The proposal developed calls for a five-year expansion that will see an increase in enrollment of 50 percent, from 800 to 1,200 students, along with the necessary hiring of additional faculty and staff.
Early in the summer of 2016, the Florida Board of Governors (the oversight body for all state universities) asked a question of New College leaders — how can we transform New College from what it is now, a top-ranked public liberal arts college, into a truly exceptional, national institution? Faculty, staff, and students enthusiastically entered a complex planning process to craft a response to the Board’s ambitious query.
Senate President-elect Joe Negron visited New College as part of his tour of the 12 institutions comprising Florida’s State University System. He discussed his plans to enhance higher education in Florida through targeted financial investments including but not limited to supporting student financial aid, improving four-year graduation rates, performance metrics, recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, enhancing research initiatives, and addressing physical infrastructure needs.
President O’Shea presented the College’s 2016 University Work Plan at a meeting of the Board of Governors. In response to the presentation, the Governors asked the College to develop particular initiatives and associated resources necessary to increase its student enrollment to 1,200.
Watch the presentation (Starts around 1:04:30)
College staff worked with Board of Governor’s staff to develop elements that would comprise the growth plan. Visioning workshops were held with faculty, staff and students.
Representatives from New College of Florida, Florida State University, the University of South Florida and staff from the Board of Governors met twice to discuss existing shared efficiencies between the three institutions’ campuses and programs located in Sarasota and Manatee Counties as well as the potential for additional future collaborations.
The BOG’s September meeting was held at New College. As part of that two-day meeting, College administrators including NCF BOT Chair Felice Schulaner met with BOG Vice Chair Lautenbach, Facilities Committee Chair Huizenga and BOG staff to discuss planning progress made to date.
Read the New College Growth Proposal submitted to the State University System Of Florida Board of Governors Strategic Planning Committee on Nov. 6, 2016.
The final draft of the proposed growth plan, including targeted initiatives, resource estimates and Legislative Budget Request for the 2017 legislative session was presented to New College’s Board of Trustees for review and action. The plan received unanimous approval and was forwarded to the Board of Governors for consideration.
By unanimous vote, the Board of Governors approved New College of Florida’s Growth Plan in the Board’s official 2017-18 Legislative Budget Request.
By unanimous vote, the Board of Governors amended FY 2017-18 SUS Fixed Capital Outlay Budget Request. The highest priority “A List” projects included New College’s proposed multi-purpose building project supporting the growth initiative as the fifth highest-ranked request. The $46 million request included $4 million in planning for FY 2017-18 and $42 million for construction and equipment in FY 2019-20.
A four-day Design Charrette was held in April 3-6 in the Sudakoff Conference Center to plan for the new facilities that may be built on campus to accommodate the College’s growth. The event was open to alums electronically, a successful pilot on which we hope to build. Earlier, in the fall of 2016, professor David Brain held a series of “visioning exercises” to elicit ideas, in open sessions, for the College’s future from faculty, staff, students and trustees.
The Florida Legislature provided New College an appropriation of $5.4 million, fully funding the requested FY 2017-18 operating portion of the growth plan. The requested $4 million in funds to undertake planning the facilities portion of the plan did not receive funding. Given the original the two-year gap between planning and construction funding, it is possible to request the planning funds again next year (FY 2018-19) and still remain on schedule to request construction funds in FY 2019-20.
Governor Rick Scott signs the FY 2017-18 General Appropriations Act into law. This legislation will allow New College to maintain its ranking as one of the top public liberal arts and sciences institutions in the country and move toward becoming one of the top 25 of all liberal arts and sciences institutions.
New College is embarking on a transformative plan for its future, with the funding to expand the number of students and faculty by 50 percent.Read more here
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