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  1. 1. Florida Blue Ribbon Task Forceon State Higher Education Reform WORKING DRAFT 2.0
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTSLetter from the Chair ............................................................................................ 3Introduction .......................................................................................................... 6State University System Strengths and Weaknesses Summary ........................... 9Accountability Recommendations ....................................................................... 11Funding Recommendations ...................................................................................Governance Recommendations ............................................................................Appendices A. Executive Order ...................................................................................... B. Task Force Member Roster .................................................................... C. Historical Consolidation of Higher Ed Recommendations ..................... D. Forthcoming reports from Board of Governors Task Forces ................. E. Key Resources for Action (Provided as attached files in digital version.) (1) Complete College America: Common College Completion Metrics Technical Guide (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) 2
  3. 3. LETTER FROM THE CHAIRI nsert text here. 3
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  5. 5. Dale A. Brill, Ph.D.Chair 5
  6. 6. INTRODUCTION 6
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  9. 9. SYSTEM STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES SUMMARYIntroductory text here. [Below please find Dr. Fullers draft submission for this section.] Strengths Weaknesses  Effective, efficient, professional staff  Need to increase predictive analytics capacity  Local control distributed to  Crisis of control resulting in move to individual institutions centralization  Organized to serve as transforming  Operating as transactional  Structured to merge multiple state  Operating under narrow range of variables variables  Organized to balance key metrics  Operating with production matrix as primary driver  Organized for vision/transformation  Working in turbulent field environment (multiple expectations/limited resources)  Organized for high task/low  Operating as high relationship/low task relationship  Young organization capable of  Reactionary posture blocking migration migrating to global prominence 9
  10. 10. RECOMMENDATIONSThe following pages present the unanimous recommendations of the seven-member BlueRibbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. More (but brief) introductory commentsinserted here....
  11. 11. D ifficult fiscal conditions intensify the pressure on those making budget decisions to choose wisely in the allocation of funds among competing alternatives. Measures of performance and return on investment inform the necessary deliberations at all levels of higher education management. Faculty, staff, administrators and boards mustincreasingly understand how resources are being used to progress toward stated goalsleveraging the creation and transfer of knowledge to the publics benefit. When clearlyarticulated, metrics communicate priorities and guide the actions of Floridas State UniversitySystems stakeholders. With a system of clear goals, performance measures and transparentreporting, the full spectrum of stakeholders can assess progress, identify best practices and basefuture decisions on data-driven analysis.Executive Order 12-104 called for recommendations to improve accountability and transparencyon the part of state universities to the Board of Governors and the Board of Governors to theLegislature and Governor. The recommendations that follow underscore the role of cleargoal setting and connecting measurement to management as a path to accelerating thesuccess of Floridas state higher education system.RECOMMENDATION 1: The Board of Governors should continue to enhanceits metrics-based accountability framework as a management and decision-making toolto ensure maximum return on investment for its students and the State of Florida.Specifically, data collection and reporting should focus on outcome-based performancemetrics consistent with Governor Scotts emphasis bulleted below, as well as thosedeveloped by Complete College America and embraced by the National GovernorsAssociation (See Key Resources below):a. Percentage of graduates employed or continuing education.b. Bachelors degrees in areas of strategic emphasis.c. Cost per graduate.d. Salary of graduates.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 11
  12. 12. Accountability Recommendation 1 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.]Appendix E(1): Complete College America: Common College Completion Metrics Technical Guide http://dl.dropbox.com/u/28697036/Metrics-Technical-Guide-2-3-2012.pdfAppendix E(_): Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13417Appendix E(_): 12
  13. 13. RECOMMENDATION 2: The Board of Governors should articulate goals andexpected contributions of each university, consistent with its unique mission, towardoverall system goals identified in its 2012-2025 Strategic Plan.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 13
