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This is sample letter sent to invitation list for July 26 Workshop. This version reflects a correction in the first paragraph.

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  1. 1. June 14, 2012Brian GoffStudent Government PresidentUniversity of South Florida4202 E. Fowler Ave., MSC 4300Tampa, FL 33620Re: July 26 Workshop with Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education ReformDear Brian:I’m writing to invite you to a ground-breaking opportunity to collaborate during the upcoming July 26workshop hosted by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. As StudentGovernment President, you are being asked to identify two delegates from the student body to joinmore than 250 invited participants in a day-long workshop designed to build consensusrecommendations for consideration by the Task Force prior to developing its final report to GovernorScott.A wide net is being cast among key stakeholder groups to bring the best and the brightest mindstogether within the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College on July 26. The Collaborative Labsspecializes in the design, facilitation and documentation of participant-driven, interactive and dynamicmeetings. The engaging process emphasizes broad stakeholder participation in identifying andleveraging existing strengths and best practices; creating a shared vision; reaching consensus on keypriorities and strategies; and building a plan of action.Collaborative technology such as whiteboards, visioning and brainstorming software and individualpolling devices accelerate participants’ best thinking. Real-time documentation of collaborativeengagements ensures that all input is captured in a meaningful and comprehensive way.The July 26 workshop will be an opportunity to deliberate on how we meet the Governor’s long-termgoal of making Florida’s state university system the envy of the nation.Delegates should be prepared to collaborate with Task Force members on how we can best address theissues specifically identified by the Executive Order that created the Blue Ribbon Task Force on StateHigher Education Reform. Background, such as the text of the Executive Order, can be found on the website dedicated to the effort: www.FLHigherEd.org.As you can see by examining the working list of participant groups below, divergent perspectives arebeing sought across the spectrum of stakeholders:Board of Governors Florida Senate and House MembersHigher Education Coordinating Council Florida Council of 100University Administrators Florida Chamber of CommerceUniversity Trustees Associated Industries of FloridaUniversity Faculty James Madison InstituteUniversity Students Florida TaxWatchParents Florida Research Consortium
  2. 2. Page 2 of 2: July 26 Workshop with Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education ReformThe dynamic, full-day workshop will begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m., so I stronglyencourage you to arrive in St. Petersburg the night before. Three hotels located near Collaborative Labsare recommended, the first two having agreed to provide a discounted rate for delegates (ask for theBlue Ribbon Task Force rate): St. Petersburg Clearwater Marriott, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., (866) 508-0265 Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Clearwater, 3131 Executive Drive, (800) 321-2211 Residence Inn St. Petersburg Clearwater, 5050 Ulmerton Road, (727) 573-4444Collaborative Labs is located at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street North,Clearwater, FL 33760. As this is an all-volunteer experience, there are no funds available for travelreimbursement.Due to the unique collaborative nature of the July workshop, it is imperative we have an accurateheadcount. As a result, online registration should be completed prior to July 11. After communicatingwith your selected delegates, please direct register them using the online form, which can be found bypointing a web browser to http://www.spcollege.edu/survey/10593.ACTION ITEM: Please deliberate and communicate this opportunity to your selected delegates at yourearliest possible convenience. Sample text has been provided on the following page to assist you withinviting your delegates.A package of preparation materials will be distributed to the list of participants on or before July 23.I look forward to seeing you and your delegates on July 26.Yours for the future of Florida’s State University System,Dale A. Brill, Ph.D.ChairBlue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reformc/o Florida Chamber Foundation136 S. Bronough St.Tallahassee, FL 32301
  3. 3. Page 2 of 2: July 26 Workshop with Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education ReformBEGIN SAMPLE TEXTDear ___________________:I’m pleased to share with you that we’ve been invited by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force onState Higher Education Reform to participate in its July 26 Workshop at the Collaborative Labs at St.Petersburg College. Delegates from a wide range of stakeholders will convene to engage with more than200 other delegates with the objective of identifying consensus strategies for consideration by the TaskForce as it works to develop final recommendations for the Governor and Legislature. I’m writing to askyou to serve as one of our delegates.As you can see by examining the working list of participant groups below, divergent perspectives arebeing sought across the spectrum of stakeholders:Board of Governors Florida Senate and House MembersHigher Education Coordinating Council Florida Council of 100University Administrators Florida Chamber of CommerceUniversity Trustees Associated Industries of FloridaUniversity Faculty James Madison InstituteUniversity Students Florida TaxWatchParents Florida Research ConsortiumThe Collaborative Labs specializes in the design, facilitation and documentation of participant-driven,interactive and dynamic meetings. The engaging process emphasizes broad stakeholder participation inidentifying and leveraging existing strengths and best practices; creating a shared vision; reachingconsensus on key priorities and strategies and building a plan of action. The dynamic, full-day workshopwill begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Three hotels located near Collaborative Labs arerecommended for who chose to arrive the night before, the first two having agreed to provide adiscounted rate for delegates (ask for the Blue Ribbon Task Force rate): St. Petersburg Clearwater Marriott, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., (866) 508-0265 Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Clearwater, 3131 Executive Drive, (800) 321-2211 Residence Inn St. Petersburg Clearwater, 5050 Ulmerton Road, (727) 573-4444Collaborative Labs is located at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street North,Clearwater, FL 33760. As this is an all-volunteer experience, there are no funds available for travelreimbursement.The Blue Ribbon Task Force has asked us to respond as quickly as possible to ensure the facilitators havean accurate headcount. If you are able to attend as one of our delegates, please respond directly to meat your earliest possible convenience (before July 11). I will make sure you are registered using theonline form provided by the Task Force.A package with pre-reading materials will be delivered to you on or before July 23. Should you have anyquestions about the workshop, feel free to contact me or Dr. Dale A. Brill, chair of the Blue Ribbon TaskForce on State Higher Education Reform at brill.dale@gmail.com. Details about the Task Force and itscharge can be found at its dedicated web site: www.FLHigherEd.org.END SAMPLE TEXT

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