State University System
Governor says he wants Florida universities to be No. 1 in affordability
The Florida Current
The Florida Board of Governors is caught in the middle. Gov. Rick Scott, who appoints 14 members to the board that oversees the State University System, opposes tuition increases. However, nine of the 11 state universities want permission to raise rates by 15 percent, the most they can request by law.
Governor urges state universities to lead nation in affordability
In case state universities hadn’t gotten the message yet, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday hammered home his concern about rising tuition before the university system’s governing body considers another round of tuition increases…
Drafting The Three-Volume Plan For Florida’s Universities
Florida’s Board of Governors plan for the future is a trilogy. Most states have long-term goals and an accountability plan to make sure everyone follows through. But Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor of the State University System, says it’s the middle volume that could be the most interesting as the board meets at the University of Central Florida this week…
Florida Gov. Scott stresses affordability in remarks to Board of …
Gov. Rick Scott warned the Florida Board of Governors to tread carefully this week as they consider tuition requests that would boost the cost of going to most public universities by up to 15 percent…
Scott to BOG: We need to be #1 in college affordability
Florida Governor Rick Scott repeated his opposition to tuition increases before the Board that oversees the state’s public universities. Scott addressed the Board of Governor’s during its luncheon Tuesday, saying he wants universities to keep costs low. Scott’s comments come as the board weigh tuition proposals from most of the state’s universities.
FAMU President James Ammons Criticized Over Hazing Death
Florida A&M University president James Ammons is under intense scrutiny after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in November 2011. Last week, eight of the 12 sitting members on the board of trustees supported a no-confidence vote against Ammons…
Max Planck moves into Jupiter facility – slideshow
South Florida Business Journal
The Max Planck Society has started moving into its permanent Jupiter campus as it aims to become part of a major research hub in northern Palm Beach County. The German nonprofit has been building the 100,000-square-foot biomedical research facility for two years thanks to $190 million in state and local funding. It has been operating temporarily in a building on Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter campus, which also hosts its new building and a campus of the Scripps Research Institute…
FAU approves 15 percent tuition increase
Florida Atlantic University plans to seek a hefty tuition increase for the fall, despite growing concerns about the rising costs of a college.
Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees vote to suspend classes at Treasure Coast Campus
The Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees voted this morning to suspend classes at the Treasure Coast campus in Port Saint Lucie. Classes will be suspended within two weeks, on July 1.
FGCU trustees approve 14 percent tuition increase, saving students …
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University students will keep a few extra dollars in their wallets next year, after the school’s board of trustees voted to increase tuition by 14 percent — 1 percent less than the hike recommended by administrators…
FGCU trustees approve tuition increase
Florida Gulf Coast University trustees have approved a tuition hike proposal that will have students paying up to 14 percent more for their degree.
Concerns on Ownership of Florida Poly Property Settled
There’s no need to move the heavy equipment from the site where a $100 million building is being constructed for Florida Polytechnic University. A problem with ownership documents for the land is on its way to resolution…
FSU’s Barron laments “brain drain” of faculty to other schools
Four years of budget cuts have led to faculty and staff layoffs and program closures. FSU President Eric Barron says it’s also led schools such as the University of North Texas, to pick off FSU faculty…
UF assertive in expanding its online course offerings
More than 6,700 students are now enrolled in the University of Florida’s growing online programs, which generated more than $66 million in gross revenue this fiscal year…
USF breaks ground on new golf facility
Starting this fall, members of the University of South Florida golf teams will finally be able to shower between practice and class…
State College System
Problem arises for vets job training program
A problem has arisen for a veterans’ training program expected to launch July 1: Classes at community colleges in 18 states and territories will not be covered because those schools also provide bachelors’ degrees…For example, 23 of Florida’s 28 community colleges are not eligible for VRAP, the chancellor of the Florida College System has warned…
Colleges may scale back dual enrollment programs
WTSP 10 News
As college tuition continues to rise, parents and students wonder how to afford a college education. More and more high school students are taking advantage of a program that allows them to go to college for free while attending high school, but some colleges are thinking of cutting back the dual enrollment program due to a lack of funding…
Bag Found at Stun Gun Scene at Brevard Community College in Cocoa
Yesterday, an Administrative Assistant at the Brevard Community College Cocoa Campus Library was attacked and tasered by an unidentified male.
