State University System
Report: Student loan debt tops $1 trillion
Student loan debt tops $1 trillion in the U.S. which means students are now having to delay big milestones like buying homes because they can’t afford it. Something financial experts say is a blow to the economy.
Gov. Scott undecided on signing or vetoing tuition bill
Rick Scott said Friday that he would consider signing a bill allowing the University of Florida and Florida State University to make higher tuition increases, but only if they made the case that they’re providing a good return on the state investment …
FAMU still plagued by questionable bookkeeping
The Florida Board of Governors also is waiting for the completion of internal audits found last year to be deficient and not in compliance with industry and university standards. The revelation that FAMU’s Division of Audit and Compliance had presented …
Two People Injured in a Shooting Near FAMU’s Campus
Early this morning (March 25, 2012) Tallahassee Police Department responded to a call about a shooting at 2024 Broad Street. Police learned that an argument broke out during a house party at this location and an unknown suspect retrieved a gun from …
FAMU BOT approves private meetings for hazing task force
Under the new designation of a “fact-finding” mission, FAMU’s anti-hazing task force does not have to hold public meetings. University trustee Belinda Shannon says the change will allow the committee to meet as “expeditiously as possible.
FAU Owls stadium is ready to take off
Florida Atlantic University is gearing up to put the new football stadium on its Boca Raton campus to greater use, but needs city permission first. FAU is asking the city to increase the number of ticketed events allowed at the venue, from the 15 a year in the current agreement to 26. It also wants no limit on ticketed events involving fewer than 5,000 people, and to allow events any day of the week…
FIU students to design Seven Mile-area upgrades
A group of Florida International University students will attempt this summer to design a facelift for the old Seven Mile Bridge, Pigeon Key, Sunset Park and Knights Key in Marathon. The Monroe County Commission, …
2012 Business Plan Challenge attracts 200+ entries
The 14th annual contest, sponsored by Florida International University’s Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, now enters the judging phase…
FSU campus, area robberies up
The robbery count on or near the Florida State University campus is already more than half of what it was in 2010, and it’s only March. The total number of robberies — defined as the taking of property through threat or force — is up to nine for 2012 …
FSU students to march to Old Capitol for Trayvon Martin
WTXL ABC 27
Students at Florida State University are inviting members of the community to join them as the march to the Old Capitol Building to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. Members of the group “Tallahassee Demands Justice for Trayvon” say the march will …
Students Nationwide Protest Killing of Trayvon Martin
Inside Higher Ed
The protests and activities are by no means limited to historically black colleges. At the University of South Florida, black students organized a protest in which they sat with signs that demonstrated what Trayvon Martin had with him when he was shot.
State College System
Early to rise, early to learn: Colleges offer 6 am classes
For about a year, Miami Dade College has offered pre-dawn classes — a scheduling feature born of necessity that nevertheless suits some students just fine. One school administrator calls it “the early bird special.”…
Seminole State College of Florida Expels Gunman in Trayvon Martin …
Chronicle of Higher Education
George Zimmerman, the Florida man who last month fatally shot Trayvon Martin in an incident that has sparked a nationwide furor, was expelled on Thursday by Seminole State College of Florida, where he had been studying criminal justice, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Obama gets personal over killing of black Florida teenager |
A Florida college announced it had suspended Zimmerman’s enrollment. Zimmerman was working toward an associates degree in arts at Seminole State College in Sanford. He previously earned a vocational certificate in an insurance field, the school said.
Independent College and University System
Miami participants to take part in Trayvon Martin rallies
Florida Memorial University, a historically black college based in Miami Gardens, is taking 120 students and staff by bus to Sanford, where Trayvon was shot …
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Closes 2012 Southeastern University Forum
Rarely do citizens have the opportunity to interact with some of the most influential and knowledgeable world leaders of the past half-century.But those who attended Southeastern University‘s National Leadership Forum got their chance Friday, as former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was on campus as the final speaker of the servant leadership focused event…
Rollins prof., student want to stop bear killings
A Rollins College professor and a UCF student are leading a charge to persuade the state to change its policy on euthanizing nuisance bears like the one that bit a Seminole County woman earlier this month…
South Florida college students finding more internship slots
The University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center saw a significant increase in internship postings on its Hire A Cane website, which lists potential internships for students. From 2008 to 2011, the number of postings went from 750 to 1668.
