The U.S. News 2013 Best Graduate Schools Rankings are out!
U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of top graduate programs was posted online yesterday and will be available April 3 in stores.
State University System
More than 100 emails pour into Scott’s office on Poly split — all opposed
Gov. Rick Scott has still not received the bill that would split USF Polytechnic off immediately into the state’s 12th university, and he still hasn’t said whether or not he’ll sign it. But in the meantime, he’s getting plenty of advice from constituents on the subject. Scott’s office tells us that more than 130 e-mails about SB 1994 have come in over the past few weeks — and not one is in favor of it…
UF, FSU tuition hikes threaten Fla. prepaid future
The businessman credited with starting Florida’s popular prepaid tuition plan is saying the newly passed university tuition bill that awaits the governor’s signature threatens the program’s future. The bill just passed by the Legislature allows the University of Florida and Florida State University to set higher tuition rates than the state-imposed annual cap of 15 percent. Other universities could to do the same thing If they could meet a set of standards…
Madeleine Albright speaks at FAU
Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency recently hosted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as she lectured on “Economy and Security in the 21st Century.” More than 2300 people attended the event …
FIU law school jumps in the rankings
Florida International University’s young law school continued its steady rise in the U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings — jumping from 132nd to 113th in this year’s rankings, released Tuesday.
FSU president talks about the university’s financial future
WTXL ABC 27
Florida State University faculty, staff and students crowded the College of Medicine auditorium today to hear university president, Eric J. Barron, discuss FSU’s financial future. Since the 2007-08 school year, FSU has lost more than $100 million dollars, according to Barron.
How did UF grad schools fare in US News and World Report’s rankings?
The University of Florida‘s College of Education made a major jump in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of top graduate programs, rising 18 spots from last year…UF‘s graduate business school also rose in the rankings, but its engineering, medical and law schools fell, with some changes influenced by the type of data reported.
SWAT conducts mock crisis drill at UNF
Members of the Jacksonville Beach SWAT team were at the University of North Florida Tuesday morning, but their presence was a planned safety drill for the students. The university has a beautiful campus, but it’s just as vulnerable as any other …
University Square area ready for its own identity
For commuters, Fowler Avenue east of Interstate 275 is best known as a corridor to University Mall, the University of South Florida and the Museum of Science and Industry. It also serves as an artery connecting two interstate highways.
State College System
Crackdown on nuisance properties advances
The News Herald
… an organization that provides businesses with technical support to grow with the goal of job creation. It will be operated through Gulf Coast State College.
Ajax Building Corporation Completes NWFSC Student Center
Naples Daily News
In its first open house in more than 20 years, Northwest Florida State College recently rolled out the welcome mat to the community to inaugurate the $25.5 million Student Services Center, just completed by Ajax Building Corporation, with offices in …
College Kidnapping: Search for Suspect
Selina Sly parks in Lot 9 at Santa Fe College everyday. The same lot where just 24 hours ago, police say one of her classmates was kidnapped. “Today, during school everyone was talking about it, how they were just kinda freaked out about it,” she said.
TCC celebrates Women’s History Month March 14
WTXL ABC 27
March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate the occasion Tallahassee Community College will recognize ten women from the community, as well as five of the College’s outstanding female students, during its annual Women’s History Month Celebration on …
Independent College and University System
Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community
Jacksonville Daily Record
Edward Waters College will host its 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament April 2 at Deerwood Country Club to raise money for its annual fund.
National Weather Service Donates Weather Equipment To FIT
The National Weather Service in Miami has donated four ceilometers to Florida Institute of Technology’s Department of Marine and Environmental Systems (DMES).
Check out the the JU student films headed to Cannes
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The films of two Jacksonville University movie-making teams are headed to a special exhibition of short work at the Cannes Film Festival. The cheeky “Sexual Education: The Touchy Subject,” a spoof of 1950s-style public service announcements, …
Filming of movie starring Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens starts filming ‘Spring Breakers’ on St. Pete Beach
Spring Breakers, a college-age crime flick starring Disney ingenues Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, made its first public splash in Pinellas County after filming last week at Sarasota’s Ringling College of Art and Design.
Coral Gables approves no-bid contract for palm trees
The money will pay for 358 new Alexander palms in the median of Ponce, between Red and LeJeune roads, including some at the entrance gates at the University of Miami. UM has agreed to cover more than half the cost. City Manager Patrick Salerno said he …
For Profit and Career Colleges
Full Sail will host extreme gamers at Red Bull event
Red Bull LAN is normally open only to those gamers invited, but this year, Red Bull is allowing students at Full Sail University a chance to watch the …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Wendy N. Powell: National Labor Relations Board going overboard …
The National Labor Relations Board exists to protect and regulate the National Labor Relations Act, period. But it appears that the board has become an agency with unfettered authority. Wendy N. Powell, formerly of Jensen Beach, blogs for the Huffington Post. A management consultant, she is on the faculty of Palm Beach State College and the University of Phoenix.
Anti-abortion activists invoke ‘Freedom Rides’
The American Independent
A campaign comparing the anti-abortion rights movement to the civil rights movement is making its way through the state of Florida this month. From March 12-22, pro-life activists will display large graphic abortion signs at colleges and high schools across the state. According to the group behind this campaign, the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, the campaign is aimed at exposing abortion as “contemporary age discrimination.” The tour will stop at the University of Florida today and make its way to the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of South Florida and College of Central Florida.
