Improve Institutional and System Quality
The goal of the State University System is to become a globally competitive provider of advanced education, innovative research, and high-impact public service for the citizens of Florida. However, recent national and international comparisons suggest Florida's public universities are at risk of falling behind in almost every category of comparison except for size. To improve the quality of higher education in the state of Florida, the Board of Governors has agreed to:
- Freeze the number of state universities offering graduate degrees.
- Approve compacts with each university that define distinctive missions around core institutional strengths, innovation, and statewide and local workforce needs.
- Approve institutional strategic plans.
- Develop multi-year performance indicators that focus on improvement strategies for student graduation.
- Work with universities to achieve excellence in areas of core strength, and improve national rankings in select programs.
- Strengthen the professional and doctoral degree program approval process.
- Strengthen the current doctoral program review process, including approval of criteria for the elimination of state funding for Ph.D. and professional degree programs that are no longer relevant, no longer in demand, or that do not reflect state or student need.