E-Flash A FAPSC membership publication March 02, 2009
Article contributed by Kathy Mizereck, FAPSC Executive Director
The 2009 Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, March 3. FAPSC is representing your interests, and will include updates in the E-Flash. Here is a status report on our issues.
Appropriations committees have engaged in several "exercises” for members to discuss potential cuts to state funding. Fortunately for our sector, all our state funds are in financial aid to students, which is an area Legislators traditionally preserve as much as possible. The budget situation is unprecedented, and the impact of the federal stimulus package is not yet known. FAPSC will continue working to preserve our students’ financial aid, and to enable our schools to compete for any training/retraining funds
Prepaid Tuition – HB 315 by Van Zant/SB 606 by Wise – The bill changes the criteria for eligible institutions in the Prepaid Contract Program to match the criteria for the Investment Plan. Both programs would use the criteria established by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code - eligible institutions are those eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs. The bill has co-sponsors on both sides, with more expected. It will be heard in Senate Higher Education on March 3.
Transfer of Credit – HB 751 by Patterson/SB 920 by Baker – The bill makes several changes to support a student-focused system for transfer of credit among all postsecondary institutions: allowing non-public institutions to participate in the statewide articulation agreements; authorizing schools districts to enter into articulation agreements with CIE licensed schools; requiring representation from each sector on faculty course review committees; requiring development of frameworks and outcomes for the 25 most commonly transferred courses; clarifying that courses deemed equivalent must transfer, regardless of the accrediting body of the sending institution; requiring a penalty for non-compliance with transfer policies and procedures in the statewide course numbering system. FAPSC is working to have the bill heard in its first committees of reference.
A couple of bills we are keeping our eyes on, and hoping to amend:
1.SB 156 – Ring/HB 619 – Heller: Nonpublic Postsecondary Institutions/Accreditation – As written, the bill would require all licensed institutions to become accredited within five years of initial licensure. FAPSC is working to ensure the bill is amended to apply only to academic degree-granting institutions, if it is heard.
2.SB 442 – Fasano/HB 685 – Proctor: Educational Dollars for Duty Program – As written, the bill would allow only SACS or COE accredited institutions to participate in the National Guard’s tuition assistance program. FAPSC is working to broaden the eligibility criteria for institutions to include CIE-licensed or accredited by a body recognized by the US Department of Education
Stay tuned for the next update!
FAPSC members may download contact directory files of your Florida Legislators right from your desk top. The following lists are provided in two formats. First is a comma separated value (.csv) file. A .csv file can be downloaded and then used to produce mailing labels in the format you desire, or you can upload the file to the contact directory of your choice. Second is a Word file (.doc). The Word file is a basic straight text file that you can easily print or save in your own directory.
To download the files, simply click this link and log-in.
Note: The information on these lists is current as of February 17, 2009.
February 27, 2009
As demand increases for jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree -- but do require some form of training beyond high school -- scholars debate how best to provide the training.
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FAPSC is always working and thinking about ways to improve our relationship, and help you get your goods and services in front of our membership.
New for 2009, we are happy to offer you 3 additional ways to use your membership in FAPSC to build your business:
Webinars – FAPSC will conduct one webinar per month. The cost to you is $500, and the webinar is free to members. You choose the date, time and topic -- FAPSC and MaxKnowledge do all the marketing and promotion. Our “test” webinar, conducted by Rick Thomas and Nancy Broff, was VERY successful.
E-mail Kathy@FAPSC.org for more info on this exclusive opportunity.
Web Site Ads – We are offering one-month advertisements on our web site for $750 per month. Your ad will be on the home page, and will stay posted for the entire month. E-mail Wanda@FAPSC.org for the details on using our web site to advertise your company.
E-Flash Ads – We are also offering one-month advertisements in our weekly E-Flash for $500 per month. Your ad will be included in each issue sent during your month. E-mail Wanda@FAPSC.org to take advantage of this great vehicle.
William "Bill" Polmear, Regional Vice President, Education Affiliates
Favorite book: "Hockey-A Peoples History" by Michael McKinley
Favorite movie: Meet Joe Black
Favorite music or musician: Neil Young
Favorite quote: "Your education begins when what is called your education ends"...Justice O.W. Holmes
Someone you admire in the school profession and why? Mr. Robert (Bob) James, Liaison For Career Institutions of Higher Education-U.S. Department of Education. Mr. James has my highest respect as a man of high integrity and as a fair advocate of our sector.
FAPSC is calling out to all school and professional members to complete our online Member Survey. We want to know how we are doing in meeting your needs. We know how valuable your time is so we made this short and sweet. Click here to get started. You can remain anonymous or if you would like a chance to win a FREE Online class include your name, phone and email address when you complete the survey for a chance to win. Please remit survery on or before April 3, 2009.
Have you marked July 28-31, 2009 on your calendars yet to be at the Fontainbleau in Miami? If not, what are you waiting for? Time is of the essence and I recommend reserving your room early. Click here.
The Conference registration module will be active in April. Keep checking your member portal for details. Conference attire will be business casual but feel free to bring your flip flops when hanging out by the pool in your free time.
This year's conference is going to be better than ever with lots of creative and informative educational sessions, an exhibit hall jammed packed with new products and services, more creative networking events, while learning best practices to better assist you in moving forward in today's market.
Just thought you would like to hear what a past conference attendee had to say about our 2008 Annual Conference......
"I have been attending FAPSC for continuing education since 2003. Each year keeps getting better. After attending the last Annual Conference in Miami and then having the honor to present at this year’s Central Conference in Daytona Beach, I don’t know how they can keep topping the previous event. FAPSC offers interesting sessions that really pertain to what we do in the field every day. The staff at FAPSC meets often and encourages their members to get involved; finding topics that are of interest to everyone and adding it to the program, finding ways to make CE interesting, and finding a way to incorporate the element of entertainment, too! Thank you, FAPSC for creating a continuing education experience to be informative and fun and not mind-numbing and dull. I have enjoyed each event so much that I became a volunteer myself"! Kim Amendola, Campus Enrollment Director, Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus
Posted are "links" to news relating to our sector that may be of interest to you
President Obama Releases Budget Plans
The President released his budget and included are many proposals that could impact students and our schools. This link is to the description of the programs most likely to impact career colleges and their students that are contained in the President’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget (beginning October 1, 2009). The descriptions come directly from the budget document, and are not CCA staff commentary, but rather the opinion of the Obama Administration. We have included the revenue impact when it was provided. Major impacts on students will be changes to the Pell grants to a mandatory program, indexing it each year, and the elimination of the FFEL program. This is the first step in the Budget process which is usually not completed until early fall. Congress will now begin hearings on the President’s budget and work to develop their own budget based on the President’s recommendations. If you would like to review the budget please click here. CCA contact: Reba Raffaelli at 202-336-6817.
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P.S. Check the website frequently for the latest information.