Woman tased at Cocoa campus
Central Florida Future
Police are still searching for a man who tased a Brevard Community College employee over three times at the UCF regional Cocoa campus…
BCC budget holds tuition steady, hoists staff pay
Student tuition at Brevard Community College will remain the same next school year, many employees will receive a raise, and the college not only expects to end the year in the black, but its reserves should grow…
King Center theater shortfall: $297000
Up to $310,000 may be drawn from the King Center for the Performing Arts endowment to cover shortfalls this fiscal year, helping pay a deficit that’s estimated at $297,000 but — with one show left on the calendar — could grow higher. The losses are expected to bring the King Center’s endowment to $2.5 million. Below $2 million is considered a crisis situation, as additional losses could threaten Brevard Community College’s budget if the center’s endowment is drained. The college is ultimately responsible for the King Center’s finances…
Daytona State proposes fee hike for bachelor’s degrees
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College is looking at increasing its tuition for bachelor’s degrees by 5 percent but keeping certificate and associate degree tuition at the same level…
Daytona State College slates information sessions on academic programs
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona State College is hosting a series of Showcase Nights in June designed for recent high school graduates and anyone interested in getting a leg up on careers and academic programs…
Hundreds wait in line for free ticket to Pres. Obama’s Tampa event
Bay News 9
The President will be speaking at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and you must have a ticket to attend.
St. Petersburg College hikes tuition,
St. Petersburg College trustees raised the cost of tuition Tuesday, but not as much as college administrators had proposed. They also rejected a set of floor plans for the new Midtown Educational Center to be built in St. Petersburg…
Independent College and University System
The tale of two Catholic universities, and Obamacare
Two Catholic universities, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Ave Maria University, recently announced that they will drop their student health-care plans for the coming year. The schools also announced that they will no longer require students to have health insurance…
The University Of Tampa Is Requiring All Freshmen To Take A Class …
The University Of Tampa Is Requiring All Freshmen To Take A Class On The Republican Convention This Fall…
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Homeless Man Has Found An Obscure Florida Law Offering Him …
But his top picks, Valencia College and Full Sail University, have so far not accepted his applications. Full Sail is exempt from state law as it’s a private institution…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Put the brakes on state university tuition hikes
The Orlando Sentinel editorial board thinks the Florida Board of Governors shouldn’t rubber stamp requests for 15 percent tuition hikes from the state’s public …
Henningsen: College misrepresented
The June 16 Sun article regarding funding received from the federal government and Joan Stearns’ employment progression at the college is a misrepresentation of the facts and warrants clarification…
Stilley: Despite student loan burden, college degree still well worth the investment; selection of major a crucial consideration
Soaring student loan debt is raising red flags for economists, who warn that it could be “the next debt bomb” to derail the fragile recovery. U.S. student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark, surpassing what is owed on credit cards and auto loans…Robert J. Stilley, chairman of Florida Atlantic University‘s board of trustees, is a Jupiter resident and president/CEO of HeartCare Imaging Inc.
Weatherford: Taking higher education online
For the past several years, elected officials around the nation have been seeking ways to stimulate job growth as our nation’s economy continues to recover. While economic development incentives, a lower tax burden and a business-friendly regulatory system are helpful, there is perhaps no more effective tool in a state’s economic toolbox than a quality education.
Four candidates to be interviewed for president’s position at ACTC
Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall has announced the names of four candidates to be interviewed for the position of president at Ashland Community and Technical College. The four candidates include: … Dr. John Holdnak, vice chancellor for financial policy, Florida College System …
Daytona State College president lauded for peacemaker role
Daytona Beach News-Journal
When Carol Eaton took on the president’s job at Daytona State College, one of her top priorities was restoring the college’s reputation in the community following fallout from a failed music festival…
FAMU Professor gets US patent for drug discovery
WTXL ABC 27
Seth Ablordeppey, a Florida A&M University (FAMU) professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a United States patent (No. 8,158,646) for extensive modifications to the drug Cryptolepine. Preliminary tests indicate the drug will be effective at treating infections commonly found in HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, and organ transplant patients. In addition, it has fewer side effects than several currently used drugs…
FIT Professor Earns Patent for Laser-Based Skin Cancer Detection …
Florida Institute of Technology Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Kunal Mitra has been issued a patent for a laser-based skin cancer …
Miami prosecutors: No proof that Cuba is involved in Medicare …
But Florida International University law professor José Gabilondo said he was unconvinced by the prosecutor’s allegations, in part because Cuba charges steep fees on dollar transactions. Launderers who possibly diverted $63 million to Cuba would have lost 10 percent off the top. “Why would they want to lose $6 million?” said Gabilondo, who has studied the Cuban banking system.
