Brittany Davis Wise
Director of Communications
HIGHLIGHTS: Board of Governors Meeting Highlights, June 17-19
Universities rolled out their workplans and the Board of Governors confirmed a new president for Florida Polytechnic University during the June Board meeting at the University of Central Florida.
ORLANDO— The Board of Governors approved university workplans this week and welcomed three new members to the State University System, among other highlights of the June 17-19 Board of Governors meeting.
Universities showcased their strengths and areas they are working to improve in their annual progress reports, known as workplans. They also laid out the vision and strategic direction of their universities over the next three years, focusing on the workplan’s 40 performance metrics. The workplans are a part of a nationally recognized three-pronged accountability system that also includes the 2025 Strategic Plan and the Annual Accountability Report. Each workplan was approved by the board after a discussion with university leaders about issues including enrollment projections and students’ post-graduation success.
“Our universities are really stepping up to the challenge presented by the Governor and Legislature and I’m proud of them,” said Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini. “I can’t remember a time when I felt more hopeful about the future of our State University System.”
Universities also used their workplan presentations to identify their goals under the Board’s new performance funding model, which incentivizes excellence and year-over-year improvement by tying new and base funds to 10 of the workplan’s key performance metrics from graduation and retention rates to cost per student. The three universities that do not meet the minimum threshold for performance as defined under the Board’s model outlined their plans to do so within the next year. Under legislation approved by the Governor and passed by the Legislature in 2014, the Board will monitor progress on university improvement plans and restore the full amount of university base funds if all goals are met. For example, universities said they would improve their graduation and retention rates by adding guidance counselors, identifying struggling students and offering services to help them.
“The implementation of performance funding and university improvement plans has led to a renewed focus on year-over-year improvement, particularly on graduation and retention rates,” said Board of Governors Vice Chair Tom Kuntz. “Not only will we have more students graduating, but we will have more students graduating on time and entering the workforce.”
The Board also welcomed three new university leaders this week, each of who will play vastly different roles in the System.
- The Board confirmed Dr. Randy K Avent to lead Florida Polytechnic University, which is scheduled to welcome its first batch of students this fall. Avent, an accomplished academician and administrator, most recently was associate vice chancellor of research development at North Carolina State University.
- The Board also confirmed David Brandon as the newest member of the University of Florida Board of Trustees. A graduate of UF’s highly regarded M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Brandon is founder of Brandon Construction Company in Palm Harbor and has a demonstrated a long-standing commitment to UF.
- Stefano Cavallaro, a senior at Florida State University, began his role as the student member of the Board of Governors. This position coincides with his new role as chairman of the Florida Student Association. He succeeds University of North Florida senior Carlo Fassi, who served last year as the board’s student representative.
For more information, consult the meeting’s official minutes at http://www.flbog.edu/. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for September 17-18 at the University of West Florida.
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Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.