Blue Ribbon Task Force on Higher Education Reform: Monday, June 25
Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees Meeting: Monday June 25
State University System
Scott’s Fla. higher education panel meeting again
Florida State University President Eric Barron is facing a big selling job. Barron is appearing Monday before Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education overhaul task force to talk about tuition flexibility and university pre-eminence.
Rick Scott’s influence over colleges grows
Gov. Rick Scott’s influence over Florida’s state colleges and universities is growing as more of his appointees begin to dominate the boards that run those schools. But as Scott’s newly appointed trustees clash with State College of Florida President Lars Hafner in Manatee County, some question whether the governor’s effort to revamp higher education, bringing more business-like practices to the system, will cause more chaos than good…
Rick Scott Roundly Unhappy With University Tuition Hikes
Sunshine State News
Gov. Rick Scott must have gotten a surprise Thursday. Though he didn’t say if he would step in to unilaterally take corrective action, he at least let it be known that he’s disappointed. A day after Scott said he would be surprised if the 17-member state Board of Governors, of which the governor appoints 14, would approve “significant” tuition hikes for the state’s 11 universities, four were given the maximum increase allowed. The four are Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, University of Central Florida and New College.
Employes move into $64 million Max Planck Florida Institute in Jupiter
The 80 employees of the Max Planck Florida Institute move into their new $64 million building this week, the latest step in a high-stakes effort to turn northern Palm Beach County into a biotech hub bustling with high-paying jobs… Max Planck scientists — including Nobel Prize winner Bert Sakmann — worked from labs owned by Florida Atlantic University while their permanent home was under construction. The institute’s work in Jupiter focuses on neuroscience.
Title IX Anniversary: FGCU moving past 2008 lawsuit
Naples Daily News
The gender-equity lawsuit against FGCU was spurred by a 16-page letter from Merrily Dean Baker to then-interim FGCU President Richard Pegnetter that outlined issues like a women’s coach not being invited to play poker with male coaches and administrators, and water temperature in showers, to more serious claims of larger sexual harassment and disparate treatment of female athletes and coaches…
FIU will have highest tuition among Florida’s universities after …
Florida International University will have the highest undergraduate tuition among the state’s public universities — $4,669 per year for a normal course load — as a result of increases approved by the Board of Governors, according to figures released Friday by the State University System.
$1 Million Donated to New Building Campaign for FSU College of Business
A $1 million gift to the Florida State University College of Business from Dollar Tree Inc. President and CEO Bob Sasser and his wife, Pam, will kick-start the college’s $65 million campaign for a new building…
Readers ask: What about WMFE-UCF deal?
WMFE, the former provider of PBS in Central Florida, plans to sell the license for TV’s Channel 24 to the University of Central Florida. The UCF Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the deal Monday. Then the Federal Communications Commission must give its approval…
Rick Scott: EA Sports/UCF Deal Keeps Florida Talent at Home
Sunshine State News
EA Sports, the creator of sports video games including Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA, is partnering with the University of Central Florida to provide student internship opportunities that could build up the Orlando digital industry and lead to employment with the gaming giant…
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, USF launch neuroscience institute
But a new partnership between the University of South Florida and the hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, has given birth to the Neuroscience Institute…
New USF therapy may ease PTSD
For University of South Florida researchers studying the effectiveness of a new therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, these are promising times. They’ve just published the results of an initial study that indicates the treatment, accelerated resolution therapy, seems to work.
State College System
BCC, UCF intend to dissolve TV deal
WUCF’s current broadcast license is held by Brevard Community College’s public TV station, WBCC. If approved, the sale ends the partnership between the …
Edison State College Is Placed on Probation by Accreditor
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)
Edison State College, a perennially troubled four-year college in Florida, has been placed on probation by its accreditor, according to The News-Press. The sanction, which comes after a faculty no-confidence vote and an announcement that the president will resign, will last for a year…
Edison State College put on probation
Edison State College officially placed on probation.
Prospective Edison students sound off on attending the college
Is Edison State College’s probation status affecting students’ decision to study there? Some share their opinion during an open house.
