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HIGHLIGHTS: Board of Governors Committee Meeting, May 8
Universities spelled out their accomplishments and goals during a special meeting designed to ensure that Florida continues to make great strides in high-quality online education for students.
Fort Myers—University leaders highlighted their achievements in online education Thursday, reaffirming their goals and discussing new strategies to provide the most cutting-edge opportunities for Florida students.
The Innovation and Online Committee, launched this year by Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini, is designed to secure Florida’s spot as a nationwide leader in new technologies. The committee aims to maximize taxpayer investments in the State University System while also enhancing the student experience and providing students with excellent preparation for today’s workforce.
“The internet is revolutionizing higher education in Florida and around the world,” Hosseini said. “Florida must maintain its position at the forefront.”
In 2013, Gov. Rick Scott approved funding for UF Online, which launched in January as one of the country’s first fully online baccalaureate degree programs. In addition, the University of West Florida is partnering with other state institutions to lead the Complete Florida program, which provides online programs for returning adult students.
Systemwide, state universities offer more than 300 bachelor’s, graduate and certificate online programs, with more than half of their students taking at least one online course.
Scott said, “We must make college affordable for everyone and I believe our online education programs help in making classes more accessible, which is great news for Floridians.”
“I'm proud Florida is at forefront of online learning in higher education,” said House Speaker Will Weatherford, who spearheaded the UF Online initiative and Complete Florida in the Legislature. “Online learning is the great equalizer in providing individuals with the skills they need to compete in today's global economy.”
“Online courses and programs open new doors to Florida students by providing hands on experience with the innovative technology used in today’s digital economy,” said Senate President Don Gaetz. “Florida must continue to cement the link between education with the demands of today’s workforce.”
For more information, consult the meeting’s official minutes at http://www.flbog.edu/. The next Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for June 17-19 at the University of Central Florida.
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The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 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.