FSCJ investigation finds top administrator violated board rules with …
An investigation of a Florida State College at Jacksonville executive found that he violated several college rules when he worked a second job as a top official at a New Jersey college. Donald Green, the executive vice president at FSCJ, asked his assistants to handle his time cards, expense reports and travel for his work as a temporary senior vice president between May 2010 and April 2011 at Essex County College in Newark, N.J. He also had just finished selling Essex an FSCJ online course development and textbook program as he began his consulting work…
Bootcamp provides training, a next step for injured vets
Randy Blass, executive director at Florida State University’s Center for Veteran Outreach, was quick to respond when a friend suggested a way to help disabled veterans. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities would help veterans disabled after 9/11 start and manage their own businesses…
FSU Player Arrested For Shoplifting
A baseball player with Florida State University, in Omaha for the College World Series, was arrested for shoplifting at Scheels. Omaha Police confirm that 19-year-old John Holland and 23-year-old Steve Holland were arrested Monday afternoon.
The High Costs Of High Security At Supermax Prisons
But Dan Mears, a criminologist at Florida State University, says it’s unclear whether Supermax prisons actually reduce violence in the general prison population. He argues states typically built them without a clear sense of which inmates were causing problems. ”You remove a gang member or a gang leader from a facility and put him in, say, Tamms,” Mears explains. “It’s not like the organization they belong to disappears. Someone else steps up to the plate, and it’s more than conceivable that all the gang activity remains the same as it was prior to removing the gang leader.”
Tampa mayor will hand out tickets to Obama campaign stop
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will personally hand out tickets this afternoon to those planning to attend President Barack Obama’s campaign stop at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College on Friday.
PBSC hires new VP of student services
Palm Beach Post
Dr. Peter Barbatis, who has been a community college administrator for 20 years in Florida, Texas, California and New York, has joined Palm Beach State College as the new vice president of student services and enrollment management…
Thirteenth sheriff of Palm Beach County, Charles McCutcheon passes away
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has announced the passing of former sheriff Charles McCutcheon…He was adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments of the Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University.
Teen with 3-foot fishing spear in skull poses dilemma for doctors
Los Angeles Times
“It could be a complete recovery,” said Dr. Ross Bullock, a neurosurgeon at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. “That is so rare.”
Man suspected of putting UM student in coma will be sent back to …
A man arrested for causing a hit-and-run that sent a University of Miami student into a coma is is scheduled to return to Miami Tuesday night. Luis Felipe Moya-Lopez, 24, was arrested at an apartment in New York after police tracked him down. Moya-Lopez fled the scene of a crash on April 27, which put 19-year-old Eliza Gresh in a coma, according to South Miami police.
Duval unemployment rate falls below 8% in May
Jacksonville Daily Record
“Dropping below 8 percent locally is a good sign for obvious reasons,” said University of North Florida economics professor Paul Mason…
Tai Chi increases brain size, benefits cognition in randomized …
“The ability to reverse this trend with physical exercise and increased mental activity implies that it may be possible to delay the onset of dementia in older persons through interventions that have many physical and mental health benefits,” said lead author Dr. James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
Releases and Web Stories
Dual Enrollment Program Immerses High School Students in the …
Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College’s High School Dual Enrollment Program has been adding value to the lives of students and enriching the Gainesville community for over thirty-five years. Each year, nearly 500 eleventh and twelfth grade high school students participate in the program, taking classes as a Santa Fe student that meet high school graduation requirements while working toward a college degree…
Florida’s Bioscience Leaders Publish Report Providing Snapshot of …
MarketWatch (press release)
BOSTON, Jun 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — While other states are seeing a decline in biotechnology investment and entrepreneurship, the biotechnology industry in Florida continues to grow, with venture capital investments surging by 200 percent, according to a report released today by BioFlorida. Florida’s BioPulse — A Snapshot of the Bioscience Industry, provides top-level insight on the growth of the industry by the University of Florida‘s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator based on its Florida BioDatabase…