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Actions Taken: Meeting of the Florida Board of Governors on Tuition Costs

By: Release: Florida Board of Governors
By: Release: Florida Board of Governors


Tallahassee - June 21, 2012 - 11:45pm

Michael Glendenning is a sophomore at Florida State University. He works at Cabos Island Grill and Bar to help pay his way through school. Now he may have to ask for more hours.

The Florida Board of Governors approved a 13% tuition increase at FSU.

"I have to work more and study less," said Glendenning .

Just across town, at FAMU, students there will see a 12% hike in tuition.

This bump in rates is going statewide. The board approved tuition increases for 11 of the state's 12 public universities.

Some board members say the increases are necessary, because of poor state funding for higher education.

"I understand, to go along with inflation it makes sense," said FSU student Audrey Copeman. She also works her way through school.

"I work at Cabo's I'm a hostess here," said Copeman.

While she may understand the increase she worries what more hours at the restaurant will do to her GPA.

"It makes things more difficult because I have to work more which cuts back on my studying hours," said Copeman.

Board members who were opposed to the increases said they were concerned about how it would affect students in this down economy, especially after three years of increasing tuition across the board.

Governor Rick Scott has long said he wanted to keep tuition down. He says he's disappointed with the board's decision.

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Orlando, Florida -June 21, 2012-

In regular business, the Florida Board of Governors today took the following actions.

This list represents highlights – for instance, issues that impact the entire State University System in many cases – and is not the complete list of business. The “Actions Taken” does not replace or serve as the Minutes. Please consult the web site www.flbog.edu for all agendas and meeting materials. Unless otherwise indicated, votes below were taken by the full Board based on earlier work and discussion within active, standing committees; the committees forward their respective business items to the full Board of Governors agenda for final action and any further discussion necessary. The full Board meeting is the concluding meeting of the three days of proceedings.

Report from Board Chair Dean Colson

Chair Colson reviewed the Board task forces under way. An area of the Board’s web site will be designated in the next few weeks to house and archive all activities and reference materials as these groups begin work in earnest. He also presented several resolutions to express the Board’s deep appreciation for public service in several capacities, including to Florida House Chair Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, for his leadership of higher education issues. Also recognized at this meeting was former Board member Frank Martin of the Orlando area, who among other accomplishments, led the Strategic Planning Committee during the time that it finalized the 2025 Strategic Plan. The Board’s faculty member Rick Yost, Ph.D., also received a resolution of thanks for his service, and former student board member Michael Long was recognized Wednesday. A resolution for former Board member Chris Corr also will be forwarded to him.

Report from State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan

Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Higher Education: This seven-member panel has already met a few times. The group includes two of our System representatives – Governor Joe Caruncho and UNF President John Delaney – who were appointed from the Board of Governors by Chair Colson and Vice Chair Hosseini. He stated that he had made two presentations to the panel at its most recent meeting: one on the Board’s 2025 Strategic Plan and how it will be useful for the work of the Task Force, and the other on the final report and ongoing work of the Higher Education Coordinating Council.

Chancellor Brogan noted that the Governor’s Executive Order creating the task force cites: 1.) the constitutional authority of the Board of Governors; 2.) the clarity provided by our 2010 governance agreement with the Legislature; 3.) the importance of the Board’s approval of the 2025 Strategic Plan; and 4.) the vital role state universities play in moving Florida more toward a knowledge-based economy. Meantime, the HECC, Brogan said, has continued with monthly meetings at which the CEOs of the state’s public and private education representatives from the business community are able to discuss cross-sector issues. The Council delivered a report with 36 recommendations last year. I happy to report that the issues being tackled by all of the these Task Forces we identified among the Council’s recommendations this past December. I want to thank the members of these groups and the staff who are committing so much of their time to tackle these important issues.

From the Strategic Planning Committee (Chair John Rood)

Universities’ 3-Year Plans: This is the third year that the University Work Plans have been presented to the Board but the first year that every university is completing a recently designed Board template report for presentation consistency – and it has been re-named to the Universities’ 3-Year Work Plans. The template homes in on certain key issues, including mission differentiation. The template was designed in consultation with the universities and approved by the Board earlier this year (http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/news.php?id=444). The Universities’ 3-Year Work Plan template provides additional and reframed data to the Board of Governors for decision-making and policy considerations throughout the year. Taken together with the “new” Board of Governors’ 2025 Strategic Plan (released in November) and the transformed Annual Accountability Report (released in January), the Universities’ 3-Year Work Plans complete the seamless three-part framework of accountability – one that will make Florida the most accountable public university system in the nation.

