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Petition Against USF-Poly Split

Petition Against USF-Poly Split

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November1,2011Ms.Ava
L.
Parker,ChairBoardofGovernorslawrence,Parker
&
Neighbors,llC101EastUnionStreet,Suite200Jacksonville,Florida32202DearChairParker:PleasefindenclosedaResolutionsignedby214prominentcitizensthatrespectfullyrequestthattheBoardofGovernorsoftheStateUniversitySystemvotetodelayavoteontheseparationofUSFPolytechnicfromUSFforatleastayearandthatintheinterimtheUniversitySystemconductathorough,objective,public,fact-basedanalysisoftheissuesandimpactstosupportarationalfuturedecisionthatisbestforbothschoolsandforallconcernedparties.Wefeelthattheissueofseparationisbeingpoliticallydrivenandisnotinthebestinterestofeducationforourcountyandourregionespeciallyinthistimeofeconomicturmoil.DavidM.TouchtonCc:ChancellorFrankBroganBoardofGovernors
 
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RESOLUTIONCONCERNINGTHEPROPOSEDSEPARATIONOFUSFPOLYTECHNICFROMUSFOCTOBER15,2011EXECUTIVESUM1vlARY:Thereisanaggressiveandfast-movingeffortunderwaytoestablishUSFPolytechnicasanindependentFloridauniversity,separatefromthePolytechnic'scurrentparent,USF.Thiseffortisbeingdrivenbyafewpoliticalandeducationalleadersofconsiderableinfluencewhohaverapidlyobtainedresolutionsofsupportforseparationfromchambersofcommerce,economicdevelopmentgroups,localgovernmentsandlocalpoliticians.Almostwithoutexception,thoseresolutionshavebeenobtainedwithlittledebateontheadvantagesanddisadvantagesofseparation.Further,theimpactsofseparating(orofnotseparating)havenotbeenobjectivelyexamined.WebelievethatthesecostsandOTHERimpactsaresignificantandthatseparationMAYnotbe
in
thebestinterestsofourstate,theschoolsorthestudents.Unfortunately,thedecisionprocessisonanunusuallyfasttrack,withlittleopportunityfordiscussionordissent.TheBoardofGovernorsoftheStateUniversitySystemisscheduledtovoteonthisissueonNovember9,2011.ThesignersofthisresolutionarestrongsupportersofUSFandofUSFPolytechnic.
As
agroup,weareDotyetinformalopposition
to
separation..WeAREverymuchopposedtothespeedandlackofobjectiveanalysiswithwhichthisdecisionisbeingdriven,particularlyasitappearstobedrivenbypartieswhohaveastrongbiasinfavorofseparation.Importantly,webelievethatmuchofthesupportfromthebusinessandeconomicdevelopmentcommunityhasbeendrivenbysupportforthePolytechnic'ingeneral,ratherthanbythemeritsofseparation.WebelievethatthissupportofUSFPolyissostrongthattherequeststosupportseparationweregrantedwithoutcarefulconsiderationoftheissues.RESOLUTION:Weseenoreasonforanimmediatedecisiononseparation.Therefore,wecallontheBoard.ofGovernorstodelaythisdecisionforatleastayear,toallowtimeforanobjective,publicreviewofthecosts,benefitsandotherimpactsofseparating,ornotseparating,thetwoinstitutions.Thisreviewshouldbecarriedoutbydisinterestedpartieswhohavenobiastowards,orinterestin,theoutcomeofthereview,ISSUESTOBEADDRESSED:Webelievethattherearemanyissuestobeevaluatedthathavenotbeenobjectivelyreviewed.Sofar,mostofthe"analysis"hasbeendrivenbytheRegionalChancellorofUSFPolytechnicandtheChairmanoftheStateSenateBudgetCommittee,bothofwhomhaveapublic1ystatedbias.TheAdministrationofUSF,thePolytechnic'sparent,hasbeenstrangelypassive.FollowingaretheissuesthatthesignersofthisResolutionbelieveneedtobeobjectivelyandpubliclyreviewed:
1.
SEPARATIONCOSTS:Polytechnicstaffissuedan"FAQ"documentclaimingthatseparationincursnocosts.Webelievethatstatementwiltnotwithstandobjectivereview.
It
isdifficulttounderstandhowtwoinstitutionswil1operatemorecheaplythanone.Further,therearebothcapitalandoperatingfundsalreadyinvestedthatwouldhavetobe"unwound"
in
theeventofseparation.2.ONGOINGFUNDING:Thecurrent11stateuniversitiesareallstrugglingforfunding.Howcanthestateaffordtostarta
12th
independentuniversity?Fundinginvolvesbothcapitalandoperatingdollars,withthosedemandscontinuingindefinitely.Therehasbeennolong-rangeestimateofwhatthecostsaretothestateandtothepublicunderthetwoscenarios(separatingornorseparating),3.STUDENTJIl.{PACTS:Studentsarethecurrentandfuturecustomersoftheschools,buttheyhavenotbeenconsulted.Wehavetalkedwithleadersofstudentgovernmentandtheirsurveysindicateoverwhelmingsupport(intherangeof85%)forcontinuedaffiliationofthetwoschools.ManyindicatethattheywouldwithdrawfromUSFPolyif
it
separatedfromUSF.OfevengreaterconcernisthatifthePolytechnicwithdrawsfromUSF,thenitisconceivablethatUSFwouldwithdrawentirelyfromPolkCounty,leavingPolk,HighlandsandHardeecountieswithouttheUSFpresencesocriticaltostudentswhoarenotinvolvedwiththePolytechnicmodel.
 
