Executive Director of Communications
10/06/2011 FYI MEMO: Dental Education Proposals Update with Facts & Links to Documents and Resources
This morning, Chancellor Brogan provided additional guidance to the three universities in the State University System interested in expanding or creating dental education programs, if they choose to return to the November meeting of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee to further discuss this issue.
The process at the Board committee level to date, and the deadline for incoming materials for November – and what those materials need to look like – are addressed below.
First, as a reminder, from the “Actions Taken” recap, here is how the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee left this issue at the September meeting; scroll down to the Dental Education portion:
The initial data-related presentations at the June meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee from the Florida Dept. of Health and others are here, http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/meeting_archive.php, scroll down to the Committee, then to the Dental Education agenda materials (#3).
Finally, many have asked for the Florida Senate’s document released last month; it was posted on our site for the Committee meeting in September. Recommended policy options are at the end of the report: http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/meeting_items.php?id=150&agenda=541
BACKGROUND SNAPSHOT: At the June Board meeting – and immediately after the Florida Dept. of Health information was presented regarding workforce need (a driving factor in the approval of any degree program proposal sent to the Board of Governors) – the Strategic Planning Committee Chair concurred with a request from the Board Chair to allow universities that want to present proposals to do so. Both members stated that universities could present in September, during the next scheduled in-person meeting of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee. The Board Chair stated that there would be no vote scheduled or expected. No vote was deferred – as none was expected. Board members who contributed to the September discussion did provide extensive feedback, as expected, to the universities (video available:http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/meeting_archive.php).
COMING UP: The Board has indicated that it will conclude its consideration of dental education proposals for the immediate future – either as they have already been formally submitted or as they may be submitted (see below) – at this next November meeting. We will hear any report-outs from institutions as to whether they were successful in finding points of collaboration, or not; but if so, the Strategic Planning Committee will review the nature of the collaboration and any complete projected costs associated with the collaboration as well as expected outcomes. Thus, Chancellor Brogan today asked that any collaborative proposals need a cover page defining the nature of the collaboration and the collaborating universities . Any collaborative proposals also should provide the following detailed levels of financial information:
• Expenditures should be provided and outlined within the standard State expenditure categories that are utilized by the State University System and the Board (which number 20) for higher education budgeting.
• These expenditures should be broken out by each collaborating institution.
• These expenditures should be identified as recurring or non-recurring (standard for state budgeting processes).
• If the collaborative involves multi-year expenditures, this should be so indicated, with an indication of expenditures for each year of any such expenditures.
• Any facility funding (whether new construction or renovation, etc.) needs to be clearly identified.
Therefore, due to additional time-sensitive issues at the Board we are attempting to include in November’s business agenda, combined with the time necessary that the universities take to reconsider and possibly collaborate on their next proposal(s), the deadline to submit materials to the Board office is Oct. 21. (The Strategic Planning Committee meeting will meet either Nov. 9 or 10, tba.) The Oct. 21 date is the same deadline as many other agenda items, to provide sufficient staff review time and prepare materials in time for Board members to have adequate review time prior to their meeting. Further, all Board committee agendas and the full Board agenda and back-up are always posted on the web site about 7-10 days in advance. This time, we would like the dental education proposals in time to post on the web site well in advance as well. I do not expect to have any additional information on this topic, apart from the plan above, until Oct. 21 or afterward.