Here’s what caught my eye today…

Special Section: Gov. Scott at FL Board of Governors Meeting

Scott wants higher-ed funding tied to results
Gainesville Sun
Gov. Rick Scott addressed higher education leaders Wednesday like a professor teaching a class, lecturing them about his business philosophy and even giving a quiz…

Rick Scott to Board of Governors: Focus on Graduate’s Jobs and 
Sunshine State News
Gov. Rick Scott released the following statement after addressing the Florida Board of Governors in Sarasota. “Our mission is simple — improve the value of higher education for Floridians. I know that every person in this room today is here because you not only believe in improving the current higher education system, you are also willing to dedicate your own time and energy to seeing improvements accomplished.

Florida Board Of Governors Hears Recommendations From Higher Education 
StateImpact Florida
The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) is starting two days of meetings at New College of Florida in Sarasota. Among the agenda highlights: recommendations by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform and an appearance 

Scott addresses cost of education
Tallahassee Democrat
Gov. Rick Scott has seemingly simple goals for Florida’s public universities. He wants them to be as inexpensive as possible while making sure students graduate on time and are able to land good-paying jobs. Describing it repeatedly as a sound “return on investment” during a Wednesday appearance before the Board of Governors, Scott said he wants the cost of attending one of Florida’s 11 public universities — soon to be 12 — tied to results…

Scott, university leaders struggle over university funding puzzle
A college degree is an investment, and the state’s public universities need to show that they are providing good returns for both their students and Florida taxpayers, Gov. Rick Scott told members of the state Board of Governors on Tuesday…

Fla. Gov. to universities: No more tuition hikes
The News-Press
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is putting the state’s universities on notice: He wants to keep tuition rates down and he plans to tie their money to how well they do on helping students get a job…

State University System

FAMU Investigates Campus Radio Station
There’s a new investigation at Florida A&M University of what’s supposed to be a student run organization. Students claim FAMU’s radio station W-A-N-M is not only dominated by non-students, they also claim it’s costing the station money…

Registration open for FAU’s Harbor Branch ‘Semester by the Sea’
Registration for Florida Atlantic University’s annual “Semester by the Sea” (SBTS) 2013 program for undergraduate students studying marine biology is open now through Friday, Jan. 11…

Future of FSU’s digital arts program in West Palm Beach to be decided early 2013
Palm Beach Post
Whether Florida State University will keep its digital arts school in downtown West Palm Beach is expected to be decided by mid-January according to university officials who were pressed for answers Wednesday about the future of the program without 

Exam promotes good citizenship
Florida Today
The Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government, based at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, has worked for the past 10 years on programs that teach civic and political skills…

Free student one-act festival at UCF
Orlando Sentinel
This weekend University of Central Florida‘s Project Spotlight will host its semi-annual One-Act Festival. This festival allows students the chance to produce, act in, and direct one-act plays.

Preliminary Tallies: Without Youth Vote, Obama Would Have Lost Election
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
But young people make up a significant part of the overall vote in Ohio and Florida, which have two of the country’s largest college campuses at Ohio State University and the University of Central Florida

What’s open, what’s closed for Veterans Day
Gainesville Sun
Santa Fe College and the University of Florida will be closed on Monday. Classes will resume on Tuesday.

Homecoming parade will be televised live
Gainesville Sun
Public television station WUFT-TV will present live coverage of the 2012 University of Florida homecoming parade beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The parade which kicks off at noon, can also be seen via streaming video at

UPD investigating incident at P.K. Yonge
Gainesville Sun
Police at the University Florida arrested and charged a student at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School on Friday after school officials reported an incident involving lewd and lascivious behavior Thursday.

State College System

Expanded Santaella Studios has open house Friday
Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College presents an exhibit of works by 15 faculty and staff members…

Independent Colleges and Universities

EWC marching band to perform nationally
The band from Edward Waters College is going to get some national attention doing what it does best. The EWC Triple Threat Marching Band will be one of eight bands competing in the 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands…

Jammin’ in the fight against cancer
St. Augustine Record
Flagler College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is hosting a Nov. 18 concert for its annual fall charity fundraiser event, planned from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Foundry, 1955 A1A South…

Campaign reaches $1 billion mark, UM nears elite higher education status
The Miami Hurricane
UM has already raised more than $1 billion in funds as part of its record-setting Momentum 2 campaign – the effects of which can already be seen by around the university…

Cuban concerts inspire US
The history-making event is part of a cultural exchange program with the Florida Orchestra that included a panel discussion at the University of Tampa on Tuesday and master classes for student musicians taught by Cuba musicians…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Editorial: FSCJ’s board almost does the right thing
Florida Times-Union
The continuing failure of leadership by the Board of Trustees for Florida State College at Jacksonville was reaffirmed Tuesday when the board acted to further diminish its credibility.

