Here’s what caught my eye over the weekend…5/13/13

Florida Higher Ed Capitol Clips:

Will Gov. Scott veto tuition hike?
Orlando Sentinel
Colleges and universities statewide are eager to see whether Gov. Rick Scott will veto the 3 percent tuition increase that the Florida Legislature approved recently. In a radio interview on Friday, Scott reiterated his concerns about rising college tuition in the Sunshine State. He has repeatedly spoken out against tuition increases. “Tuition in our state has gone up close to 70 percent over the last five years,” Scott said in an interview on Tampa’s WFLA radio, according to the News Service of Florida. “I’m very concerned about tuition increases.” Scott received the state budget this week and has until May 24 to act on the proposal.

Now, it’s Gov. Scott’s turn to show leadership on the budget
…VETO: College Tuition Hike — Lawmakers restored last year’s $300 million budget cut from state universities, and want to split an extra $45 million between the University of Florida and Florida State University, while giving another $65 million for the university system as a whole. But the funding increase is partly built on funds from a proposed 3-percent tuition hike. Gov. Scott, by contrast, has said he wants to make higher education affordable and following years of double-digit tuition increases, told legislative leader he opposed tuition hikes. The Legislature crossed a line in the sand. A veto of the tuition hike is appropriate…

Legislators Make Case for Tuition Hike; Proposal Faces Scott Veto
The Ledger
Gov. Rick Scott has his dislike of tuition hikes clear, likening them to tax increases. But lawmakers defied his opposition and sent him a $74.5 billion budget for next year that contains a 3 percent tuition increase for state universities and colleges. The question is what will he do with it? And perhaps more importantly can he do anything about it?

Polk Happy to See Cash For Repairs in Budget
The Ledger
Polk State College is to receive $8.5 million in capital outlay money. Of the construction money, $4.5 million will go to for the second phase of a planned $30 million Institute for Public Safety, state-of-the-art education facility for first responders. Last year, PSC received $9.2 million to fund the first phase…

Lawmakers’ pet projects leave no paper trail to Florida budget
Yes, as Page 421 points out, it’s a $74.5 billion spending plan that pays for 114,480.5 positions. But specific descriptions about what the money actually pays for are noticeably absent…

Chronicle‘s What Public-College Presidents Make list is out:

Data from this year’s list shows the compensation received in the 2012 fiscal year by 212 chief executives at 191 public universities and systems in the United States. Fiscal years typically run from July 1 to June 30 but can vary by institution. Time in position is the number of full years in office as of the start of the 2012 fiscal year. Here are Florida’s public higher ed CEOs:

Chronicle Public Comp List

Other recent rankings news:

U.S. study finds New School is most international campus
New York Times
The New School was followed by the Florida Institute of Technology (26 percent), the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (21 percent), Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (18 percent), and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma (18 percent). The five institutions with the highest percentages of foreign students were all private. On average, among all colleges and universities ranked by U.S. News, foreign students make up 5 percent of the student body…

Hingesights: Top 12 Hottest Colleges
…We’ve compiled a list of the colleges and universities with the most highly appealing alumni in DC, according to your interest levels on Hinge. [Congrats to FSU…]


College graduates face tough job market
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
This spring, about 1,600 people, mostly in their 20s, will graduate from the four mainstay college-level schools in the Sarasota-Manatee area: the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida, New College and Ringling College of Art and Design. Roughly half, based on national and local statistics from past years, will pursue further academic degrees before entering the cold, cruel world of 9-to-5 work. That leaves perhaps 800 as a new crop of workers competing for jobs with those already out there…

Are Florida’s Law Schools in Trouble?
Sunshine State News
Thousands of students flock to the doors of Florida’s 12 law schools each year, chasing the dreams of a respectable, well-paying job as an attorney. But the unfortunate reality for many of these young hopefuls is they may not leave law school with a job as a lawyer at all. Paired with with poor employment outcomes is the staggering cost to attend law school, leaving many students in a bind that can take years to get out of…

Recent Notable Reports and Resources:

Should Everyone Go To College? (Brief)
Brookings Institute
For the past few decades, it has been widely argued that a college degree is a prerequisite to entering the middle class in the United States. Study after study reminds us that higher
education is one of the best investments we can make, and President Obama has called it “an economic imperative.” We all know that, on average, college graduates make significantly more money over their lifetimes than those with only a high school education. What gets less attention is the fact that not all college degrees or college graduates are equal. There is enormous variation in the so-called return to education depending on factors such asinstitution attended, field of study, whether a student graduates, and post-graduation occupation. While the average return to obtaining a college degree is clearly positive, we emphasize that it is not universally so. For certain schools, majors, occupations, and individuals, college may not be a smart investment. By telling all young people that they should go to college no matter what, we are actually doing some of them a disservice.

College Reality Check (Website)
Chronicle of Higher Ed
This new website presents financial facts such as net price, average debt, graduation rates, and average starting salaries to help students when comparing and selecting colleges. Users can compare up to five colleges from among the nearly 3,600 in the database at the same time. The new data tools offer critical information to students that perhaps will help ensure that they avoid colleges where they might drop out or take on too much debt.

Undermining Pell: How Colleges Compete for Wealthy Students and Leave the Low-Income Behind (Summary) (Report)
New America Foundation
This report analyzes the “net price”–the amount students are expected to pay after grant aid–of a college education for low-income students at public and private, not-for-profit institutions of higher education. The report concludes that colleges expect low-income students to pay an amount equal to or greater than their family’s yearly income, leaving them to take on substantial debt levels. The report also discusses how institutions use resources to compete for wealthier, well-prepared students at the expense of student access.

State University System

Car Crashes into Ocala Road Apartment
The hunt is on for a man Florida State University police say tried to run an officer off the road, before crashing his car into an apartment complex…

Boundless reports its online textbooks popular at BU, Northeastern
Boston Business Journal (blog)
Other colleges seeing a high amount of usage include Florida State UniversityUniversity of Central Florida and University of Illinois, Boundless said…

With new luxury dorm, Orlando philanthropists offer Hillel evergreen funding model
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Real estate developer Hank Katzen has a dream: If you build it, they will come. Except this is no baseball field in an Iowa cornfield. It’s a $60 million, 600,000-sq.-ft. luxury dormitory at the nation’s second-largest college campus, the University of Central Florida in Orlando. When it opens in August, the new dorm will push the bounds of cushiness. Two- and four-bedroom suites will have island kitchens with stone countertops, in-unit washer/dryers and walk-in closets. Every room will come with en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs equipped with premium cable. Duplex units will feature spiral staircases and two-story atriums with picture windows. There will be a resort-style swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, sauna, game room and seven-story parking garage – so no student will have to take an elevator or brave the Florida elements on the way from their cars to their dorm rooms. But what makes Katzen’s new facility noteworthy isn’t so much the lavishness as the idea behind it: to create America’s first self-sustaining Hillel. The ground floor of this seven-story building will include a new 20,000-sq.-ft. Hillel center whose operations will be funded in large part by rental income from the 600-bed dormitory. The Jewish philanthropists behind this unique arrangement aren’t simply giving the 15-year-old Hillel at UCF a building; they’re giving it a permanent income stream…

UCF Upends Lindenwood for DI-AA Title –
The University of Central Florida scored a last-second try to upset Lindenwood 27-25 in dramatic fashion and win the DI-AA National Championship Sunday in Bowling Green, Ohio…

Jailhouse farms feed Florida inmates, guards
Fox News
The Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the University of Florida to provide inmate labor for their university’s research facility in Citra. Offenders work with the animals and harvest crops…

UF’s alcohol policy taking toll on frats?
Gainesville Sun
…The policy, however, also has led to a consequence that its advocates may not have intended: a striking increase in the number of fraternities and sororities either on probation or suspended by the university for varying offenses, usually related to alcohol use…

Florida Orange-Crop Estimate Unchanged at 138 Million Boxes
Citrus greening cost Florida’s economy $3.63 billion in lost revenue since 2006 because of a reduction in orange-juice production, the University of Florida said in January…

Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida Groves
New York Times
In a 2012 report, University of Florida agricultural analysts concluded that between 2006 and 2012, citrus greening cost Florida’s economy $4.5 billion and 8,000 jobs…

Why JaxChamber Loves The Players Championship
A 2007 study by the University of Florida estimated the economic impact of The Players Championship to be $150 million. It creates 2,000 jobs and is the busiest week at Jacksonville International Airport.

