Startling Stat of the Day: 2.1 Million Adults in FL Went to College but didn’t Finish…
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State University System
Applicants Still Needed for Florida Polytechnic University’s Board
It’s no lines, no waiting for those interested in serving on the board of the new Florida Polytechnic University, but applications need to be submitted by the end of the month. Gov. Rick Scott’s office and the State University System of Florida are accepting applications for the board of the Lakeland school, but they have not received many yet…
Details make Florida Polytech look even worse
Now terrible public policy is morphing into absurd reality as education officials wrestle with the details of winding down the University of South Florida’s Lakeland campus and creating the new Florida Polytechnic from scratch…
UCF committee votes to increase tuition 15%
The University of Central Florida’s finance committee has approved a 15 percent tuition increase May 24 to offset state operational support.
UCF board set to approve 15 percent tuition hike
Central Florida News 13
The University of Central Florida will raise tuition. UCF’s Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of 15 percent Thursday, which is something they have done every year since 2009. The hike means an extra $19.24 for every credit hour an undergraduate student takes. Grad students will have to fork out an extra $11.08 per credit hour.
USF on budget, PECO: “Trying to avoid catastrophe”
They didn’t exactly sugarcoat it: Continual state budget cuts and a draining of funding for new campus construction has left the University of South Florida trying to “minimize” disaster. That was the message from University of South Florida chief operating officer John Long at a Board of Trustees finance workgroup meeting Thursday morning.
Doctors at USF take hit in wallet
The University of South Florida is cutting salaries for dozens of its highest-paid faculty members as part of a financial restructuring of its medical school. USF Health will cut $5 million in salaries and …
State College System
Class at Broward College Reportedly Interrupted by Child Porn (Updated)
Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
A developing story from Gossip Extra: Apparently, a police leadership class at Broward College’s central campus was dismissed early today after “what appeared to be child porn popped up on the instructor’s computer as he taught.”
CF cutting cosmetology, welding, drafting and practical nursing
The College of Central Florida will soon phase out three programs that are now, or soon will be, offered at the Community Technical & Adult Education center, known as CTAE. CF’s reorganization of its Academic Affairs division means the cosmetology and barbering, drafting and design technology, and practical nursing programs will end this year at the Marion, Citrus and Levy campuses.
Edison State College president search: Reporter Dave Breitenstein visits …
Follow higher education reporter Dave Breitenstein on Twitter at @D_Breitenstein as he visits the hometowns of Edison State College’s presidential finalists. He will be posting updates and photos as he tours their campuses and talks to those most familiar with their work. Also, look for updates and finalist profiles soon on news-press.com. Today, he is visiting finalist Jeffery Allbritten, president of Macon State College in Georgia.
GCSC to Begin Upward Bound Program
While students every day make the decision to attend Gulf Coast State College, many young people may not even consider college an option.
Audit findings lead to stricter attendance policy
Hillsborough Community College had almost $2,000 in questioned costs cited in the audit, which came from 25 withdrawn students whose information was incorrectly reported during a staff turnover…
Independent College System
What’s Up at Ave Maria: Law school making history in its temporary home
Naples Daily News
An honored spot in our field of dreams belongs to Ave Maria Law School, founded by Tom Monaghan, who also founded Ave Maria University. The law school is envisioned as sitting one day right on the main boulevard, even preceding the university as you approach the town center. For now, though, Ave Maria Law School, which moved from its original home in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2009, is staying in its “temporary” home at Vineyards in Naples.
JU awarded $1.9 million federal grant
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Jacksonville University has won a $1.9 million federal Trio Upward Bound grant to continue continue its program assisting disadvantaged youth for another five years.
The Final Frontier
Inside Higher Ed
Dozens of liberal arts colleges that tend to draw from a more regional market — such as Linfield College in Oregon and Rollins College in Florida — visited the high school this year.
College Student Arrested In Drug Bust at Stetson University House
A bag full of hundreds of oxycodone pills was found along with marijuana and other drug paraphernalia Wednesday in a rental house at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, resulting in three young men arrested and sent to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Stetson student, 2 other men charged in drug raid
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Three men, including a Stetson University student, were arrested after drug agents found hundreds of oxycodone pills and marijuana in the university-owned house where they live, a Volusia County sheriff’s …
3 at Stetson U rental charged after guns, pills and pot found
Three men face a slew of charges after investigators with a search warrant found drugs, cash and guns in a rental house at Stetson University in DeLand, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday…
Drug bust in West Volusia nets oxycodone, marijuana
Police found hundreds of oxycodone pills along with marijuana at a home near Stetson University. The West Volusia Narcotics Task Force said it also found cash and guns in the rental home. Police said three students were arrested.
Poll: Floridians disagree with Tampa’s bid to ban guns at RNC
Rick Scott for an executive order allowing the city to ban carrying firearms in the city’s convention “Event Zone,” which will cover downtown, Ybor City, the northern part of Harbour Island and the area around the University of Tampa.
For-Profit and Career Colleges
2012 Commencement Addresses on C-SPAN
C-SPAN takes a look at notable commencement speeches at this year’s graduation ceremonies from across the country… Alan West (R-FL) speaks at Northwood University’s Florida Campus in West Palm Beach…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Letter: Any wonder?
Naples Daily News
I find it astounding that Ave Maria University, among others, is blaming the Patient Protection Act for the increase in medical insurance premiums for its students. Not once, have I heard any outcry against the insurance companies which are beholden to … Patrick Moran, Naples
Cal State chancellor announces retirement
San Jose Mercury News
[Chancellor Charles B.] Reed, who started his career as a school teacher, came to CSU from the State University System of Florida, which he had led for the previous 13 years.
