Brittany Davis Wise
HIGHLIGHTS: Board of Governors' Meeting, November 2-3
A visit from Governor Rick Scott, a successful Trustee Summit, and the approval of Dr. Martha Saunders as UWF president and Dr. Larry Robinson as interim FAMU president are among the highlights of the Board of Governors’ November meeting at Florida Atlantic University.
Boca Raton -- Joined by Governor Rick Scott and more than 150 attendees from around the State University System, the Board of Governors this week brought university leaders together to discuss topics from research to 2+2 articulation during the 2016 Trustee Summit.
Additionally, Board members held robust discussions regarding a number of key decisions, including the approval of Dr. Martha Saunders as UWF president and Dr. Larry Robinson as interim FAMU president. Board members interviewed both candidates, who spelled out their visions for their respective universities and discussed how they would improve on metrics such as student graduation and retention.
"Dr. Saunders and Dr. Robinson have the experience, the institutional knowledge and the dedication to perform their jobs well," said Board of Governors' Chair Tom Kuntz. "I look forward to working with them as they strive to raise performance under the Board’s metrics and implement the initiatives in their work plans."
Student affordability was also front-and-center this week with the Board making several enhancements to the performance funding model. Most notably, the Board replaced Metric 3, on cost-per-degree, with the student-centric "net tuition per degree" metric. Designed to curb future growth on fees, reward universities that graduate their students in four years and encourage institutional financial aid, the new metric is the product of more than a year of feedback and discussion.
"The Board of Governors' performance funding model is designed to enhance the quality of Florida's education system while also prioritizing affordability and access," said Ned Lautenbach, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. "By working through a thoughtful and deliberative process, I believe we are positioning the System for the best possible outcomes."
Other meeting highlights include:
- Board members prioritized legislative budget requests designed to meet specific needs, including nursing faculty recruitment and retention, strategic cluster hires for research and renovations for laboratories and research infrastructure.
- Board members approved a growth proposal by New College of Florida to double its population to 1200 students, a move that would position the university to raise its graduation rates and enhance its student life. The proposal includes a legislative budget request, which New College would leverage with private fundraising.
- Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, UCF vice president of student development and enrollment services, will describe the importance of meeting mental health needs on campus. The presentation follows the Board of Governors’ approval in September of a legislative budget request for mental health and security funding.
- Assistant Provost and UF Online Director Evangeline Cummings presented UF Online’s annual report and comprehensive business plan, highlighting new information about enrollment, programs, revenue and other metrics.
- As part of its Think Florida: A Higher Degree for Business campaign, the Board of Governors heard from Disney Recruiter John Sherry and UF Career Resource Center Director Heather White about their collaborative work in preparing and recruiting future Disney employees. Full Board Meeting
For more information, consult the meeting’s official minutes at http://www.flbog.edu/. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for January 25-26 at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.
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