State University System of Florida

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State University System
of Florida
Florida Board of Governors logo.png
Seal of the State University System of Florida
Established 1905
Type Public University System
Endowment $2.92 billion (Combined)
Chancellor Marshall Criser III
Students 337,750 (2013)
Location United States Tallahassee, FL, USA
Campus 12 Member Institutions
Florida A&M University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
Florida Polytechnic University
Florida State University
New College of Florida
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of North Florida
University of South Florida
University of West Florida
Website Official website

The State University System of Florida (SUS, or SUSF out-of-state) is a system of twelve public universities in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2013, over 337,000 students were enrolled in Florida's state universities. Together with the Florida College System, which includes Florida's 28 community colleges and state colleges, it is part of Florida's system of public higher education. The system, headquartered in Tallahassee,[1] is overseen by a Chancellor and governed by the Florida Board of Governors.

The Florida Board of Governors was created in 2003 to centralize the administration of the State University System of Florida. Previously, Florida's State University System had been governed by the Florida Board of Regents (1965–2001) and the Florida Board of Control (1905–1965).

History and governance[edit]

Prior to 1905, Florida's state institutions were governed by a Board of Education and even earlier variations thereof, reaching back to the Florida Constitution of 1838 wherein higher education and normal education was established, based on grants of land from the U.S. Congress. From 1905 to 1965, the few universities in the system were governed by the Florida Board of Control. The Board of Control was replaced by the Florida Board of Regents in 1965, to accommodate the growing university system. The Board of Regents governed until it was disbanded by the Florida Legislature in 2001, and its authority was divided between the Florida Board of Education (which was given some authority over all levels of public education in the state), and appointed university boards of trustees, which operated independently for each separate institution. In 2002, Floridians led by U.S. Senator Bob Graham passed an amendment to the Florida Constitution establishing a new statewide governing body, the Florida Board of Governors.

In 2013, the State University System enrolled 337,750 total students. In total 276,214 undergraduates, and 61,716 graduate and professional students.

Chancellors[edit]

Term Chancellor
1954—1968 J. Broward Culpepper
1968—1975 Robert B. Mautz
1975—1980 E.T. York
1981—1985 Barbara W. Newell
1985—1998 Charles B. Reed
1998—2001 Adam W. Herbert
2001—2001 Judy G. Hample
2003—2005 Debra D. Austin
2005—2009 Mark B. Rosenberg
2009—2009 John A. Delaney (interim)
2009—2013 Frank T. Brogan
2014—Present Marshall Criser III
Chancellors of the State University System
Marshall Criser III Frank Brogan John Delaney Mark B. Rosenberg Debra Austin (academic) Judy Hample Adam Herbert Charles B. Reed Barbara W. Newell E. T. York Robert B. Mautz J. Broward Culpepper

Member institutions[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Institution Location Established Endowment Acceptance Rate[2] Enrollment (2013)[3] Florida
residents
Campus Area
Florida A&M University Tallahassee 1887 0119$119 million 63% 10,738 86% 420 acres (1.7 km2)
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton 1961 0182$182 million[4] 56% 30,808 94% 850 acres (3.4 km2)
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers 1991 0039$57.1 million 68% 14,074 95% 760 acres (3.1 km2)
Florida International University Miami 1965 00117$138 million[5] 33%[6] 52,980 90% 573 acres (2.3 km2)
Florida Polytechnic University Lakeland 2012         138 acres (0.6 km2)
Florida State University Tallahassee 1851A 0571$571 million[7] 59%[8] 41,311 90% 1,392 acres (5.6 km2)[9]
New College of Florida Sarasota 1960 0033$33 million[10] 57% 794 85% 144 acres (0.6 km2)
University of Central Florida Orlando 1963[11] 0114$114 million[11] 45%[11] 59,770 95% 1,415 acres (5.7 km2)[11]
University of Florida Gainesville 1853A 1250$1.3 billion[12] 43% 50,095 83% 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
University of North Florida Jacksonville 1972 0095$78,038,073[13] 51% 16,258 97% 1,300 acres (5.3 km2)
University of South Florida Tampa 1956 0360$360 million[14] 38% 48,315 91% 1,913 acres (7.7 km2)
University of West Florida Pensacola 1963 0061$61 million[15] 70% 12,607 88% 1,600 acres (6.5 km2)

^A In 1851, the Florida legislature voted to establish two seminaries of learning: West Florida Seminary (which became Florida State University) and East Florida Seminary (which became the University of Florida).[16] In 1905, when the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in Florida, the three resulting state institutions all adopted 1905 as their founding date. In 1935 the Florida Board of Control changed the founding dates of UF and Florida State to the years their predecessor Seminaries opened: 1853 and 1857, respectively. In 2000, Florida State declared 1851 to be its founding date, reflecting the date the legislature authorized both seminaries.[17]

