Florida Senate Approves Collegiate Purple Star Campuses Program Bill

The Florida Senate has approved legislation that would establish a “Collegiate Purple Star Campuses” program for universities statewide, The Capitolist reported.Sen. Tom A. WrightSen. Tom A. Wright

The bill, SB 732, gives institutions that chance to signal their support and services to military-connected students.

“This program will allow these campuses to identify themselves as institutions that understand and respect the unique needs of student veterans and military-connected students,” Florida Sen. Tom A. Wright (R-14) said. “Participating institutions will be required to make a variety of resources available to support military students.”

To be designated a Purple Star Campus, a school must demonstrate commitment to supporting military students. They are required to appoint a military liaison, maintain a dedicated webpage featuring information and resources for military families, establish a student-led transition program to assist military students, provide professional development training for staff, and reserve at least 5% of controlled open enrollment seats for military students.

The State Board of Education (SBE) and the Board of Governors (BOG) will be able to set additional eligibility criteria and requirements.




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