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RESOLUTIONCONCERNINGTHEPROPOSEDSEPARATIONOFUSFPOLYTECHNICFROMUSFOCTOBER15,.20114.FACULTYIMPACTS:Therehasbeennoobjective,confidentialsurveyoffacultyonthisissue.Facultyareveryunlikelytospeakout
in
oppositiontotheRegionalChancellororthepoliticianswhocontrolprogram
funding.
Wearebardpressedtobelievethatfacultywouldsupportleavinganationallyrecognizedresearchuniversitytojoin
a
small,independent,unprovenuniversity.ThedifficultiesatNewCollegeshouldnotbeignored.5.FACULTYRECRUITMENTIMPACTS:USFisoneofourcountry'spremierresearchuniversities.Thishasbeen,webelieve,
an
importantfactorinrecruitingfacultyfromallovertheworldtocomeandwork
at
USFPoly.WehavecredibleinformationthatthePolytechnicmayhavemoredifficulty
in
recruitingseniorfacultyasasmall,unprovenuniversity.AgaintheNewCollegeexampleisinstructive.6.ALUMNIIFUNDRAISINGIMPACTS:USFhasgraduated285,000peoplesinceitsfounding.Ofthese,onlyafewarefromtheLakelandcampus(approximately3,000since1999).SeparationfromUSFmaydeprivethePolytechnicofsubstantialsupportfromthelargeUSFalumnipooLThesealumniarecriticaltolongtermfinancialandpoliticalsupport.Tothebest
ofour
knowledge,neitheralumnipoolhasbeenconsulted,There
is
ampleanecdotalevidencethatthelocal
alumni
poolincludesalargenumberofpeopleopposed
to
separation.
7.
ACCREDITATIONIMPACTS;USFPolynowoperatesunderUSFaccreditation.Withnewsofpossibleseparation,thePolytechnic'sapplicationforindependentaccreditationhasbeenputonhold.Noonecurrentlyknowshowlongaccreditationwilltakeorwhatitscostswillbe,
if
doneindependently.WhenUSF
was
firstestablished
in
1960,accreditationdidnotcomefor5years.Withoutaccreditation,itisexceptionallydifficulttoattractfacultyorstudents.Withoutaccreditationtherearenofederalfunds,
grants,
scholarshipsorstudentloans.Thisissuealone,inourjudgment,arguesforpostponinganydiscussionofseparationuntilUSFPoly
is
solidlyestablished,fullyaccredited,andfinanciallymatureenoughtostandonitsown.8.REGIONALVS.POLKCOUNTYIMPACTS;Todate,nearlyallofthepublic"support"thathasbeenrecruitedbytheforcesfavoringseparationhascomefromPolkCountywheretheleadersofthisefforthavethemostinfluence.However,USFPolytechnicwasalwaysintendedtobe
a
developmentwithregionalimpact.
It
doesnotappearthattheregionalstake-holdershavebeenconsulted
in
anysubstantivefashion.Oneofthecommonargumentsforseparationbasbeenthatitwillprovidegreater"localcontrol",Bydefinition,agreat
stateresearch
uni
versity
cannotbe"great"ifitiscontralledbyasmall
sub-set
oflocalstakeholders.
9.
DONATIONIMPACTS:
In
bringing
USF
Polytoitscurrentstate,certainkeystakeholders
such
astheCityofLakeland,PolkCounty,andtheWilliamsCompanyhavemadesignificantfinancialandpropertygifts/pledgestotheschool.
It
isnotat
aU
clearhowseparation
will
impactthosedonors,bothasregardscurrentandfuturegifts.10.PROCESSISSUES:Weareconcernedthatthedriveforseparationhasbecomeasteamroller,withagoaloframmingseparationthroughbeforeoppositioncanform.ABaresult,weseePolytechnicstaff,ledbytheRegionalChancellor,advocatingforseparationratherthanbeingneutral,aclearconflictofinterest.Severalclaimsadvancedbystaffclearlydonotbearobjectivescrutiny.Weseepersonswithdifferentopinionsstifledbyimpliedthreatsregardingfuturefundingfortheschools.WeseetheUSFAdministrationsilenttoadegreethatisofgreatconcern.WeseecitizensunabletodistinguishbetweensupportforthePolytechnicandsupportforseparation.Andweseefundingneeds(forconstruction,capitalandoperations)thatarenotwell-definedandalmostunlimited,atatimewhentheStatecannotaffordextraspending.Theentireissuecallsforobjective,thoroughreviewofthesubject,strictlyonthemerits.Thatdiligenceandobjectivityhavebeensorelylacking.
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