Lloyd ‘Tank’ Johnson, Florida Classic co-founder, dies
The Bethune-Cookman University family lost one of its most loyal sons when former B-CU athletic director Lloyd “Tank” Johnson died May 20 at age 77. Johnson headed the school’s athletic department for 19 years (1972-1991), …
Hilton is Chipola’s top prof
Chipola College natural science professor Dr. David Hilton (left) has been named the Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional of the Year at Chipola.
California’s Coronado named nation’s best beach
1 beach in the United States in the 2012 survey by “Dr. Beach” professor Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University. It is the first time “Dr. Beach” has given the top slot to California in the more than two decades…
What’s the best beach in America?
If you believe the hotly anticipated annual rankings compiled by Florida International University professor and coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman – aka “Dr. Beach” – it’s San Diego’s Coronado Beach…
Public’s misperceptions another hurricane hazard
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
Florida State University professor Jay Baker, who has spent almost four decades questioning people about their storm experiences, said one constant over that span is that too many people believe they are safer than they are…
New speaker can recreate dolphin sounds
“We know very little about how dolphins classify their own sounds — we need more perceptual studies to find out, and this equipment may help us do that,” said Heidi Harley, a comparative cognitive psychologist at New College of Florida in Sarasota, …
State jobless rate now at 8.7 percent
University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith, however, say the good news is tempered by the fact that Florida’s civilian labor force shrunk between March and April by 28000, a shrinking job pool that pushes unemployment lower without putting …
COLUMN-Facebook Lessons: What not to do when planning an IPO
“The underwriters misjudged the amount of buy and hold demand relative to the amount of speculative demand,” said Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, who plans to hold on to the 400 shares he bought in …
Quietly Finding Haiti’s Audacious Beauty
New York Times (blog)
At the urging of Kim Grinfeder, a colleague at the University of Miami, where Ms. Steber has taught, she collaborated with students in a Web design class to produce her Haiti archive.
Maryland driver guilty in crash that killed bicyclist
Christy Littleford, 43, of Upper Marlboro faces up to 10 years in prison for the September 2010 crash that killed Natasha Pettigrew, 30, a third-year law student at the University of Miami who had taken a break from school to run for office.
Children of Andrew still recall 1992 hurricane
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
“Disaster really exposes all our childhood beliefs,” said Jon Shaw, a psychiatrist at the University of Miami who studied children in the aftermath of the storm…
Miami Beach developer pays into Nevin Shapiro Ponzi settlement
The University of Miami athletics booster has since gone public with wild and potentially damning stories of improper gifts to Miami players, resulting in a still-ongoing NCAA probe. [Nevin] Shapiro has also been an active participant in the bankruptcy proceeding, and his cooperation likely led to [Eric] Sheppard being targeted by the trustee. Shapiro and Sheppard, both 43, met as grade-schoolers growing up in Miami Beach, and became fast friends. As adults, they played on the same rec basketball team, vacationed together, split Heat floor tickets, and even shared office space, the suit says.
Four honored as top business leaders on the First Coast as part of UNF presenation
The 15th Annual Prime F. Osborn, III, Distinguished Business Leader Awards were presented by the University of North Florida Coggin College of Business. Those receiving the honors include John Baker, II, Audrey Moran, Reinhold Lamb and Mark Vitner.
Trajectory Makes Digital Comics Out Of Classics
Dr. Katie Monnin, a literacy professor at University of North Florida, commented in the release: “From the perspective of an educator I foresee limitless potential in bringing Classics Illustrated into the classroom…
Releases and Web Stories
DDMG Announces Shareholder Call to Discuss $100 Million Grant and Provide Modeling Guidance related to Likely Financial Impacts
MarketWatch (press release)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., May 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Digital Domain Media Group, Inc. DDMG +1.93% , a leading digital production company focused on visual effects, original content animation and major studio co-productions, will host an investor conference call with John Textor, chairman and CEO, on Wednesday, May 30, at 10:45 a.m. EDT to discuss the impact of the $100 Million grant the company is receiving from the government of Abu Dhabi as part of the collaboration announced last week.
Spring Tea honors supporters of Flagler College
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (05/24/2012)(readMedia)– Nearly 80 women gathered at Markland House on the Flagler College campus on May 8 dressed in their best spring attire to take part in Mrs. Abare’s Spring Tea, an annual event hosted by Susan Abare to celebrate …
Fitch Affirms Florida Atlantic University’s Parking Revenue Bonds at ‘A+ …
MarketWatch (press release)
… 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘A+’ rating on approximately $10.9 million of capital improvement revenue bonds (parking revenue bonds) issued by the Florida Board of Education on behalf of Florida Atlantic University (FAU, …
Fitch Affirms Florida Atlantic University’s Housing System Revs at ‘A+’
MarketWatch (press release)
The bonds are secured by a net revenue pledge of FAU‘s housing system (the system). STABLE CREDIT CHARACTERISTICS: The ‘A+’ rating reflects the system’s history of positive operating performance, fueled by enrollment growth and strong demand for …
No Secret: FAU Awarded For Cryptology Studies
Florida Atlantic University has turned that concept into an award-winning program that is, quite simply, cool. And the NSA and Department of Homeland Security agree. Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Cryptology and Information Security (CCIS) …
Wiencek Reappointed College of Engineering Dean
University of South Florida
(May 24, 2012) — A familiar hand will spearhead aggressive new initiatives in the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering with the reappointment of John Wiencek to another five-year term as dean.