Special Section: Board of Governors Meeting Coverage and Reax
State universities submit work plans
The Florida Current
Florida universities are presenting their 2013-2014 work plans to the State University System’s Board of Governors during two days of meetings in Tampa. The University of Florida was the first school to explain its plan to the Strategic Planning Committee…
BOG OKs FAMU plan
As data-driven as Florida’s Board of Governors wants to be, it’s not just about the numbers when it comes to overseeing the state’s public universities. Especially when it involves Florida A&M University. While FAMU’s numbers have not changed dramatically from one year ago, when some governors derided the university’s president for his focus on research and the BOG refused to accept FAMU’s strategic plan until a number of measures were addressed, FAMU enjoyed a much more cordial reception on Tuesday during BOG’s annual summer meeting…
Machen says funding is key to push for top 10 status
But is $150 million enough? That is what university Board of Governors Chairman Dean Colson asked Machen during a presentation on UF’s 2013-2014 work plan today.
Is $150M enough to catapult UF into the top 10?
In convincing Bernie Machen to remain president at the University of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott agreed to give the school an extra $15 million each year through 2017 to help it break into the top 10 public universities. Not only has the Legislature agreed to give UF that $75 million, but Machen pledged to match that amount through private fundraiser. That would provide UF $150 million over five years as it attempts to join the ranks of schools like the University of Virginia and the University of California, which has five campuses in the top 10 according to U.S. News and World Report…
USF fields tough questions about its branch campuses
TAMPA — After a half-hour presentation about the good things the University of South Florida has been able to accomplish — medical research, science and math degrees, graduation rates, veterans services — there came some tough questions. The main campus in Tampa was doing great. But what about the other branches? The grilling was part of an annual exercise by the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System and asks all public universities in Florida to outline where they stand and what they hope to accomplish over the next year…
National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Training Program Rankings
UNF, FSCJ score low in national teacher education ratings
Teacher education programs at two local colleges scored poorly in a new ratings report from a national teacher quality group. The National Council for Teacher Quality rated 1,300 public and private colleges with elementary or secondary education programs. The best programs received a four-star label and the worst received no stars and a warning to avoid. University of North Florida received two; Florida State College at Jacksonville received none. Jacksonville University and Edward Waters College were not rated…
Teacher Training Failing Says New Study
The National Council On Teacher Quality released it’s 2013 report Monday examining teacher training programs at over 1,100 universities and colleges in the U.S. Among the findings are that one in seven schools are so-called “low performing schools” in turning out quality teachers prepared for their first years of teaching.
Report: Five Florida Teacher Training Programs Are “Substandard”
Five Florida teacher training programs have landed on a list of schools dubbed “substandard,” according to a new national ranking of education programs. The National Council on Teacher Quality ranked more than 1,100 programs at education schools across the countryon how well they teach reading, math, classroom management, special education and other criteria. The rankings are the first of their kind.
St. Petersburg College On List Of “Substandard” Education Schools
Five Florida teacher training programs have landed on a list of schools dubbed “substandard,” according to a new national ranking of education programs. The National Council on Teacher Quality ranked more than 1,100 programs at education schools across the country on how well they teach reading, math, classroom management, special education and other criteria. The rankings are the first of their kind. Five Florida schools earned a “consumer warning” label from NCTQ. ”Teacher candidates are unlikely to gain much, if any, of value in return for their investment,” the report said. “Further, school districts should be aware that in our view these programs only provide minimal, substandard training to their candidates.” Those schools are: Chipola College; Edison State College; Florida State College At Jacksonville; Northwest Florida State College; and St. Petersburg College.
