State University System
Higher-ed reform bills given committee approval
Two bills aimed at reforming Florida higher education have been cleared for the House floor. The bills, developed by Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, would uncap tuition increases for Florida State University and University of Florida and boost STEM degree production and accountability…
Lawmakers move ahead on tuition bills
Measures that would allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to increase tuition by virtually unlimited amounts moved ahead in both chambers of the Legislature on Tuesday, with a trip to the House floor almost certain.
FL University Presidents Warn Of Closures If Spending Cuts Persist
The Greek philosopher Diogenes Laertius said, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” Eighteen centuries later, administrators and students on state university campuses across Florida fear a jackhammer is about to be taken to our foundation. The budget passed out of the Florida Senate last week slashes state funding to the eleven public universities by $400 million.
Aerospace firm opening new headquarters in Boca Raton
Aerospace Technologies Group, Inc. opens its new corporate headquarters building on March 5 at the Research & Development Park at Florida Atlantic University. The company had previously announced its plans to move and expand to Boca Raton in November …
Federal grant to fund state prison system study
The US Department of Justice awarded a $598982 grant to the Florida Department of Corrections and Florida State University to do a three-year study of three inmate programs.
FSU College of Business receives $5 million gift
WTXL ABC 27
Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes is announcing a $5 million gift from university’s most prominent alumni and the organization the alumnus co-founded. The gift, from Dr. William T. Hold …
Deputies search for missing UCF student
Orange County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a University of Central Florida student they say stormed out of his home Sunday and hasn’t been seen ever since. Deputies said they received reports that George Alphonse, 24, was missing from his …
University of Florida considered third in nation for post-graduation payoff
The Independent Florida Alligator
The university is ranked No. 3 in a recent study that measured the return on tuition investment of 50 US universities. Surveyed schools, including Yale University and Harvard University, were ranked based on their calculated return, called the Payback …
University of North Florida Unveils Martin Luther King Jr. Statue
First Coast News
Today the University of North Florida unveiled the newest addition to its campus: an 8’6″ bronze statue of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The statue was created by artist Jasu Shilpi, known as the “Bronze Woman of India.
UNF students study dolphin carcass
Students at the University of North Florida are getting a fascinating look at some of the sea life that swims off our coast. They’ve got a new biology building and it sounds strange to say, but they’ve inaugurated one of the labs with a dolphin …
Educators Discuss New University With Accreditation Officials
A group of Florida educators met with university accreditation officials in Atlanta this morning, and specifics on the accreditation plan for a 12th university are most likely forthcoming.
Genshaft: USF Poly would be accredited more quickly under BOG path
Contrary to what Sen. JD Alexander has been saying around the state Capitol, separate accreditation for the University of South Florida Polytechnic under USF could not happen by July. A more realistic expectation is probably a year and a half at the earliest. That was the message USF President Judy Genshaft brought back Tuesday from Atlanta, where she and other state higher education leaders met with the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
New ‘Florida Poly’ would open without accreditation
That’s not the case, University of South Florida officials learned on Tuesday. The new Florida Polytechnic University, as lawmakers are calling it, would be unaccredited for at least three years, USF officials were told by accrediting officials in …
State College System
Back to Milton’s roots
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Pensacola State College will turn back the hands of time to when the lumber industry played a major role in Milton’s economy. The 24th annual Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival will be held this Saturday, at PSC’s Milton campus.
Independent College and University System
Fair Features Options for Students With Disabilities
There was a cluster of representatives from career training programs and Beacon College, a Leesburg institution for students with learning disabilities.
Longtime Hodges President McMahan to retire
Naples Daily News
Hodges University‘s longtime President Terry McMahan will retire on July 1, 2013 and be succeeded by Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanette Brock, the school announced Tuesday.
Hodges University boss will retire
In the 20-plus years Terry McMahan served as president of Hodges University, he’s seen the college and his position grow to make a footprint in the Southwest Florida community. McMahan will retire from Hodges effective July 1, 2013, and will be replaced by Jeanette Brock, the university’s executive vice president of academic affairs.