Fallout from data breach hits UT student
Information about thousands of University of Tampa students was accessible by a Google search from July 2011 to March 13…
Fighting for life, soccer player get support
It’s often difficult to find something good in tough situations. Yet friends and supporters of Bailee Kent have rallied to the aid of the Webber International University and former Winter Haven High soccer player who was fighting for her life after a staph infection led to bacterial myocarditis, an infection of the heart valve…
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices From Around the State
Colleges seek transparency
Florida’s strategic plan for its university system has been highlighted as a model. The State Higher Education Executive Officers focused on the Annual Accountability Report for 2010-11 on its website, reported the board of governors…
LETTER: Rock-solid data
The Northwest Florida Daily News
It was standing-room-only at Northwest Florida State College’s science building March 16. Dr. William Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, was talking about mankind’s involvement in global climate change.
With education costs rising, less incentive to study in Fla.
Three years ago, I chose to attend the University of Florida. After a lot of applications and many competing financial-aid offers, I decided that UF was the most practical college for me to attend to get my bachelor’s degree…William Dylan Fay, 20, of Orlando, is studying English, history and classics at the University of Florida.
Bowden: Altier thinks big about tourism and UWF
Pensacola News Journal
And a Disneysque future jumps up in high-tech powerpoint, the ambitious vision of newcomer Matt Altier, University of West Florida Chief of Entrepreneurialism. He envisions Historic Pensacola on the US places-to-visit map with sweeping cultural and …
University Governance: Supreme Clarity Needed
The Florida Supreme Court has decided to weigh in on the issue of whether the Legislature or the State University Systems’ Board of Governors has the authority to set university fees and tuition. This is an encouraging sign…
Byron Dobson: Hazing panel deals with new mission
In January, I wrote a column that expressed my change from skepticism to hope with the announcement that a blue-ribbon panel was being assembled by the Board of Trustees at Florida A&M University to examine the illegal practice of hazing and how best to address it…
Richard Murgo: STEM bill falls short of its goals
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
In the just completed legislative session, one of many bills introduced and passed in the last few days was HB 7135, restructuring curriculum requirements for the Florida higher-education system…
Biden woos South Florida seniors with new attack on Republicans
The likelihood that they’re going to turn out and vote is high and you want to make sure that they’re going vote for you,” said Kevin Wagner, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University…
Health care case puts spotlight on Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme …
When Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University, sat down to write a brief for the blockbuster health care case before the US Supreme Court this week, she focused her she focused her argument on only one of the nine justices, the man known as the decider…
Pope Benedict XVI Goes to Cuba; Thousands Wait
This time it’s devotion to the Catholic Church versus hostility to the Cuban government,” Jose Gabilondo, a Cuban American law professor at Florida International University, said…
What Will the Trayvon Martin Grand Jury Likely Consider?
NBC 6 Miami
Florida International University College of Law Professor Phyllis Kotey says it is “very unusual when you have criminal charges, especially of this nature, where there has not been at least an initial arrest.”
Exclusive Sunday Preview | Ideas Does financial aid make college more expensive?
Six days after NBER unveiled the paper, Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at Florida State University that “government subsidies have impacted upon rising tuition costs.”…
Social media aids angst over Trayvon Martin case
Jeanette Castillo, an assistant professor of digital media at Florida State University, studied the Occupy Wall Street from a social media perspective and is also tracking the Martin case on Twitter.
Lawyer chastised special prosecutor in Trayvon case: ‘civil rights…are at …
Gov. Rick Scott’s choice of special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, Angela Corey, provoked a rare and deeply critical letter to the White House in 2009 from former Florida State University president and Law School dean Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte. ”There is, in my judgment, a very real danager of a melt down of the justice system in Duval County with the election of a new State Attorney and a Public Defender who has shown no enthusiasm for defending citizens,” D’Alemberte wrote in an Aug. 12, 2009 letter to Gregory B. Craig, White House Council for President Obama…
Dianne F. Harrison named president of Cal State Northridge
Los Angeles Times
She previously spent 30 years at Florida State University. She will succeed Jolene Koester, who retired from the San Fernando Valley campus in December. Dianne F. Harrison, a veteran educator in Florida and California, has been named the new president
Florida lawmakers get one perk for the road
John Thrasher, a Florida State University alumnus with one ticket on his state driving record. His Seminole plate, which says state senator 8, has helped him avoid a citation or two, he admits. ”But it doesn’t always work, I promise you that,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve gotten a couple of tickets with the license tags, believe it or not. I tend to probably drive too fast.”
Younger Southwest Florida workers face tough market
Molly Grubbs of Hodges University said she is seeing especially strong demand for graduates with accounting and business management degrees but recruitment …
Business briefs: Two Chase Bank locations completed by JL Wallace
Hodges University selected Fort Myers residents Wayne and Mavis Miller as its 2012 Luminaries of the Year award recipients…
Group: Without Middle Class, Community Colleges Will Be ‘Separate and Unequal’
U.S. News & World Report
If community colleges educate only the “have nots,” they’ll always be starved of funding, says Eduardo Padron, president of Miami-Dade College and co-chair of the task force. “With no political power, you get [fewer] resources, less of everything.
