State University System
As funding falls, families carry heavier tuition load
For decades, Florida’s public universities were clearly public. Taxpayers covered the majority of education costs, and students and families made up the rest through tuition. But that’s changing. State university funding is dropping. Tuition is rising. The result: the burden of supporting state universities is shifting from state taxpayers to students and their families…
Grades improve for 28 Broward, Palm Beach schools after review
The state Department of Education and Florida State University reviewed data and found that 213 schools, or 8 percent statewide, should have received higher grades. That includes 17 schools in Broward County and 11 in Palm Beach County.
UCF’s DeVos Sport Business Management program celebrates 10th birthday
Then she learned about the University of Central Florida‘s DeVos Sport Business Management program. The program, part of UCF‘s College of Business Administration, allows its students to earn simultaneous master’s degrees in business administration and…
Pride of the Sunshine ready to rock London
The Pride of the Sunshine, as the UF band is called, is the only U.S. marching band invited to perform at the Summer Olympics in London. Band members were responsible for paying about $4,000 per person out of pocket or conducting fundraising efforts.
U. of Florida plans to remove newspaper racks, charge for space in new ones
Student Press Law Center
The University of Florida’s independent student newspaper is protesting a change in distribution policy that it believes could have a detrimental effect on readership and First Amendment freedom…
UF marching band heads to London to perform at Olympics
Shannon Williams knew her membership in the University of Florida marching band would take her places…
University of Florida orders removal of student newspaper racks
The University of Florida has ordered the “Independent Florida Alligator,” the student-run newspaper, to remove 19 newspaper racks from campus…
Group’s goal is to help LGBTQ youth be accepted
The response can be seen in the popular annual Coming Out Day Breakfast at the University of North Florida where more than 250 people with 20 corporate sponsors gathered last fall.
Studies abroad burnish University of South Florida degree
When new students arrive at the University of South Florida for freshman orientation this year, they’ll hear an unusual suggestion. Bring a passport. The advice reflects a growing push at USF to get students to study abroad — and a growing demand. This summer alone, USF students are in China, Colombia and Costa Rica. South Africa, Spain and Slovenia. Thailand, Tanzania, Bolivia, Jordan and more…
USF Sarasota-Manatee picks Bradenton architectural firm for marine science …
A Bradenton architectural firm was picked to design the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee instructional facilities for a marine science program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee, announced Friday the choice of Fawley-Bryant to draw up the plans for the 4,000-square-foot space in an existing three-story building. Sarasota-based Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. also was chosen to complete the build-out, Guilford said.
RNC Event Forces Cancellations at USF St. Pete
The annual freshmen convocation, move-in dates for students and watercraft at USF St. Petersburg have been canceled, changed and grounded in light of new restrictions put in placeduring the Republican National Convention Kick-Off party at Tropicana Field. On Aug. 26, 20,000 delegates and members of the media are expected at the home of the Rays for a cocktail party to kick-off the week’s RNC event, which are mostly held in Tampa Bay. The USF St. Pete campus falls within the 7.4 square mile ”Event Zone”, that was proposed by the city and approved during first-reading Thursday by City Council. Move-in for residential students had been planned for Aug. 25-26, with freshmen arriving on Saturday and returning students on Sunday. Now, all residential students will move in on a single day, Saturday, Aug. 25.
State College System
Colleges: More funding key to reaching goals
Florida’s 28 state and community colleges say they have a plan to make the state the first in the country to reach the national goal of doubling graduation rates by the year 2020 — and they think Gov. Rick Scott will back their play…
DOE Website Created to Help Florida Students Pick College
Sunshine State News
The Florida Department of Education unveiled a Web portal designed to help students as they decide on where and what to apply for at the state’s public colleges by showing what they can get out of each campus and career programs. The site doesn’t included the state’s public universities. The Smart College Choices site provides rundowns of graduation rates, post-college employment statistics and potential earnings data from each of the 28 Florida College System institutions and Florida Public School District Career Centers…
Town hall meeting held to discuss issues at FSCJ
First Coast News
Students, faculty and staff packed into a community town hall meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon to learn more about how a financial aid mistake at the school cost the learning institution at least 2.5 million dollars.
