State University System
Higher education task force hears raising tuition could be tough
The Florida Current
A task force studying the future of Florida’s state university system indicated Monday that it may become more difficult to get money from the state or to raise tuition so that schools here are on par with the national average. Dale Brill, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform and president of the Florida Chamber Foundation, addressed tuition in his opening remarks. He gave a presentation on five “narratives” of tuition inflation that he implied were oversimplifications…
Task force gets report on higher ed challenges
St. Augustine Record
Two veteran faculty members cautioned a newly formed task force on Monday against changing the state’s higher education system simply because a businessman — in this case, Gov. Rick Scott — believes it needs to show more value…
FAMU police chief says he, dean of students recommended that band not attend …
The former chief of the Florida A&M University police department and the school’s dean of students had both recommended that FAMU not allow the school’s famed marching band to perform at the Florida Classic in Orlando last fall because of concerns over hazing, the former chief told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday…
Debate Over James Ammons Underscores FAMU Tensions
Sunshine State News
During a brief break in a meeting last week of the Florida A&M University board of trustees, President James Ammons was weighing his options…
WGCU tower being repaired after lightning strike
Naples Daily News
A WGCU employee reached Monday was unsure when that work would finish. Less than a month ago a lightning strike to a microwave dish at Florida Gulf Coast University disrupted service to the public broadcasting station.
Questions arise on ownership of Florida Poly land
Construction has begun on a new $100 million building for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, but some are questioning whether the university has full control over the land, according to the Lakeland Ledger. The 530 acres were donated to the University of South Florida in 2003 by Williams Co. Ownership was later transferred to Florida Polytechnic. But the transfer includes a stipulation called a ”reverter clause” that could allow Williams Co. to regain ownership if the land is not exclusively used for a college campus…
The NCAA Political Correctness Witch Hunt
The NCAA relented and gave the go-ahead for Florida State University, the University of Utah, and Central Michigan University to continue using Seminole, Ute, and Chippewa, respectively, without the risk of facing the post-season ban.
Will UF’s decision to seek 9% tuition hike impact other schools?
The University of Florida‘s decision to seek a 9 percent instead of a 15 percent tuition increase was “the shot heard around the world,” the chancellor of Florida’s state university system said Monday…
$5M UF aging grant aims to help seniors stay active
Helping seniors dodge disability and age better is the aim of a $5.2 million grant the University of Florida’s Institute on Aging received last week from the National Institutes of Health, university officials …
Frank Brogan: UF Shouldn’t Limit President Search to Academic World
Sunshine State News
Brogan himself was considered to come from the nonacademic world when selected in 2003 as the president of Florida Atlantic University following five years as the state’s lieutenant governor and four year as the elected Florida Commissioner of …
Names, Social Security numbers exposed in UNF data breach
The University of North Florida has notified individuals that a computer database could have been compromised, exposing names and Social Security numbers.
UNF: Database breach might affect thousands of students
The University of North Florida has more information on the hacking on its housing website a twww.unf.edu/housing. The school has also set up a hotline, (904) 620-5499, from 9 am to 5 pm Mondays through Fridays, as well as an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, …
State College System
Pay Back Your Financial Aid
Washington Monthly (blog)
One college in Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville, is forcing students to pay back their financial aid. That tactic sure is cruel…
Largest Practical Nursing Class Graduates from Gulf Coast State College
As the demand for nurses keeps rising, more students than ever will graduate from Gulf Coast State College with a practical nursing degree. 31 students will graduate Thursday at Gulf Coast’s Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe…
SFC offering community geocache class
The Independent Florida Alligator
A new community class featuring the rapidly growing hobby of “adult treasure hunting” will begin this summer at Santa Fe College.
Independent Colleges and Universities
More than 600 graduate from Hodges
Naples Daily News
Hodges University celebrated one of its largest-ever graduating classes Sunday with a commencement ceremony that nearly filled Estero’s Germain Arena to capacity…
Lykes Gaslight Square is hot property for RNC protest groups
Planned Parenthood initially submitted an application for Plant Park at the University of Tampa, which is not available, but has since set its sights on either Centennial Park or Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Henderson: Poly twist shows need for sunshine
The Tampa Tribune You may have believed we heard the last of Florida Polytechnic when it was hijacked — uh, given its independence — from the University of South Florida. You may have even wished for that, figuring if an …
Letter: Student loan debt is creeping monster, but not everyone ought to be …
Our child earned a scholarship, used Bright Futures, Pell grants, paid tuition outright and currently participates in a program at Indian River State College in conjunction with Workforce Solutions (paid tuition/books/gas). Our child always worked: …Priscilla Tulkoff, Vero Beach
Lack of assistance for deaf not OK
Central Florida Future
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that businesses and institutions can be at fault if they fail to provide services and also for “not making reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee.” This not only applies to UCF’s Student Disability Services office but also to the Student Government Association when students must go to them for assistance with finding an interpreter or other aid pertaining to extracurricular activities…
Editorial: UF’s next leader must be aggressive advocate
The University of Florida will not find it easy to replace Bernie Machen, who as president deftly led the state’s flagship university as state government retreated on higher education…
IVF: When pregnancy becomes a project
Dr. Bernard Cantor, a professor and infertility expert at Florida International University College of Medicine, said the most common cause of infertility is the woman is not ovulating regularly, or at all…
Broward considers drafting wage-theft ordinance
Cynthia Hernandez, a researcher at FIU who has studied wage theft, said an ordinance gives the leverage needed to recover unpaid wages. “It is intimidating to go after the boss and say, ‘you owe me money.’ That person is likely to retaliate and fire you,” she said.