White House Boys seek justice for their abuse
Orlando Sentinel
Their last hope is a forensic anthropologist from the University of South Florida who has received a grant to excavate the school’s cemetery to determine whether any of the boys buried there were murdered.

USF wins Big East softball title
The USF softball team celebrates after Saturday’s 1-0 USF win over Notre Dame in extra innings in the Big East softball title game Saturday, May 11, 2013, at University of South Florida.

State College System

Broward ready to convert failing schools
Arthur Ashe Middle would be closed to current students and converted to a workforce center for adults. Lauderhill Middle will partner with Broward College for a grades 6-12 college academy…

Taste of Ocala raises more than $35000 for CF students
About 200 people attended the upscale event held, once again, inside CF‘s Ewers Century Center…

Budget crunch could mean higher tuition at Daytona State
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College students may face higher tuition bills as college officials look to balance their budget in light of a state funding reduction and continuing drop in enrollment…

Staff cuts underway to plug $9 million hole in FSCJ budget
Florida Times-Union
Layoffs, pay cuts and expense trimming are underway at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, where its leaders are working to plug a projected $9 million shortfall with an overall 6 percent cut to its budget…

College graduates largest class to date
Hometown News
On a cloudy Saturday morning on May 4, Indian River State College graduated its largest class to date at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie…

Workforce Grads Most Likely to Get Jobs
The Ledger
Graduates of workforce-based programs at Polk State College continue to get jobs at a higher rate than equivalent graduates of any college in the state, a new study shows.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Ave Maria University Receives Stable Financial Outlook
The Cardinal Newman Society
Ave Maria University has informed The Cardinal Newman Society of the positive financial news recently received by the University. Standard and Poor’s Rating Services reviewed the University’s finances and gave Ave Maria a “stable outlook.”

For Ave Maria law school grads, it’s time to step up to the Bar
The News-Press
From Connecticut to the Democratic Republic of Congo, students from Southwest Florida and afar shifted their tassels to the left and tossed their caps in the air during the 11th graduation ceremony for Ave Maria School of Law in Naples.

Barry earns national championship against Armstrong
It took nearly five hours, but top-ranked Barry beat No. 2 Armstrong 5-4 to win the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championship…

Landmark Legend: Ponce de Leon Hotel
First Coast News
“Welcome to Flagler Legacy Tours,” said Archie Josie, a senior at Flagler College. Tourists from around the world come to tour the Ponce de Leon which has been Flagler College since 1968.

Local students graduate from Flagler
St. Augustine Record
More than 414 Flagler students participated in the commencement ceremony April 20 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre…

Florida Tech Has Conferred More Than 53000 Degrees
The large graduating class of 486 undergraduate and 645 graduate students required two separate commencement ceremonies—one for the bachelor’s degrees and one for the master’s and doctoral degrees—and represents on-campus, as well as online students and students at 10 extended studies department sites located throughout the United States…

Nearly 700 graduates earn Stetson degrees Saturday
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Nearly 700 graduates earn Stetson degrees Saturday. Graduates listen for their turn to walk across the stage during Stetson University’s graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences at the Edmunds Center in DeLand on Saturday, May 11, 2013…

[Video] This May Be the Worst First Pitch in Baseball History
Stetson University brought out an insurance company executive to throw the ceremonial first pitch before a recent baseball game against Florida State. But instead of a nice nod to a corporate sponsor, what Stetson got instead was quite possibly the worst first pitch in the 100-plus-year history of baseball as a human sport…

University of Miami graduates more than 3300 students in ceremonies
Six members of the University of Miami’s best-ever basketball team, a four-time Olympic speed skater, and the first UM student to be awarded the National Institutes of Health/Oxford-Cambridge Scholars program fellowship are among the 3,300 students …

University of Miami student dies in crash days after graduation
University of Miami student died early Sunday morning of injuries suffered in a car crash near the school’s Coral Gables campus. The student, identified as Dino Ghilotti, had graduated on Friday with a degree in business…

UM cafeteria workers vote to unionize
Cafeteria workers at the University of Miami unionized after a majority of workers voted in favor of representation in a card check on May 3. The employees voted to join 32BJ, a branch of the Service Employees International Union.

