USF Poly asked for extension from BOG for meeting materials
From the looks of the FAQ that USF Polytechnic put out last week, a separation from the USF system would be simple and cheap. "Transitioning to an independent university would require no further recurring/operating dollars at this time. USF Polytechnic will reprioritize current funds to cover any costs associated with independence and transition," the statement says.
So it's a little odd that USF Poly just asked for an extension on a deadline, albeit a short one, to submit materials for a separation presentation at the Board of Governors' November meeting. At the board's last meeting in September, when USF Poly's potential split from USF was first brought before the board that governs the state's universities, the BOG asked USF Poly for more information about what separation would involve. What would the costs be, and how would the transition happen? board members wondered.
Last week USF Poly asked that the deadline for those materials be extended by extra weekend, from Oct. 21 to Oct. 24, and the BOG agreed. We asked USF Poly whether the FAQs would be part of that presentation, and a spokeswoman said no. They were released to address questions the school was hearing from the community, she said.
The BOG receives support materials for agenda items a couple weeks prior to its meetings, and typically posts them a week in advance. USF Poly didn't submit any materials in advance of the last meeting in September, instead passing out its presentation on site.