Former FAMU Diamond Dancer Murdered
A 22-year-old former member of a FAMU dance team was murdered and authorities believe drugs may have been a motive. The former Diamond Dancer was killed in her home town of Pensacola, Florida, but her death is being felt on FAMU‘s campus. Shana Bullard is senior at FAMU and a Diamond Dancer.

FAMU football coach Joe Taylor resigns
Orlando Sentinel
“With the enormous amount of coverage that my retirement has been receiving, I felt it was best to step aside and let the team focus on the last two games,” [Joe] Taylor said in a FAMU news release announcing his decision…

Election lesson: Hispanic support for Democrats growing in South Florida
their voting power is being overshadowed by other Hispanic groups in counties like Broward, Palm Beach and Orange, said Florida International University professor Eduardo Gamarra.

In Florida, GOP victories despite voter discontent
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
While Republicans still clearly dominate state government — they control the governor’s mansion, the Legislature and every other elected statewide office — the 2012 election should be a wake-up call for state leaders, said Lance deHaven-Smith, a Florida State University political science professor. “The Florida electorate is not as conservative as the Legislature,” he said.

Will Florida votes face a recount? At what cost?
First Coast News
Jacksonville University political scientist Dr. Stephen Baker said the race was always close, in spite of the polls. “It will be among the closest elections,” said Baker, “I mean, 1976 was a very close election, so it is not that unusual.”

East Polk Economic Summit Told the Impact of Obama’s Re-election Will Be 
The Ledger
The summit was held at the student center at Polk State College in Winter Haven and included a speech on the local economy by Gary Ralston, a managing partner with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty…

UPDATE 1-US Hispanic vote tilts strongly to Obama in win
The large Central Florida turnout for Obama among Hispanics serves as a warning about the Republican’s Party’s future, said political analyst Luis Martinez-Fernandez at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

UF student-to-be gets big surprise: $2500 scholarship
Gainesville Sun
Marielis Nieves thought she drove two hours from Georgia to the University of Florida on Wednesday just to talk about her upcoming first semester of college and look at her financial aid options…

Obama, others push for an overhaul of Florida’s elections system after long waits
Daniel Smith, a political scientist at the University of Florida, said he has no doubt that Republicans contracted the days of early voting from 14 to eight in an effort to suppress Democratic turnout.

Get Governors to Support Health Care Reform
New York Times
Donna E. Shalala, the president of the University of Miami, was the secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration. November 7, 2012. My advice to President Obama: Stay the course on health care reform…

Director Townsend To Produce Next Film In Historic Overtown
The South Florida Times
Actor and filmmaker Robert Townsend is teaming up with 20 students from the Overtown community and 25 students from the University of Miami to give local youth the opportunity to become involved in the movie 

State GOP leaders say some soul- (and vote-) searching is needed
Florida Times-Union
Matt Corrigan, head of the University of North Florida’s political science department, also pointed to Romney straying from his message of fiscal conservatism. “He tried to appeal to Florida by saying he’d increase defense spending and not cut Medicare 

Northeast Florida Commercial Real Estate Association holds year-end luncheon 
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Paul Mason, a professor and economist at the University of North Florida Coggin College of Business, will discuss the state of the local economy. Mason will also outline the impact that the re-election of Barack Obama as president will have…

Florida’s Votes Go Unclaimed, but This Time Less Depends on Them
New York Times
“Voters were determined to have their voices heard in this state,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor…

Florida Republicans left to ponder future as Obama victory in state looks likely
Washington Post
The reality isn’t quite that simple, said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida.

Releases and Web Stories

Terra Blight Screenings
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College presents; “Terra Blight”, a documentary about the Life Cycle of the computer. On Thursday, November 8th, there will be two screenings with Q&A sessions with the film makers to follow.