State University System
Gov. Rick Scott pushes “Finish in Four” tuition plan to save college students money
College students who complete their degree in four years would pay the same tuition in each of the four years under Gov. Rick Scott’s plan…
‘Famuan’ resumes after suspension
Florida A&M University’s student newspaper, The Famuan, is finally back filling up news racks on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays after a three-week suspension ordered by administration officials at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester…
Club raises money for scholarships, helps FAU’s libraries
Organization: The University Club, a branch of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation. Since its founding by eight women in 1976, the group has grown to more than 100 members. The club’s purpose is to raise money for scholarships and the university’s libraries…
FAU exhibit spotlights the art of paper cutting
Artistic creations crafted from hand-cut paper are featured in a new exhibition in Boca Raton. The “Papercuts” show at Florida Atlantic University‘s Ritter Art Gallery contains 32 paper-cutting works from seven female artists…
UF officials cautious, but encouraged by Scott’s budget
University of Florida officials are hopeful that Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education-friendly budget recommendation will carry weight as lawmakers prepare for the legislative session this spring…
UF to offer scholarships for STEM education majors
The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Florida’s College of Education a $1.2 million grant to offer scholarships for math and science majors who go into teaching careers…
6 from UF’s faculty win Fulbright Scholar grants
Six University of Florida faculty members recently received Fulbright Scholar grants to teach and learn around the globe for the 2012-2013 academic year…
Construction fund for USF, other Florida universities hits a wall
Northwest News and Tribune
The seventh floor of the University of South Florida‘s Interdisciplinary Sciences building was supposed to be bustling with students and researchers by now. But instead of laboratories and conference rooms, a portion of the top floor now serves as an orientation center. Other sections sit empty, with bare concrete floors and walls, and exposed pipes…From the 2011-12 fiscal year through 2014-15, state economists have forecast that Florida hasn’t been and won’t be able to borrow to build classrooms, labs, faculty offices or any other educational facilities under the Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO, program…
State College System
DSC swim teams take last competitive dip in Lemerand Center pool
Daytona Beach News Journal
Daytona State College’s swimmers took part in their last home meet at the Lemerand Center on Saturday. The final home meet of the season also was the last meet of the swim program that will no longer exist after the spring semester…
Edison State College works to fix wrongs
Six months of reflection, reorganization and rewriting policies has put Edison State College in a better place, according to an internal report made public Friday. If all goes well, Edison State’s accreditation will be reaffirmed this summer. The college is midway through a yearlong probation for violating academic and operational protocol, and administrators are prepping for an accrediting team’s return visit in April. The internal report will be sent later this month to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, which accredits institutions in 11 states…
Edison State College working toward re-accreditation
… random samples of student degree audits were reviewed. Edison State College was brought into the spotlight back in 2011 when it came to light that some students were allowed to swap core classes for courses that had nothing to do with their majors.
Clearwater, St. Petersburg College closer to library merger
St. Petersburg College appears to be forging ahead with building a new library on its Clearwater campus that would be merged with the city’s nearby East Branch Library. The shared library would be used by SPC students and the public.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Florida Tech Defies US Tuition Inflation
While students heading back to class at some of the nation’s colleges could face double-digit tuition increases this fall, Florida Institute of Technology is taking a different approach…
Lynn University debate numbers are a BIG win
The numbers are in, and just as we suspected, the Lynn University debate knocked it out of the park. Data were a provided by the university’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment with Nielsen, the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Enigma Research Corporation and two media monitoring services…
Lynn University debate produced millions in publicity and economic impact …
According to a study released by the school on Thursday, the final presidential debate hosted by Lynn University on October 22nd, produced $13.1 million in immediate economic impact for the Palm Beach County economy. This includes approximately $1.7 million in elevated spending by local residents, a 22 percent increase in bed taxes and more than $63 million in additional publicity value for Lynn University and the local community…
Researchers are studying the bacteria found in the mouths of sharks
In a fascinating study researchers at Nova Southeastern University are investigating how to better treat shark bite victims. In a news release on Feb. 1, 2013, Nova Southeastern University has reported, Taking a Bite at the Shark Bite…
Law Firm in Miami Sued in University of Miami Booster Case
In 2003, Marc Levinson advised longtime friend Nevin Shapiro about his $1.5 million investment in a sports agency in Florida. Levinson was working for Shook, Hardy & Bacon, according to the Miami Herald. Now, 10 years later, Levinson and the firm are at the heart of a lawsuit that accuses them of “aiding and abetting” Shapiro’s violations of federal securities laws when he ran a $930 million investment scam. He also violated NCAA regulations because of cash payments made to athletes at the University of Miami.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web
The challenge of Bright Futures
What began as a scholarship to help Florida’s best college students has become a costly and unsustainable government entitlement program.
Cheers: JU golfers show how to earn money the old-fashioned way
Bob Boylan, chair of JU’s Department of Accounting and Finance attributed their success to hard work; teamwork; guidance from Michael Adams, a JU associate professor of accounting and finance and professional portfolio manager himself; and a “healthy part of good luck.”
Gov. Scott’s budget would restore the $300 million cut last year from state universities and add another $93.3 million to the mix.
Otto: Beyoncé made a believer out of me
The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Florida Legislature, not the university system’s Board of Governors, has the power to set tuition rates.
Creator of the Kwanzaa Holiday will Keynote FAMU’s Black History Convocation
Maulana Karenga, creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), will serve as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Black History Month Convocation on February 14 at 10:10 a.m. in the Gaither Gymnasium.
Carl Pelini to meet fans and talk about recruiting, Florida Atlantic’s move into Conference USA
Palm Beach Post
Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini and his staff will review the 2013 recruiting class at his second annual National Signing Day Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the premier club at FAU Stadium. Pelini started the tradition last season where coaches show highlight tapes of the newest Owls and answers any question about the class and program. The class will be the first to take the field with FAU a member of Conference USA.
Digital Debrief: David Klock getting down to Business
David R. Klock, FIU’s new dean of the College of Business, brings far-reaching experience and a new vision. David R. Klock took the helm of Florida International University’s College of Business as dean, on Oct. 1, after serving in a similar role at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Business. A milkman’s son who earned a doctorate in finance, Klock’s career has spanned leadership positions in both academia and business…
Florida State hip-hop course pops the academic collar
…A three-credit, special topics class taught by Lisa Weinberg and graduate assistant Andrew Mannheimer, Sociology of Hip Hop is not all play and no work. It uses a subject of high interest to teach the not easily understood theoretical perspectives used in analyzing social methods, Weinberg said. ”I get comments from every single class I teach that school is so boring. I’m always looking for ways to get them as excited as I am,” she said…
Has lying reached epidenic proportions?
“The new social media creates an avenue to be dishonest,” said Heather Downs, assistant professor of sociology at Jacksonville University. “People have the ability to lie in a new way as they have adapted to technology.”
Longtime Miami Dade College coach Susan Summons set for Hall honor
In 1977 and again in ’78, a 5-9 point guard named Susan Summons, coached by Alfreda Harris, helped Roxbury Community College, located in the suburbs of Boston, to the National Junior College championship tournament. Now, 35 years after Summons started playing for Harris, the two have been selected for induction into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place July 26 in Niceville. Summons went on to play two years at Lamar University before returning to Roxbury in 1982 to be the program’s coach. She stayed on at Roxbury through 1986, when she began her long run as the coach at Miami Dade College…
UCF ranked among Top 20 schools where students seek ‘sugar daddies’
…The hunt for wealthy benefactors — discreetly or otherwise — is as old as money itself. But people are taking it to a new level by turning to SeekingArrangement.com and other websites. And as the cost of a college education in Florida continues to rise, more Florida students are choosing this option as a way to cover their expenses, including tuition and rent, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn and founder Brandon Wade of SeekingArrangement.com…She said nearly 40 percent of all of its users — a group that doubled its numbers in 2012 to more than 2 million people worldwide — registered with college e-mail addresses. Hundreds have flocked to the site from other Florida universities, too. Last month, UCF, Florida State University, University of South Florida and Florida International University made SeekingArrangement.com’s Top 20 list nationally for having the greatest growth in the number of new college-student registrations…
UF student spent portion of her life as an illegal immigrant
Candy Herrera came to the United States from Chile with her mother, Teresa, when she was 4 years old. They were both on six-month visas as tourists. They’ve never gone back…Now, Candy is 27 and working toward a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Florida. She is in the process of becoming an American citizen. “When you grow up here, you’re more than likely to stay here as an immigrant,” she said. But for more than half of her life, she was an illegal immigrant for whom higher education seemed an unreachable dream.
