Student Fee Public Notice for April 2021

March 16, 2021

STUDENT FEE PUBLIC NOTICE

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

The District Board of Trustees for Florida State College at Jacksonville will act upon the following matters at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the College’s Advanced Technology Center, Rooms T-140 & 141, 401 West State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED COURSE FEES AND CHARGES

The proposed actions will authorize the College to change the fee for the following courses to be effective Fall Term 2021-2022, pursuant to FSCJ Board Rule 6Hx7-4.19. The recommended fees are projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College. The courses are: 1.) DIG 2142, Digital Capturing and Streaming – In this course, students have access to use a variety of specialized equipment including cameras, video cameras, tripods and microphones. This fee is to cover the costs of the specialized equipment needed to meet course objectives; 2.) DIG 2109C, Raster Imaging, DIG 2282C, Time Based Media, GRA 1110C, Graphic Design Methods and DIG 2251C, Multimedia Audio – Every digital media course in the program is held in a Mac based computer lab which includes specialized software. In order to ensure that all students have access to industry equivalent software for course instruction, Adobe Creative Cloud is the current software being used in DIG2109C, DIG2282C and GRA1110C. For DIG2251C, students use Logic Pro X software. These fees are to cover the shared device licensing cost for these software programs;      3.) DIG 2302, Computer Animation I, DIG 2303, Computer Animation II, MUM 1600, Recording Techniques I and MUM 1601, Recording Techniques II – The Digital Media curriculum has been modified. As a result, these courses are no longer part of curriculum. It is recommended that the fees be removed; 4.) PRN 0091, Practical Nursing I, PRN 0092, Practical Nursing II, PRN 0096, Practical Nursing III, PRN 0098C, Practical Nursing Foundations I, PRN 0099C, Practical Nursing Foundations II, PRN 0290C, Medical Surgical Nursing I, PRN 0291C, Medical Surgical Nursing II, PRN 0690C, Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills – The practical nursing curriculum has been modified to reflect the 2018 FLDOE framework changes. As a result, insurance fees associated with the previous courses need to be transferred to the new courses in the curriculum; 5.) PRN 0091L, Practical Nursing I Lab/Clinical, PRN 0092L, Practical Nursing II Lab/Clinical, PRN 0096L, Practical Nursing III Lab/Clinical, PRN 0098C, Practical Nursing Foundations I, PRN 0099C, Practical Nursing Foundations II, PRN 0290C, Medical Surgical Nursing I, PRN 0291C, Medical Surgical Nursing II, PRN 0690C, Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills – The practical nursing curriculum has been modified to reflect the 2018 FLDOE framework changes. As a result, fees associated with the previous courses need to be transferred to the new courses in the curriculum. The fees are associated with laboratory consumables used by practical nursing students. The material costs have increased since the fee was last reviewed; 6.) PRN 0091, Practical Nursing I, PRN 0092, Practical Nursing II, PRN 0096, Practical Nursing III, PRN 0098C, Practical Nursing Foundations I, PRN 0099C, Practical Nursing Foundations II, PRN 0290C, Medical Surgical Nursing I, PRN 0291C, Medical Surgical Nursing II, PRN 0690C, Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills – The practical nursing curriculum has been modified to reflect the 2018 FLDOE framework changes. As a result, fees associated with the previous courses need to be transferred to the new courses in the curriculum. The fees are associated with testing review material and HESI testing requirements for the program. The review materials will assist students in passing the NCLEX exam. The cost of the testing materials have increased since the last review; and 7.) PRN 0091L, Practical Nursing I Lab/Clinical – My Clinical Exchange is no longer utilized in the Practical Nursing program. It is recommended that the fee be removed.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED FSCJ ACCESS PROGRAM

The proposed action will authorize the College to approve the FSCJ ACCESS Program to be effective Summer Term 2020-2021, pursuant to FSCJ Board Rule 6Hx7-4.19. Florida Statutes allow inclusive access programs when there is documented evidence that the options reduce the cost of textbooks and course materials for students. Students enrolling in courses under this program benefit from significantly reduced textbook costs, as publishers are willing to sell for less when more students purchase the course materials. In most cases, the FSCJ ACCESS program utilizes electronic textbooks and online software. In accordance with Florida Statute 1004.085, Textbook and Instructional Materials Affordability, the FSCJ ACCESS program will utilize an opt-out approach, where students are charged for their books along with their tuition in the participating courses unless the student opts-out of the program. The additional course fees would be exactly what the bookstore provider charges for the course materials. The Summer 2021 FSCJ ACCESS program will reduce the cost of textbooks. The recommended fees are projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.

FSCJ implemented a pilot program Spring Term 2020-2021, which student course materials were provided digitally to all students enrolled in FSCJ ACCESS classes. FSCJ will continue the pilot program for Summer Term 2020-2021. This will insure access to required resource material on the first day of classes to everyone in the class and will provide course materials at lower costs. This will guarantee the lowest cost to students because the College is able to secure a below competitive market rate for the material by purchasing in bulk. The bookstore is able to provide course materials at lower costs due to volume and contractual arrangements with publishers that allow for the lowest cost for course materials when an inclusive access program is employed.

Any person requesting to address the above matters will be provided an opportunity to do so by appearing before the Board at the April 13 meeting. Copies of the items will be available for inspection beginning March 16 in the Office of the College President (OCP), Room 408D, 501 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 as well as on the College’s website at https://www.fscj.edu/ under the Student Notice Alert.

If you have questions related to the Proposed Fees and Charges item, please contact the Office of the Controller at (904) 361-6268 and/or the FSCJ ACCESS Program item, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President of Administrative Services at (904) 632-3211.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 24 hours before the meeting by contacting: The OCP Administration Support Manager Kimberli Sodek. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770 (Voice).

Florida State College at Jacksonville hereby reaffirms the principle of equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, disability, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation/expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information. Equal opportunity principle applies with regard to employment, delivery of educational programs, services and activities, and all other appropriate areas in which the College is involved.

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE

John Avendano, Ph.D.

President

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