  14. 14. Accountability Recommendation 2 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 14
  15. 15. RECOMMENDATION 3: Universities should align their annual and strategicplans with the Board of Governors 2012-2025 Strategic Plan and report individualprogress annually or more frequently through its normal reporting cadence.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 15
  16. 16. Accountability Recommendation 3 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 16
  17. 17. G overnor Scotts strategic goals for the state universities should inform the specific metrics by which the universities are measured, held accountable and rewarded. These goals include: a. Increasing the bachelor’s degrees awarded in strategic areas of emphasis. b. Increasing the percentage of graduates who become employed upon graduation or who continue their education. c. For those seeking employment upon graduation, increasing the number of graduates who attain employment at higher salary rate. d. Continuing to identify and implement institutional efficiencies and strategies that lower the cost to graduate.Tuition and funding strategies need to address a variety of challenges and goals, which are oftenin conflict with respect to the direction of tuition levels. The pressure to increase tuition comesfrom the desire to achieve institutional excellence and to increase national reputation, which inturn, increases the value of degrees to both graduates and their employers, translating to higherstarting salaries for graduates. Pressure to increase tuition certainly results from significantreductions in base funding support from the state.The competing pressure to lower tuition results as universities strive to maintain access andaffordability for Florida taxpayers, and as a strategy to incentivize student choices and outcomesthat will not only keep current employers fully staffed, but also to attract new business andindustry to Florida with a talented and prepared workforce. These objectives argue fordifferentiated tuition by degree or program, and perhaps even lowering tuition in certainstrategic areas. To address the multiple tensions on tuition and funding, the ____recommendations are put forward for consideration by the full Task Force.RECOMMENDATION 1: The State of Florida should be committed to movingtoward the national average of a system that increases investments in funding per student forthe state universities tied to initiating and sustaining progress toward or achievement of cleargoals tailored to the respective missions of each institution. Specifically, the recommendedmetrics include those articulated by Governor Scott, as well as the published set developed byComplete College America and embraced by the National Governors Association (SeeAccountability section above and Appendix E1). In the absence of state support, the Legislatureand Board of Governors, working together, should evaluate tuition strategies to compensate forstate funding based on the same performance metrics. 17
  18. 18. Funding Recommendation 1 (continued)BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for ....KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Complete College America: Performance Funding: From Idea to Action http://dl.dropbox.com/u/28697036/Performance%20Funding%20Think%20This.pdf Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 18
  19. 19. RECOMMENDATION 2: Implement differentiated tuition structure tosupport degree programs in strategic areas of emphasis. The Legislature and Board ofGovernors should move away from uniform tuition rates among the universities andamong all degree programs within a university.A differentiated tuition model should be built on the establishment of specific degreeprograms identified by the Legislature as degrees in strategic areas of emphasis.Measuring their progress (outcomes) would be jointly determined by the Board ofGovernors.For the next 3 years (a time period associated with expected national and stateeconomic stability), no tuition increases for high-skill, high-demand (market demand) or-high-wage bachelor and masters degrees with the state buying down the tuitiondifference between the Board of Governors approved tuition increase for the universityand the fixed tuition of the high-skill, high-demand, high-wage degrees (marketdetermined).If the state cannot provide the necessary support for the programs identified asstrategic programs, the universities may pursue differentiated tuition subject to Boardof Governor’s approval.When an established percentage, as determined by the Board of Governors, of auniversity’s total number of degree offerings (or an alternative measure, such aspercentage of total number of yearly graduates completing one of these programs) isattained, that university may assign an annual differentiated tuition by program with theprogram in the strategic area of emphasis remaining at a level below the other(nonstrategic) programs. The assumption would be that state support will remain at asufficient base level to allow for the tuition to remain lower by comparison.A university with more than 25% of its degree programs (or 25% of its totalundergraduate degree recipients) in strategic areas of emphasis will be authorized toadopt a base tuition rate equal to the average base rate of the Association of AmericanUniversities. 19
