Postsecondary Civics Literacy

State University System logo, Florida State Seal, and the Florida College system logo

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-19 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The amendment also requires the Chairs of the State Board of Education and Board of Governors’ to appoint a faculty committee to develop a new civics literacy course, or revise an existing U.S. History or U.S. Government course to include the civic literacy content. The committee would also establish course competencies and identify outcomes that include, at minimum, the following:

  • An understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.
  • An understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance.
  • An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases and their impact on law and society.

State Board of Education Rule on Civic Literacy Competency

Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (effective June 19, 2018)

Faculty Committee Recommendations

The results of the faculty committee meetings held in October 2017 are summarized in this document:

Meeting Information

Meeting Notes

October 27, 2017 Meeting Notes (PDF)
October 20, 2017 Meeting Notes (PDF)
October 11, 2017 Meeting Notes (PDF)

Resource Materials

Civics Literacy Project Work Group Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Excerpt from Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes related to Civics Literacy (PDF)
The Education Commission of the States: Civics Education
State Civic Education Policy from Education Commission of the States, December 2017

Committee Membership

Common Prerequisite Discipline Committee for Political Science

Bruno Baltodano, Professor of Political Science; Florida Southwestern State College
Victoria Brower, Assistant Professor, History and Political Science; Broward College
Melissa Buehler, Associate Professor; Miami-Dade College
Afred Cuzan, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science; University of West Florida
Kevin Evans, Assistant Professor, Politics and International Relations; Florida International University
Terri Fine, Professor and Associate Director and Senior Fellow of the Lou Frey Institutition of Politics and Government; University of Central Florida
John Hilston, Professor; Eastern Florida State College
Christopher Reenock, Associate Professor, Political Science; Florida State University
Steve Tauber, Associate Professor and Chair; University of South Florida
Elizabeth Trentanelli, Professor of Political Science; Gulf Coast State College

Common Prerequisite Discipline Committee for History

Dawn Dyer, Professor of History; Polk State College
Eric Hanne, Professor, Department of History; Florida Atlantic University
Steve Noll, Master Lecturer, Department of History; University of Florida
Nicola Foote, Professor of History; Florida Gulf Coast University
Gary Paul, Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
John Phillips, Professor of History and Education; Gulf Coast State College
David Proctor, Professor of History; Tallahassee Community College
David Sheffler, Chair, Department of History; University of North Florida
Jason Welch, Department Chair for History, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language; North Florida Community College
Eric Wolters, Assistant Professor of History; Pasco-Hernando State College