UF’s Machen likes Scott’s university funding plan
Gov. Rick Scott talked University of Florida President Bernie Machen into staying a little longer as the head of UF. In his budget proposal on Thursday, Scott reciprocated by proposing UF receive a special $15 million stipend to help the university achieve a top-ten status among public universities in the country. The proposal is subject to the whims of the Florida Legislature, which will have the last say in crafting the budget bill. But Machen likes the idea. Here is his letter to UF supporters:
UF reacts to Scott’s budget proposal
The University of Florida is aiming to become one of the top public universities with the help of Gov. Rick Scott’s new budget proposal. Scott’s budget proposal included an award of $15 million to UF, which requires approval by the Florida Legislature, and would be used to hire new faculty, UF President Bernie Machen said in an email Thursday.
University Of Florida Film Crew Explores White Springs In Documentary
A local film crew is spending time in rural Florida. Their goal is to capture the values and strengths that can be found in a community that is isn’t rich in dollars, but rich in tradition. ”People are coming together. They’re helping each other. This is representative of home town values a lot of us have lost touch with,” said Kevin Thompson, Architecture Professor. Thompson and his research assistant Aaron Wiener are shooting a documentary for the University of Florida in Gainesville. Thompson wants to use this movie to help students understand and appreciate life in rural America.
At University of Miami, Justice Sonia Sotomayor gets real
From her days as a young girl in the Bronx being raised by her mother after the death of her father to becoming the first Hispanic on the highest judicial body in the country, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told the story of her journey before a captivated audience at the University of Miami on Friday night…
USF student ombudsman retiring after 27 years
Northwest News and Tribune
Like thousands of students he recruited, mentored and watched graduate from the University of South Florida in 27 years, it is time for Samuel Wright to bid farewell to the Bulls campus….
Releases and Web Stories
Florida Dept. of Education touches on impact of Gov. Scott’s new budget
Broward Net Online (press release)
The Florida Families First budget also directs more resources to the Florida College System as a way to increase access for Floridians to affordable, high quality postsecondary education and includes these highlights:
- $1.1 billion in state funding for our state college system, an increase of $74.4 million or seven percent over the current fiscal year;
- $50.3 million more in operating funds for the college system;
- $13 million for competitive workforce programs; and
- $10 million for a Florida Distinguished Teacher College competitive grant.
Golf Returns to Palm Beach Atlantic as a Varsity Sport
Palm Beach Atlantic University
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- Palm Beach Atlantic University will once again compete in golf beginning this fall. President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. announced Tuesday the addition of a men’s and women’s golf program, which will be led by Craig Watson, a PGA Class A Professional since 1978 who has worked locally as the program director for First Tee of the Palm Beaches.
UF adds graphic to Florida consumer confidence releases
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Starting with Tuesday’s release of the January consumer confidence report for Florida, the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research will add a graphic showing the one-year and five-year trends for the index…
MEI Creates App to Promote University of South Florida’s Mobile App Conference
What They Think
Jenkintown, PA — Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe premier development partner, today announced that its creative team, Nervous Pixel, has designed and produced an interactive app to accompany the University of South Florida’s first conference on mobile app publishing, “Higher Education Enterprise Mobile App Conference” (HEEMAC). The app, built using the Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite™ (DPS), supports the event with program details and encourages participants to connect with speakers and other education professionals using embedded social media…