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House Speaker Wants To Change ‘Culture Of Mediocrity’ In Higher Education

House Speaker Will Weatherford banged the opening gavel in the Florida House this morning, introducing the 60-day session with a speech heavily focused on education. He promised the continued “pursuit of a world-class, student-centered K-12 education system in Florida.” But he said attention must be paid to higher education as well, because “education solves problems […]

Session 2013 Town Hall: College Affordability And In-State Tuition

Education took up a big chunk of the Fort Lauderdale town hall Monday hosted by WLRN and The Miami Herald. Topics ranged from college affordability to K-12 funding to teacher raises. Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas ran through some ideas lawmakers are considering. “Gov. Scott has proposed an initiative that would give […]

What The NEA President Wants To Hear In Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

The president of the National Education Association (NEA) expects to hear a few things from President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address tonight. Dennis Van Roekel leads the 3 million member labor union, which represents public school teachers and college and university staff. “[Obama] really talked about opportunity in his inauguration speech and that […]

Half Of Florida’s Public Universities Make Kiplinger’s Best Value List

Kiplinger is starting 2013 with a list of “Best Values in Public Colleges.” The personal finance magazine put six Florida institutions in its Top 100 list. The Florida Board of Governors is touting the list, saying “access to an affordable higher education leads to brighter futures for hundreds of thousands of students. As they graduate […]

An Easier Way to Compare College Financial Aid Awards

Shopping for college may have gotten easier. More than 500 colleges and universities in the country have agreed to standardize their award letters to allow students to compare financial aid packages more easily. The goal of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is to help students make more informed decision on where to attend school by providing a […]

Proposal: Different Tuition Rates Based on the Degree Students Seek

Gov. Rick Scott’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform has reached tentative agreement on its recommendations. The panel on Wednesday called for different tuition rates based on the type of degree being sought such as business, education or engineering. It also proposed letting “preeminent universities” set higher tuition rates. In addition, the […]

How Students Knew to Expect Tuition Hikes … and Protest

So far, all but three Florida colleges are raising tuition this fall. Students from around the state suspected this would happen. That’s why they “occupied the Capitol” during the Legislative Session earlier this year to protest the tuition hikes they saw coming miles away. Broward College, Palm Beach State College and Valencia College – the second largest community […]

Explaining Which Students Will Pay More For Student Loans

Students enjoying a temporary reprieve in federal student loan rates know that the deal comes the an end July 1 — unless Congress can reach an agreement to extend the lower rates. The Miami Herald has a nice rundown on who will see their rates jump to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent and who won’t. […]

College Board Releases a Guide to Help Undocumented Students Pay for College

Editors note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Luc Cohen. Undocumented high school students have a new tool to help them with their college admissions process. The College Board has released a guide to help undocumented students apply to college and get scholarships — since undocumented students cannot receive state or federal financial aid […]

Report Says Florida Can Boost Economy By Getting Adults Back In School

Gov. Rick Scott has talked a lot about the need to improve education and increase the number of college grads with STEM degrees. From a business perspective, he thinks that’s how Florida will be able to compete globally and lure companies that will bring high paying jobs to the state. The Florida College Access Network […]

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