Bruce Taylor, Hugh Greene, Carlo Fassi, Fred
Franklin, Joy Korman, Rad Lovett, Oscar Munoz, Joannie Newton, Lynn Pappas,
Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell
Chair Taylor welcomed everyone to the
retreat, stating that he was looking forward to a rich discussion with purposeful
asked for a MOTION for approval for the minutes from the September 10, 2012
retreat. A MOTION was offered by Trustee Korman and seconded by Trustee Newton.
The MOTION was carried as presented.
President Delaney introduced
Dr. Edythe Abdullah, a former trustee, as the newly hired special advisor to
the President. Trustees welcomed Dr. Abdullah with much enthusiasm, noting that
she was a positive addition.
Delaney introduced Dr. Ignash, stating that she was an exceptionally capable
Dr. Ignash communicated briefly about the recent
legislative climate and then presented current major Board of Governors’
initiatives. She spoke about the “Three Great Books,” (1) Annual
Accountability Report, (2) System-Wide Strategic Plan, and (3) University Work
Plan, noting that alignment involved all three books.
Dr. Ignash spent some time discussing
performance-based funding, specifically metrics used to evaluate excellence and
improvement, which are both tied to the goals outlined in each university’s
work plan. She provided details on the Board of Governor’s performance funding
model, noting that the model included metrics chosen by each university’s Board
of Trustees. She also noted that the model included metrics for excellence and
improvement, evaluated with key metrics common to all universities.
Dr. Ignash talked about the General Appropriations
Act and Senate Bill 1076. She stated that the bill gave universities a path
toward achieving special preeminent status and laid groundwork for
performance-based funding, a longtime priority of the Board of Governors.
Dr. Ignash spoke about the Access and Educational
Attainment Commission, noting that the commission’s objective was to
collaborate between business, industry and workforce and higher education to
identify workforce gaps. She listed the top three critical workforce needs
identified as: (1) computer and information technology, (2) accounting,
financial services and auditing, and (3) middle school teacher retention. She
clarified that there was sufficient capacity in the current State University
System and the Florida College System to expand, without building new colleges
or universities. She also clarified that the university system and college
system should work together to expand in strategic ways.
Dr. Ignash provided details on the Legislature’s
appropriation of $15 million to fund programs identified by the commission,
including the possibility of an additional $15 million for the following
Dr. Ignash discussed virtual college initiatives,
including a University of Florida online campus and a Florida Virtual Campus
for the Florida College System and the State University System. She stated that
these initiatives could create a positive impact on student access, student
retention, time to degree and affordability. Dr. Ignash stated that Florida was
a leader in online course volume and the State should strive to be a leader in
online education as a whole.
Dr. Ignash concluded her discussion with questions
Trustees discussed long-term university goals, concluding that President
Delaney and Chair Taylor would prepare a final list to trustees for approval.
Dr. Len Roberson, associate vice president of Academic Technology,
provided trustees with a presentation on UNF and Academic Partnerships.
Dr. Roberson clarified that Academic Partnerships
was a higher education service company with online education expertise in
program development, marketing, and student services. He explained that
Academic Partnerships would market and recruit, and provide enrollment and
retention services. The university would own the courses and the content, set
the tuition, admit students with current admission requirements, teach the
courses, and graduate the students.
Trustees discussed market rate tuition, noting that
the intent was to be competitive both within Florida and outside Florida.
Academic Partnerships would retain 50 percent of the cost of the course, not
including fees. And, the cost of the course would be the same for all students,
residents and non-residents.
Trustees noted that the university would need to
maintain open and honest conversations regarding measurable success within
these courses. Dr. Roberson stated that the first courses would be offered in
Dr. Roberson concluded his conversation with
questions from trustees.
Chair Taylor adjourned the retreat at 2:10 p.m.
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