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Board of Governors to discuss strategic plan, access



Members of the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state's 11 public universities, just sat down for a meeting of its strategic planning commission at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

The procedural meeting, in advance of the full board's gathering scheduled for September, is suddenly more interesting amid questions of USF Polytechnic's potential independence. Today the committee members will discuss organization of the state university system, a future road map of the system going through 2025 and student access. All of those topics could factor into the eventual decision to split, or not split, USF's Lakeland campus from its larger umbrella.

Just yesterday, Sen. J.D. Alexander, who has been publicly clamoring for USF Poly to break off on its own, met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott to lobby for his cause. Alexander, the powerful budget chairman from Polk County, helped secure $35 million in state funding to build USF Poly a new campus along Interstate 4 in the last legislative session. It was the only university capital improvement project not vetoed by Scott.

Next week, members of USF Polytechnic's board will meet via conference call to discuss its own strategic plan for the future, according to the Ledger of Lakeland. We'll be listening there, too.

For more history on this issue, check out these previous posts.

[Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 10:44am]


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