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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700232: Creation of a State College System; State College Board by Trevor Tezel

ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, New Section.

Catchline: State College System.

(a) PURPOSES. In order to provide a primary access point to undergraduate education to Floridians, and to respond quickly and efficiently to meet the demand of employers by aligning certificate and degree programs with regional workforce needs, the people hereby establish a system of governance for the state college system of Florida.

(b) STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM. There shall be a single state college system comprised of all state colleges. A board of trustees shall administer each state college and a state college board shall govern the state college system.

(c) STATE COLLEGE BOARD. The state college board shall be a body corporate consisting of thirteen members. The board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole state college system. These responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, defining the distinctive mission of each constituent state college, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. The board's management shall be subject to the powers of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by law. The governor shall appoint to the board twelve citizens dedicated to the purposes of the state college system, one of whom must be a student currently enrolled in the state college system, and the Commissioner of Education. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of four years as provided by law.