Foundation donations directed by FSCJ president were against policy
Charitable donations made by the Florida State College Foundation at the college president’s direction were against the foundation’s own policy. The nonprofit foundation funded at least $16,200 in charitable donations at the request of President Steve Wallace in 2010 and 2011. The gifts included donations to the United Way of Northeast Florida’s campaign at FSCJ that specified some money be directed back to the Florida State College Foundation; several donations to the Rotary Club, where Wallace is club president; the Jacksonville Symphony, where Wallace is an ex-officio board member; and a $5,000 donation to the Edward Waters College inaugural fund for president Nat Glover, where Wallace was on the finance committee…
DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA
What it means: The board decide whether to buy textbooks from Florida State College at Jacksonville in an amount not to exceed $150000. The textbooks will be used by county students in the Early College program.
FSCJ program readies students for college success
The Academic Success Center program at Florida State College at Jacksonville provides instruction and services designed to help Northeast Florida students — those right out of high school and adults continuing their education — become college-ready …
Want to be a pilot? GCSC can help
The News Herald
The sky is truly the limit for students of Gulf Coast State College. “From this experience you can become a private pilot and fly for your own …
Polk State gets approval to offer BS degree in criminal justice
Bay News 9
Polk State College has received approval from the State Board of Education to offer a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, the school announced Tuesday.
Appeals court: Santa Fe College must ID complaining student
The case arose after Darnell Rhea, a chairman of the Alachua County School Board in the 1990s and former adjunct professor at Santa Fe College, sued Santa …
Florida Public Schools Must Identify Students Who Submit …
Former Santa Fe College math instructor Darnell Rhea believes the school didn’t his semester-to-semester contract for part-time teaching at two campuses …
Florida appeals court: College must release name of student who …
Student Press Law Center
Darnell Rhea, a former adjunct professor of mathematics at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., brought the public records lawsuit.
Family & Friends Raise Money for Brandon M. King Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to students enrolled at Tallahassee Community College, where King was a student.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Jacksonville University search for athletic director narrowing
The search for the next Jacksonville University director of athletics has been narrowed to four finalists, with a decision possible by next week.
Obama cancels Rollins College rally in light of Colorado shooting
Central Florida News 13
The deadly shootings in Colorado forced President Obama to cancel his campaign appearance at Rollins College on Friday. As expected there was a since of disappointment on the schools campus, but the feelings of being let down have been overshadowed sadness for the community of Aurora, Colorado.
Obama cancels Winter Park trip because of movie massacre
President Barack Obama expressed shock and sadness about the deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater before canceling his campaign stop today at Rollins College in Winter Park.
Supporters disappointed after Obama cancels Rollins speech
It was a disappointing end to a Friday that began with people outside a Rollins College gym waiting to listen to a campaign speech given by President Barack Obama.
Streamlining Processes Saves Colleges Money
Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, F., has digitized its employee action form documents that are used at 17 centers in seven states.
Tough Times for Colleges—and College Towns
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The University of Miami’s medical school endured $21 million in federal cuts and eliminated 550 positions in recent years.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
President’s exit clears way for FAMU reforms
Daytona Beach News-Journal
With James Ammons’ departure as president, Florida A&M University finally is wiping the slate clean in its effort to deal with the hazing death of marching band drum major Robert Champion…
What Is Your College President Reading This Summer?
Donald Eastman, president of Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, Florida will be reading two recent books critiquing the current status of higher education in America: Andrew Delbanco’s College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Andrew Rosen’s Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy (Kaplan, 2011)…Eckerd‘s Eastman hopes to find time for Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel (Henry Holt and Co., 2012), on the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco, 2012), a retelling of theIliad… Not one president mentioned plans to read 50 Shades of Grey. But maybe they just wouldn’t admit it.
Obama talks FAMU hazing on campaign trail
President Barack Obama weighed in this week on a hazing incident at Florida A&M University which attracted national attention and resulted in the death of a band member. Following a campaign appearance in the state on Thursday, CNN affiliate WCTV in Jacksonville caught up with the president who commented on last November’s death of band member Robert Champion. Champion was badly beaten on a band bus after a football game in Orlando. ”Well, obviously the loss of that young man’s life is heartbreaking. I think that we can’t tolerate bullying of any sort, anywhere. And when we send our young people to college we expect them to be there to learn and to get a great experience, not to be beaten. So, you know, I’m pleased this has gotten attention,” said Obama, adding that while tradition is something to be continued, “We don’t need this kind of bullying to be a part of it.”
