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BOG consultant: Overhaul would be devastating



Passage of a proposed constitutional amendment stripping the 6-year-old Board of Governors of its university system oversight powers would be devastating, said Alceste Pappas, consultant to the Board of Governors.

"The Florida Board of Governors is literally the newest system of higher education governance in the country," said Pappas, who has been studying higher education for many years. "You have been toiling for six years to bring vision, order and direction for the system and for the students of Florida. At this juncture, to decouple those efforts is of great concern."

She said university leaders around the country, particularly California and New York "are watching what's happening in Florida, yet again. They refer to it as a revolving door of governance. And frankly they look at this as a chance to poach faculty, to poach your presidents."

"Any hope that we had a year ago of really having the system behave like a systerm on behalf of the needs of the people of the state of Florida will not be achieved" if this passes, Pappas said.

Board chair Carolyn Roberts said she hopes to convince the Senate president to "slow down this process" rather than rush through the proposed amendment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:15pm]


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