State University System
Top education leader demands FAMU president be held accountable
One of the most powerful education leaders in Florida wrote a harshly worded letter to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees on Monday in which he demanded university President James Ammons be held accountable for a “number of serious issues” confronting the university.
Chairman: BOG ‘Remains Concerned’ About FAMU Situation
Sunshine State News
On the same day that James Ammons, Florida A&M University president, spelled out how to deal with the fallout of a hazing scandal that has rocked the university’s band, the chairman of the Florida Board of Governors outlined a series of concerns it wants the school to address in Ammons’ next evaluation…
Hazing, missing audits add pressure on FAMU officials
In advance of the meeting, the chairman of the board that oversees all of Florida’s public universities issued a letter to FAMU’s board of trustees Chairman, seeking greater input into the evaluation of University President James Ammons.
Anti-hazing plan offered for FAMU
WTSP 10 News
The president of Florida A&M University issues his plan to address hazing at the school. President James Ammons wants to hire a special assistant to oversee the university’s efforts to eliminate a culture of hazing on campus…
FAMU College of Education professionally accredited
WTXL ABC 27
Florida A&M University‘s (FAMU) College of Education has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for the nation’s children by recently achieving accreditation under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for …
Dozens, Most From in State, Apply For Florida Polytechnic Board; Deadline Extended
Ladies and gentlemen, put down your pencils. The extended deadline for applying to serve on the new Florida Polytechnic University board of trustees ended at 4 p.m. Monday, leaving officials with a large selection of candidates for the volunteer board…
New Florida Poly Board of Trustees Attracts 53 for Five Spots
Sunshine State News
The Florida Board of Governors will slim the list of 53 applicants to be members of the charter board of trustees at the new Florida Polytechnic University to five in two weeks.
Interesting figures want to serve on FL Poly’s new board
WTSP 10 News
It has no students, no campus, and no administration yet, but the new Florida Polytechnic is a step closer to having its first Board of Trustees. Florida’s Board of Governors (BOG) received 53 applications for the board, which it will review later this month. And while the prestigious group includes former astronauts, local lawyers, and county commissioners, it also includes a number of potential candidates with potential conflicts of interest…
UF dental school gets bite of $67 million grant
UF is one of seven institutions awarded a portion of a $67 million, seven-year grant from the institute. The grant will be used to create a national research network of dentists and dental hygienists…
Bad weather spoils local view of Venus transit
More than 60 people gathered at UF‘s Flavet Field in the period between about 6:04 p.m. and 8 p.m., when the transit of Venus across the sun was expected to be seen in Gainesville. All but a handful of them ended up being suckers, as an overcast and occasionally rainy evening spoiled their chance to see an event that won’t happen again in their lifetimes.
UNF Students discover potential life-saving bacteria
First Coast News
Some chemistry students at the University of North Florida may have found the next miracle drug. Over the last year, the students collected samples of seaweed, sponges and sand from as far away as the Florida Keys and as close as Big Talbot Island.
State College System
Community College professors say they oppose change to tenure rules
Florida’s Department of Education is considering revising the policy that governs when a community college professor can apply for tenure. But before the state’s education board changes anything, board members have decided to gather comments and concerns from professors and community college administrators across Florida.
Financial aid errors cost FSCJ $2.5 million
First Coast News
After multiple audits, Florida State College at Jacksonville revealed Tuesday that the latest financial audits found that a high error …
Audit: FSCJ Approved Too Much Financial Aid, Will Cost $2.5 M
First Coast News
A financial aid error is costing Florida State College at Jacksonville at least $2.5 million. The problem deals with the approval of …
FSCJ approves 3% tuition increase for 2012-13
The Florida State College at Jacksonville Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve a 3 percent tuition increase for the 2012-13 school year, …
Brackett Library on IRSC campus in Indian River flooded, closed to public
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription)
A sewage backup has closed the county’s Brackett Library on the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College, prompting an emergency restoration effort to save some of the items kept there, according to Indian River …
Miami Dade College InterAmerican Students Win Grant To Assist Undocumented Peers
On Monday, the InterAmerican campus group became one of five organizations to receive part of a $25,000 grant from Mobilize.org and the Knight Foundation. Thirteen student groups competed for the funds.
