State University System
Fla. universities mull tuition hikes, program cuts
Faced with $300 million in state budget cuts, Florida universities are weighing such options as bigger classes, fewer degree programs, employee layoffs and tuition increases…
FAU faces $30 million cut to budget
Florida Atlantic University faces about $30 million in cuts from the state budget, President Mary Jane Saunders said. That’s bad, but not as bad as the $71 million cut proposed by the Senate, which would have wiped out about a third of the university’s …
FGCU’s hit will be less harsh
A budget plan to pull money from universities’ reserve funds won’t impact FGCU as much as some other state institutions. That’s because the school hasn’t been stockpiling cash. Its reserves exceeded the 5 percent minimum required under state law, but flagship institutions had been carrying forward tens of millions of dollars…
Agency: Florida Polytechnic Accreditation Could Take 6 Years
It could take as long as six years for the proposed Florida Polytechnic University to become an accredited school, according to an accrediting agency, and that would create a variety of problems, including that its students couldn’t receive federal aid during that time. That news came in a recent letter from Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), to Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida.
Undocumented immigrant asks Florida Supreme Court for chance to practice law
He came to the United States as a fourth-grader who spoke only Spanish. He needed a year to learn English, then refused to let anything slow him down again. He became the 2004 valedictorian at Armwood High School in Seffner, an anthropology major at New College, a law student at Florida State University. He passed the bar exam last year on his first try. But when he applied for admission to the Florida Bar, José Godínez-Samperio was stopped in his tracks.
UWF scraps Greenbrier Boulevard access road
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida on Wednesday presented a new plan to residents who live near campus to build sidewalks and golf cart paths through a wooded area as a new western access to campus. The university’s latest idea scraps the proposed widening …
State College System
Search for next Edison State College leader begins
With the presidential search officially opening this week at Edison State College, officials and industry experts say tumultuous times on campus won’t scare off qualified applicants.
Biofuel plant back on track
Dr. Norm Stephens, president of South Florida Community College, told the board a $900,000 grant was in the works to assist in training future employees for the plant, which is predicted to employ more than 200 people.
Independent College and University System
Mass Will Mark 7th Anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s Death
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network has announced that Ave Maria University will once again host “The National Mass for Terri’s Day” at the Ave Maria Oratory at Ave Maria…
Bethune-Cookman Pres. to announce retirement
Bethune-Cookman University will hold a news conference on Wednesday to announce official plans for the retirement of President Trudie Kibbe Reed. The university said B-CU officials will also talk about the university’s plans for a smooth transition in …
Barry University sells WXEL-TV for $1.4 million
Barry University passed the torch of WXEL-TV Channel 42, turning over to local ownership the public broadcast station it saved from the abyss 15 years ago. Amid applause, the station’s board, at a special meeting Tuesday, voted unanimously to sell to a group led by President and CEO Bernie Henneberg.
New Embry-Riddle welcome center signals major change
Daytona Beach News-Journal
With a swooping roof resembling an airplane wing, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University‘s new welcome center is intended to transform the face of the college when completed…
Hodges University celebrates campus expansion
A new 48000 square foot building at Colonial Boulevard and Winkler Avenue boasts a student union and 20 new classrooms. Hodges gears its classes toward adult learners and veterans, many juggling school and full-time jobs. The new building will help the …
Senate gives second life to nursing home program Jacksonville University may not want
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Legislation carrying an amendment that would approve the construction of a 150-bed nursing home tied to Jacksonville University got a second life Wednesday. The Senate version, sponsored by Ellyn Bogdanoff, R – Fort Lauderdale, had only passed one …
10 National Universities With the Smallest Classes: These schools offer the …
… of Chicago 5238 77.8% 5 Nova Southeastern University (FL) 6174 76.1% RNP Yale University (CT) 5310 75.8% 3 Northwestern University (IL) 8443 75.0% 12 *RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its ranking category.
Rollins, Winter Park police to host emergency response exercise
Rollins College Campus Safety and the Winter Park Police Department will host an exercise on the college’s campus on Thursday afternoon, the college revealed today. The exercise, which will be at 2 pm in Strong …
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Kassab: Tuition hikes mean students work more, take fewer classes
Enough with the sophomoric power games that Tallahassee is playing with our universities. Too much time is spent focusing on political sport. Such as how Sen. JD Alexander is creating his own pet university — Florida’s 12th — even as the state is cutting higher-education dollars and raising tuition at record rates. Let’s take a break from the analysis of how lawmakers are raiding universities’ cash reserves like piggy banks. Let’s zoom in on the real casualties — such as Zachary McCaffrey, a 23-year-old senior political-science student at the University of Central Florida….
