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 Florida Talent Development 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 consists 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.  
  • Florida Talent Development Council. The purpose of the council is to develop a coordinated, data-driven statewide approach to meeting Florida’s needs for a 21st century workforce that employers and educators use as part of Florida’s talent supply system. Membership of the council is established in Florida statute and includes one member of the Board of Governors.

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

The Board uses the Performance Based Funding model to allocate funds based on 10 metrics that evaluate the institutions on a range of issues. These metrics were chosen after reviewing over 40 metrics identified in the Accountability Plans.

The model has four guiding principles:

  1. Use metrics that align with State University System Strategic Plan goals.
  2. Reward Excellence (achieving SUS goals) or Improvement (making progress towards SUS goals).
  3. Have a few clear, simple metrics.
  4. Acknowledge the unique mission of the different institutions.

The model has four key components:

  1. Institutions will be evaluated on either Excellence or Improvement for each metric.
  2. Data is based on one-year data.
  3. The benchmarks for Excellence were based on the Board of Governors 2025 System Strategic Plan goals and analysis of relevant data trends, whereas the benchmarks for Improvement were determined after reviewing data trends for each metric.
  4. The Florida Legislature and Governor determine the amount of new state funding and an amount of institutional funding that would come from each university’s recurring state base appropriation.

The first nine metrics in the model are as follows:

  1. Percent of Bachelor's Graduates Employed (Earning $25,000+) or Continuing Their Education
  2. Median Wages of Bachelor’s Graduates Employed Full-time
  3. Average Cost to the Student (Net Tuition per 120 Credit Hours)
  4. Four Year Graduation Rate (Full-time students in college for the first time)
  5. Academic Progress Rate (2nd Year Retention with GPA Above 2.0)
  6. Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in Areas of Strategic Emphasis
  7. University Access Rate (Percent of Undergraduates with a Pell Grant)
  8. All Institutions Except New College: Graduate Degrees Awarded in Areas of Strategic Emphasis; New College Only: Freshman in Top 10% of Graduating High School Class
  9. Percent of Bachelor’s Degrees without Excess Hours

For the tenth metric, the Board of Trustees of each university chooses a metric from the remaining metrics in the Accountability Plans that are applicable to the mission of that university.

The amount of the state investment appropriated by the Legislature and Governor for performance funding will be matched by an amount reallocated from the university system base budget. These institutional base funds are the cumulative recurring state appropriations that the Legislature has appropriated to each institution.

Each university metric is evaluated based on Excellence or Improvement and has ten benchmarks ranging from low to high. The lowest benchmark receives one point, while the highest receives ten points. On a 100-point scale, a threshold of 55 points is established as the minimum number of total points needed to be eligible for the institutional investment. Any institution that fails to meet the minimum point threshold for the institutional investment must submit an improvement plan to the Board.

Institutions with the top three scores are eligible for their proportional amount of the state’s investment. All State University System institutions with a score the same or higher as the previous year are eligible for their proportional amount of the state’s investment. Any institution with a score less than the previous year but whose previous year’s score was the same as the year before or higher is eligible for its proportional amount of the state’s investment. Any institution with a score the same or lower than the previous year’s score for two consecutive years must submit a student success plan to the Board.

Updates

In November 2019, the Board of Governors approved its legislative budget request, which included recommended funding for the new Pillars of Excellence initiative.   The initiative, which consists of Performance Funding, Preeminence, and a new concept known as Universities of Distinction, is intended to enhance the State University System’s upward trajectory and raise the national profile of Florida. For the three Preeminent Universities (FSU, UF, and USF), the requested funds are for national ranking enhancements. For the Universities of Distinction, the funds are intended to enhance the following programs:

  • FAMU: Improving 21st Century Health & Wellness
  • FAU: Applied A.I. & Big Data Analytics
  • FGCU: The Water School 
  • FIU: Environmental Resilience
  • Florida Polytechnic: Engineering
  • New College: Arts & Science’s for Florida’s Future
  • UCF: Engineering & Computer Science
  • UNF: UNF Medical Nexus
  • UWF: A Cyber Coast for Florida’s Future

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
8,094,630
1,062,142

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 2018 Through June 2019, Auditor General Report No. 2020-032 September 2019.

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, Accountability Plans
State University System, University Fact Books
State University System, Interactive University Data
State University System, Strategic Plan (Amended October 2019)

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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