State University System
Budding inventors: FGCU students win first place in business contest with …
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University students and their mentors get together for a group photo to celebrate their recent first place win at the Florida Venture Forum 2013 Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition…
FGCU trustees don’t increase tuition, give Bradshaw a raise
Naples Daily News
Abiding by Gov. Rick Scott’s request, Florida Gulf Coast University trustees voted Tuesday to keep tuition the same for the upcoming academic year. Board members approved a tuition waiver to offset a legally-mandated 1.7 percent tuition increase, which Scott has lobbied state universities to do. The state Board of Governors must still approve the decision…Board members also voted to approve the performance review for President Wilson Bradshaw, kicking in a contractually obligated 5 percent, or $17,943, raise and an $80,000 performance bonus. His salary will rise to $376,806…
Students Experiment with Robots and Rockets at Summer STEM Camp
Florida State University‘s Panama City campus hosted the sixth Summer STEM camp for rising eighth graders. “STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics…
Commission to consider reworked University Corners plan
University Corners – the mix of apartments, retail and restaurant space and a hotel long-planned on a grassy field north of the University of Florida - goes before the City Commission Thursday evening for what may be the final decision on whether to …
University of Florida to hold classes in Sarasota
WWSB ABC 7
SARASOTA, Fla. – Don’t be surprised to start hearing more talk about the University of Florida around downtown Sarasota. That’s because UF will open a satellite facility for its Graduate School of Architecture. The college worked out a deal with Sarasota County to renovate a building on Orange Avenue just south of Ringling, in the shadow of the county’s own administration building…
USF board approves legally-required tuition increase
The USF trustees approved the increase Monday despite Scott’s lobbying schools to hold the line firm on tuition, with two dissenting votes from USF board members…
USF to impose 1.7 percent tuition hike
Students at the University of South Florida will be paying a little more in tuition this fall after all. Officials said Tuesday that USF would impose the 1.7 percent inflation-related hike to base tuition that has been debated across the university system. For a full-time, in-state student in Tampa taking 30 credits, annual tuition and fees will rise from $6,334 to $6,446…
USF Latest School to Use Inflation to Raise Tuition
While Governor Rick Scott vetoed a three percent tuition increase for the state’s public universities, the University of South Florida is the latest school getting around that by using inflation to raise tuition for the coming school year. During a conference call Monday, USF’s Board of Trustees approved a new university regulation that boosts tuition for in-state undergraduate students by 1.7 percent, the rate of inflation…
State College System
Two 4-year degrees approved at PHCC
TAMPA – The State Board of Education approved requests from Pasco-Hernando Community College on Tuesday for a bachelor of applied science in supervision and management, and a bachelor of science in nursing. The baccalaureate programs are the first of their kind developed by the college, and started to take shape in 2011 when University of South Florida was no longer able to accommodate a growing demand of students for their bachelor of applied science degree, and encouraged PHCC to offer the degree, as well, according to the BOE…
Colleges combat workforce shortage with training, certification
WTSP 10 News
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – St. Petersburg College and eleven other Florida state and community colleges are implementing a new project — the Florida TRADE (Transforming Resources for Accelerated Degrees and Employment) in Advanced Manufacturing. Its purpose is to help address the growing skilled workforce shortage faced by Florida’s manufacturing industry and related industries.
How Would Your Boss Deal with Domestic Violence?
The City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Tallahassee Community College are all working on crafting new domestic violence policies…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Embry-Riddle to bring Austrian aircraft manufacturer to Daytona Beach
Orlando Business Journal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is partnering with Diamond Aircraft Industries to bring the Austria-based manufacturer to its Daytona Beach campus.
Manned Submersible on the Hunt for Invasive Lionfish
Wall Street Journal
The expedition will be hosted at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center in Hollywood, Florida, and will conclude at the state-of-the-art facility on Saturday, June 29, with a panel of leading experts on aquatic invasive species…
NCAA officials forming verdict on UM
It still might be another six to eight weeks at the earliest before the NCAA’s Committee of Infractions announces the violations and penalties the University of Miami’s football and men’s basketball teams face, but that doesn’t mean a tentative verdict …
University of Miami students win ad competition for Walmart campaign – slideshow
South Florida Business Journal
Students at the University of Miami won first place at the National Student Advertising Competition for a campaign they launched for Glidden Paint at Walmart.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web
What we think: High life in higher ed shows skewed priorities
The University of Central Florida can be proud of the news, in this week’s Sentinel, that it was one of 13 U.S. institutions to earn top marks for two of its teacher-education programs. But there’s nothing for UCF to boast about in another recent …
A chilling effect? Privacy and surveillance post-PRISM
In a recent talk at Stetson University, I spoke about my research on how college seniors manage their Facebook presence while approaching the job market. I also talked about how, as information becomes increasingly integrated, social networks like Facebook may exert a “chilling effect” on free expression. A chilling effect is when the perception of punishment curbs speech. This is a legal term as well as an interpersonal phenomenon… Mario Rodriguez is an assistant professor of communication and media studies at Stetson University.
States boost college funding, rein in tuition costs
…Rick Scott called for a tuition freeze across all 12 state universities, but several, including the University of Florida and Florida State University, have refused to comply, proposing tuition hikes tied to a 1.7% inflation rate. ”The recent downturn and impact on higher education was really unprecedented,” says Andrew Carlson, senior policy analyst at the non-profit State Higher Education Executive Officers. “States are probably a little more leery than normal to put money back into support for higher ed.”
BCC Youth Summer Golf Camp Teaches Life Skills
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As nearly 60 participants in the 21st annual Brevard Community College P.J. Wilson and Henry Scott Youth Golf Camp gave him their full attention on Tuesday, Dr. Joe Lee Smith imparted a lesson that transcended just the game at hand…
FGCU President Bradshaw receives glowing reviews upon evaluation
Florida Gulf Coast University President, Wilson Bradshaw, received glowing reviews during his 2012-13-performance evaluation, Tuesday morning.