Biden and College Presidents Talk About Paying the Bills
New York Times
But at a round-table Tuesday led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the presidents of some of the nation’s largest institutions, representing 1.4 million students — among them, Arizona State University, Miami Dade College, and the state university …
America’s worst colleges
The Harkin investigation, reported Bloomberg, found that “an associate’s degree in business from Corinthian’s Everest College in Florida costs $46792, compared with about $6453 for the same degree from Miami Dade College.
St. Johns River State College to start four-year degree program …
St. Augustine Record
St. Johns River State College announced Tuesday that the State Board of Education has approved the school’s request to add a bachelor’s degree in nursing to …
Independent Colleges and Universities
Randy Shannon, Miami settle dispute
“Contract issues between the University of Miami and Randy Shannon have been fully, fairly and amicably resolved,” the university said in a statement. “We are grateful for Coach Shannon’s service as a player, assistant and head coach.
South Miami UM student hit-and-run suspect arrested in New York
Police found a man sought for a South Miami hit-and-run crash in New York on Tuesday. Police were looking for Luis Felipe Moya-Lopez, 24, after detectives identified him as the driver of the silver four-door Mercedes-Benz E-320 involved in a hit-and-run that left Eliza Gresh, 19, in a coma.
Artists and activists want to book Tampa parks for RNC
29, at Plant Park, next to the University of Tampa. That park, however, is controlled by the university, which has plans of its own during the convention, so officials say Planned Parenthood will have to look for another park.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Commentary: FAU officials endorse fraud and million-dollar debt, state officials silent
The face of FAU is hiding from the press. A university spokesman is praising FAU officials who lied on state documents. And state education officials are mum. It all started last month, when we published a package called Public distrust: a special investigation into FAU’s Board of Trustees…
Miami Dade College president, a Princeton reject, fulfills his Ivy League dream
“When I was very young, in high school, I always wanted to be a Princetonian,” said Padron, president of Miami Dade College.
Encouraging signs for MLB diversity
The percentage of African-Americans on Opening Day rosters this season was 8.8 percent, a slight increase from 8.5 percent last season, which was the lowest since 2007, according to Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.
Florida recession even worse than before
“The economy’s just not growing enough for businesses to be forced to hire,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida.
Worries follow strong first quarter for sales
Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist, wonders whether 2012 will be a repeat of the last two years. “It’s a pattern we’ve seen here, starting the year off with better numbers than expected, then we sort of peter out,” he said.
Surgeon: Left without a face, victims all say ‘I’ve become a monster’
“The fact is, a civil society has a certain moral obligations to its citizens,” said Kenneth Goodman, director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
Miami metro area is number 1 in health care cost
Steven Ullmann, a health care policy professor at the University of Miami has indicated there are several reasons for higher health care cost in the Miami area…
Tillman Military Scholars Selected at USF
The University of South Florida and Pat Tillman Foundation arepleased to announce two students have been selected as Tillman Military Scholars for the 2012-2013 academic year. Stephen Naylor, an undergraduate student majoring in history, and Edward Woodward, a master’s in medical science student, are the recipients of this year’s scholarships…
Barr to retire as USF men’s tennis coach after 20 years
University of South Florida head men’s tennis coach Don Barr has decided to retire, USF athletic director Doug Woolard announced Tuesday. Barr has been a part of the USF men’s tennis program for 21 seasons, including 20 as head coach, …
Releases and Web Stories
Department of Energy awards UF $800000 to improve nuclear power safety
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The nuclear engineering program in the University of Florida’ s department of materials science and engineering was recently awarded an $800,000 research grant by the U.S. Department of Energy…
Jordan Zimmerman Offers Chance To Win 4-Year College Scholarship
MarketWatch (press release)
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Fed up with a public education system that’s broken, Jordan Zimmerman, businessman, philanthropist and education supporter, has put his money where he thinks the big ideas are by providing the dollars for a 4-year Florida public college scholarship…Currently, Jordan is a trustee at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa. He and his executive team rewrote the advertising program’s curriculum — something that hadn’t been done since Jordan went through the program 30 years earlier…