Students, parents get tour of Edison’s new dorm as rooms begin …
Naples Daily News
Avrie Dawson hasn’t yet decided where she wants to go to college. But a Saturday morning tour of Edison State College‘s new dormitories scored the Southwest Florida school some points…
Edison State College students know fix is needed
Told her school had been placed on academic probation, Edison State College freshman Asia Riley put her hands on her hips and shook her head...
Edison State Turmoil Earns College 12 Months Probation
An accrediting group is putting Edison State College on probation for 12 months.
FSCJ paying company $75000 to review college’s operations
The Florida State College at Jacksonville board of trustees voted today to hire MGT of America Inc. to conduct a third-party review of college operations for $75,000…
President Obama at Hillsborough Community College:
More Stringent Requirements Send Nurses Back to School
New York Times
A handful of community colleges have won permission to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing — notably Miami Dade College, one of the nation’s largest…
College trustees approve 2.5 percent tuition increase
Crestview News Bulletin
The governing Board of Trustees of Northwest Florida State College voted to approve a 2.5 percent tuition increase that will result in about $183 in extra annual cost for a full- time associate degree student and an additional $279 per academic year for a full-time bachelor’s degree student…
Grant to help needy kids in Delray get Internet access
For families that receive the refurbished computers in Delray Beach, the TED Center will provide training, and a help desk will be set up with Florida Atlantic University or Palm Beach State College to provide troubleshooting assistance, McDuffie said…
SCF’s Hafner has uphill fight for his job
Lars Hafner arrived with a whirlwind of ideas, and the verve to execute them, when he was appointed president of Manatee Community College in 2008. But at almost every step, the pace of change and Hafner’s failure to get community support for his aggressive agenda created waves in Southwest Florida. The abrupt name change to State College of Florida angered prominent community members who wanted “Manatee” to stay in the name.
Independent Colleges and Universities
B-CU gets $50000 grant for scholarships
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach has been awarded a $50000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation…
TEDx International Space University Gathering at FIT
The lectures will take place in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Institute of Technology campus…
For JU choreography students, White Oak Plantation offers a ‘refuge …
The three-year-old JU program is a low-residency program designed to help dance professionals earn master’s degrees in choreography without significantly delaying their careers…
Hanbury lays out NSU growth plans
South Florida Business Journal
After his first full year on the job, Nova Southeastern University President George Hanbury II has laid out ambitious growth plans for the school’s student population, research and buildings…
List of events canceled due to Tropical Storm Debby
Bay News 9
STETSON COLLEGE OF LAW: Classes are cancelled and Stetson University College of Law‘s Gulfport and Tampa campuses are closed on Monday, June 25.
Jackson’s reinvention in the making
The relationship with the University of Miami’s stellar medical school was archaic. Few doctors wanted to work here, and few patients wanted to come here.
For Profit and Career Colleges
Florida Career College Assists Fast Train Students
With this week’s closing of all seven Fast Train College locations in the state, Florida Career College has invited students formerly enrolled at Fast Train …
Wal-Mart plans Neighborhood Market near Full Sail campus
Orlando Business Journal
… this year on a new estimated $8.4 million, 42000-square-foot Neighborhood Market store near Full Sail University…
New Northwood University president back to his roots at campus …
Palm Beach Post
As the new president of Northwood University-Florida, Tom Duncan plans to help grow the campus, which has about 700 students and specializes in managerial …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Governor’s position on tuition runs contrary to state investment in …
In lobbying the Florida Board of Governors this week to reject requests from the state’s 12 public universities for tuition increases, Gov. Rick Scott stated his desire for Florida to be No. 1 in affordability. Coming on the heels of this year’s $300 million cut in university funding by the state, a measure the governor signed into law, Scott’s position on tuition is quite contradictory. How can the state expect to produce an affordable, quality education by cutting its investment?
Our Opinion: Finding compromise
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
College is a commodity. And, as with anything you can buy or sell, consumers — students and parents, in this case — sometimes get ripped off. A new effort by the Obama administration to shed light on the cost of attendance on a school-by-school basis is a much-needed step toward minimizing the debt incurred by the nation’s best and brightest. In this era of skyrocketing tuition, giving students and parents the ability to lift the veil and see exactly how much they are paying — and to plan for it — is a positive objective in a nation where new college graduates are struggling to find work. College and university presidents should commit to this plan….
Letter: Women of 2012
Naples Daily News
Why should a women’s health care depend on where she works? It was no surprise that Ave Maria University responded by dropping the offer of student health-care insurance altogether…Karen Wade, Naples
Editorial: Edison State College
Naples Daily News
We knew the problems facing Edison State College were serious.
Parker: What we need to know about voting
Naples Daily News
Florida is a closed primary state, so generally only registered members of a political party may vote in that party’s primary election.… [Sandy] Parker held executive positions in accounting, investor relations and corporate finance during a 26-year corporate career. She is a former president of the League of Women Voters of Collier County and currently lectures on Florida government at the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University.
Editorial: Opening the books on college costs
Several universities, university systems and colleges — including Florida’s Miami Dade College — already have pledged to provide this information starting in …
Letter: Gulf Coast State College: Start here, go anywhere
The News Herald
As planning for the fall term begins, this is an appropriate time to share some of Gulf Coast State College’s accomplishments from the past academic year…Jim Kerley is president of Gulf Coast State College…
New Voices: Every Knight needs a villain — bring on the USF Bulls
While most of college football does the off-season shuffle, speculating whether schools like Florida State will jump conferences and spur nationwide realignment, University of Central Florida fans have found solid ground to stand on. Something they have eyeballed for years. The War on I-4— the gridiron series between UCF and the University of South Florida — is back. Thanks to the Big East’s acquisition of several Conference USA schools, including Central Florida, these cross-road teams share more than an interstate…
Opinion: How South Florida can lure new talent
When I tried to get housing at the University of Miami, though, I was told that it was only for students enrolled in summer classes…Alejandro Bolívar, a senior at Duke University, is a summer intern at The Miami Herald.
Letters from readers: President’s actions and the rule of law
The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, former city mayors, former City Council presidents, The Jacksonville Civic Council, human resources professionals, the former CEO of Acosta, the CEO of Baptist Health and the president of the University of North Florida have publicly stated that no one in Jacksonville should be discriminated against, including the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents…Laura Lane, Jacksonville
Audio: Four decades of Title IX
40 years ago, the face of intercollegiate athletics changed as title IX was enacted. This legislation forced colleges to give women’s sports the same benefits as men’s. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Corey Brooks spoke with the athletics director at the College of Central Florida about the effects of this legislation, and the growth of women’s sports as a result.
Presidential candidates crank up push for Hispanic support
“It’s becoming a swing vote,” explained Dario Moreno, political science professor at Florida International University. Moreno said Hispanics might be the “deciding factor” in four states — Florida, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.
Business owners embrace their faith
Businesses tend to take the religious route when “markets are mature and companies are trying to get an edge,” said Dileep Rao, clinical professor of entrepreneurship at Florida International University‘s College of Business in Miami…
College chief Tyree ends his run
After two and a half years of trying to right the ship, President Larry Tyree leaves Florida Keys Community College on Monday, making way to incoming …
MOSH hosts a ‘geek gathering’ on Sci-Fi Day
Mike Reynolds, dean of liberal arts at Florida State College at Jacksonville, even gave a presentation in the museum’s planetarium about the many instances where futuristic technology in science fiction books, movies and even cartoons have become reality.
GCSC names new Gulf/Franklin director
The News Herald
Gulf Coast State College announced Loretta Costin as the new director of the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe beginning Monday…
Florida students not ready, and it’s costing us: State pays the fifth highest amount in the country for remedial studies, a study says
About 50 percent of Hodges University’s incoming freshmen take remedial courses. “Their writing scores are always an issue,” said Rita Lampus, Hodges’ vice president for student enrollment management. “We have two levels of English remedial courses and one level of math to get them up to speed.”
Small Biz Notes: Website designer offers, free services
That strategy works fine as long as the business making the pitch can cover its costs and then some, said Aysegul Timur, a professor at Hodges University …
Will new jobs hatch in North Brevard?
Gordon Hogan, the director of UCF’s business incubation program, has met with Titusville leaders twice. With 10 incubators already operating around Central Florida, the university is offering to provide the city an incubator similar to its others, assuming someone can come up with that quarter of a million dollars and about $200,000 a year to keep it operating.
