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News Clips 02/01/2013
Legislative preview for UCF and higher education: Kiss enrollment funding goodbye
Source: Orlando Business Journal, 02/01/13
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By Abraham Aboraya
Change is coming: The state university system will no longer be funded by enrollment.
So said Dan Hoslenbeck, The University of Central Florida’s vice president of university relations, to the UCF board of trustees committee meeting Jan. 31. Hoslenbeck said his conversations with Florida House of Representatives Speaker Will Weatherford have indicated that the university system is moving toward metric funding versus enrollment funding.
Metrics could include: How universities respond to critical needs, like science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees, keeping students and prospective students informed of jobs and salary information, and graduation and retention.
Also discussed at the meeting:
• Work has been going on behind the scenes to restore the $300 million one-time cut to the higher education system, Holsenbeck said, and there’s cautious optimism that will happen. The $118 million the universities are seeking in additional new funding, though, may be a harder fight.
• In addition to metric-based funding, expanded online offerings are coming down the pike as well. There’s been talk of a new, online-only university — not as likely an option — or a group or consortium leading online programs across all the universities. The kicker, though, is that 26 percent of UCF’s credit hours are taken online — the rough equivalent of 20,000 full-time students — and has been growing by 2 percent annually.
“We’re so dependent on it as a mode of instruction, our big concern is that the Board of Governors or the Legislature puts in place a set of regulations that would actually inhibit us to deliver instruction,” UCF President John Hitt said.