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News Clips 01/18/2013
UF, 3 others each to receive $3.75 million in performance funding
Source: The Gainesville Sun, 01/17/13
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By Joey Flechas
The University of Florida was among four state universities each to receive $3.75 million in performance funding for degree programs associated with computer science and information technology at Thursday's Board of Governors meeting.
The board awarded UF, the University of Central Florida, Florida International University and the University of West Florida the funding after the schools applied as part of a pilot program in performance funding.
According to state statute, the money should go to the university departments offering degrees in computer and information science, computer engineering, information system technology, information technology and management information systems.
UF Provost Joe Glover said in addition to what is outlined in the law, the Board of Governors could weigh in on where and how the money is spent.
“I wouldn't be surprised if they send instructions,” he said.
At the meeting of the board's budget and finance committee, members discussed ways to measure a university's performance in order to develop a model for performance-based funding.
According to board documents, current measurements under consideration include the average wages of employed undergraduates, the cost per undergraduate degree and the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in areas of strategic emphasis, like STEM degrees.
One of the metrics listed in a draft of the total performance funding model is to be determined by each university's board of trustees. Chancellor Frank Brogan said this was included to take into account universities' areas of focus and strengths.
“We wanted to tease out the differentiated mission of each university,” he said.
Brogan also formally announced the creation of a workgroup to determine a formula for calculating cost-per-degree for students, universities and the state. The workgroup will consist of staff members from the Board of Governors and state universities.
In another committee meeting, board members approved the appointment of several trustees across the university system.
Board member Mori Hosseini, chair of the trustee nominating committee, said UF's vacancy was not filled because the board did not have enough time to review the 21 applications that were submitted. He said the board likely would make its choice at its next meeting in February.