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University Centers and Institutes Report Many Benefits; the Oversight Process Needs to Be Strengthened, Report No. 07-35, August 2007
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  • Florida’s public universities support 554 centers and institutes that pursue research, teaching, and public service goals.  The centers and institutes report achieving varied benefits for Florida, including enhancing student learning, attracting federal and private research funding, furthering scientific and technical research, and developing new medical treatments. 
  • While there are reporting systems in place for centers and institutes, accountability should be strengthened.  Universities have not adequately evaluated the performance of most centers and institutes to determine their effectiveness or whether they are making adequate progress towards fulfilling their missions.  In addition, while centers and institutes must follow university financial reporting processes, few are audited to ensure their compliance with these processes.  Additional accountability information would help the Florida Legislature, the Board of Governors, and universities better allocate limited research funds and determine whether current centers and institutes should be continued. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Board of Governors
State University System
University Faculty Research

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-19 The Florida Solar Energy Center Eliminated the Backlog for Testing and Certification and Reduced its Reliance on State Funds,published in September 2011.
  • Report No. 10-41 Increased Accountability and Oversight of University Centers and Institutes Is Needed, published in May 2010.
  • Report No. 09-17 Florida Solar Energy Center Conducts Research and Development; Legislature Could Direct Fee Increases and Drop Certification Requirement,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 07-36 Supplemental Report: Profiles of Selected University Centers and Institutes, published in August 2007.
  • Report No. 01-28 Justification Review: State University System—Florida Department of Education, published in May 2001.

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