Tourists finding their way back
Abraham Pizam, the dean of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, said the tourism industry in general, like the overall economy, was in the doldrums for the last few years before its recent recovery. In fact, he said, tourism appears to be recovering stronger than many other industries…
Orlando hotels trail Florida, US in May growth
“I would’ve expected Orlando to at least keep pace with the Florida gains, and we’re not doing that,” said Scott Smith, a lodging instructor in the University of Central Florida‘s Rosen College of Hospitality Management…
London 2012: Swimmer Ryan Lochte, on verge of leap into the deep …
Ryan Lochte finished his career at the University of Florida six years ago, but never really left campus, never said a firm good-bye to his youth…
Son Of World’s Richest Drug Dealer Arrested. How Long Until His …
Forbes first ranked El Chapo among the World’s Billionaires in 2009 after extensive research and numerous talks with DEA officials, analysts and others. One of our sources, Bruce Bagley, chairman of international studies at the University of Miami, described him at the time as a “sociopath willing to engage in high levels of violence, but skillful in managing turbulent waters.”
US plans more drone flights over Caribbean
Los Angeles Times
We have no systematic evidence on how effective they are,” said Bruce Bagley, who studies U.S. counter-narcotics efforts at the University of Miami…
Rise of the zombie flesh-eaters
Addiction expert Dr Deborah Mash of University of Miami says the problem should chill people to the bone. She said: “This is almost like a science fiction episode where someone creates a dangerous molecule and it is released into the public. The results are terrifying in the extreme.”
Former UM star Viola earns spot in Olympics
Brittany Viola, the former University of Miami star and daughter of 1988 Cy Young Award winning pitcher Frank Viola, won the women’s 10-meter platform..
Obama money targets First Coast airwaves, but GOP isn’t concerned
“Jacksonville residents have a front-row seat for presidential election battle,” said Matt Corrigan, head of University of North Florida’s Political Science department, who wrote a book about Jacksonville politics. He said he has never seen Democrats come out so early in the city. “There is no doubt the Obama folks are targeting Jacksonville,” he said…
National leader in personalized medicine heads new institute at …
Imagine being able to use a person’s unique genetic code to find the right treatment for heart failure, asthma or even the dreaded common cold. That’s the focus of Dr. Stephen Liggett, one of the newest additions to the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine…
Gov. Scott shows more polish, but his record has many contradictions
“The problem is, he just can’t connect well with people,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor…
Rising seas mean shrinking South Florida future, experts say
University of South Florida oceanographer Gary Mitchum said data from worldwide tide gauges suggest the sea level rise might be speeding up …
He’s done USF students right
Around a corner and out of sight in the old administration building at the University of South Florida is a place that Samuel Wright believes offers salvation to students in trouble. It’s USF’s Student Ombudsman’s office, where Wright hears the needs, frustrations and fears of students who often have nowhere else to go…
Releases and Web Stories
Modernizing Medicine Named No. 1 in the South Florida Business …
MarketWatch (press release)
BOCA RATON, FL, Jun 22, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Modernizing Medicine, the creator of Electronic Medical Assistant(TM) (EMA), a cloud-based specialty-specific EMR application, announced today that it has been named the number one fastest growing company by the South Florida Business Journal (SFBJ) in its ‘Fast 50.’…Modernizing Medicine recently celebrated its move to its new headquarters in Boca Raton, FL. The team hosted an open house in its new 15,000-square-foot facility, welcoming over 200 guests including Andrew Duffell, President & CEO at Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, other FAU faculty members, doctors, customers, industry leaders and vendors…
Fitch Rates University of Central Florida’s 2012A Parking Facility …
Business Wire (press release)
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitch Ratings assigns an ‘AA-’ rating to $7.4 million parking facility revenue bonds series 2012A, to be issued by the State of Florida Board of Governors. The bonds will be issued on behalf of the University of Central Florida (UCF). The series 2012A bonds are expected to be sold competitively as early as the first week of July 2012. Proceeds will be used to construct a 1,080 space parking garage and pay issuance costs…
The University of South Florida and American Well to Bring Telehealth to Seniors Living at The Villages Retirement Community
MarketWatch (press release)
THE VILLAGES, Fla. and BOSTON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — American Well(TM) today announced a partnership with USF Health at the University of South Florida to increase access to quality primary and specialty care to the residents of The Villages, the country’s largest Over-55 residential community in the United States…