Independent research units[edit]

Institution Location Established
Florida Institute of Oceanography St. Petersburg 1967
University Press of Florida Gainesville 1945

Research and student enrollment[edit]

SUS Student Enrollment
Year Students
1905 620
1910 835 +35%
1915 1,341 +61%
1920 1,882 +40%
1925 3,688 +96%
1930 4,655 +26%
1935 5,550 +19%
1940 6,395 +15%
1945 7,020 +10%
1950 19,015 +171%
1955 19,847 +4%
1960 27,053 +36%
1965 43,849 +62%
1970 73,676 +68%
1975 115,334 +57%
1980 128,578 +11%
1985 146,692 +14%
1990 179,775 +23%
1995 208,493 +16%
2000 240,753 +15%
2005 287,375 +19%
2010 321,503 +12%
2011 329,737 +3%
2012 334,989 +2%
2013 337,750 +1%
Sources:[3][18]
Institutions Research expenditure (2007)[19] Enrollment (2012)
Florida A&M University 0017$17.6 million 12,051
Florida Atlantic University 0027$27.3 million 30,282
Florida Gulf Coast University 0011$11.8 million 13,442
Florida International University 0089$89.1 million 50,394
Florida Polytechnic University 0000   
Florida State University 0211$211.3 million 41,226
University of Central Florida 0141$141.1 million 59,785
University of Florida 0635$635.9 million 50,086
University of North Florida 0008$8.4 million 16,356
University of South Florida 0337$337.1 million 47,854
University of West Florida 0014$14.9 million 12,680
Total $1.49 billion 334,989

Tuition[edit]

In-state residents with significant academic merit are eligible to earn a scholarship to one of the member institutions of the state university system through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.[20] The program is divided into 3 types of grant and is designed to meet needs of three distinct groups in Florida higher education. As of the 2012-2013 academic year, each one of the programs pays a fixed amount award to each specific recipient group. The table below shows the current yearly tuition at each of the member institutions of the state university system for the 2012-2013 academic year. Undergraduate tuition is based on thirty credit hours per year, while graduate tuition is based on twenty-four credit hours per year.[21]

Institutions Resident Undergraduate[21] Non-Resident Undergraduate[21] Resident Graduate[21] Non-Resident Graduate[21]
Florida A&M University 5774$5,774 17715$17,715 9866$9,866 24658$24,658
Florida Atlantic University 6140$6,140 21696$21,696 9029$9,029 24749$24,749
Florida Gulf Coast University 6068$6,068 25112$25,112 8409$8,409 31180$31,180
Florida International University 6414$6,414 18813$18,813 10496$10,496 21696$21,696
Florida Polytechnic University 00000  00000  00000  00000 
Florida State University 6402$6,402 21569$21,569 11504$11,504 26658$26,658
New College of Florida 5652$5,652 24843$24,843 00000  00000 
University of Central Florida 6246$6,246 22345$22,345 8816$8,816 28602$28,602
University of Florida 6142$6,142 28419$28,419 12589$12,589 29982$29,982
University of North Florida 6234$6,234 19014$19,014 11593$11,593 22382$22,382
University of South Florida 6334$6,334 16256$16,256 10414$10,414 20602$20,602
University of West Florida 6238$6,238 19120$19,120 8473$8,473 24305$24,305
Average $6,069 $21,355 $10,118 $25,482

Tuition differential[edit]

During Florida's 2007 Legislative Session, Governor Charlie Crist signed into law SB-1710 which allowed the Florida Board of Governors to charge Tuition Differential of 40% above and beyond the regular in-state undergraduate tuition rates for the University of Florida and Florida State University. In addition the University of South Florida was allowed to raise its rates 30% above and beyond the regular in-state undergraduate tuition charges. This was allowed because these three institutions reached research benchmarks that the other universities in the State University System could not achieve.[22]

In 2008, in lieu of receiving increased research funding in excess of $100 million, the Tuition Differential was allowed to now include the University of Central Florida and Florida International University. These two institutions were allowed to raise their in-state undergraduate tuition rate 30% above and beyond the regular tuition rates. This legislation ultimately created a multi-tier system for higher education in Florida's State University System of Florida.[23]

In 2009, Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature passed an even broader tuition differential for all of the institutions within the State University System of Florida. The new provision allows for a 15 percent annually tuition increase for in-state undergraduate tuition until they reach the national average.[24][25] Governor Crist signed off on the legislation on June 1, 2009.[26]

The expanded tuition differential is not covered by the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, and the stipulation states that 30 percent of the added revenue must go to need-based student financial aid.[27] This legislation was passed due to severe budget constraints caused by the Florida economy.[28]

Library system[edit]

The State University of System of Florida operates one of the largest academic library systems in the world. It manages more than 18 million items.[29] Each campus maintains its own library catalog and also shares an agreement for library reciprocal borrowing. The agreement was called the Florida Distance Learning Iniative and was signed on February 9, 1999.[30]

The physical collections are scattered across each of the SUS campuses. Their collections and stand-alone library buildings are listed in the main article. Due to organizational differences, having more libraries does not directly translate into a higher volume of specific collections of materials.

Student profile[edit]

Gender (2013)
Students[3] Florida[31] U.S. Census[31]
Male 44% 49% 49.2%
Female 56% 51% 50.8%
Not Reported <1% N/A N/A
Racial and/or ethnic background (2013)
Students[3] Florida[32] United States[33]
Asian 4% 3% 5%
Black 13% 17% 13%
Hispanic
(of any race)
24% 23% 17%
Non-Hispanic White 50% 57% 63%
Native American <1% <1% 1%
International student 5% N/A N/A
Not Reported 2% N/A N/A
Academic Standing (2009)
Test Scores[34] Maximum
ACT 24.5 36
SAT 1156 1600*
GRE 1089.4 1600
Average High School GPA 3.7 N/A
Racial and/or ethnic background (2013)[35]
Asian Black Hispanic
(of any race)
Non-Hispanic White Other International
Florida A&M University 1% 90% 2% 5% <1% 1%
Florida Atlantic University 4% 18% 23% 48% 3% 2%
Florida Gulf Coast University 2% 7% 18% 68% 3% 2%
Florida International University 3% 13% 63% 12% 2% 6%
Florida State University 3% 8% 15% 65% 3% 5%
New College of Florida 3% 3% 14% 74% 4% <1%
University of Central Florida 5% 10% 20% 57% 3% 2%
University of Florida 7% 7% 16% 56% 3% 9%
University of North Florida 4% 10% 9% 70% 5% 2%
University of South Florida 6% 10% 17% 57% 5% 5%
University of West Florida 3% 12% 8% 68% 6% 3%
  • NOTE: Most Florida universities do not take the new SAT writing section into consideration for admission purposes.

Employee profile[edit]

In 2013, there were at least 61,783 state employees working in the university system.[36]

Gallery[edit]

Notable alumni and attendees[edit]

State University System of Florida Member Institutions
Institution Established
Florida A&M University Alumni 1887
Florida Atlantic University Alumni 1961
Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni 1991
Florida International University Alumni 1965
Florida Polytechnic University Alumni 2012
Florida State University Alumni 1851
New College of Florida Alumni 1960
University of Central Florida Alumni 1963
University of Florida Alumni 1853
University of North Florida Alumni 1969
University of South Florida Alumni 1956
University of West Florida Alumni 1963

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." State University System of Florida. Retrieved on August 26, 2011. "Florida Board of Governors State University System 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614 Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0400"
  2. ^ US News retrieved on 04-13-2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "State University System of Florida | Board of Governors : Resources". Flbog.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  4. ^ FAU NACUBO info
  5. ^ FIU endowment info
  6. ^ FIU: Office of Planning & Institutional Research - Official Source of University Statistics. W3.fiu.edu. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  7. ^ FSU NACUBO info
  8. ^ FSU Acceptance rate
  9. ^ "Florida State University Summary of University Properties". Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  10. ^ New College NACUBO info
  11. ^ a b c d "Facts About UCF". UCF Office of Institutional Research. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  12. ^ UF NACUBO info
  13. ^ "University of North Florida". colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. U.S. News & World Report. 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ USF NACUBO info
  15. ^ UWF NACUBO info
  16. ^ "Timeline". The Florida Memory Project. State Library and Archives of Florida. 1851. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ Klein, Barry (July 29, 2000). "FSU's age change: history or one-upmanship?". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.flbog.edu/resources/_doc/factbooks/quickfacts/200804SUS_Headcount_Enrollment_1905-present.xls
  19. ^ SUSF Facts
  20. ^ Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs
  21. ^ a b c d e SUSF Tuition & Fees
  22. ^ SB-1710
  23. ^ Orlando Sentinel "House measure would establish two-tier higher-education system" http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2008/03/house-measure-w.html
  24. ^ Orlando Sentinel info
  25. ^ Senator Pruitt's legislation
  26. ^ Herald Tribune info about Crist signing increased tuition legislation
  27. ^ Governor Crist's press release
  28. ^ Florida Chamber of Commerce info about expanded tuition rates. However, if your account was opened before February 1, 2007 your account is exempt from paying the tuition differential fee.
  29. ^ SUSF Resources - Libraries
  30. ^ SUS borrowing agreement
  31. ^ a b "Florida - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". 2005-2007 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  32. ^ "Florida QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  33. ^ "USA QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  34. ^ 2010 SUSF Quick Facts
  35. ^ "State University System of Florida | Board of Governors : Resources". Flbog.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  36. ^ Flemming, Paul (April 20, 2013). "State workers to get raise, but how much?". Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida). pp. 15A. 

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