(1) The Higher Education Coordinating Council is created for the purposes of identifying unmet needs and facilitating solutions to disputes regarding the creation of new degree programs and the establishment of new institutes, campuses, or centers.
(2) Members of the council shall include:
(a) The Commissioner of Education.
(b) The Chancellor of the State University System.
(c) The Chancellor of the Florida College System.
(d) The executive director of the Commission for Independent Education.
(e) The President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.
(f) Two representatives of the business community, one appointed by the President of the Senate and one appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who are committed to developing and enhancing world class workforce infrastructure necessary for Florida’s citizens to compete and prosper in the ever-changing economy of the 21st century.
(3) The council shall serve as an advisory board to the Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Board of Governors. Recommendations of the council shall be consistent with the following guiding principles:
(a) To achieve within existing resources a seamless academic educational system that fosters an integrated continuum of kindergarten through graduate school education for Florida’s students.
(b) To promote consistent education policy across all educational delivery systems, focusing on students.
(c) To promote substantially improved articulation across all educational delivery systems.
(d) To promote a system that maximizes educational access and allows the opportunity for a high-quality education for all Floridians.
(e) To promote a system of coordinated and consistent transfer of credit and data collection for improved accountability purposes between the educational delivery systems.
(4) The Board of Governors shall provide administrative support for the council.