Bright Futures scholarship cuts squeezing college students as tuition increases
Naples Daily News
John Corfias was thrilled when his son, Brad, landed a free college education. But he thought the deal sounded too good to be true. It didn’t take long for Corfias to find out his skepticism about the state-provided Bright Futures scholarship was warranted…
State University System
FAMU Financial Problems: Administrators Tasked To Repair Image, Fix …
Florida A&M University has some problems, and the Board of Trustees is trying to figure out how repair the state’s only public Historically Black College. FAMU President James Ammons already received a vote of no confidence over his handling of fallout from the hazing death of Robert Champion, a Marching 100 band drum major. Now Ammons is facing mounting criticism over poor academic performance at the school and financial problems.
Academic records offer glimpse into FAMU hazing defendants
Hundreds of pages of academic records released Tuesday by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office offer more details about some of the defendants charged in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion in Orlando last fall…
Parents of FAMU band member killed during hazing to file suit
WFTV’s Daralene Jones has learned that the parents of the Florida A&M drum major killed during a hazing ritual after the Florida Classic football game last November will be in Orlando Wednesday to file a lawsuit against the university.
10 Florida Poly Board Applicants Interviewed Today
The Florida Board of Governors has released the names of 10 applicants to be interviewed today for the Florida Polytechnic University‘s first board of trustees.
Interviews for Florida Poly U Trustees Set for Wednesday
Sunshine State News (blog)
Florida’s Board of Governors has set a schedule for Wednesday interviews of the 10 finalists for the new Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) Board of Trustees. None of the candidates 10 News identified as having failed to disclose possible conflicts of interest made the list of finalists.
Michelle Obama campaign stop at Fla. school riles local GOP
In her first official campaign swing through Florida, Mrs. Obama will meet with supporters at the Barbara Goleman High School in Miami Lakes before addressing an arena at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Michelle Obama is cheered at Florida university –…
The last time Barack Obama ran for president, students lined up three hours deep at the University of Central Florida Arena to vote for him by a 3-to-1 margin.
FLOTUS makes Fla campaign spin
She then heads to Orlando, where she is scheduled to address a crowd in an 1800-seat theater at the University of Central Florida Arena.
Florida Family Association Launches Campaign Against Marvel Comics Over …
According to the AP, the organization led the effort to get companies to stop advertising on the TLC show “All American Muslim.” Additionally, the group also protested a “queer theory” course at the University of South Florida by sending some 2500 emails…
$15 million grant cements Moffitt’s elite status
The University of South Florida-affiliated center received the new five-year grant in part because of a 90 percent increase in clinical trial work, $39 million in federal research grants and research progress in cancer prevention, experimental therapies and laboratory research in molecular oncology and immunology…
New charter school emphasizes science, medicine
One of the school’s partners will be the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. USF staff members will be mentors and tutors, and also organize health-related workshops.
ABC 3 Top Stories
The University of West Florida may be adding a retirement community to its Pensacola campus. The university master plan calls for a 200 to 400 unit complex, north of the Scenic Hills neighborhood recently purchased by the school…
UWF receives permanent funding for research
Pensacola Business Journal
After two years of temporary funding, the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of West Florida has secured a recurring budget, which will result in better planning for the program and more opportunities for current and future students…
State College System
Talent Search helps kids get into college
Lake-Sumter Community College was one of 43 institutions in 25 states and Puerto Rico to be awarded shares of a $14.2 million grant under the Talent Search program from the U.S. Department of Education. The college will get $257,769 over the next five years to provide tutoring, workshops, social activities and college campus visits — all designed to give these 600-plus students the knowledge, skills and desire to further their education past the 12th grade…
County Donates Land for Public Safety Education Complex
Plans for a public safety education complex for Polk State College advanced today after the County Commission agreed to give the college 10 acres for the facility.
Seminole State to offer new workforce training program for …
Orlando Business Journal
Seminole State College of Florida will offer a new workforce training program for unemployed veterans as part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, the college announced Tuesday.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Thumbs down: To Ireland-based Pilot Training College, which left 180 international students in limbo after taking thousands of dollars from each but then cutting off payments for training to its subcontractor, Florida Institute of Technology.
Irish Aviation Authority to pay for stranded trainee pilots to fly home
Eighty Irish trainee pilots were told in late June by the Florida Institute of Technology Aviation (FIT) that they were not allowed into the air again. The students could lose around €80000 each after their studies were cancelled
Southern College Finds a Home
Southern College opened for business in Lakeland in 1922. Renamed Florida Southern College in 1935, it has remained on the shores of Lake Hollingsworth for 90 years…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices From Around the State
Guest opinion: Consider your return on investment when choosing college
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal have recently reported on students filing lawsuits against their former colleges and lenders, claiming they were misled over job prospects and enticed to assume loans they would never have the income to repay… Craig R. Hersch is a Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates attorney and Florida licensed CPA. He lives in Fort Myers.
Jones: FAMU pulls back curtain on toxic college hazing culture
Robert Champion is not the first to die as a result of hazing, unless something changes, he won’t be the last…
Nuwer: What’s the life of a dead fraternity pledge worth?
Under the Chad Meredith Act, named for a University of Miami student who died after being hazed in 2001, the students could face the aforementioned five years in prison.
This week marks 30 dramatic years for WXEL
Palm Beach Post
Bernard Henneberg, the president and chief executive officer of WXEL, is leading an effort to take control of the station from Barry University…
Shaq — Make that Dr. Shaq — on Why Funny Leaders Succeed
Wall Street Journal
Doctor Shaq is in the house. NBA star Shaquille O’Neal – who has pursued side careers as a TNT commentator, rapper, actor, cop and restaurateur – recently picked up another qualification for his résumé: a doctorate in education. In May, the 40-year-old earned his degree from Barry University in Miami, with a specialty in organizational learning and leadership. For his dissertation, which he’s still finishing up, O’Neal sets out to explore the role of humor and seriousness in CEOs and other leaders.