Once Work Plans are approved, the universities will bring their respective LBRs (Legislative Budget Requests) before the Board in September. Universities’ 3-Year Work Plans, in conjunction with Annual Accountability Report, are designed to inform strategic planning, budgeting, and other policy decisions for the State University System. Each one is intended to reflect the institution’s distinctive mission and focus on core institutional strengths within the context of State University System goals and regional and statewide needs. The Work Plan outlines the university’s top priorities, strategic directions, and specific actions and financial plans for achieving those priorities, as well as performance expectations and outcomes on institutional and System-wide goals.

The Work Plan’s “Strategy” section includes institutional mission and vision statements, identification of strengths and opportunities, and key initiatives and investments. The “Key Performance Indicators” section provides metrics common to all universities, as well as a set specific to research universities, and institution-specific indicators. The “Operations” section provides fiscal information, including that associated with tuition differential requests, enrollment planning, and intentions of implementing new academic programs in 2012-13 and in the years 2013-15.

At this three-day meeting, universities made individual presentations to the Board of Governors Strategic Planning Committee, after which committee members had the opportunity to engage in detailed discussion and questioning. The vote of the committee and the full Board is to accept the first year of the three-year Work Plans. All work plans were approved; there was one addendum regarding FAMU, that it return in September with additional information on a plan for improving student graduation rates and retention rates, and information to address financial aid and student debt.

Chair Colson added that next year’s Work Plan template may include faculty-student ratio, average class size, and the categories of instructors (tenured, tenure-track, adjunct, other).

From the Facilities Committee (Chair Dick Beard)

Approved university bond issuance projects as outlined in agenda meeting materials.

Approved the amendment in legal agreements that will transfer ownership between local governments, universities, and the Board of Governors to FSU related to the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center (with one abstention).

From the Budget & Finance Committee (Chair Tico Perez)

Please note that we have a new 2012 Tuition & Fees fact sheet posted on the Board’s web site (under Current Info Briefs) that answers aspects about how the process works and lays out the historical information. The presentation made today by Chair Perez also was added to the web site materials on Wednesday and is posted at the top of the committee agenda: “Presentation – added 6/20/12.”

Tuition differential proposals from the universities: Following the extensive presentation of key data, and after extensive discussion by committee members and non-committee members, it was decided to continue discussion within the full Board of Governors setting by approving each of the tuition differential proposals as submitted (UF at 9 percent, USF at 11 percent, FGCU at 14 percent, and all others at 15 percent) in order for the full Board to more deeply delve into a discussion on each tuition proposal.

Budget and Finance Committee approved the motion by a vote of 7-2:

Chair: Tico Perez - yes

Vice Chair: Tom Kuntz - no

1. Dick Beard - yes

2. Dean Colson - yes

3. Ava Parker - yes

4. John Rood - yes

5. John Temple - yes

6. Norm Tripp - no

7. Cortez Whatley (student member) - yes

Full Board votes on each ***undergraduate*** tuition differential proposal from the universities:

VOTE #1: UCF – 15 percent requested. Failed on a tie vote of 8-8.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Rood - yes

Robinson - no

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #2: UCF – 9 percent – Not approved 10-6.

Beard - no

Carter - yes

Caruncho - yes

Frost - no

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - no

Perez - no

Rood - no

Robinson - no

Stavros - absent

Temple - no

Tripp - no

Webster - yes

Whatley - no

Yost - no

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #3: UCF – 13.5 percent – Not approved 7-9.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - no

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #4: UCF – 12 percent – Not approved 5-11.

Beard - no

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - no

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - no

Stavros - absent

Temple - no

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #5: UCF requested 15 percent. Motion made for 15 percent and approved by a vote of 9-6.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

UF – 9 percent – Approved by a vote of 14-2.

