Special Section: US News Rankings Coverage from Around FL
New College of Florida ranked top five public liberal arts colleges by US News
New College of Florida has won some recognition from U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked the No. 5 public liberal arts college in a list of 2013 rankings of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. New College ranked No. 87 among all liberal arts colleges public and private and No.11 for students who graduated with the least debt, according to a written statement…
US News & World Report: UCF ranked No. 5 up-and-comer school
UCF tied with the University of Southern California for the No. 5 spot and is the only Florida school on the up-and-comer list.
University of Miami leads US News rankings in Florida, despite drop
The University of Miami once again earned the top ranking among Florida colleges in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the Best Colleges 2013, although it slipped six places…
School briefs | New College ranked No. 5 by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report ranked New College of Florida the No. 5 public liberal arts college in their 2013 rankings of liberal arts schools. New College ranked No. 87 in all public and private liberal arts schools…
JU earns one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ distinction
First Coast News
For the ninth year in a row, Jacksonville University has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2013 list for regional universities in the South.
Area colleges rank well in US News & World report
Florida Times-Union (blog)
In the Regional University category for the South, the University of North Florida tied for 41st place along with West Virginia’s Marshall University and Virginia’s Lynchburg College…
University Of Miami Continues Rankings Reign For Second-Straight Year
After making an 11-point rise between 2011 and 2012, UM dropped slightly from an all-time high of 38 to the 44th spot, tied with University of California-Irvine. The private school in Coral Gables dominates as the state’s top university for the third year in a row despite scandals plaguing their esteemed football program.
U.S. News & World Report rates Northeast Florida colleges
Jacksonville Business Journal
Here is how the Northeast Floria schools ranked: University of North Florida ranked No. 41 in the Regional Universities (South) category. Jacksonville University ranked No. 53 in the Regional Universities (South) category. Florida State College at Jacksonville was unranked…
U.S. News ranks Lynn fourth in the nation for percentage of international students
Lynn University, one of the 270 schools listed in the national universities category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, again found itself atop the list for having one of the highest percentages of international students in the nation…
University of Miami Drops in College Rankings, But Still Best in Florida
Miami New Times (blog)
The University of Miami has dropped out of the top 40 of US News and Colleges Reports’ widely cited college rankings, reversing years of slowly trudging up the rankings…
UF, FSU improve in the US News rankings
Although none made the top 50, the state’s four highest ranked public universities – the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida – all climbed this year.
USF St. Petersburg ranked among top 30 best public colleges in the …
USFSP News Center
USF St. Petersburg moved up six spots to reach the Top 30 best regional universities in the South in annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report…
U.S. News Ranks New College No. 5 Public Liberal Arts School
New College is like the Meryl Streep of this category. It has made the list for the the last seven years, according to the Bradenton Herald. Earlier this year, New College also received props from the Princeton Review as the No. 3 best value college in America.
State University System
BOG panel OKs FAMU’s amended work plan
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The Board of Governors’ Strategic Planning Committee has unanimously approved an amended work paln by Florida A&M. Congratulating FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and his staff for working hard to provide critical details on how they will address student retention and graduation rates, BOG members enthusiastically endorsed the updated plan during this …
FAMU didn’t keep track of band finances
San Francisco Chronicle
A scathing new report from state investigators contends that Florida A&M University didn’t keep track of expenses and finances for its famed Marching 100 band…The probe into university finances resulted in the arrest last month of the university events director on misdemeanor charges. The final report released on Wednesday did not find any additional wrongdoing, but it does fault the university for lax oversight.
Viewer’s disagree on students carrying guns on campus
A fledgling student organization at Florida Gulf Coast University wants to change state law to allow students to conceal and carry on campus…
FGCU student dies after jumping from apartment balcony
A Florida Gulf Coast University student died last week after jumping off a third-floor apartment balcony during what appears to be a drug-induced delusion. Sean Cavanaugh, 18, took an unknown substance, possibly LSD, before jumping off the balcony Aug. 30, witnesses told Lee County deputies…
Farm workers press Publix on wages, working conditions
First Coast News
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers set up a display Wednesday on the campus of Florida State University that included a pyramid of ten tomato buckets…
University of Florida’s land-grant origins reimagined
In an alternate universe, the University of Florida is located among orange groves along the Indian River, and students sunbathe on nearby beaches between classes. Of course, the reality is that UF moved to Gainesville from its previous home in Lake City.
Baptist Health, OneJax receive grants from Jacksonville’s Community Foundation
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The Community Foundation in Jacksonville has given a $30,000 grant to the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida and a $20,000 grant to Baptist Health’s new AgeWell Institute…
Sun Dome gets $36M makeover in time for Elton John concert
On Nov. 29, 1980, the University of South Florida opened a sparkly new sports and entertainment arena. Price tag? $12 million. First music act? Alice “Welcome to My Nightmare” Cooper. Little did anyone know that 32 years later, the Sun Dome would look, and smell, like a concrete sweat sock…
State College System
ACLU of Florida Launches ‘Let Me Vote’ Campaign to Empower Vulnerable Voters
eNews Park Forest
The event, held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, marked the launch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida’s “Let Me Vote” campaign, part of a nationwide ACLU campaign of the same name seeking to empower America’s most vulnerable voters by getting accessible, accurate information to them to prevent voting restrictions from getting in their way…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Eckerd has highest enrollment ever
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Eckerd College has announced its highest fall enrollment numbers in its 54-year history…
Noise reduced from Embry-Riddle training planes
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has installed new equipment on its training aircraft to reduce noise and address concerns by residents in various neighborhoods throughout Volusia and Flagler counties. The university recently finished equipping its 41 training Cessna 172 airplanes with a noise reduction exhaust system from the Gomolzig Company in Germany.
FIT Recognized for Contributing to Public Good
Florida Institute of Technology is once again on the Washington Monthly annual list of national universities noted for their contribution to the public good…
College life goes luxe
When Saint Leo University opened a new residence hall this semester, the rooms filled up fast as students put in their bids for the coveted space. Small wonder. Small wonder. The amenities in the common areas include a 2,100-gallon aquarium designed by the stars of the TV show “Tanked,” a relaxation room with spherical nap pods that look like they were swiped from a “Star Trek” set, four big-screen televisions, a fitness room with treadmills and other equipment, and a game room with pool tables, pinball, Foosball and video games…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Give immigrant kids a fair shake
…She then applied to Miami Dade College to complete a two-year degree. When her acceptance letter arrived, there was a catch: She would be required to pay the out-of-state tuition rate. How could this be possible when Wendy Ruiz had lived her entire life in Florida?… Charles Garcia, who has served in the administrations of four presidents, of both parties, is the CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a business focused on the Hispanic market. He was named in the book “Hispanics in the USA: Making History” as one of 14 Hispanic role models for the nation. Follow him on Twitter:@charlespgarcia
Opinion: When colleges are blamed for tragic student misbehavior
Los Angeles Times
…After a 26-year-old drum major was killed in a hazing incident, his school, Florida A&M University, is defending itself in a lawsuit by saying that the victim, Robert Champion, was to blame. He was an adult, he had signed an anti-hazing pledge and he had agreed to be beaten by other members of the marching band on a charter bus last November…
FAU Boca Researcher Part of Team that Discovers New Monkey Species in the …
Broward Net Online
Florida Atlantic University Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kate Detwiler was part of a research team that discovered a new species of African monkey, Cercopithecus lomamiensis, locally known as the lesula…
Digital Domain bankruptcy filing could leave Port St. Lucie in the lurch
If Digital Domain can emerge from bankruptcy, Port St. Lucie stands a much better chance of getting repaid, Florida Atlantic University finance professor Rainford Knight said…
Bad deal could leave Florida on hook for $20 million
Digital Domain’s downfall also impacts Florida State University’s film school, which has a $2 million partnership with the company. Frank Patterson, dean of FSU‘s College of Motion Picture Arts, said, if the need arises, the school is poised to preserve its degree programs by hiring laid off Digital Domain faculty. ”Right now we’re in wait and see mode,” he said. “But we’re prepared for the worst.”…
No bond for man accused of gunning down Full Sail student
A judge Wednesday ordered an 18-year-old man accused of gunning down a Full Sail University student to be held without bail at the Orange County Jail. Charles A. Dessus, who lives in Orange County, is accused in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old student Brandon Benjamin after a block party at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida last weekend…
Man, 18, charged with 1st-degree murder in shooting death of Full Sail student
An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night in connection to a shooting at an apartment complex block party that killed a Full Sail University student over the weekend. Deputies said Charles A. Dessus of Orlando faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 24-year-old Brandon Benjamin, and will face a judge Wednesday morning.
Education Encore invites adults back to class
The News Herald
Jim Barr, coordinator of education partnerships for Gulf Coast State College, said there’s a reason for that. “We would quickly emphasize you are never too old to learn; our motto is ‘no tests, no grades, no stress, just fun…
Tuesday’s violence has the United States is in the midst of a diplomatic crisis
Dr. Tom Duncan is a political expert at Northwood University and he says the US reportedly gives Egypt one billion dollars a year in foreign aid to Egypt and we give two and a half billion dollars to Libya.
Clinton brings his ‘arithmetic’ to Orlando
Bay News 9
“You clapped when I said the University of Central Florida, they want to repeal the student loan law,” said [Bill] Clinton. Clinton also praised University of Central Florida and its collaboration with the simulation industry, providing jobs and economic impact. He said Orlando is, he believes, the only city in the country with over 100 computer simulation outlets…
Bill Clinton campaigns for Obama in Orlando
WTSP 10 News
[Bill] Clinton also mentioned technological advances brewing in Central Florida with the University of Central Florida and the military simulation training in Orlando. ”Let me use Orlando as Exhibit A. I believe what works in politics is shared prosperity, and not trickle down,” Clinton said. “And I believe what works in our real lives is a commitment to a society based on we’re all in this together… progress is cooperation not constant conflict. That’s what I believe.”
The Inside Story: Dr. Azziz nominated for president at University of Florida
“In keeping with the state of Florida’s Open Government and Public Records laws, or Sunshine Laws, the University of Florida released the name of every candidate nominated for the position of President of the university. While Dr. [Ricardo] Azziz is honored by the nomination, he expressed no prior interest in the position and does not intend to pursue the opportunity. Now, in the midst of the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, he is fully committed to ensuring that the union between the two schools is a success.” Another notable name on the list is University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier.
Around the Region for Sept. 13, 2012
An alert woman who saw a man acting suspiciously on Sorority Row at the University of Florida led to the arrest early Wednesday morning of a Gainesville man on burglary charges, said UF police Maj. Brad Barber. Joseph F. Murray, 60, was charged with multiple counts of burglary of a conveyance and theft for allegedly breaking into cars on Panhellenic Drive, Barber said…
Who would you nominate to be the next UF president?
Gainesville Sun (blog)
The University of Florida’s student body leader said he wanted a “rock star” to be the next university president. One of my readers took that literally, suggesting that Gainesville native Tom Petty should be considered for the job…
Shands Jacksonville suffered an operating loss of more than $20 million last …
Panelist Dan Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the University of Florida Medical School Jacksonville, called Shands Jacksonville’s financial situation “dire.”…
Stand Your Ground law’s impact needs more study, task force told
A University of Florida professor presented a slew of data tracking trends in crime, gun ownership and tourism since the 2005, but ultimately concluded that no definitive connections could be made yet to the Stand Your Ground law. ”The data that we collected in response to the task force request is insufficient to provide a conclusion on this issue,” said professor Monique Haughton Worrell of UF’s law school. “It’s a complex issue, requiring complex analysis.”
Univision News and Facebook to Broadcast One-on-One Sessions on …
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
“The University of Miami is proud to be part of these important events that will address the future of education and Hispanics in the nation,” said Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami. “Our students are thrilled to have the candidates for President on our campus.”
John Delaney among those nominated to be UF president
University of North Florida President John Delaney is on a list of 36 people nominated to become the University of Florida’s next president. Despite long-running rumors that Delaney would be interested in the job, he says he is staying put. “While it is flattering to be considered for the highest position at my alma mater, I’m happy at UNF,” said Delaney in a statement issued through UNF’s press office.
New Faces Appear at Local African American Campuses
Kevin Banks, who helped transform the University of South Florida from a commuter school to a major residential school, will begin take on a new role at Morgan State University as vice president of student affairs.
Warming up the crowd
“Clearly,” says USF political science professor Susan MacManus, she “is here to encourage turnout among conservative women and try to even up the women’s vote in Florida.”
Osceola Court Clerk faces Ethics Commission discipline
After [Malcom] Thompson‘s removal from office in January, the Sentinel discovered that he falsely claimed for years to have a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. Records showed Thompson held an MBA from an unaccredited diploma mill that sold degrees for cash without requiring class attendance…
Booker High Liverpool Legends Concert Tickets On Sale
In May Patch brought you the story about how Louise Harrison, a Sarasota resident and sister of famed Beatle George Harrison, is an honorary fellow at University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee this fall to help integrate arts education into classrooms.
How to Retire in a Low-Interest-Rate World
Marcus Allan Ingram, chair and associate professor of finance at the University of Tampa, located in southwestern Florida, says today’s low interest rates mean yesterday’s calculations may no longer make sense…
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College welcomes writer and humorist Michael Martone
ReadMedia (press release)
Many Flagler College students are well acquainted with Martone’s work through his co-editing of the renowned short fiction anthology “The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction,” a mainstay in several creative writing courses at the College.
FAU Hosts Second Annual Drag Queen Show
Ariel Rimm, Nicole Saphire and three more pro drag queens and kings will do their thing first — then the students will take the stage during intermission. It’s the second annual drag show at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and it’s at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Live Oak Pavilion…