  20. 20. Funding Recommendation 2 (continued)BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:With the authority to differentiate tuition among degree programs, within specifiedlimits and pursuant to meeting specific metrics, each university is in the best position todetermine the tuition rates designed to produce outcomes consistent with the state’sgoals.The Board of Governors has previously identified undergraduate degree programs instrategic areas of emphasis. This currently includes 111 programs in STEM, 28 programsin Globalization, 21 in Health Professions, 19 in Education-critical (math, science) and 9programs in Security and Emergency Services. Currently, 37% of all SUS baccalaureatedegrees are in one of these strategic areas, with a 21% increase in the last 4 years.Growth in STEM programs is outpacing the growth in non-STEM areas. The Board isusing each university’s performance in this area as a basis for decisions on allocatingadditional funding, whether performance funding or differential tuition requests. 20
  21. 21. Funding Recommendation 2 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 21
  22. 22. RECOMMENDATION 3: Create a funding structure that supports thecreation and success of Preeminent Universities. The Legislature and Board ofGovernors should work together to reward Preeminent Universities meeting specificgoals tailored for preeminence among the metrics identified in an expanded set ofperformance measures established by the Board of Governors (See Accountabilitysection) by incentivizing alignment and performance through flexibility in tuition anddecreased regulation. These metrics shall include cost efficiencies and strategicalignment as articulated elsewhere in this report.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 22
  23. 23. Funding Recommendation 3 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 23
  24. 24. P revious sections of this report addressed the relationship between accountability and funding as necessary to improve the ability of stakeholders at every level of the Florida State University System to contribute to its accelerated rate of achievement. TheGovernor and Legislature will be better positioned to evaluate investments in higher educationwith an expanded set of performance metrics providing the expectations and means to measureand reward improved return on investment, efficiencies and productivity. Faculty, staff andadministrators are to strengthen the connection between knowledge creation and knowledgetransfer to the economic goals that have emerged as the "Third Stream" of societal benefitderived from public investments in higher education.What remains is an examination of strategies to encourage cooperation between institutionsleading to reduced duplication and improved efficiencies as directed by Governor ScottsExecutive Order 12-104. The recommendations below seek to address the implementation ofincentive systems and governance improvements to encourage long-term and systematicadjustments.RECOMMENDATION 1: In order to demonstrate accountability, efficienciesand return on investment, the Board of Governors’ 2012-25 Strategic Plan shouldspecify implications of achieving strategic outcomes, such as decreased regulation,recognition (e.g., national ranking) and tuition flexibility.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 24
  25. 25. Governance Recommendation 1 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 25
  26. 26. RECOMMENDATION 2: Provide for expanded funding and/or budgetarycontrol to the Board of Governors to tie university funding to the State UniversitySystem 2012-2025 Strategic Plan as modified to reflect expected individual institutionalcontributions to system-wide targets.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 26
  27. 27. Governance Recommendation 2 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 27
  28. 28. RECOMMENDATION 3: Refinement in mission statements must beemphasized to derive clarity in each institution’s roles and responsibilities ascontributors to system-wide goals and implemented through funding and accountabilityrecommendations stated elsewhere.BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for .... 28
  29. 29. Governance Recommendation 3 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 29
  30. 30. RECOMMENDATION 4: Provide Board of Governors with substantialinvolvement in the appointment or re-appointment of university presidents. [TABLEDfor Wednesday’s discussion; review other state best practices.]BUSINESS CASE: [250 - 1,250 words]:Here is where the business case is made for the need/problem the recommendationseeks to address and how it will do it. Footnotes can be used to give appropriateattribution to the source(s) supporting the argumentation.The rest of this is text is place holder for.... 30
  31. 31. Governance Recommendation 4 (continued)The business case text is expected to spill over to one or two pages as necessary tocommunicate the essence of the recommendation. This text is a placeholder to reservespace for now.KEY RESOURCES FOR ACTION: [Insert URLs/citations here.] Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): Appendix E(_): 31

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