Advisory Board for the Institute for Online Learning
The 2013 Legislature passed, and the Governor approved, CS/CS/SB 1076, codified as Chapter 2013-27, Laws of Florida, which created the preeminent state research universities program in section 1001.7065, Florida Statutes.
The law specified that a university that met all 12 of the academic and research excellence standards, as verified by the Board of Governors, was to establish an institute for online learning. The institute was to “establish a robust offering of high-quality, fully online baccalaureate degree programs at an affordable cost...” The Board of Governors verified at its meeting on June 10, 2013, that the University of Florida was the only institution that met all 12 standards.
The law required the Board of Governors to convene an advisory board to offer advice to the university in its development and implementation of a business plan for the institute; to advise the Board on the release of funding for the plan; and to monitor, evaluate, and report on the implementation of the plan to the Board, the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
By September 1, 2013, the designated university was to submit the comprehensive plan to expand fully online baccalaureate programs to the advisory board. Upon recommendation of the plan by the advisory board and approval by the Board of Governors, the Board of Governors was directed to award the university $10 million in nonrecurring funds and $5 million in recurring funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 and $5 million thereafter, subject to appropriation in the General Appropriations Act (GAA). The 2013-2014 GAA included, within the university's lump sum appropriation, $15 million designated for this purpose.
During its meeting on September 16, 2013, the Advisory Board unanimously agreed to recommend to the Board of Governors that it approve the comprehensive business plan submitted by the University of Florida for UF Online. The Board of Governors took the recommendation into consideration during its review of the plan on September 27, 2013, and approved it as submitted. On January 31, 2014, Vice Chair Carlos Alfonso, on behalf of the Advisory Board, submitted copies of a status report to the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Board of Governors, reflecting the progress of UF Online since the approval of its comprehensive business plan. In July 2014, Chair Alfonso distributed the 2013-14 Annual Report to them.
- November 20, 2014, in 226 Tigert Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 10:30-3:00 or upon adjournment. Agenda materials
June 5, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. Advisory Board Conference call. Agenda Materials
January 24, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. Conference call. Agenda Materials
December 13, 2013 - 10:30 a.m. Agenda Materials
September 3, 2013 - 2:00 p.m. Conference call.
August 23, 2013 - 10:30 a.m. Advisory Board meeting in 226 Tigert Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. (revised) Agenda Materials.
August 23, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. Advisory Board members' tour of two University of Florida production labs.
August 7, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Conference call. Agenda Materials.