Abrupt dismissal of Ritz Theatre director angers some
The move highlights a broader disconnect between Brown and Jacksonville’s African-American community, said Florida State College at Jacksonville political scientist Marcella Washington.
Reducing mercury in fish will require sharp reductions in pollution, DEP says
The Florida Current
And William Landing, a chemical oceanography professor at Florida State University, said scientists cannot predict how reductions in mercury in air pollution will reduce the mercury found in fish in the Gulf of Mexico…
Hookah Use: A Rising College Trend
“No one wants to be seen smoking a cigarette, but there are a million pictures of kids blowing smoke from their mouths while smoking hookah on Facebook,” said Renee Borshchukova, a rising junior at Nova Southeastern University.
Summer Travel: Decline in Gas Prices, Job Stability Boosting Vacations
Summer tourism should be robust in the Central Florida area, said Robertico Croes of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida…
Four years later Nicole Ganguzza’s killer remains on the loose
Nicole Ganguzza, a 26-year-old newlywed and University of Central Florida graduate student, was out for an early evening jog when someone dragged her into the woods and killed her…
Florida among states hardest hit by drop in net worth
“The amount of wealth destroyed by the housing crisis was trillions of dollars, and suddenly where there was a mound of wealth, consumers saw a crater,” said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith.
Number of South Floridians on food stamps continues to hit record high
Others find low-paying or part-time work and still need food stamps to help feed their families, added Chris McCarty, director of the University of Florida’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research…
McFarlin named dean of UF journalism school
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Publisher Diane McFarlin has been named dean of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.
UF theater alum earns share of Tony glory
John Pinckard, a New York producer and University of Florida theater alumnus, was one of several co-producers who shared the Tony Award for “Clybourne Park” after the comedy-drama won best play on Sunday…
Don’t get tangled in the IPO yarn
When it comes to job creation, yes, companies do create some jobs after they go public, but nothing approaching the 900 percent growth in employment over 10 years that the University of Florida Professor Jay Ritter says a 2011 National Venture Capital Association report implies. The cumulative 10-year growth rate for IPOs, according to Ritter, is closer to 60 percent. But only 29 percent of the startups that go down the IPO path survive as public companies, according to a Kauffman Foundation report co-authored by Ritter and released in May…
VBACs are becoming more common
Gene Burkett, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and interim director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, said choosing to have a VBAC is a personal decision.
Hormone replacement therapies slowly making a comeback
“There is not one answer that fits all women because each woman’s risk is different,” said Dr. Silvina Levis, professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and director of its Osteoporosis Center.
Small Changes In Treatment Keep Stroke Patients Alive
Wall Street Journal
The systems also maintain communication with ambulance crews to speed a patient’s time to treatment, said Ralph Sacco, head of neurology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine…
JAX City councilman urges opposition of gay rights ordinance
Florida Baptist Witness
Jones deferred the question to former Jacksonville mayor and University of North Florida President John Delaney who said Equality Florida, a statewide, pro-gay activist organization prompted a local ad-hoc group to take action on the bill since Jacksonville, “unlike all of the other major cities in the state, did not have this.”
River City Marketplace has brought booming business to North Jacksonville
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason reinforced that positive perception is the key to the area’s future. “I think it is going to continue to expand as long as it is perceived that the schools are decent and that the neighborhoods are safe …
Tony Boselli backs Aaron Bean; endorsement puts him on opposite end of biz …
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Nancy Soderberg, a former National Security Council member and current University of North Florida visiting professor, is the race’s lone Democrat…
FCAT frenzy gives testing system a bad name
“I don’t know if there’s any one of the 67 state school boards that follows that law,” said Sherman Dorn, professor of education at the University of South Florida.