For-Profit and Career Colleges

60-year-old graduates from Full Sail University
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Viewpoint: Transforming lives at UWF my legacy
The Florida Current
As President of the University of West Florida, I am writing to let you know that the future of UWF is solid and we will continue to take visionary steps to move forward into the 21st century of higher education… Judy Bense is president of the University of West Florida.

Marion County Sheriff Blair dismisses critical grand jury report
Gainesville Sun
The sheriff explained that upon retiring from the Sheriff’s Office in December 2010, where he ended his 35-year career as head of the agency’s major crimes unit, he had an opportunity to teach at the College of Central Florida

College president gets high marks from Daytona State board
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College President Carol Eaton has received a glowing report on her annual evaluation…

Mother, daughter graduate together
Karen Baker, 58, and daughter Latisha Robinson, 38, graduated from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville with a business administration degree…

Student papers featured in communication conference
St. Augustine Record
Six students enrolled in a Sex, Gender and Media course at Flagler College saw their work in the classroom pay off when papers they wrote were accepted into the South Florida Undergraduate Communication Honors Conference at Florida Atlantic University. Katelyn BonnevierMargaret Wallis and Sarah Williamson submitted “Sex and the City: A Backlash Against Modern Feminism,” which was also selected as one of the top three papers at the March conference. Also accepted was “Life Imitating Art: The Reinforcement of Gender Stereotypes in American Sitcoms” by Sean O’ConnellMegan Rohlfing and Richard Robinson. Flagler College associate professor of communication Helena Sarkio teaches the communication theory course and selected the two papers to be submitted…

Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case
Orlando Sentinel
Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills, who insists that he tried to shield his college roommate Robert Champion from a brutal hazing in Orlando in 2011, pleaded no contest today to felony hazing resulting in death.

How to use aspirin to treat and prevent heart disease, cancers – Zee News – India
Zee News
Florida Atlantic University researcher has published a review for clinicians on the optimal utilization of aspirin to treat and prevent heart attacks as well as commentary on the cholesterol lowering drugs to prevent colorectal and other cancers. Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., the first Sir Richard Doll professor and senior academic advisor to the dean in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at the University and James E. Dalen, M.D., M.P.H., dean emeritus, University of Arizona College of Medicine and executive director of the Weil Foundation published this update in the current issue of the American Journal of Medicine…

Carly Rae Jepsen performs at Fontainebleau Hotel
Local 10
“Call Me Maybe” was Carly Rae Jepsen‘s pop hit that inspired good-natured parodies from brawny military men, svelte Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, snappy Florida International University students, and even Local 10’s Will Manso…

The biggest hot dog of all: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visits Shore this weekend
The Star-Ledger –
When Anggela Pimentel first saw the Wienermobile as a student at Florida International University, she was startled. “I thought, what is that giant hot dog doing on my campus?” Pimentel said. Now she has the keys to the giant hot dog. Pimentel is one of 12 “hotdoggers” who drive six Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles around the country for a year doing promotional appearances. “You need an appetite for adventure,” explains Pimentel, a native of Lima, Peru who now lives in Miami. “And you have to want to meet people.”

As Hispanic voters’ numbers increase, politicians come calling
Broward Politics (blog)
“It’s a no brainer for both parties to try to be attractive to Latinos and Hispanics because they’ve shown in the last election that they have strong influence — and it’s just going to get bigger and bigger,” said Felipe Korzenny, director of the Florida State University‘s Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication and author of the 2011 book “Hispanic Marketing: Connecting with the New Latino Consumer.”

FSU graduate competes for job of a lifetime in Austrailia
Bay News 9
Caroline Vetter, 22, graduated from Florida State University with a degee in Animal Conservation and Ecology, and has been all over the world working with animals…

Gloria Estefan speaks at Cuba’s Independence Day
Singer Gloria Estefan is expected to speak at a Miami event to commemorate Cuba’s Independence Day. The Cuban-born singer will appear Monday at Miami Dade College.

