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Summer school may be for all under measure headed to governor

Universities can now require all students – no matter how many college credits they earned in high school – to attend summer terms under a measure headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The measure, which was a priority of the state Board of Governors, is part of an effort to better utilize facilities during the summer. Under current law, universities can't make students attend summer terms if they have earned nine or more credits through such programs as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate.

Among other things, the HB 7151 also lets universities keep abandoned property instead of being required to auction it. Universities say that lets them, for instance, use abandoned bicycles as part of an on-campus loan program.

The legislation requires a study to determine what students would need to score on AP exams for college credits. The Higher Education Coordinating Council, made up in part of college and university representatives, is also required to make a new set of recommendations about branch campuses and other new institutions, under the legislation.

Chancellor Frank Brogan in a statement thanked the sponsors and legislative leaders "in assisting and bolstering our state universities as we continue our work toward a more coordinated delivery system of higher education in Florida."

Posted by Jodie Tillman at 7:54:47 pm on May 05, 2011