State University System
Florida universities rank high in presidential pay
Florida’s universities trail the nation when it comes to state funding and academic rankings, but they do score high in one area: pay for their top leaders. The median pay for presidents of the eight research universities in Florida was $510,000 during 2010-11 school year, compared to $421,000 nationally, according to an analysis released Monday by the “Chronicle of Higher Education,” an academic news journal…
Ammons: FAMU needs major changes
FAMU President James Ammons stopped by the Democrat newsrooms and spoke to our editorial board about his leadership role at FAMU, the suspension of the Marching 100, and how the university plans to address eligibility issue for future band members.
Harbor Branch launches intensive focus on the Indian River Lagoon
Most people know Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University for its intrepid submarines that delve into the dark recesses of the ocean in search of hidden secrets or unusual sea life that might …
Education Officials Meeting in Daytona To Discuss New School Florida Polytechnic
With the changeover deadline looming, education officials will meet in Daytona Beach on Wednesday to address the intricacies of moving ownership of funding and buildings from the University of South Florida to Florida Polytechnic University. There’s a lot to plan…
Florida State student dies while studying abroad in China, school official says
(CNN) — A Florida State University student has died while studying abroad in China, a school spokeswoman said Monday. Local law enforcement authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of William Cullen Klein, said Jeanette DeDiemar, the Tallahassee school’s director of university communications.
New Medical Device Helps Premature Babies One Lullaby at a Time
Florida State University announced today the availability of a new medical device that uses musical lullabies to help premature babies overcome one of their greatest growth hurdles. The innovative device, known as the Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL), …
No foul play suspected in death of UF student, 19
An investigation is under way into the death of 19-year-old University of Florida student who died Monday from an apparent medical-related condition, authorities said. Stephen C. Speck, of Oviedo, was pronounced dead at around 9:30 a.m., according to the University Police Department…
UF trustees approve higher student fees for Reitz Union expansion
University of Florida students might be paying higher fees than expected to fund the Reitz Union expansion and renovation. UF’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to raise the Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee by $2 per credit hour starting in the fall. The Florida Board of Governors will consider final approval next month…
New USFSP Program Assists Veterans To Get MBAs
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) College of Business is making it easier for veterans to pursue a masters degree in business administration…
State College System
TCC likely to hold the line on tuition
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
On Monday, Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh said Scott was right and the college will work on figuring out how to improve and measure its performance before seeking more money from students.
Valencia’s bold step holds the line on costs for families
At a time when parents and students across Florida are worried about the cost of college, Valencia College has taken a bold step: The college has decided not to increase tuition next year…
Independent College and University System
Ave Maria University Will Drop Student Health Insurance
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University will no longer offer health insurance to students nor require them to carry it, university President Jim Towey said in a statement Monday in which he cited both moral objections as well as federal coverage mandates that would raise …
Ave Maria University ditches student health insurance plans
Money and morality are the twin reasons Ave Maria University will no longer offer group health insurance plans to students as of Aug. 15. University President Jim Towey said Monday that students and parents can thank the federal Patient Protection and …
Competition to perform organ transplants is heating up in Florida
McClatchy Washington Bureau
The University of Miami, whose doctors perform the Jackson transplants, have filed a letter of intent with regulators to do adult heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants at the University of Miami Hospital, across the street from Jackson Memorial…
UM team advances to national student advertising competition
The American Advertising Federation has announced that the University of Miami School of Communication’s student advertising team – the Miami Collective – won the National Student Advertising District Competition…
Ride and park: Car share coming to Miami this summer
The University of Miami has Zipcars, and its Hertz On Demand competitor serves Florida International University…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Owens: 2 schools of thought on tuition
Florida lawmakers took a $300 million bite out of funding for the state’s public universities for the budget year that begins July 1, continuing a pattern of cuts that began four years ago. Lawmakers held funding flat for the state’s public colleges, but over the past decade they’ve dialed back state support, shifting more of the costs to students…
Kassab: UCF fast growth also has consequences
Jeb Bush recently praised UCF for its “meteoric rise.” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the region has “no better partner” than the University of Central Florida. UCF is often lauded for how large it’s grown — and how fast. Of course, the former governor and the mayor don’t wake up next to the campus every morning…
Walsh: UCF models efficiency but belt-tightening has limits
I’ve been involved with Florida higher education since I was student-body president at Florida Technological University in the 1970s. The institution was smartly renamed the University of Central Florida, and I have since tried to serve UCF in many capacities, including as a charter member and chair of the Board of Trustees…
Letters from Readers
As an English professor/composition instructor at the University of North Florida, I teach many students who have never retained writing instruction. Some come in my door thinking “noun” and “verb” are synonyms for “word.” If they don’t have the parts …
Feds OK Workforce grant extension
The retraining funds might help longtime Brevard residents remain in the region, rather than moving away immediately to find work, said John Hilston, associate professor of economics at Brevard Community College in Palm Bay…
College Summit helps students overcome obstacles
“We know students listen more to other students than they ever will to adults,” said Raquel Figueroa, the program manager in South Florida. In 2011-12, 3,500 South Florida seniors participated in College Summit. Next year, the program will expand to work with high school freshmen and juniors as well, growing its reach to more than 14,000 students in Broward and Miami-Dade…
Embry-Riddle grad wins national award
Daytona Beach News-Journal
A recent graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is making her mark in the field of space physics by winning a national award and heading to the U.S. Department of Energy to work for the summer. Emily Hyatt, 22, of Middleburg, who received a bachelor in engineering physics, won first prize in what is called magnetospheric physics from a student research contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Community Coordinate Modeling Center…
Synthetic marijuana: Experts say fake pot poses serious dangers, can cause …
The appeal of synthetic marijuana is that it is legal, said, Dr. Morton Levitt, chairman of the Integrated Medical Science Department at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton…
Seagrasses Store as Much Carbon as Forests
“Seagrasses only take up a small percentage of global coastal area, but this assessment shows that they are a dynamic ecosystem for carbon transformation,” study researcher James Fourqurean, of Florida International University, said in a statement…
UTA Libraries gets new dean
Fort Worth Star Telegram
A senior Florida State University library administrator will serve as the new dean of libraries at the University of Texas at Arlington. Rebecca Bichel, an associate dean for public service at FSU since 2005, will start on July 16…
Just a drill but threat of major storm is real
Jill Trepanier, who just earned her doctorate in geography from Florida State University and has studied hurricane patterns in Florida, rated the chances of a direct strike, particularly from a major hurricane, during the convention as “very low.