Stetson health panel recommends tobacco-free campus
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Stetson University Faculty Senate has endorsed a proposal by the university’s Health and Wellness Values Council for a tobacco-free campus. While no vote was taken Monday night, about 20 faculty were in …
Human rights activist tells Stetson audience about escaping death in Sudan
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Standing in front of a group of Stetson University students, teachers and community leaders, Ahmadi described Monday night what she calls the first of two assassination attempts against her life before fleeing Darfur, a region of Sudan that has dealt …
Police videos warn UT students about crime near campus
ABC Action News
The late-night armed robbery suspects took cash but spared the students’ lives along North Boulevard — a street that borders UT‘s campus. Later, Tampa police arrested four men.
UT urges safety outside campus
MyFox Tampa Bay
According to the Tampa Police Department, overall, students are safe at the University of Tampa. But Chief Jane Castor reminds them they do live in an urban area.
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Romney and Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed
On the campaign trail, Romney has praised Full Sail University, a for-profit college with links to some of his campaign donors, but has not addressed the …
Embattled Kaplan College to close Pembroke Pines campus
Kaplan College plans to close its Pembroke Pines campus — a school that opened to great fanfare two years ago, but quickly lost students after a federal investigation raised questions about its admissions practices. The 28,000-square foot campus was Kaplan‘s first and only physical college to open in South Florida. Most students take classes through Kaplan‘s online university, based in Fort Lauderdale. But any hopes of rapid expansion in Florida halted after the federal Government Accountability Office released a scathing report about the admissions practices at 15 for-profit schools, including Kaplan‘s Pembroke Pines campus. The college has stopped admitting new students and expects to shut down in May 2013, after the school’s 53 students complete their course work, said Ron Iori, a spokesman for Kaplan Higher Education, the parent company.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Tea and Sympathy
Inside Higher Ed
The Tea Party: Three Principles (Cambridge University Press) by Elizabeth Price Foley, a professor of law at Florida International University, is certainly a change of pace. Its argument is clear enough to be forceful while revealing its …
Realtors: Sales prices didn’t really take a dive in January
Palm Beach Post
While tracking median sales price is an indicator of increasing or decreasing trends, the better gauge of a healthy market is the likelihood of a home selling in a given time period, said Ken H. Johnson, a real estate professor at Florida International University in Miami.
Dolphins at Sea Greet Each Other
Heidi Harley, a bottlenose dolphin expert who is a professor of psychology at the New College of Florida, told Discovery News she believes the findings are key to understanding how dolphins use signature whistles. ”Now we know that dolphins in groups use signature whistles before they join each other,” Harley said. “This is an important piece in the puzzle that we’ve been constructing about signature whistles.”
Black Americans die up to 8 years sooner in some states, life-expectancy study …
“If you stratified for other categories like income, education or whether the person lived in a rural area or an urban environment, you would find that rates between the races get more equal,” said Michael Rovito, instructor of health sciences and director of the men’s-health initiative at the University of Central Florida.
UWF’s Larry Strain wins PACE Award
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Larry Strain, director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF), won the 2012 Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence (PACE) Professional Leader of the Year award Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Releases and Web Stories
FAU Jupiter’s Lifelong Learning Society Presents The New York Times Best …
PressZoom (press release)
(PressZoom) – JUPITER, FL (February 27, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter will present a lecture by John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked, Confessions of an Economic Hitman and The Secret History of the American Empire, on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Society complex at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.
Full Sail University is Proud to Announce 41 Graduates Worked on …
Full Sail University is proud to announce that 41 graduates worked on 10 Oscar®-winning films at the 84th annual Academy Awards. Graduates of Full Sail …
UF: Florida consumers remain mildly optimistic
University of Florida
Consumer confidence among Floridians dropped one point in February to 76 from January, according to a University of Florida survey. The modest decline followed two months of rising levels of confidence in the economy. “The pattern of consumer …