Unique Mechanism Identified in Bacteria as Potential Target for Developing New …
Infection Control Today
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine have identified a unique mechanism in bacteria that has the potential to serve as a target for developing new antibiotics for diseases such as AIDS and soft tissue infections including respiratory and urogenital tracts, which are currently difficult to treat. The results of these findings were published in an article titled “Novel One-step Mechanism for tRNA 3’-End Maturation by the Exoribonuclease RNase of Mycoplasma gentialium” in the current issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Co-authors of the article are Ravi K. Alluri, a pre-doctoral student in the department of biomedical science and Zhongwei Li, PhD, associate professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
People on the move
Andrew Duffell, president and chief executive officer of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, was appointed to The Association of University Research Parks board of directors…
Friedman remembered as a fair, thoughtful councilman and friend
Robert “Bob” Friedman, 71, who died July 11, will be remembered by many as an eminently fair and thoughtful member of the Jupiter Town Council since 2005. For others, he was a husband, father and grandfather, neighbor and friend, who had a passion for the sea and for boating that both restored his energy and rejuvenated his spirit. His first interaction with the Town of Jupiter was in his role as the architect for Florida Atlantic University at its new campus in Jupiter.
NCAA to reveal sanctions against PSU on Monday
“In one sense, I don’t have a lot of trust or respect for the NCAA as an institution to get things like this right,” said Howard Wasserman, a law professor at Florida International University.
Private student loan debt skyrocketing, study finds — but not in Southwest Florida
Naples Daily News
The number of students with private loans is low at Southwest Florida institutions. At Hodges University, vice president of financial services Joe Gilchrist said private loans amounted to only about $49,000 of a total of $21 million in student aid for the 2011-12 year.
To Double Dip or Not
New York Times
Fifteen is “ridiculous,” says Lauren Berger, the self-titled “Intern Queen,” who completed 15 as an undergraduate at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida. “I would never tell students to do that many.”
Obama faces uphill battle to win repeat victory in Florida
Lance deHaven-Smith, a professor of political science at Florida State University, said the Obama campaign is counting on picking up votes in the two areas of the state. “If the president comes close to winning Jacksonville or winning Jacksonville, he will win the state,” deHaven-Smith said. And while he acknowledged that there’s been “a lot of disappointment” in Obama, which in turn leads to low turnout, he added, “I wouldn’t underestimate Obama. “He’s got a climb — there’s no doubt about it — but he’s also a great campaigner,” he said.
‘Bill’ Jones dies; started FSU’s African-American studies program
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
But no one questioned the affection and concern for people of William “Bill” Jones, the founding director of Florida State University’s African American Studies program.
Storm Season Revives State-Run Property Insurance Debate
Residents with no other options turned to the Florida Legislature, which created a state-run insurance company called Citizens. Florida State University business professor Patrick Maroney explains, Citizens was conceived as a so-called “residual market” option for homeowners in the most risk-prone areas. Another example of residual market insurance is the more expensive auto-insurance policies for drivers with a few tickets. Maroney says, “It wasn’t the same policy as you would get in the general market, and the premiums were higher. So residual markets are generally markets of last resort. And that’s really what Citizens was designed originally to do.”
Three Good Ideas From Thursday’s Senate Committee Hearing on …
Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President of Tallahassee Community College in Florida, had a similar message. His college made a decision to hold tuition steady this year, while looking for every way possible to increase efficiency in operations and instruction. They are determined that any future tuition increases will only be used to implement strategies proven to increase completion and job placement…
Bye, birdie? Extinction looms for Florida sparrow
“This seems to be the most highly imperiled bird in all of mainland North America,” said Reed Noss, a biology professor at the University of Central Florida. “At the present rate of decline, it’s going to be extinct in as few as three years..
Glimmers of growth on Florida’s Space Coast after shuttle shutdown
That opened what Sean Snaith, an economist and director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness, described as “a pretty big crater” in the region’s economy.
Could swing state unemployment spell trouble for Obama?
Los Angeles Times
“Today’s employment report reveals the problematic arithmetic of continuing to bring down the unemployment rate,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida.