Ave Maria Sues Over ‘Accommodation’
National Catholic Register
“It is a sad day when an American citizen or organization has no choice but to sue its own government in order to exercise religious-liberty rights guaranteed by our nation’s Constitution,” [Jim] Towey stated at a press conference.
Voting laws have roots in Jim Crow
Recently in Tallahassee Mary McLeod Bethune — who fought tirelessly to educate black people and for whom Bethune-Cookman University is named — became one of the first inductees into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame…
For Marco Rubio, VP Prospects Bring New Scrutiny
In Miami last week, a dozen young Hispanic men and women gathered outside Rubio’s office last week chanting, “Rubio: Latino or Tea Partino?” Helping to lead the chants was Esteban Roncancio. He’s 20 years old, studying computer engineering at Miami Dade College and is an undocumented immigrant. He’s a prime candidate for the Dream Act, a bill that would give students and members of the military who are in the US illegally a path to legal residency.
Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of “peace through strength” is why “the Iranians …
“By doing this, Iran thought they were showing the world that they could meddle in our affairs, just as we had done to them in 1953,” added Dave Houghton, a political scientist at the University of Central Florida and author of US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis. Houghton suggested that Iran had a relatively unsophisticated grasp of U.S. politics, and said he thinks it’s possible that the Iranians “didn’t even know what Reagan had said on the campaign trail.”
Jury selection resumes for man accused in fatal DUI crash who adopted girlfriend
Jury selection has begun in the case of a wealthy Palm Beach polo mogul facing trial, accused of killing a University of Central Florida graduate [Scott Wilson] in a drunken-driving accident. Jury selection will continue Wednesday in the case of John Goodman…Recently, Goodman made national news when he legally adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend as a way to protect some of his financial assets.
Troubling signs: Lowest percentage of Americans working since 1983
With some discouraged workers dropping out, that is affecting their ability to save, said Sean Snaith. director of University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness. “It is troubling,” said Snaith. “People are drawing on their nest …
Treasure Coast Republican party leaders question Florida’s presidential …
“I think, boy, if Florida had it’s primary coming up this next week, all eyes would be here,” said Daniel Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida. “If it was the Tuesday after Super Tuesday, I suspect all four (Republican) …
Years of research point to strain kids put on relationships
“Kids do lower marital satisfaction and there’s not much we seem to be able to do to prevent it,” says Brian Doss, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Releases and Web Stories
FAU Student Alumni Association Receives Award from Council for Advancement and …
PressZoom (press release)
BOCA RATON, FL (March 6, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University Student Alumni Association (SAA) recently received the “Tried and True Program” award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its annual Fall Bonfire.
FIU Americas Venture Capital Conference 2012 to Bring Innovative Ventures …
MarketWatch (press release)
MIAMI, Mar 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Florida International University’s College of Business Administration will host the 2012 Americas Venture Capital Conference: An International Summit of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Nov.
Inter-American Supply Chain Forum 2012 To Be Held March 15-16 at FIU
MIAMI, Mar 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — To help companies succeed in Latin America in an increasingly challenging business environment, Florida International University‘s Ryder Center for Supply Chain Management at the College of Business Administration will host the 2012 Inter-American Supply Chain Forum, March 15-16, 2012. The conference, “Supply Chain Management Analytics: Driving Latin American Companies to the Next Performance Level,” will take place at the Ocean Bank Auditorium of FIU’s College of Business Complex (CBC), 11200 SW 8th Street in Miami.
UF alumnus to discuss his work delivering medical care to Miami’s homeless
University of Florida
Dr. Pedro Jose “Joe” Greer, UF alumnus and assistant dean of academic affairs at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, will discuss his pioneering work delivering medical care to the homeless.
Internationally Recognized Leukemia Physician and Researcher to Lead Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
MarketWatch (press release)
MIAMI, Mar 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., one of the world’s premier leukemia and stem cell transplant researchers and clinicians, has been named the new director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Nimer, the Alfred P. Sloan Chair in Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will assume the key University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth-University of Miami Health System post this spring, bringing 30 years of pioneering research and clinical experience and an unquenchable passion for improving the lives of patients with cancer, and their families.