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State University System of Florida

What is the purpose of the board and state university system?

The Board of Governors (BOG) is the governing body of the State University System (SUS). The purpose of the SUS is to develop human resources by providing students with undergraduate and graduate level instruction leading to baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. Additionally, the SUS conducts research that extends the boundaries of knowledge and engages in service to the public.

When was the board established?

In 2003, the Legislature created the BOG, which was required by the constitutional amendment that voters passed in 2002.

Who is on the board?

The BOG has 17 members, 14 appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate plus 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’s responsibilities?

As stated in the Constitution of the State of Florida, the BOG’s responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its articulation with free public schools and community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs.

What types of activities does the board oversee?

The BOG oversees SUS research, support services, and training activities. Research and training activities include university faculty research, undergraduate instruction, and graduate instruction. The SUS Academic Health and Science Centers and the Institute for Food and Agricultural Services also engage in research and training activities. Additionally, the SUS provides academic and student support services.

What institutions does the board oversee?

The BOG oversees all the institutions of the SUS. The SUS includes 11 public universities as well as three fiscally autonomous campuses of the University of South Florida: the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee, and the University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland. The SUS also includes 11 branch campuses and 20 centers and other instructional sites.

How many students are served?

During fall 2009, 312,215 undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled in the SUS. The number enrolled full time was 223,619. The number of undergraduate students was 240,101. The percentage of female students was 57%. The percentage of minority students was 38% (including 4% non-resident aliens and 2% not reported).

How many personnel are employed by the state universities?

The SUS reported employing 62,408 full-time and part-time personnel during fall 2009. The number of full-time employees was 44,541. The number of full-time faculty members was 15,322.

How does the faculty public service program work at state universities?

The purpose of the faculty public service program is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the campus boundaries, and to serve and stimulate society. Faculty at universities participate in four types of public service:

  • consult, disseminate information, and provide services within the United States as well as for other nations;
  • participate in activities at all government levels: federal, state, and local;
  • participate in community activities; and
  • provide assistance and contribute knowledge to the private sector.

What is the graduation rate of students attending state universities?

Among those first-time-in-college students who began university study in summer or fall 2003, 63.4% received a degree within six years. The four-year graduation rate for community college students graduating with an AA and entering a state university in summer or fall 2005 was 68%.

How many baccalaureate degrees do state universities award?

In 2008-09, state universities awarded 51,458 baccalaureate degrees. The top five major fields which students received degrees were in business, social sciences, education, the health professions, and psychology. These fields accounted for 56% of the degrees awarded in 2008-09.

What are the applicable statutes?

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


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