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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs SB 7044, Increasing Accountability for Postsecondary Education

TALLAHASSEE – Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7044, Postsecondary Education, a major higher education bill that increases accountability by allowing the Board to adopt post-tenure review policies and requiring the Board to evaluate nationally prominent new accrediting bodies that best suit our universities.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Manny Diaz and Representative Amber Mariano, also increases postsecondary education transparency of course information and student fees.

“This bill affords us a great opportunity to be impactful and reinforce Florida’s stature as a national leader in higher education, and I am grateful to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for this important piece of good governance legislation,” said Brian Lamb, chair of the Board of Governors.  “Accountability and transparency have long been focal points for Governor DeSantis and our legislative leaders, as well as the State University System of Florida, and I am committed to working with our Board and university leadership to be deliberate and to stay proximate to our overarching goal of providing a high-quality education that prioritizes student success and connects degrees with the workforce needs of Florida.”


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