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HIGHLIGHTS: Meeting of the Florida Board of Governors, March 27-28
A new action plan for Florida A&M University, an update on Florida Polytechnic University and other highlights from the March meeting of the Board of Governors.
TALLAHASSEE — In an important step for the State University System, the Board of Governors on Thursday approved a wide-ranging corrective action plan for Florida A&M University.
The plan was developed by FAMU and Board of Governors staff to address issues of concern previously identified by the board. In the coming months, the two entities will work closely on improvements in areas of finances, audit and compliance, academics and anti-hazing policies. The plan comes as FAMU works to move off accreditation probation, imposed late last year by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
FAMU has agreed to work through the plan with State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and report back to the Board of Governors as it progresses.
"Florida A&M University is heading in the right direction," Brogan said. "We look forward to marking their progress in the months ahead as we work together to ensure the university regains stability at every level."
The board also heard the first comprehensive presentation on the progress of Florida Polytechnic University. The university, which was created in state statute during the 2012 legislative session, aims to accept its first students by 2014 and achieve accreditation by 2016.
The update came at the end of the two-day spring meeting of the Board of Governors, which took place at Florida A&M University.
Other meeting highlights:
- House Speaker Will Weatherford visited the board meeting on Thursday, expressing his support for the State University System's commitment to enhancing online learning. Weatherford also highlighted the proposed House budget, which includes a restoration of last year's $300 million cut to the system and $65 million in additional performance funding.
- The board's budget and finance committee delivered an update on its ongoing work on the system's performance-funding model.
- The board made three appointments to university boards of trustees. Jorge Luis Arrizurieta (reappointed), Beverly J. Seay and Nancy Hemmingway Watkins join the boards of Florida International University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida, respectively.
For more information, consult the meeting’s official minutes at www.flbog.edu. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for May 9 by conference call.
Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 330,000 students, making it the second largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.
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