funding pursuant to ss.
  548  1001.66 and 1001.92.
  549         (6) Public postsecondary educational institutions must
  550  report courses meeting institutional general education subject
  551  requirements to the department by their statewide course number.
  552         (7) A public postsecondary educational institution may not
  553  require a student to take an additional course to meet a subject
  554  area distribution requirement that was completed by the student
  555  with a course that has since been removed as a general education
  556  course.
  557         (8) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
  558  shall adopt rules and regulations, respectively, to implement
  559  this section.
  560         Section 10. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
  561  1008.47, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  562         1008.47 Postsecondary education institution accreditation.—
  563         (2) ACCREDITATION.—
  564         (a) By September 1, 2022, the Board of Governors or the
  565  State Board of Education, as applicable, shall identify and
  566  determine the accrediting agencies or associations best suited
  567  to serve as an accreditor for public postsecondary institutions.
  568  Such accrediting agencies or associations must be recognized by
  569  the database created and maintained by the United States
  570  Department of Education. A public postsecondary institution may
  571  not be accredited by the same accrediting agency or association
  572  for consecutive accreditation cycles. In the year following
  573  reaffirmation or fifth-year review by its accrediting agencies
  574  or associations, each public postsecondary institution must seek
  575  and obtain accreditation from an accrediting agency or
  576  association identified by the Board of Governors or State Board
  577  of Education, respectively, before its next reaffirmation or
  578  fifth-year review date. The requirements in this section are
  579  limited to a one-time change in accreditation. The requirements
  580  of this subsection are not applicable to those professional,
  581  graduate, departmental, or certificate programs at public
  582  postsecondary institutions that have specific accreditation
  583  requirements or best practices, including, but not limited to,
  584  law, pharmacy, engineering, or other similarly situated
  585  educational programs.
  586         Section 11. Paragraph (b) of subsection (18) of section
  587  1009.26, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  588         1009.26 Fee Waivers.—
  589         (18)
  590         (b) A waiver granted under this subsection is applicable
  591  only for upper-level courses and up to 110 percent of the number
  592  of required credit hours of the baccalaureate degree program for
  593  which the student is enrolled. A student granted a waiver under
  594  this subsection shall continue receiving the waiver until the
  595  student graduates, exceeds the number of allowable credit hours,
  596  or withdraws from an eligible program, regardless of whether the
  597  program is removed from the approved list of eligible programs
  598  subsequent to the student’s enrollment.
  599         Section 12. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.