FGCU’s president gets raise, some praise
FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw will earn a pay raise and bonus for what his bosses described as a phenomenal year at the helm…
Cousteau to Spend 31 Days in Underwater Research Lab
…Fabien Cousteau and a team of filmmakers and scientists will dive to Aquarius Reef Base on Sept. 30 where they’ll spend 31 days testing experimental equipment and conducting research on the underwater effects of climate change. Aquarius sits about 60 feet below the ocean’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s owned by the U.S. Government and managed by Florida International University…
Trial For Former County Official Delayed
Elba Cherry, 58, was arrested in November 2011 on charges of teaching classes at Florida Southern College while she was supposed to be working for the county…
Another Day, Another Gulf State Industrial Explosion
“The oil disaster highlighted the gaps in our understanding of the Gulf of Mexico,” says Florida State University oceanographer Ian MacDonald. “What frustrates me is how little has changed over the past three years…
NWF State president describes repeated efforts to oust him (DOCUMENT)
The Northwest Florida Daily News
NICEVILLE — Months of simmering rumors and speculation about the future of Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy reached a boiling point Tuesday at the board of trustees meeting. Reading a prepared statement, Handy informed the board …
SFSC President Stephens receives distinguished service award
South Florida State College President Dr. Norm Stephens Jr. recently received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities at the association’s annual meeting June 5 in Orlando…
SPC’s board of trustees changes
Terrence Brett bid farewell this morning to the St. Petersburg College board of trustees, which he’s served on since 2008. Brett was appointed by former Gov. Crist to fill a seat, then reappointed to a four-year term in 2009. That was up.
SPC trustees extend President Bill Law’s contract
St. Petersburg College‘s board of trustees voted Monday to extend its president’s contract by one year, securing Bill Law‘s top spot through summer 2016. Law signed a three-year contract when he left Tallahassee Community College to lead SPC in 2010, but the board has voted every year since 2011 to add to Law’s contract. On Monday, the trustees lauded Law for bringing SPC‘s focus back to students. This fall, the college launched several new initiatives aimed at first-time college students, including an orientation, mandatory advising and online course planning…
Central Florida leaders celebrate 10 years of the National Entrepreneur Center …
Orlando Business Journal
The National Entrepreneur Center turned 10 years old today. See Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Executive Director Jerry Ross and University of Central Florida President John Hitt talk about the center’s impact…
Video: UM president Shalala has swagger
Heather Dinich talks about University of Miami president Donna Shalala flashing the ‘U’ sign as she left meetings with the NCAA’s Committees on Infractions last week…
Cuban dissident: Family, supporters faced repression on island after return …
…The decision of the Paya family — six members in all — to leave the island is likely to be seen as a black eye to the Cuban government, which has been trying to portray itself as a more open society since enacting a slate of social and economic reforms in recent years, said Jaime Suchlicki, a professor at the University of Miami. “It makes it look like the Cuban government is oppressive, which it is,” Suchlicki said. On the other hand, with one less dissident on the island, “I don’t think the Cuban government is going to be too upset.”
Former UM Student Begins Sentence For Deadly DUI Crash
MIAMI (CBS4) – A former University of Miami student convicted in a deadly drunk driving accident will begin her prison sentence on Tuesday. Ivanna Villanueva will spend the next three years in prison. The terms of Villanueva’s plea deal include…
Releases and Web Stories
Carson Dunlop Partners with Florida Keys Community College
Carson Dunlop and Florida Keys Community College have formed a strategic partnership to offer a career home inspection training program.
NSU Named to IDG’s Computerworld 2013 List of 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FLA., JUNE 18, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) was recently named in IDG’s Computerworld 2013 List of 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology. The listing, compiled by the Computerworld editorial team, is based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention, as well as a worker satisfaction survey completed by a random sampling of IT employees at the participating organizations…
Good News Shared at 2013-14 Budget Meeting
Santa Fe College
It’s definitely a good thing when clapping is heard from within the confines of a budget meeting. That was the case Monday afternoon at the Fine Arts Hall as Santa Fe College president Dr. Jackson Sasser announced that there would be no tuition increase. “Appreciation for Students” According to Sasser, Santa Fe College was authorized to increase tuition up to 8 percent; however, he said they’re proposing a 0 percent increase. Sasser also said that, although no tuition increase is proposed, a slight increase in student fees are likely.
Seminole State dedicates renamed planetarium
Seminole State College
Seminole State College of Florida’s planetarium, a Central Florida resource for more than 25 years, has a new name to match its new look…
Valencia Trustees Approve 2013-14 Budget, No Tuition Increase
The Valencia College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $164.8 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its June 18 meeting. The budget calls for no increase in tuition and fees for students working on their associates’ degrees. Students taking bachelor’s degree — or upper division — courses will see their tuition rise 1.7 percent, as mandated by state law.