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Increased Accountability and Oversight of University Centers and Institutes Is Needed, Report No. 10-41, May 2010
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Florida’s public universities support 531 centers and institutes that pursue research, teaching, and public service goals. Consistent with recommendations in our 2007 report, the Board of Governors has taken steps to strengthen accountability for these units. The board has directed university boards of trustees to create policies for the implementation, operation, review, and disbanding of institutes and centers. However, additional action is needed to ensure that evaluations of individual centers and institutes assess whether they are meeting their intended purpose, to improve the financial oversight of centers and institutes, and to resolve the status of the Leadership Board for Applied Research and Public Service.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 07-35 University Centers and Institutes Report Many Benefits; the Oversight Process Needs to Be Strengthened,published in August 2007.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Board of Governors
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. 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 State University System Florida Department of Education,published in May 2001.

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