2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget Information

2015 Legislative Budget Information

The House and Senate budgets were released this morning. Both budgets will move through each chamber’s appropriations committees next week with votes before each full chamber the following week. The two chambers totals are not far apart on their education budget. . However, there are many unresolved issues in the Health Care budget as they are about $5 billion apart which can still impact the entire budget as we continue to move through Session. 

The Senate provides $21 billion for total education while the House has $21.1 billion. The Senate gives $7.034 billion for higher education while the House has $7.013 billion. The Senate plan provides $4.49 billion for the State University System. The House gives $4.5 billion.

  • For UWF, the House budget funds UWF with $88.296M from General Revenue with  $7.672M from the lottery trust fund.
    • This budget keeps UWF’s entire base budget whole and includes $250k non-recurring for Veteran and Military Student Success and is 8.671M from the PECO trust fund for our laboratory sciences building.
  • The Senate budget funds UWF with $84.284M from General Revenue with $7.544M from the lottery trust fund.Included is this number is new funding of $250K recurring for Veteran and Military Student Success, $1M recurring for Physician Assistant Program, and $5M recurring for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement.
    • The Senate has base reductions for UWF which include: $-2M Complete Florida, $-1M from Operation Support, $-50k from FAA Certifications, and $-1M from the Career and Education Planning System 

Performance Funding

Last year, the Florida Legislature approved new funding and redistributed existing funding from each university's base and in addition, repurposed the performance funding from 2013-2014 making a total of $200 million for the Board of Governors' performance funding initiative. The legislature accepted the BOG metrics approved at their January 2014 meeting, and their point and distribution system. Universities scoring at least 26 points had their base funding restored plus a portion of the new money. The three universities scoring less than 26 points have a portion of their base funding withheld while they develop and submit a metric improvement plan during the summer to submit to the BOG for approval. Metric progress reports must be submitted in December 2014 and May 2015, and if satisfactory progress has been made, half the base funds withheld will be returned following each report. 

UWF submitted our improvement plan to the Board of Governors on June 17, 2014. The plan was approved by the full board on June 19, 2014. 

UWF submitted a progress report on December 23, 2014. The progress report was presented to the Board of Governors on January 22, 2015. The Board of Governors approved the return of half of UWF's base funding that was withheld.

Update March 20, 2015 - House and Senate Budget Release

UWF made significant improvement on this year’s performance funding metrics. UWF went from a 21 last year to a 37 this year tying for 6th place with FAU. Many other institutions also made significant improvements with two of the three schools in the bottom 3 scoring a 35. This score makes UWF eligible to be awarded funding from the performance funding pool.

The Senate budget includes an additional $200M to performance funding with $100M in new funding and $100M as an institutional investment. This increases the performance funding pool to $400M ($200M as a state investment and $200M as an investment from the SUS Institutions). This will significantly increase each universities “skin in the game” as well as the one time additional funding each university receives. The Senate also listed several metrics they want the BOG to focus on. This is a change from last year which allowed the BOG complete control over which metrics are selected. These metrics are to include, but not limited to ones that measure graduation and retention rates; degree production; affordability; post graduate employment, salaries, or further education; student loan default rates; and access. The Senate budget includes that universities in the bottom 3 or below the BOG minimum score threshold of the performance metric will lose their base funding investment and must submit an improvement plan.

The House budget includes $200M ($100M from new state funding and $100M from institution’s base) for performance funding. Universities that received performance funding last year would keep that funding and the $200M is an additional investment for the current fiscal year. The House does not change the metrics and leaves the opportunity for universities to submit a performance plan if they are not eligible for new funding and gives them an opportunity to restore their base funding if the BOG determines the university made significant progress on their submitted improvement plan.

Other Performance Funding Documents

2015 Governor's Budget Recommendations