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HIGHLIGHTS: Board of Governors’ Meeting

TALLAHASSEE — The Board of Governors held a meeting via conference call today. 

During the meeting, the Board approved the State University System Blueprint for Reopening Campuses.  The blueprint is the work product of the SUS Reopening Task Force that gathered input from academic, health, and campus community leaders, and will serve as a framework for individual universities to develop plans for the fall. 

“The university plans should be shaped by their unique campus and community situations, with the primary focus of promoting a healthy environment and continuing to offer high quality academic programs,” said Syd Kitson, chair of the Board of Governors. “I am confident our universities will make the best possible decisions with the information we currently have, but the success of these plans depend upon the collective efforts of everyone to respect the new protocols and set an example for others, both on and off campus.”

The blueprint provides objectives in the areas of a healthy campus environment, a healthy community environment, COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and surveillance, and academic program delivery.  However, this is the beginning of the process, not the end.

“Agility is critical as we continue to monitor and make adjustments to address the challenges presented by Covid-19,” said Marshall Criser, III, chancellor of the State University System.  “Moving forward, we will engage our communities in recognizing the responsibility that lies within all of us – campus community, local community, students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors – to work towards a healthy environment for all who come to our campuses.”

 Other meeting highlights include:

  • The Board approved institutional performance on the Performance Based Funding metrics in the 2020 university accountability plans. 
  • The Board approved the allocation of performance funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, contingent upon the Governor’s approval of the General Appropriations Act.  The top three universities are the University of South Florida (94 points), the University of Florida (90 points), and the University of Central Florida (89 points).

For more information, consult the meeting’s official minutes at The Board’s next meeting is June 23 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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