Summer Coral Bleaching Forecast Brings Good News
Audubon Magazine (blog)
“The hopeful part is that these reefs did prove to be resilient 1500 years ago,” said Richard B. Aronson, lead author and biologist at the Florida Institute of Technology, to the New York Times.
Flagler’s church one of ’8 religious wonders,’ CNN says
St. Augustine Record
The church is one of the “pioneer” large concrete buildings that Flagler built in St. Augustine, which are also some of the earliest large concrete buildings built in the U.S., said Tom Graham, professor of history emeritus at Flagler College who is working on a book about Henry Flagler.
FAMU names Department of Music Interim Chair
WTXL ABC 27
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at Florida A&M University (FAMU) Kawachi Clemons will serve as FAMU’s Interim Chair for the Department of Music…
Swing State Florida May Tilt Toward GOP Candidate
Independent Voter Network
In reference to the non-Cuban Hispanics voting trend and the upcoming election, “[t]he question is, can the Republicans really change that?,” said Dario V. Morena, political scientist at Florida International University…
Finalists announced in annual Distinguished Leadership Awards
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
The Lifetime Leadership Award honoree is T.K. Wetherell, former president of Florida State University, state legislator and educator. The honor recognizes an individual with 10 to 25 years of community involvement who has demonstrated consistent civic …
School Is ‘Too Easy,’ Say American Students
Boise State Public Radio
USA Today spoke Florida State University English education professor Shelbie Witte who said students are likely bored by an education system that puts too much emphasis on standardized testing and “when they’re bored, they think the classes are easy.”
Realize Bradenton pitches idea to unify and strengthen the 14th …
Community development is about engaging civic leaders and residents in a shared vision, she added, before introducing David Brain, a New College of Florida professor who recently led a class in a study of Bradenton’s 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency district…Brain said there was “very little connection with the conceptual Village of the Arts … and the related geography of the CRA.”
Grenada’s Only Olympic Swimmer Says He Feels at Home in the Water
NBC 6 Miami
Nova Southeastern University has an international Olympian of its own – Esau Simpson, who hails from a tiny island in the Caribbean…
Taking the political pulse of UCF
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The Sentinel scouted the University of Central Florida campus before First Lady Michelle Obama’s scheduled campaign stop at the school Tuesday afternoon. We sought the political pulse of students as the country heads toward the presidential election in November. Here’s who we talked to and what we heard…
The ‘Before’ of Training
“Everyone gets training,” says Eduardo Salas, a psychology professor at the University of Central Florida. “But what matters? What works?”
Activist goes to court trying to find location of UF animal labs
After winning one legal battle with the University of Florida over public records, animal rights activist Camille Marino is now fighting to find out the location of animal research labs — information that she insists won’t put researchers in danger…
Former longtime Career Resource Center director Wallace dies at 66
Wayne Wallace spent two decades directing the University of Florida’s Career Resource Center, named twice in the past three years as the top center of its kind in the nation…
Preckwinkle wants Miami pathologist for county medical examiner
Dr. Stephen J. Cina, currently the associate medical director of the University of Miami Tissue Bank, is a board-certified anatomic and forensic pathologist with 20 years of forensic autopsy experience, according to county documents released Tuesday…
Changes to Gold Seal Scholarship will affect some college freshmen
First Coast News
“For the students it impacts, it is a huge impact,” said Anissa Agne. Agne is director of financial aid at the University of North Florida. She said in April, to save money, the legislature changed the eligibility requirements for the Gold Seal Vocational scholarship. As a result of that change, this fall, students will no longer be able to could use the Gold Seal scholarship at four-year universities like UNF.
Contract extension for USF head football coach Skip Holtz raises alot of questions
Skip Holtz’s recent three-year contract extension should keep the conspiracy theorists busy. The deal was spawned from either merit or fear. The University of South Florida gave him job security through the spring of 2018 and included a miniscule raise. But the school could be on the hook for about $8-$10 million if it decides in the next few years Holtz is the wrong person…
Hollywood sets example for nonsmoking worker proposals
Miami Hurricanes (blog)
“Where do you draw the line?” asked Jay Wolfson, professor of public health at the University of South Florida, who is also a constitutional attorney. “Smoking is a legal behavior and there are a lot of other legal behaviors that cause risks to the population: drinking soda, eating fatty foods, consuming alcohol, sky diving.”
Releases and Web Stories
Take Stock In Children Partners With Florida State University’s College Of Medicine to offer Summer Institute Program
Broward Net Online
MIAMI, FL - Take Stock in Children is proud to announce its partnership with Florida State University’s prestigious College of Medicine. Through the Summer Institute Program, the FSU College of Medicine is providing an amazing experience for Take Stock students. The one-week residential program is designed to introduce high school students to college life and medical school, and will be offered during three different sessions in June and July…
Study shows long-term drug abuse starts with alcohol
(Medical Xpress) — Alcohol — not marijuana — is the gateway drug that leads adolescents down the path toward more serious substances, a new University of Florida study shows.
Zero Tolerance: A Pathway from School to Prison?
University of South Florida
No child or parent imagines school serving as a pathway to prison. Yet University of South Florida graduate student Eric S. Hall and Assistant Professor Zorka Karanxha have found this to be a consequence of Zero Tolerance school policies – for certain groups of students…