Ohio abduction: victims switched on ‘auto-pilot’ to survive
Steven Gold of Nova Southeastern University‘s Center for Psychological Studies, said that in many cases victims of this kind of abuse survive by “shutting down emotionally and often even on a sensory level.”

Mother-daughter duo to walk at Saint Leo graduation
In 2009, at the age of 68, she enrolled online at Saint Leo University, the very school her daughter, Lisa, attends…

Nan Rich, long shot for governor, says she’s undeterred
Orlando Sentinel
“Stranger things have happened in Florida politics,” said University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett, noting that Rich has little money or name recognition. “But going into the race, she would be considered an underdog.”

Indian River Lagoon Conservationist Field & Stream Magazine “Hero”
Brevard Times
The oyster reef restoration project was started in 2005 by Linda Walters of the University of Central Florida (UCF)…

UF professor honored for service to fitness councils
Gainesville Sun
Dr. Ruth Alexander, distinguished professor at the University of Florida, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition…

Retired UF professor arrested in sex crimes sting
Gainesville Sun
A former four-time teacher of the year in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy was arrested Thursday as officers with the Gainesville Police Department conducted an operation at Bivens Arm Park, 3650 S. Main St., targeting sexual offenses. Gerald E. Gause, 73, was charged with prostitution and indecent exposure after police say he offered to perform a sex act on an undercover officer for $20 and then exposed himself and masturbated. Another undisclosed person was trespassed after offering free sexual favors to two of the undercover officers, police said…

Petition by former Miami Hurricanes coach Frank Haith denied
Frank Haith will have to wait a little longer to find out who may have snooped on his bank records as part of the NCAA investigation into the University of Miami and incarcerated rogue booster Nevin Shapiro…

Hernandez returns to USF in diversity role
As it moves to modernize and increase diversity, the University of South Florida is welcoming back an old hand. Jose Hernandez, USF’s former director of diversity and equal opportunity from 2002 to 2008, will take the new position of chief diversity officer. He returns to USF from a stint as associate provost for institutional diversity and inclusion at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington…

New underwater feature in Lens plan still has skeptics
“I support education and information about the bay. It’s kind of apple pie and mom, but my suspicions are that it probably doesn’t have much value to improving the ecology of Tampa Bay,” said Walter Jaap, a retired Fish and Wildlife Research Institute scientist, now a consultant and honorary professor at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

Education topic at Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis luncheon
Bradenton Herald
Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, said the $40 million the Legislature restored in the state university system budget will go a long way to create degree opportunities. For example, USF Sarasota-Manatee will receive $2 million for the science laboratories the university is building in cooperation with Mote Marine Laboratory, Jones said. She also said the university on U.S. 41 in Manatee County now serves more than 4,000 students, and they hope to grow to 10,000…

Things to do and places to go in the Pensacola area
Pensacola News Journal
“If we come up with an effective way to intervene and engage employees to lead healthier lifestyles, that will pay for itself,” said Rick Harper, another keynote speaker and a University of West Florida economist.

Releases and Web Stories

IT ADDS UP: Every FAU Accounting Grad Lands A Job
BOCA RATON, FL ( — If you are looking for a sure fire way to land a job, consider enrolling in FAU‘s accounting program. Every single 2013 graduate of the school’s program has landed a job — and we’re not talking about a small class of 8 people. Nearly 100 grads are now embarking on the career of their choice…

University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Introduces KC Jones as President and 
Wall Street Journal (press release)
MIAMI, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (UMSHoF) today introduced K.C. Jones as president and named the other officers who will help guide UMSHoF through its planned renovation and expansion.

Students call experimental course on field research a big success
USFSP News Center
By all indications, an experimental environmental science course taught for the first time during the spring semester was a big success. The undergraduate selected topics course, “Field Experiential Methods,” combined time in the classroom with hands-on field research in Tampa Bay. It was designed by David Fries, director of the Ecosystems Technology Group at the College of Marine Science. “This is a terrific example of recent collaborations and expanding opportunities that exist between USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Marine Science,” said Frank Biafora, Ph.D., dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences…