Governor Scott today vetoed the “preeminence” bill that would have allowed FSU and UF to raise tuition to “market” rates.
You can read the Tampa Bay Times article on the veto here.
But what will happen next is laid out in the Governor’s veto message:
However, it is my intention to build momentum in moving the State University System toward excellence for the good of Florida, our families and our businesses. In order for this process to continue, it is first necessary to accomplish two very important steps:
1) The Board of Governors must develop a statewide plan for our State University System with a clear and distinct mission plan for each university tied to degree production and geographic location, including a plan for excellence in a reasonable time frame at each location.
2) The Board of Governors must initiate an operational review of each university to identify potential cost savings and efficiencies, with a plan to prioritize and implement the findings.
I look forward to the Board of Governors and the universities coming back with a very targeted plan so that we can better understand the return on an increased investment in our higher education system. Next week I too will initiate a further review of higher education options. With this information, we can begin creating a more exceptional higher education system that is well organized and is focused on creating opportunities that will benefit all Floridians.
Have a great summer, and be happy you are not an administrator this summer. (Or if you are an administrator, good luck.)