Broward launches Six Pillars economic program
South Florida Business Journal
Broward County business, civic and government leaders have announced the launch of the Six Pillars Strategic Planning process for the county…Named as co-chairs of Broward County’s Six Pillars process are: J. David Armstrong Jr., president of Broward College and chairman of the alliance; Charles Caulkins, managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher and Phillips LLP…
State of Strawberries: A warm winter means lots of Florida berries, maybe not …
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Self-described strawberry fanatic Kristen Grissom, a chef instructor at Daytona State College, said a slight decline in sugar content shouldn’t keep anyone from enjoying the fruit while it’s in season. Her Strawberry Sauce is among three recipes …
If Climate Change Melts Greenland’s Ice Sheet, Will South Florida Drown?
Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
Frederick Bloetscher, an engineering professor at Florida Atlantic University, tells New Times that a mere 3-foot rise in global sea levels would permanently flood entire areas of western Broward County. ”The issue for us is that as you go west from the coast, you’re going downhill once you cross Dixie Highway,” Bloetscher says. “What everyone needs to understand is that the whole drainage system is gravity-based, and that’s particularly critical for Southern Broward and Miami-Dade.”
Doctor says health care should be nation’s priority
The Independent Florida Alligator
Dr. Jose Greer, assistant dean of academic affairs at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, said health care reform is worth the sacrifices it will require. Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham introduced Greer in the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
Bill Wertman of Alzheimer’s Project gets recognized by county commissioners
Wertman, 54, has been director for the Alzheimer’s Project since in 2006. According to the county resolution, Wertman is an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College teaching in the Social Work Department .
Counties gather for Rural Economic Development & Tourism Summit
Sessions on Thursday include opening remarks by Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College, and state Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, talking on the subject of “The Rural Environment in Florida.”
New Florida law prohibits Miami-Dade, other governments from hiring companies …
Bruce Rogow, who challenged that policy, predicted the new law — if it passes muster with the governor — won’t stand. “It’s unenforceable,” said Rogow, a constitutional law professor at Nova Southeastern University. “If there is no federal law making it illegal to do business with Cuba or Syria, state law can’t make it so.”
Southwest Florida’s jobless rate falls to 9.7 percent
“The region is seeing a bit of a recovery, maybe a little bit more than other parts of the state,” said Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist.
Florida jobless rate dips but state lost jobs in January
Florida, for example, reported job losses in January 2010 and January 2011 only to show positive growth later. Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist, said that none of surveys used are perfect. But he added that by ”doing it monthly we get some idea of where we are headed.”
Show time for commercial spaceflight at hand
Give it five years, said planetary scientist Alan Stern, a former NASA associate administrator who now doubles as vice president for Southwest Research Institute and as director of the University of Central Florida Space Institute.
UF School of Theatre and Dance benefit offers visitors a backstage experience
Although members of the University of Florida’s College of Fine Arts are still mourning the loss of director Paul Favini, he has not taken his final bow. It was his idea to use a backstage theme in Friday’s Splendor 2012 benefit, presented by The UF Friends of Theatre and Dance, program assistant Rachel Berry says. Favini, the interim director of the UF School of Theatre and Dance, died last month after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 51.
Nurseries show signs of life
FNGLA funded an economic impact study conducted by University of Florida economists Alan Hodges and Hayk Khachatryan using 2010 data. his data showed that Florida’s nursery and landscape industry produced $12.33 billion in sales and directly employed nearly 205,000 Floridians.
South Florida healthy, but health care struggling
“We have one of the least coordinated health care systems in the country,” said Dr. Laurence Gardner, an executive dean at the University of Miami medical school, who was not involved in the report. “It’s hard to access and hard to navigate.
Cobb to address writers group
St. Augustine Record
Well known author and University of North Florida adjunct professor Sharon Cobb will address the Ancient City Chapter of the Florida Writer’s Association Saturday on the topic of “How To Market Your Books,” with an emphasis on new media.
Loss of Control
Inside Higher Ed
A 2005 paper on intellectual property and online courses by Jeffrey Kromrey, a professor of education at the University of South Florida, that looked at 42 public and private research universities, found that 93 percent of universities allowed professors control over traditional scholarly works, but 71 percent of them allowed for exceptions. “Most universities (95 percent) claimed some faculty works, especially if the work required substantial use of university resources (83 percent),” the paper said.
Releases and Web Stories
Jennifer Rodgers to speak on “The Politics of Holocaust Memory” at Flagler College
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (03/13/2012)(readMedia)– Jennifer Rodgers, the 2011-2012 Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will speak at Flagler College on March 19.
BRIEF: Moody’s assigns Aa3 rating to Florida International University
| 14 March (Reuters) – Moody’s assigns Aa3 rating to Florida International University’s $51.65 million series 2012A dormitory revenue bonds; outlook is stable.
John McConnell and Bill Stewart reelected to Harbor Branch board
FORT PIERCE – At the meeting of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, board members elected Joe Duke of Ponte Vedra Beach as board chairman; Michael Minton of Fort Pierce, vice chairman; and reelected John McConnell, treasurer and Bill Stewart, secretary, both of Vero Beach.
Bestselling Author Dr. Charles Richards to Speak-NABA Miami
PR Urgent (press release)
The Miami Chapter of The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) presents Dr. Charles Richards speaking about his bestselling book, The Psychology of Wealth, on March 14, 2012, at 7:30 PM, at NOVA Southeastern University.