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Fla. Board of Governors Meeting

By: AP; Board of Governors Release
By: AP; Board of Governors Release

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) --

The board that oversees Florida's public universities has approved an amendment paving the way for higher tuition rates for certain graduate level courses.

At its meeting on Thursday, the Board of Governors approved a
process for the state's 11 public universities to adopt a market
tuition rate for select courses.

Florida has among the lowest in-state tuition rates in the
nation. Market-based tuition would be more in line with the rates
offered by private and other elite schools.

The higher tuition would only apply to certain graduate level
online and continuing education courses. Classes in critical needs
areas, such as health professions, would not be included.

University board of trustees would need to submit a proposal to
the Board of Trustees for consideration.

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Board of Governors Release:

The 17-member Board of Governors took the following actions at its meeting on Jan. 20 in Pensacola:

“Chair’s Report” – Board Chair Ava L. Parker presented the 2010 Annual Report of the State University System as produced and guided by the Strategic Planning Committee and Chair Frank Martin (see separate press release and PowerPoint package).

“Chancellor’s Report” – Frank T. Brogan noted the substantial and growing dynamic between our New Florida Initiative and addressing the economic conditions that can be positively impacted by the goals of creating and tracking the formation of a strong knowledge-based economy. The conversation continues to “gain traction” in many venues – the media, Legislature, private sectors and elsewhere.

Voted to ratify the recommen dation of the UWF Board of Trustees for Judith A. Bense, Ph.D., as UWF President.

From the Budget and Finance Committee (Chair Tico Perez)

· Coordinated a Student Financial Aid Workshop on Jan. 19 for the full Board. Multip le presentations were heard on current funding frameworks, sample student profiles and other topics (see presentation materials).

· Noted that all university proposals regarding fees for FY 2011-12, as well as any university proposals on block (flat-rate) tuition for undergraduates or market-rate tuition for some graduate-level courses or programs, all will be heard at the next Budget & Finance Committee meeting on Feb. 10 in Orlando at UCF (see venue details atop this document).

· Voted to approve, on second and final hearing, the Amended Board Regulation 7.001, Tuition and Associated Fees, to add framework and protocols for any university proposals related to market-rate tuition (fact sheet dedicated to this issue was sent to media previously).

From the Facilities Committee (Chair Charlie Edwards)

· Approved two bond resolutions (to be offered by the State of Florida Division of Bond Finance):

1. UF – financing to construct a Translational Research Facility on the Main Campus.

2. FGCU – financing to construct a Student Residences/Dormitory.

· Fixed Capital Outlay Legislative Budget Request – Forecast for FY 2011-12 for State University System (PECO – Public Education Capital Outlay)

Received a report that the State's estimate at this stage is that $110 million will be available for the next fiscal year’s capital outlay appropriation for state universities (vs. last y ear’s appropriation of $260 million). That is the State University System’s portion in formula that also covers PreK-12 and the Florida College System. The Board of Governors is continuing to monitor the estimating conference activities, including another new estimate expected in the Legislature at a meeting in early March. Some university capital projects are further along in the timeline, and the universities therefore have selected and moved certain projects based on the tightened revenue forecast. Some university construction projects needed, ready and waiting would not receive funding or bonding through PECO dollars if the forecast remains as expected.


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