If FAMU loses hazing suit, law may limit damage award
“It usually requires some kind of political support and it can take a very long time,” said Peter Lake, a law professor and director of the Center for Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law.
Teen ‘Tebows’ during graduation, denied diploma — temporarily
Naples Daily News
As Chuck Shriner crossed the stage on Saturday during Bishop Verot’s graduation ceremony, he suddenly paused, dropped to one knee, and Tebow-ed his principal…The Fort Myers teen, who will be attending University of Central Florida in the fall to study mechanical engineering, was told he wouldn’t be receiving his diploma because of his antics…
Controversial Clerk of Court returns to work
“And then voters, when they see other kinds of things that don’t look on the up-and-up, like fudging resumes, then in the voters’ minds these things start adding up and they think, ‘Is this the person I want in elected office?’” said Aubrey Jewett of the University of Central Florida.
Scott’s upbeat view of Florida’s economy contrasts with fellow Republican …
Scott is one of several Republican governors who have been upbeat about their states’ economies, and that’s making it harder for Romney to make his case. University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith said in some ways both Scott and Romney are correct.
Does level of education matter with superintendent candidates?
Linda Eldridge, a clinical professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Educational Administration and Policy, was formerly a teacher and superintendent of schools in South Carolina. Eldridge said a business leader could run a school district …
Where are Facebook’s friends? Stock down after IPO
It’s a customary gesture from underwriters to support the company they helped bring to market, explains Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida. It’s a way to save face and show that the company and the bankers gauged an …
The Facebook Effect: How Many Jobs Do IPOs Really Create?
Jay R. Ritter is the Cordell Professor of Finance at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration and has been researching the IPO market for more than thirty years. Facebook’s historic IPO has stirred up speculation about …
Civil Rights, Economy and Elections
“Latinos are three times more likely to lack health insurance than any group,” says in the article Olveen Carrasquillo, chief of the internal medicine division at the University of Miami Health System.
Vigorous Exercise Might Keep Psoriasis at Bay
U.S. News & World Report
Another expert, Dr. Robert Kirsner, chief of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, added that “exercise allows patients who may be at risk for psoriasis because of family history the ability to do something to hopefully …
Stand-up desks can add years to your life
“Sitting at a desk for long periods of time isn’t good for you,” says Dr. Robert Schwartz, chair of family medicine & community health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine…
Mayor Alvin Brown’s position on human rights ordinance could be politically tricky
Tim Simpson, managing editor of the journal Political Theology and an instructor at the University of North Florida. “Both in African-American and Hispanic congregations, it’s common to find pastors and congregations standing foursquare against gay rights.”
Botox to bloodflow: New help for MS patients
“She started showing improvement on the table,” Bulent Arslan, MD, an associate professor of radiology at the University of South Florida, told Action News…
Murder-suicide of couple reported at Wheat Ridge nursing home
Donna Cohen, who is an expert on older adults who commit murder-suicides, said perpetrators usually fit a profile: They are depressed and overwhelmed by caregiving for an ill spouse. Also, the deaths typically involve long-married couples who are extremely close with no history of domestic violence, Cohen said. Cohen, a professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida, has researched assisted suicide and homicide in the elderly…
Seeking equal opportunities in surgery
In 2009, Tampa surgeon Dr. Sharona Ross launched the Women in Surgery initiative at the University of South Florida.
Releases and Web Stories
TEXT-Fitch rates University System of Florida revs ‘AA’; outlook …
NEW YORK, May 21 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has assigned an ‘AA’ rating to approximately $32.7 million of university system improvement revenue refunding bonds, series 2012A, issued by the State of Florida, Board of Governors (BoG) on behalf of the State University System of Florida (SUS)…
The International Space University Opens its 25th Anniversary Space Studies …
MarketWatch (press release)
MELBOURNE, Fla., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The International Space University will open its 25th Space Studies Program (ISU/SSP12) at Florida Institute of Technology and Kennedy Space Center June 4-Aug. 3.
New Musical Pacifier Helps Premature Babies Get Healthy
Science Daily (press release)
ScienceDaily (May 21, 2012) — Florida State University has announced the availability of a new medical device that uses musical lullabies to help premature babies overcome one of their greatest growth hurdles.
TCC President Proposes No Tuition Increase
Today, Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh announced to the College’s District Board of Trustees that, in keeping with Governor Rick Scott’s recommendations regarding college tuition, he is not recommending a tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year. This recommendation was made at today’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting despite the Florida Legislature’s authorization of up to a five percent increase in tuition for colleges statewide.
New research dashes notions of benign brain plaque
University of Florida
University of Florida researchers have discovered that people with no signs of dementia during their lives, even though their brains contained the debris typical of Alzheimer’s disease, probably would have experienced health problems had they lived …