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PRESS RELEASE: Board of Governors approves Pillars of Excellence initiative

At aspecial meeting called to consider any supplemental information provided by theuniversities, the Board of Governors approved its legislative budget requesttoday, including recommended funding for the new Pillars of Excellenceinitiative. The proposal, which consists of Performance Funding, Preeminence,and a new concept known as Universities of Distinction, is expected to enhancethe State University System’s upward trajectory and continue raising thenational profile of Florida.

Performance Funding and Preeminenceare widely credited with boosting the quality of the State University System,driving dramatic improvements in graduation rates, research, and other metrics.Universities of Distinction highlights the goals of the other universities byrecommending funding for proposals that build on each school’s existingacademic strengths to achieve national excellence in a core area.

“Performance funding and its focuson student success is the reason Florida continues to be ranked top in thecountry for higher education and why so many of our institutions are makinghuge year-over-year leaps in U.S. News & World Report,” said Ned Lautenbach,Board of Governors’ Chair. “The Pillars of Excellence proposal will positionall 12 of our universities to become models of national excellence.” 

一道本不卡免费高清The Board finalized its legislativebudget request after hearing university proposals and feedback during meetingson Oct. 3 and Nov. 19. The Universities of Distinction concept is an outgrowthof the Legislature’s 2018 Programs of Excellence initiative as well as previousinitiatives that aim to elevate each university to national prominence in atleast one academic area. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Florida thetop state for higher education for three consecutive years. The StateUniversity System of Florida is committed to earning that recognition in thefuture.

“For years, the Legislature and the Board of Governors have advocated for a framework that leverages the existing strengths of each university to create institutions that are national destinations,” said Syd Kitson, chair of the Board’s Budget Committee. “The requests approved today have the potential to raise the national profile of our institutions while also producing high-quality talent to diversify Florida’s economy and provide a high return on investment for the state.” 

Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Boardof Governors

The State UniversitySystem of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board ofGovernors. The system has 12 universities and more than 341,000 students,making it the second-largest public university system in the nation.Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institutionand managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints aChancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visitjualskripsionline.com or follow us on and