Interstate 75 crash claimed life of 17-year-old UF student on her way home to …
Aria Karina Curad Mallari had a lot to be happy about Friday afternoon as she sat behind the wheel of her Honda Civic in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 75. The 17-year-old had just finished her first set of summer classes at the University of Florida, where she was getting a head start on a pre-med degree. At home in Pinellas Park, a celebration awaited as her mother and brother prepared a feast of barbecue and Filipino food. It was supposed to be a birthday party. On Wednesday, Mallari would have turned 18…
Supplement your wine, chocolate
Well, more specifically resveratrol — found in red grapes — and dark chocolate have been cited for reducing cardiac risk factors, says Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance.
Coming soon to a race near you: The PAC attack
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The push for such committees to involve themselves in local races is a national trend, University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus said. “It’s a tangled web that’s almost impossible for someone to figure out,” MacManus said.
Big-money sheriff’s campaign is raising questions
His chief opponent and former clerk Scott Ellis has no documented donations from employees. “It doesn’t look right, but under the law, it’s constitutional,” said Susan MacManus, a political scientist and professor at University of South Florida.
Colorado tragedy brings presidential race rhetoric to a halt
“They had no choice,” said Susan MacManus, a political analyst and political science professor at the University of South Florida. “It was such a heinous crime. Any kind of politics would have been denigrating.”
Hillsborough has free health plan for poor despite governor’s plans
The political debate may have a silver lining, said advisory board member Donna Peterson, Dean of the USF College of Public Health. Hillsborough residents scrambling for coverage may find an affordable option they didn’t know existed. ”We may find by virtue of all the noise that we will see a significant increase,” she said.
Clinics to aid in vaccine rush
Concerns about tuberculosis prompted the University of South Florida last week to strengthen its immunization rules, said Judi Sherman, assistant director of quality and compliance at USF’s Student Health Services.
Medicaid expansion spurs debate in Florida
“That’s the most expensive form of care,” said Jay Wolfson, a health policy expert at the University of South Florida. And when they leave with hefty bills they can’t pay, hospitals end up absorbing large amounts of uncompensated, or “charity” care.
Names and faces: news about business people in Manatee and Sarasota counties
Rick Smith of CS&L CPAs has been reappointed to the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee Campus Board of Trustees…
War mystery outlives woman in news photo
Gary Mormino, a historian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg who teaches a summer class on World War II, learned of the 1945 news story in June after a student discovered it while scrolling through microfilm.
Releases and Web Stories
Researchers Use Twitter to Identify Psychopaths
In a world where social media is progressively becoming more important to the mainstream,researchers have now used Twitter to determine whether a user is a psychopath. A group of folks from the Online Privacy Foundation and Florida Atlantic University, with some help from data-competition website Kaggle, have come up with a way to mathematically determine if a Twitter user tends toward the more psychopathic. Cue the mass protection of Twitter accounts…
IRSC Technology Institutes providing information
Indian River State College Advanced Technology Institutes provide hands-on training and comprehensive knowledge in the most growth-oriented fields of the future: robotics and photonics, cyber security, digital media and graphic design.
IRSC offers new course in consumer economics
Treasure Coast residents can make sense of economics and how it affects their lives through a new course in consumer economics to be offered by Indian River State College.
America’s Largest Coral Reef Research Center Grand Opening on Sept. 27
Newswise (press release)
Where: Nova Southeastern University’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, Hollywood, FL. What: Grand Opening of NSU’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research.
Santa Fe College Welcomes New Police Officers
Santa Fe College
Two new Santa Fe College Police Officers will be patrolling SF. Officers Richard Smith and Michael Richardson recently completed two and a half months of field training where they shadowed and learned from other members of the Santa Fe College Police …
College for Kids – Exciting Things Are Happening!
Santa Fe College
This program offers both academic and recreational classes using the facilities available on Santa Fe College’s NW campus. The goal of the CFK program is to introduce young students to the college environment while providing them with fun, challenging …
Reaching Out – Magnificently
University of South Florida
The Confucius Institute at the University of South Florida is one of three in the U.S. and one of 15 worldwide rated “Magnificent CI” – Meili Kong Yuan, in Chinese – by Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters.