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Education System

Board of Governors

What is the purpose of the Board of Governors?

As required by Article IX, Section 7(d), Constitution of the State of Florida, the Legislature established the Board of Governors (BOG), in 2003, to operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the entire public university system. The Board of Governors is the governing body of the State University System (SUS).

Which institutions comprise the State University System?

The State University System includes 12 public universities as well as two fiscally autonomous campuses of the University of South Florida (the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee).

Who is on the Board of Governors?

The Board of Governors includes 17 members, 14 of whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of seven years.  The members of the board also should include the Commissioner of Education, the chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates (or its equivalent), and the president of the Florida Student Association (or its equivalent).

What are the Board of Governors' responsibilities?

The Board of Governors' responsibilities include, but are not limited to, defining the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its articulation with free public schools and Florida College System institutions, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. In addition, the Florida constitution requires the Board of Governors to establish the powers and duties of each of the 12 public universities' board of trustees.

How does the Board of Governors coordinate with other state educational entities?

The Board of Governors works with both the Articulation Coordinating Committee and the Higher Education Coordinating Council.
  • Articulation Coordinating Committee. The Articulation Coordinating Committee is a K-20 advisory body intended to collaboratively establish and adopt policies with the Board of Governors.The Committee makes recommendations related to statewide articulation polices and issues regarding access, quality, and reporting of data maintained by the K-20 Data Warehouse to the Board of Governors. The committee consist of two members each representing the State University System, the Florida College System, public career and technical education, K-12 education, and nonpublic postsecondary education and one member representing students. The chair is elected from the membership.
  • Higher Education Coordinating Council. The purpose of the Council is to make recommendations to the Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Board of Governors, State University System of Florida. Membership of the council includes one member of the Board of Governors.The Office of K-20 Articulation, the Board of Governors, and the Division of Florida Colleges provide administrative support for the Council.

How does the Board of Governors allocate performance funding to state universities?

Chapter 2018-4,Laws of Florida, codified the State University System performance-based incentive. Performance funds are awarded to state universities based on a performance-funding model developed and approved by the Board of Governors as referenced in s. 1001.92, Florida Statutes.
The board periodically reviews the performance metrics and updates them on as-needed basis. For 2018-19, the board revised four metrics based on Ch. 2018-4, Laws of Florida.
Metric 3. Net Tuition and Fees per 120 Credit Hours. This is a metric based on resident undergraduate student tuition and fees, the cost of books and supplies as calculated by the College Board, the average number of credit hours attempted by first-time-in-college students (FTIC) who graduated with a bachelor's degree for programs that require 120 credit hours, and financial aid provided to students.  The change for Metric 3 is the new method for calculating the cost of books using bookstore information. The calculation takes into consideration the national average for textbooks and supplies; the average new, used, and rental prices of books; open access percentage; and enrollment at each university.
Metric 4. Six-year Graduation Rate (full-time and part-time FTIC). The law requires a four-year graduation rate metric to be included in the performance funding model.
Metric 7. University Access Rate (percent of undergraduate students with a Pell Grant). The law requires the access rate benchmarks to be differentiated and scored to reflect the varying access rate levels among the universities. The law prohibits bonus points.
Metric 9. Board of Governors Choice Metrics. These are benchmarks determined by the board. Prior to the 2018-19 changes, Metric 9 consisted of Metric 9a-Percent of Bachelor's Degrees Without Excess Hours (applied to eight universities); Metric 9b-Faculty Awards (Florida State University & University of Florida only); and Metric 9c-National Ranking for Institutional & Program Achievements (New College Florida only).  All SUS institutions are now accountable for improving the percentage of degrees awarded without excess credit hours as Metric 9 (formerly Metric 9a). Metric 9b and 9c are no longer included.
For 2018-19 funds are allocated based on the following ten metrics.  Two of the 10 metrics are Choice metrics; one picked by the Board (Metric 9) and one by each university board of trustees (Metric 10).
1. Percent of Bachelor's Graduates Employed and/or Continuing Their Education Further One Year After Graduation.
2. Median Wages of Bachelor's Graduates Employed Full-time One Year After Graduation.
3. Net Tuition and Fees per 120 Credit Hours.
4. Four-year Graduation Rate (Full-time FTIC).
5. Academic Progress Rate (second year retention with GPA above 2.0).
6. Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in Areas of Strategic Emphasis (includes STEM).
7. University Access Rate (percent of undergraduates with a Pell grant).
8. a. Graduate Degrees Awarded in Areas of Strategic Emphasis (includes STEM).
b. Freshman in Top 10% of Graduating High School Class (alternative metric for NCF only).
9. Percent of Bachelor's Degrees Without Excess Hours.
10. Board of Trustees Choice (this metric is specific to strategic emphasis at each SUS institution).
The Board of Governors evaluates the universities on the excellence or improvement for each metric based on prior year data and calculates a total score for each university. To be eligible to receive state investment funding, universities have to score a minimum of 51 out of 100 points and not be one of the three lowest scored universities.
See the State University System for more information on performance funding.

Updates

The 2019 Legislature enacted Chapter 2019-103, Laws of Florida, which requires the Board of Governors to do the following.
  • Develop and annually deliver a training program for members of state university board of trustees that discusses the role of a trustee member, institutional ethics and conflicts of interest, oversight and planning for university infrastructure projects, and other relevant topics. The passed bill specifies that, at a minimum, all board of trustee members must participate in the training program within one year of appointment and reappointment to a university board of trustees.
  • Define the data components and methodology for the performance-based incentive funding and the preeminent state research universities program. Each university will now be required to submit an annual audit of such data to the Board of Governors Office of Inspector General.
  • Enter into an agreement with the Department of Economic Opportunity that allows access to the individual reemployment assistance wage records for the purpose of auditing or evaluating higher education programs.
  • In addition, Chapter 2019-103, L.O.F., requires the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to do the following.
  • Review each board's space needs calculation methodologies and submit recommendations, starting October 31, 2019, and every three years thereafter.
  • Develop and submit a prioritized list of public education capital outlay (PECO) projects, including projects for which state funds were previously appropriated which have not been completed, and the top two priorities of each Florida College System institution or state university.
  • Develop a points-based prioritization method to rank projects for consideration, with additional criteria that each board must consider.
  • Require the Commissioner of Education and the Chancellor of the State University System to report specified findings by the Auditor General. The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors will require the school district or institution governing board to document compliance with law.
Lastly, from the funds provided in Chapter 2019-115, Laws of Florida, the Board of Governors, in consultation with the state universities, will be required to develop recommendations for future implementation of separate and distinct performance-based funding models with benchmarks and metrics for (1) preeminent universities, (2) emerging preeminent universities, (3) regional universities and (4) mission-specific universities. The model should recognize each university's continuous improvement and achievement of institutional and national excellence. The Board of Governors will be required to send a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 1, 2019. The implementation of any recommendations shall not occur unless affirmatively enacted by the Legislature.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
SALARY RATE
POSITIONS
SALARIES AND BENEFITS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
OTHER PERSONAL SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
EXPENSES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CONTRACTED SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
RISK MANAGEMENT INSURANCE
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES - HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES PURCHASED PER STATEWIDE CONTRACT
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES
NORTHWEST REGIONAL DATA CENTER (NWRDC)
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
TOTAL
8,094,610
1,062,117

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's State University System, Report 20-SUSFACI, February 2020
Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's College System, Report 20-FCSFACI, June 2020

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Board of Governors - Office of Inspector General's Internal Audit Activity - For the Review Period July 2017 Through June 2018, Auditor General Report No. 2019-052, November 2018.
Board of Governors - Office of Inspector General's Internal Audit Activity - For the Review Period July 2014 Through June 2015, Auditor General Report No. 2016-063, December 2015.
Board of Governors - Office of Inspector General's Internal Audit Activity - Quality Assessment Review - For the Review Period July 2011 Through August 2012, Auditor General Report No. 2013-188, June 2013.
The Auditor General reports on university operations are available on its website.
Expenditure Analysis Reports, State University System
Operating Budget Reports, State University System
Websites of Interest
State University System, 2018-19 Annual Accountability Reports
State University System, Facts and Figures
State University System, Interactive University Data
State University System, Strategic Plan
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for universities may be found in the Board of Governors' strategic plan and accountability reports.
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Article IX, Section 7(d), Constitution of the State of Florida; and Chs. 1001 Part IV, and 1004 Part II, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Florida Board of Governors, State University System, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-0400, 850-245-0466, email:  info@flbog.edu
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