Comprehensive Over 100 disciplines Land-grant, sea-grant, space grant Outreach mission Member AAU Premier U.S. research institutions Focused on research & graduate education Highly ranked Among top 15 U.S. publics Preparing the state’s next generation of leaders Cost effective & efficient 82% 6-year graduation rate $574M grants & contracts UF is: Graduated over 9200undergrads in FY 09-10
Aims to strengthen its standing among U.S. publics • Increasingly a driver of Florida economic development - through grants & contracts; development & transfer of intellectual property; collaborations with private enterprise • A leader in innovative multidisciplinary approaches to the grand challenges we face Where is UF going?
Specific Contributions • Access: through growth of distance education • Health Care: through Clinical & Translational Sciences Inst., Inst. On Aging, Emerging Pathogens Inst., Cancer & Genetics Inst., McKnight Brain Inst. • Energy & Sustainability: through Nanosciences Inst., Florida Inst. For Sustainable Energy, Cellulosic Biomass Ethanol • Tech Transfer & Economic Development: through Office of Technology & Licensing and Innovation Hub; Entrepreneurship
UF Work Plan • Uniquely equipped to tackle grand challenges requiring contributions of many disciplines • Cancer & Genetics, Neuroscience, Aging, Nanotechnology, Emerging Pathogens, Sustainability, Energy, Climate Change, Water • Renew the undergraduate experience • Provide a UF experience through common Gen Ed courses, such as new humanities course • Create Undergraduate Office of Research to provide research experiences • Integrated teaching of science & mathematics through HHMI Science for Life Program • Creative B summer program to invigorate educational & cultural aspects of summer B • Creation of undergraduate major in biomedical engineering
UF Work Plan (cont’d) • Expand access, primarily through distance education • Currently over 52 degree programs available through distance education, mostly graduate level • Plan substantial expansion at undergraduate level through services of external distance ed provider • UF degree programs on state college campuses (currently two degree programs in operation on SFC; discussions underway with Edison State College and Miami-Dade College) • Double size of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine class from current 88 to 160 over next four years • Continue to improve graduation rate • 6-year rate currently 82%. Will improve incrementally • Integrate operations of Medical School and Shands Teaching Hospital
UF Work Plan (cont’d) • Spur economic development • Research & Development • CTSI • Innovation Hub • Invest in faculty • Maintain strength in research/economic development • Improve student/faculty ratio • Invest in cutting-edge fields • Biomedical engineering • Computational biology ? • Engage with the world outside Florida • Offer students opportunity to experience different cultures and modes of business • Modest outposts abroad: Paris, Beijing • Exploring possibility of additional outposts – South Korea? • Increase international enrollment
Enrollment • Because of several large undergraduate classes admitted 4-6 years ago, UF is graduating historically high numbers of undergrads. On-campus undergrad degree production will return to sustainable level consistent with state budget, campus infrastructure and student-faculty ratio • Graduate degree production will maintain and increase slowly, consistent with UF focus
Enrollment(cont’d) • Committed to growing professional education • Granted over 1100 professional degrees in 09-10 • Are expanding entering DVM class from 88 to approx 160 (over 4 years) • Access to degrees thru distance ed will increase. In 08-09, UF awarded nearly 900 such degrees, mostly at grad/professional levels. Access for undergrads will increase.
Degrees: UF continually revises degree inventory to remain current. New degrees under consideration include: • Family, Youth & Community Sciences (R) • Public Health (BR) • Occupational Therapy(R) • Biology (MR) – will replace separate degrees • Genetics Counseling (M) • African American Studies (B) • Digital Health & Wellness (M) • Biomedical Engineering (B)
Resource Considerations • We hope for a stable state budget • UF will become increasingly entrepreneurial • Restoration of state matching programs should be a priority • UF will rely on: • Differential tuition • Authority granted recently by Legislature to: block tuition, implement fees, charge market rates • Self-funded mechanisms • Increased nonresident tuition
Tuition Differential Proposal • UF proposes to increase differential tuition by 7% • To be used to fund faculty/advisers to provide instruction/advising and improve student-faculty ratio • Equivalent of 30% to be used for need-based student aid will be provided from other sources ?