Beard - yes

Carter - yes

Caruncho - yes

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - yes

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - yes

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #1: FAMU – 15 percent. Motion made and failed by a tie vote of 8-8.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - yes

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - no

VOTE #2: FAMU – Motion made for 12 percent and approved 12-4, subject to modifying the work plan in the areas noted in the Strategic Planning Committee.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - yes

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - yes

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

FAU – 15 percent requested. Motion made and approved 9-7.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - ab

Temple - yes

Tripp - yes

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

FGCU – 14 percent requested. Board motion made for 12 percent – approved by a vote of 9-7.

Beard - no

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - no

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - no

Tripp - no

Webster - yes

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

FIU – 15 percent requested. Approved by a vote of 10-6.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - yes

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #1: FSU – 15 percent requested. Failed by a tie vote of 8-8.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros -

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #2: FSU – Motion for 14 percent requested. Failed by a tie vote of 8-8.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #3: FSU – New motion for 13 percent. Approved by 9-7.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - yes

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

NCF – 15 percent requested. Approved by a vote of 9-7.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #1: UNF – 15 percent requested. Motion made for 12 percent – not approved by a vote of 6-10.

Beard - no

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - no

Perez - no

Robinson - no

Rood - no

Stavros - absent

Temple - no

Tripp - no

Webster - yes

Whatley - no

Yost - no

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #2: UNF – 15 percent requested. Motion made for 13 percent – approved by a vote of 9-7.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - yes

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

USF – 11 percent requested. Motion made to 9 percent – Not approved by vote of 6-10.

Beard - no

Carter - yes

Caruncho - yes

Frost -no

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - no

Perez - no

Robinson - no

Rood - no

Stavros - absent

Temple - no

Tripp - no

Webster - yes

Whatley - no

Yost - no

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #2: USF – Motion made to 11 percent with 40 percent (instead of 30 percent for needs-based aid by law) – Approved 9-7.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini – no

Kuntz - no

Parker - yes

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - no

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #1: UWF – 15 percent requested. Motion for 12 percent made and not approved by a vote of 6-9.

Beard - no

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - no

Vice Chair Hosseini - yes

Kuntz - yes

Parker - no

Perez - no

Robinson - no

Rood - no

Stavros -

Temple - no

Tripp - yes

Webster - yes

Whatley - no

Yost - no

Chair Colson - yes

VOTE #2: UWF – 15 percent requested. Motion for 14 percent made and approved by a vote of 9-7.

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - no

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - no

Perez - yes

Robinson - no

Rood - yes

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - yes

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

Board Regulation Amendments

Pursuant to the Board of Governors’ regulation development procedure, Regulations 7.003 and 7.002 were posted on the Board’s web site for public comment after consideration of the proposed regulations by the Board at its meeting on April 17. The comment period has concluded with no public comments submitted. At its March meeting, the Board discussed strengthening its regulation providing the universities with additional guidance regarding fees. As a result, several regulations were approved today that both codify actions taken by the Board during the March meeting and the statutory changes made in the 2012 Session.

Capital Improvement Fee Increases

At its February 2011 meeting, the Board approved a Student Life Survey Report in response to a directive from the 2010 Legislature to conduct a needs assessment survey exclusively for student life facilities and to develop recommendations to address unmet renovation or new facility needs. (PECO funds cannot fund these projects, by state law.) In the 2012 Session, the Legislature approved the option to increase the fee for the first time in about 20 years. Nine universities requested a $2 per credit hour increase, and one university has requested an increase of $1.38 per credit hour. FSU did not make a request. The 10 requests were approved by the committee along with their respective lists of specific projects at each university. The Capital Improvement/Building Fee was initiated in the fall of 1982 at $3.76 per credit hour. The fees increased to $4.76 in the fall of 1988. The fees, paid by students, and remitted to the state by each university, historically funded projects such as student unions, student wellness centers and student recreational facilities..

Pursuant to state law, University Boards of Trustees may submit Capital Improvement Fee Increase proposals for consideration – a full list of projects that will be funded (mostly student-life facilities that cannot be funded with PECO) are in the presentation on the web site. The fee for resident students shall be limited to an increase of $2 per credit hour over the prior year. The regulation also requires a fee committee to meet and make recommendations, on which students are the majority voice, and they choose the specific projects to be funded. The proposal also must be approved by the University Board of Trustees before coming to Board of Governors.

