Commission on Higher Education Access and Attainment
Dean L. Colson (Commission Chair), Board of Governors
Wendy Link, Board of Governors
William L. “Bill” Proctor, Flagler College
Thomas G. Kuntz, Board of Governors
Susan Pareigis, Florida Council of 100
The Board of Governors Access and Educational Attainment Commission held an organizational meeting in June 2012 to begin the task of exploring how Florida can make informed, strategic choices on how best to increase the state’s educational attainment levels. The Commission– which includes members from government, business, industry and all sectors of higher education–approved its Work Plan for 2012-13. Commission member Rep. William “Bill” Proctor summarized the three major questions that will guide the Commission’s work as:
- Are the Board of Governors’ degree projections to the year 2025 the correct numbers?
- If the numbers are correct, in what program areas and in which regions of the state do we need to grow?
- Which sectors and institutions should grow?
The Commission plans to meet through late summer 2013. To ensure that the work of the Commission is data-driven, a team of researchers from education, labor and business will meet regularly to provide information and analyses.
Commission's Final Report
- Access and Educational Attainment Commission Outline [70.1 KB]
- Access and Attainment Commission Final Report [314.3 KB]
- The Gap Analysis: Explanation of Method (Appendix A of the Final Report) [28.9 KB]
- Florida Baccalaureates Awarded in High Demand Fields (2010-11) (Appendix B of the Final Report) [38.5 KB]
Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) Grant Awards
CSIT (UCF-USF-FIU) TEAm: An Urban University Coalition Response to Florida's Computer and Information Technology Workforce Needs
The University of Central Florida, Florida International University and the University of South Florida partnered together to increase the number of graduates in computer and information technology. This project, funded with $4,858,413, incorporates a number of activities including the pooling of courses they offer allowing students access to a greater number of faculty each with unique areas of expertise, expanding the reach of job fairs and internship opportunities, providing enhanced student support for gatekeeper courses that have historically been a stumbling block for students to increase student success, and expanding access to and the completion of industry certifications as a part of student coursework. These activities will result in a substantial increase in the number of students earning a bachelor's degree.
An Innovative, Collaborative Approach to Increasing the Supply of Quality Accounting Graduates in Florida
The University of South Florida, Florida International University and the University of Central Florida partnered together to increase the number of graduates in the high need area of accounting. This project, funded with $3,643,157, allows the universities to implement a number of jointly– developed interventions such as increasing the number of upper–level courses, developing online tutorials and providing additional support for students in gatekeeper courses that historically have been a stumbling block for students, exerting a focus on matching students with rewarding internships, incentivizing timely graduation by providing scholarships for students following the recommended completion path, and developing summer bridge programs to encourage more high school students to enter the accounting profession.
The FITC Alliance – Expanding North Florida's IT Career Pathways.
Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University partnered to increase the number of bachelor's degree they award in the area of computer and information technology. This project, funded with $2,981,386, focuses on expanding outreach efforts to students in high schools and state colleges, enhancing the retention of students and placement of graduates in internships and jobs, establishing strong partnerships with business and industry, providing ongoing professional development for students, and developing a media presence to promote computer and information technology careers.
CAPTURE Project – Computer Accelerated Pipeline to Unlock Regional Excellence
Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College and Broward College partnered to increase the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in computer and information technology. The project, funded with $3,517,044, will obtain this result by strengthening the partnerships amongst the institutions to establish a sustainable education pipeline for students, streamlining the admissions process for transfer students, offering courses through cyber-learning platforms that allow for individualized and group feedback in real–time, accelerating progress through shared advising, collaborating on curriculum development, implementing a mathematics boot camp to increase student success, and providing flexible course schedules to accommodate working students.
Supplemental Materials in Response to Questions Raised at Board Retreat, September 11, 2013
- Graduate-Level Engineering Education in Florida [Working Paper] [ 16.4 MB]
- Undergraduate System Wide Engineering Program Performance Review [ 407.6 KB]
- Undergraduate Civil Engineering Snapshot [ 312.5 KB]
PAST MEETING ARCHIVE
Dr. Jan Ignash, Chief Academic Officer
Board of Governors