Blue Ribbon Task Forceon State Higher Education Reform October 12 Webinar Limited “seats” available given technology constraints. Dial: 800-617-4268 Access Code: 65618862 Webinar ID: 439-574-217
TODAY’S OBJECTIVES• Refine, improve, accept, table or reject proposed recommendations developed to date through open dialogue.• Identify gaps where additional work might produce further recommendations.• Establish next meeting date(s) as needed for subsequent work.
Funding WORKING DRAFT Recommendations1. It is recommended that the state abandon the present tuition policy which essentially locks all universities into a very narrow range of base tuition rates.2. It is recommended that the state forego the 15% rule, as it is inconsistent with the above and following recommendations.3. It is recommended that the Boards of Trustees be given considerably more authority in determining tuition rates for their respective universities, with the provision that the recommended rates must be consistent with Board of Governors guidelines and with the universities respective mission.
Funding WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)4. It is recommended that in the development of annual budget requests and the related tuition rates, Boards of Trustees must first attend to any system metrics and prescribed standards that their respective institutions have yet to attain.5. It is recommended that universities having met system-wide metrics and standards may submit requests for funding and related tuition increases for outstanding academic programs and promising research activities.
Funding WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (continued)6. It is recommended that university Boards of Trustees be given the authority, consistent with the provisions of Recommendation III, to prescribe differentiated tuition rates by academic division, class, and discipline or any combination thereof.7. It is recommended that, within a time prescribed by the Board of Governors to be no later than 1 July 2016, the state’s foremost research universities as designated by the Board of Governors be permitted to adopt a base tuition rate equal to the average base rate of the Association of American Universities and that the remaining universities be permitted to attain the national tuition average by this same date.
Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendations1. Establish and maintain an Eminent Degree Program (pick another name; but, 6 digit code) designated as such by BOG based on the following eligibility: – 50% of eligibility criteria established by BOG50% of the eligibility criteria composed of a degree employment rate of 70% or higher in jobs at or above the high skill, high wage, high demand threshold. – In addition, Eminent Degree Programs that keep tuition at or below CPI-U each year would be eligible for a bonus 2X tuition increase ( university BOG approved tuition increase MINUS CPI-U) state allocation (capped).
Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)2. BOG would establish a threshold of X amount of Eminent Degree Programs would automatically move the university to Eminent Florida University status; annual eligibility for first 3 years; then average of indicators to move away from episodic classification because of single variable instability.
Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)3. Participate in the Performance Funding allocation process designed to meet high demand, high wage and high skill careers existing in Florida’s’ broad economic landscape. The Performance Funding awards to universities will be managed by Florida’s BOG under the following guidelines; A.) Legislative process will determine targeted Performance Funding categories B.) BOG will determine criteria for selecting award recipients with two constants in the formula: (1.) Minimum award 20% of allocation and (2.) Continuous 2nd and 3rd year funding for initial award recipients based solely on tuition increases of only CPI-U for year 2 and 3 in the program.
Governance/Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendations1. The Board of Governors should continue to enhance its metrics-based accountability framework to ensure maximum return-on-investment for its students and the State of Florida. Specifically, BOG’s oversight of work plans should include: a. Universities should align their strategic plans with the Board of Governors 2025 Strategic Plan for the State University System. b. Ensure that each university identifies its top educational and research priorities and shows how they support the state system objectives through its unique mission, with a view toward eliminating unnecessary duplication of degree programs. c. The State University System should continue its growth of STEM and other degree programs that support the States greatest economic needs.
Governance/Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendationsd. The BOG metrics should include the achievement of meaningful research: Research focused on impacting local/state challenges and opportunities Research focused on driving economic development: Attracting business sectors to Florida Retaining talented graduates in Floridae. BOG should recognize and reward development by universities of meaningful alliances with the private sector that: Enhance ‘business-ready” learning Create post-graduate employment for students engaged in such alliances Leverage private sector resources to subsidize higher edf. BOG should continue to incorporate nationally-validated metrics, including peer metrics and private sector studies re efficiencies to ensure return on investment, including the efficient use of facilities capacity.g. BOG should incorporate expansion of online degree opportunities to align with technology and increase access to higher education in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Governance/Funding WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)2. The Legislature should provide funding or budgetary control to the Board of Governors so it can effectively tie university funding to the SUS long term strategic plan and university workplans and reward improved performance on key metrics determined to serve the SUS strategic plan. a. Legislature would consult with BOG in evaluating and accepting BOG funding request based upon its adherence with the agreed-upon strategic plan, instead of reviewing and acting upon 12 separate funding requests of individual universities (which essentially undercuts BOG’s ability to implement the SUS strategic plan). b. Lump-sum funding should be based upon a proactive determination of the appropriate level of funding per student, and the appropriate ratio between state (taxpayer) funding and tuition (student), without regard to financial aid levels that are used to downplay the impact of tuition increases. Such funding level should then become a priority for legislative funding. c. Lump sum funding should also include guaranteed funding of BOG administration to ensure that the BOG has the independence and resources to fulfill its constitutional mission.
Governance WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)2. SUS and Florida College System should meet annually for the purpose of agreeing on long term components of their respective higher ed strategic plans to ensure consistency of mission and purpose across sectors of higher education, especially in light of 2+2 program graduates.3. Task HECC to develop a set of metrics to capture meaningful state-wide goals and achievement measures.4. Continue practice of inter-systems (via HECC) communication of performance measures.
Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)1. In order to demonstrate accountability, efficiencies and return on investment, the BOG 2012-2025 Strategic Plan should specify implications of achieving strategic outcomes toward providing specific institutional goals : – Articulate ranking targets/outcomes on national basis if current strategic priorities, particularly STEM degree achievement, are reached. • For example, the BOG plan calls for increasing the percentage of bachelor’s degrees in STEM degrees from 18% of the total to 25% percent in 2025. What advancement in national ranking will such an increase manifest? Is this ranking consistent with the Governor’s call for national leadership in STEM achievement? – Articulate the translation of system-wide goals to institutional goals to illustrate contribution expectations and performance of each institution. • For example, the system-wide goal under “Excellence: A2: Freshmen in Top 10% of Graduating High School Class” translates as having 19,349 first-time freshman (assuming enrollment rates remain constant) come from the Top 10% of their high school classes. Inputs such as the number of students graduating in the Top 10% available from Florida High Schools (17,930) and nationally (354,918) can be applied against current achievement expectations per SUS institution for specific contribution goals. As suggested in other areas, achievement of these targets can be incorporated into funding formulas.
Accountability WORKING DRAFT Recommendations (cont’d)2. Pilot additional outcome measures as inputs to BOG accountability report by 2025: a. Incorporate return on state’s investment based on degree completions in graduate study, job placement and wages into funding matrix. b. Indirect expenditures as a percentage of total expenditures. c. Reduction of student debt. d. Track loss/retention of high-potential students in state; identify the “balance of trade” in high-potential students (without expectation that SUS institutions bear the burden of retention). e. (Long range consideration) Study role and potential benefit of performance on standardized end-of-college learning outcome exams or create feedback loop to inform instruction.
Next Meeting Dates & Process• Wednesday, October 17 9 a.m. -• Friday, October 19 9:45 a.m. – Noon• Wednesday, October 24 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Process:• Any additional materials to be submitted for Task Force consideration are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16.• Working draft materials for Friday, October 19 teleconference will be distributed by 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 18.• Edits made to working draft during Friday, October 19 teleconference will be distributed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.• Edits made to working draft during Tuesday, October 23 teleconference will be distributed by 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 25.• Final edits due by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 29.• Final document submitted to Governor Scott by midnight, October 30.