The ability to construct new facilities has diminished over the last several years as the fee has remained flat and the cost of construction has increased. Thus, the issuance of bonds has increased from just a couple of years to five or six years, with the last issue being in 2008. For a number of years there has been an attempt to increase this fee. Most recently the Board included this as a legislative priority issue in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Those efforts were unsuccessful. For the 2012 Session, the Florida Student Association (FSA) took this issue on as one of their legislative priorities, with the Board supporting its attempts. The FSA was successful in the state law revision.

Governor Carter made comments related to the fees (and tuition proposals) and his concerns related to student burden while the “longer-term solution” is still unresolved.

Governor Whatley addressed the investment in universities that students want to see. While the economy is struggling, and while state funding is down, the CITF proposals provide a direct benefit to the students. This is a “positive gain and return on investment” on the funds that will be provided.

CITF proposals were approved by a vote of 11-4:

Beard - yes

Carter - no

Caruncho - yes

Frost - yes

Vice Chair Hosseini - no

Kuntz - no

Parker - yes

Perez - yes

Rood - yes

Robinson - absent

Stavros - absent

Temple - yes

Tripp - yes

Webster - no

Whatley - yes

Yost - yes

Chair Colson - yes

From the Academic and Student Affairs Committee (Chair Norman Tripp)

Termination of FLCA Academic Infrastructure Support Organization Status: Approved the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) as an Academic Infrastructure Support Organization (AISO) in November 2009. The 2012 Legislature created the Florida Virtual Campus by eliminating four existing state funded postsecondary education support organizations and transferring many of their responsibilities to the new entity; one of the four organizations eliminated is FCLA, which will cease to exist as a separate entity on June 30, 2012. The Florida Virtual Campus will be a cross-sector organization that is jointly governed at the state level by the Florida College System and the State University System and will provide services to both delivery systems. Because FCLA will not exist past June 30, 2012, termination as an AISO is necessary. Board of Governors Regulation 10.014 provides that AISOs may be terminated at the recommendation of the Council of Academic Vice Presidents (CAVP) and upon the approval of the Board. At its June 1, 2012, meeting, the CAVP recommended termination. If approved by the Board of Governors, the termination of AISO status for FCLA will be effective July 1, 2012.

Pilot Project for Performance Funding (to implement HB 7135): The Board discussed approval factors for ranking the applications from universities that apply. The pilot project will implement performance funding for a select category of degree programs associated with computer sciences and information technology. For each year of the pilot, up to $15 million dollars will be awarded to university department(s) based upon a ranking system and factors described in newly created Section 1011.905, Florida Statutes. Two factors are established in statute, each representing 25 percent of the total ranking score for an applicant university. The remaining 50 percent of a university’s score must be based on factors determined by the Board of Governors that relate to increasing the probability that graduates who have earned degrees in the programs identified on a targeted program list will be employed in high-skill, high-wage and high-demand employment. Four types of partnerships have been identified as factors that lead to stronger industry/university relationships and that provide direct workforce linkages to students and graduates from degree programs on the targeted programs list. These will become the factors that will determine 50 percent of a university’s rank score. Applications from the universities will be due to the Board office in September and will be brought to the Board in November.

From the Audit and Compliance Committee (Chair Ava Parker)

Florida A&M University Division of Audit and Compliance Corrective Action Plan: Rick Givens, the Vice President for Audit & Compliance at FAMU, represented FAMU’s BOT Audit & Compliance Committee Chair Karl White in presenting the corrective action plan related to the ongoing whistleblower allegation related to fraudulent audit summaries submitted to the FAMU BOT and the Board of Governors last year. FAMU’s presentation is on the web site. Chair Parker had requested the update for the committee.

Annual Charter Revisions: As part of a routine annual review of the charter that outlines processes for Board of Governors involvement, several revisions were approved by the committee, and the Board. The Board also received several annual updates as required by Florida law.

From the Trustee Nominating and Development Committee (Chair Mori Hosseini)
Florida A&M University (1 vacancy): Voted to appoint Cleve Warren of Jacksonville to the Board of Trustees for Florida A&M University.

New College of Florida (1 vacancy): Voted to appoint George Skestos of Longboat Key to the Board of Trustees for New College of Florida.


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