Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Florida Board of Governors meetings in Miami. It was great meeting my fellow members and discussing on how we can improve and streamline our K-20 system. We also had good conversations around the challenges our higher education system is experiencing, including increased defaults on student loans and very lean budgets. On a lighter note, I was pleased to hear how Florida A & M University was ranked one of the best historically black universities on the U.S. News and World Report list.
Whether it’s the BOG, Council of Presidents or Higher Education Coordinating Council, having an active role in these meetings is critical in our work to align our education resources and create graduates and programs that not only complement each other, but work to grow our economy.
The State Board of Education is set to meet tomorrow in Orlando where we will continue these types of discussions. I encourage you to tune in to that meeting so you can stay informed about all facets of our education system.