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Florida Governing Boards for Universities, Amendment 11 (2002)

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The Florida Governing Boards for Universities Amendment, also known as Amendment 11 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 5, 2002 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved.

The amendment added Article IX, Section 7 of the Florida Constitution to create local trustee boards and a governing board for the state university system.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 11 (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,813,145 60.52%
No1,834,81639.48%

Results via: the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections

Text of measure

The ballot title read:

Local Trustees and Statewide Governing Board to Manage Florida's University System[1][2]

The ballot summary read:

A local board of trustees shall administer each state university. Each board shall have thirteen members dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service to community. A statewide governing board of seventeen members shall be responsible for the coordinated and accountable operation of the whole university system. Wasteful duplication of facilities or programs is to be avoided. Provides procedures for selection and confirmation of board members, including one student and one faculty representative per board.[1][2]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

State University System.-

(a) Purposes. In order to achieve excellence through teaching students, advancing research and providing public service for the benefit of Florida's citizens, their communities and economies, the people hereby establish a system of governance for the state university system of Florida.

(b) State University System. There shall be a single state university system comprised of all public universities. A board of trustees shall administer each public university and a board of governors shall govern the state university system.

(c) Local Boards of Trustees. Each local constituent university shall be administered by a board of trustees consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The board of governors shall establish the powers and duties of the boards of trustees. Each board of trustees shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the governor and five citizen members appointed by the board of governors. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of five years as provided by law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the president of the student body of the university shall also be members.

(d) Statewide Board of Governors. The board of governors shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole university system. These responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, defining the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its articulation with free public schools and community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. The board's management shall be subject to the powers of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the president of the Florida student association, or the equivalent, shall also be members of the board.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The initiative was sponsored by Education Excellence for Florida.
  • The initiative petition required 488,722 signatures and 499,903 were found valid.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Local Trustees and Statewide Governing Board to Manage Florida's University System 01-07," Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.