Geometer Tries a New Angle: Leading a College
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
New College of Florida, a liberal-arts-and-sciences honors college within the Florida state system, has selected a mathematician as its next president. Donal B. O’Shea, 59, has been the dean of faculty and vice president for academic …
After Trayvon Martin, hoodie goes from fashion statement to socio-political one
… hoodies as a way to be under the radar, to be ambiguous, but not because of any malicious intent, not because he was up to no good,” says Jason Campbell, an assistant professor of conflict resolution and philosophy at Nova Southeastern University.
Workers across the country slam Verizon for refusing to talk
Other groups participating included community ally Organize Now! and the Student-Labor Action Project (SLAP) at the University of Central Florida. “We’re here to say as members of the working class: we’ve had enough,” said Curtis Hierro, of SLAP, …
Outrage unites people of all colors, but divide still exists
Katheryn Russell-Brown, director of the University of Florida’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, said it’s natural for people to view crime through the lens of their own race and identify with victims who look most like them…
Appeal court ruling in Collier case frees man accused of operating a grow house
Naples Daily News
George R. Dekle Jr., professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, agreed search and seizure issues are “heavily driven” by the facts of each case.
Sweet Sixteen coaches and March Madness bonuses
Washington Post (blog)
The University of Florida, which beat Marquette University, will pay Coach Billy Donovan $37500 for making it to the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight, on top of his regular pay of more than $720000…
Q&A: Gator new Franklin Dean
Red and Black
[Alan T.] Dorsey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida, will begin his new position July 1. The Red & Black asked Dorsey what he hopes to accomplish in his position and his thoughts on raising funds for the college.
Collier commission aides amassed two months worth of overtime in 2011
Naples Daily News
Joseph Little, a law professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said the state follows the federal Fair Labor Standards Act for county employees. “Ordinarily, it requires time and one-half for overtime,” he wrote in an email…
US could bring hate charge in Fla. teen shooting
The mere presence of federal investigators could ensure a more thorough probe, said University of Florida law professor Michael Siegel…
Miami Catholics to See Pope in Cuba
NBC 6 Miami
University of Miami Cuba expert Andy Gomez disagreed with their removal and quoted Pope John Paul II…
Will living alone make you depressed?
John Newcomer, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says depression and feelings of isolation usually go hand in hand, and it’s not always clear which comes first.
Morris News Service
St. Augustine Record
Michael Hallett, chairman of the University of North Florida’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said the Martin case provides an opportunity for Corey. “It’s an interesting contrast to Cristian Fernandez because it will provide the opportunity for Angela Corey to show concern for a black victim,” Hallet said.
UNF economic indicators show First Coast counties recovering from recession
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The number of new jobless claims fell by almost 1000 from January to February, according to University of North Florida economist Paul Mason. Inflation also remained virtually stable between January and February, according to the consumer price index …
Sen. JD Alexander Carries His Bruising Legislative Style Through to the End
In his last few months in office, he outraged supporters of the University of South Florida with a proposal to slash its budget by 58 percent — a move some interpreted to be retaliatory. And, barring a gubernatorial veto, Alexander seems to have …
Recession brings diversity to Sarasota
This secondary shift to more sedate locales like Sarasota is a nationwide phenomenon, says David Jacobson, a political sociologist at the University of South Florida who focuses on migration and citizenship issues…
Florida has much at stake as Supreme Court reviews health care mandate
“The closing of the donut hole is one of the most beneficial things about the law,” says Jay Wolfson, a professor of public health and medicine at the University of South Florida…
Releases and Web Stories
Flagler College announces sabbaticals, awards
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (03/23/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College announced that Education professor Sandra Davis and James Wilson, Associate Professor of English, were awarded sabbaticals for the 2012-13 academic year. Davis will be on sabbatical in the Fall to …
Flagler College announces faculty promotions
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (03/23/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College announced the promotion of the following Flagler faculty members to the rank of Associate Professor, effective Fall 2012: Bettina Baker, Education; Tina Jaeckle, Sociology; Elizabeth Robbins, …
Fitch Rates University of Florida’s Series 2012A Dormitory Revs ‘AA’; Outlook …
MarketWatch (press release)
NEW YORK, Mar 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Fitch Ratings assigns an ‘AA’ rating to the $27.5 million of dormitory revenue bonds, series 2012A to be issued by the state of Florida Board of Governors on behalf of University of Florida (UF, …