The huge issues raised in the Pappas Report regarding Florida universities will be resurfacing soon. State university system Chancellor Mark Rosenberg said during a Thursday morning conference call with the Board of Governors that a draft of a BOG report on the Pappas recommendations will be ready for board discussion in September.
The Pappas report - released in January by the Connecticut-based Pappas Consulting Group - suggested, among other things, that Florida should create a separate category of universities, community colleges and even private non-profit colleges dedicated solely to undergraduate education. As Gradebook readers can imagine, not all of Florida's 11 universities are real happy about that idea. Board of Governors Chair Carolyn Roberts went out of her way Thursday to say while the Pappas report is thorough and respected, it's not necessarily the plan the BOG will adopt to move the state university system forward. "We're trying to make our university system better," Roberts said, "and not harm any universities."
In other business, Rosenberg quickly briefed the board on legislative action from the just-ended session. Thumbs up: $100 million for the university system’s Centers for Excellence program. Thumbs down: $1,000 bonuses for state employees instead of pay raises.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter