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Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council

July 1, 2011

Dear Stakeholder:

As you may know, the 2010 Florida Legislature created the Higher Education Coordinating Council (1004.015, F.S.). The Council (HECC) was established to identify unmet needs and to facilitate solutions to disputes regarding the creation of new degree programs and the establishment of new institutes, campuses, or centers. Its purpose is to make recommendations to the Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Board of Governors, State University System of Florida. The Council has seven members: Education Commissioner, State University System Chancellor, Florida College System Chancellor, President of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Executive Director of the Commission for Independent Education, and two business representatives (one appointed by the House Speaker and the other appointed by the Senate President).

The 2011 Legislature passed CS/HB 7151, Postsecondary Education, which expands the Council's responsibilities. These additional charges require the Council to make recommendations on the following: the primary core mission of public and private postsecondary institutions, performance measures, articulation policies, and workforce development education. The Council is seeking input on these issues vital to the state of Florida. Your participation is key to developing comprehensive, meaningful, and practicable recommendations. Toward that end, we have attached the bill's language as it applies to HECC. Beneath each section of the bill is a list of italicized questions we ask that you consider carefully and answer. We invite you to consider and respond to each question carefully and feel free to omit any question(s) you do not wish to answer. We have also posted this document and questions online to, hopefully, make it more convenient for you to respond quickly. Take the Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council Survey

The bill's language requires that the Council submit a report with its recommendations by December 31, 2011. Therefore, the Council is bound to a very tight timeline for this task. Please submit your responses by October 1, 2011. Thank you for your assistance with this very important undertaking. Should you have any questions, please contact Diane McCain at (850) 245-9632 or

Sincerely,

Jon Moyle, Co-Chair
Marshall Criser, III, Co-Chair
Ed Moore, President, ICUF
Frank Brogan, Chancellor, State University System of Florida
Willis Holcombe, Chancellor, Florida College System
Sam Ferguson, Director, CIE
John Winn, Commissioner, DOE