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Study: Performance Funding Doesn’t Improve Higher Ed Graduation Rates

Performance funding in public higher education is a way for states to hold institutions accountable for certain outcomes. But new research shows it doesn’t do much to keep students enrolled or boost graduation rates. A study co-authored by Dr. David Tandberg, Florida State University assistant professor of higher education, shows little difference in outcomes between institutions […]

Why It Might Become Harder For Florida College System Professors To Earn Tenure

State education leaders are holding a workshop this afternoon on hiring requirements at state colleges The State Board of Education wants to update the process of issuing continuing contracts — the community college version of tenure — and align the rule with Florida statutes. The Florida Department of Education is taking public input on the […]

More Minority Students Get Associate’s Degrees in Florida

Sixteen Florida colleges are among the top 100 producers of associate degrees in the country, according to a Community College Week report. University of Phoenix Online Campus was the top producer with 33,449 associates degrees awarded last school year. The online campus also came in first for graduating minority students. Online school aside, Miami-Dade College in Florida […]

Florida Community Colleges Compete For Cash And National Prestige

It’s sort of like making it to the Hollywood round on “American Idol.” Fourteen Florida institutions made it through the first round of competition and will go on to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Given by the Aspen Institute, the prize goes to institutions that show outstanding academic and workforce outcomes. […]

Shamir Ali Update: He’s Free, But College Wants Him to Pay Out-of-state Tuition

Shamir Ali of Bangladesh made national headlines after StateImpact Florida and others described his plight: He was being deported, even though the Obama Administration’s policy was to allow college students like him to stay in the U.S. Now, he’s been released from a Florida immigration detention center and given temporary legal standing in the country. But […]

Gov. Scott Posts Florida Higher Education Salary Database Online

Gov. Rick Scott added higher education salaries to a website he set up to detail contracts, employee pay and other state spending. Check out the payroll for Florida’s 11 public universities here. The data was already posted online, which has university professionals wondering if Scott is trying to turn public opinion against academia. The Sarasota […]

Hispanic College Enrollment Surges

The number of Hispanic college students increased 24 percent in one year, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report released Thursday. Hispanics age 18-24 now outnumber black students of the same age on college campuses. Nearly 350,000 more Hispanics were enrolled in college 2010 than in 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau Data analyzed by […]

Debt Deal Would Preserve Pell Grants

The pending federal debt deal would protect a college grant program for low-income students, according to an email from the National College Access Network. The future of of the federal Pell Grant program has been in doubt as Congress and President Barack Obama negotiated a deal on raising the debt limit. Last week Republicans criticized […]

Grant Program Critical to Florida Students, Colleges Target of Debt Debate

A $17 billion increase to a college aid program for low-income students is one reason U.S. House Republicans are balking at plan to raise the federal debt limit, according to The Hill newspaper. Republicans are asking House GOP leadership why they are growing the Pell Grant program in a bill designed to cut the federal […]

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