Ken Burke, CPA, Chair of the Higher Education Coordinating Council, announces the release of the council’s Annual Report to the Florida Legislature and Governor. His statement is below:
“On behalf of the Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council, I am pleased to release the annual report to the Governor, Legislature, the Florida Board of Governors and the State Board of Education outlining what we believe to be postsecondary education policy priorities for the State of Florida. The Council represents every sector of education and business and industry in Florida, and is the entity charged by law to develop policy recommendations which cross from K-12 through the various educations sectors.
Objective measures prove that our collective policies are working to set Florida’s system of higher education as the high standard for the nation. The Council has chosen to keep its focus on policy areas which are consistent with the direction the Governor and Legislature for strong accountability and student centered education. The recommendations address many complex issues with a collaborative focus for solutions – all in the interest of Florida’s students and their future success.
The Council’s recommendations are directed at six ongoing initiatives for ensuring our students emerge from our education system prepared to success in work and in life – including: Education Attainment and Alignment with Employment; Accountability and Performance Measurement; Education and Career Counseling; Collaboration of Educators, Employers and Community Leaders; Educator Advancement and Enhancement; and Expansion of Distance Learning.
The Council continues to assess the opportunity to most efficiently assign and leverage state resources.
We encourage continued pursuit of a performance driven model in each of our delivery sectors with a focus on matching the economic and social needs of Florida citizens and our workforce.”