STUDENT FEE PUBLIC NOTICE
PUBLICATION DATE: March 7, 2023
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) District Board of Trustees (DBOT) will act upon the following matters at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the College’s Kent Campus, Room D-120, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205.
NOTICE OF PROPOSED COURSE FEES AND CHARGES
The proposed action will authorize the College to change the fee for each of the following courses, pursuant to FSCJ Board Rule 6Hx7-4.19. The courses are ATF2305 – Instrument Flight, ATF 2201 – Commercial Flight 1, ATF 2202 – Commercial Flight 2, ATF 2203 – Commercial Flight 3, ATF 2400 – Multi-Engine Flight, and ATF 2500 – Certified Flight Instructor, to be effective Summer Term 2023. The curriculum for the courses requires flight time for students. It has been the College’s policy to charge for 100% of the minimum flight hours required to complete training up-front. The recommended fee change of $2,000 updates each course fee to charge a single, common, flat-rate for all flight courses. Students would expend this initial amount on training, and then add funds as necessary to continue. The FSCJ DBOT is authorized under Florida Statutes 1009.22 and 1009.23 to establish fees to recover costs of services provided. The recommended fee is projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.
The proposed action will authorize the College to change the fee for the following course, pursuant to FSCJ Board Rule 6Hx7-4.19. The course is CJK 0300 – Introduction to Corrections, to be effective Summer Term 2023. All law enforcement training requires students to have specific training manuals from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The fees for the required manuals have been included in another fee and this fee should no longer be assessed. The FSCJ DBOT is authorized under Florida Statutes 1009.22 and 1009.23 to establish fees to recover costs of services provided. Removal of the recommended fee is projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.
NOTICE OF PROPOSED FSCJ ACCESS PROGRAM
The proposed action will authorize the College to approve the FSCJ ACCESS Program, pursuant to FSCJ Board Rule 6Hx7-4.19, and to be effective Summer Term 2023.
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. Students enrolled in FSCJ ACCESS classes for Fall Term 2022 had total savings of $422,819. The recommended fees are projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.
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. This will insure access to required resource material on the first day of classes to everyone in the FSCJ ACCESS 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.
Any person requesting to address the above matters will be provided an opportunity to do so by appearing before the Board at the April 11 meeting. Copies of the Fees and Charges and/or FSCJ ACCESS Program agenda items will be available for inspection beginning March 7 in the Office of the College President, Room 408D, 501 West State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202 as well as on the College’s website: https://www.fscj.edu/ under the Student Notice Alert.
If you have questions related to the Proposed Course Fees and Charges and FSCJ ACCESS Program, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Administrative Services at (904) 632-5169.
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 Office of the College President Administration Support Manager Kimberli Sodek at Kim.Sodek@fscj.edu or 904-632-3205. 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 does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, disability, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation/expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information in its programs, activities and employment. For more information, visit FSCJ’s Equal Access/Equal Opportunity page.
FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE
John Avendano, Ph.D.