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Florida Not Producing Enough College Graduates To Meet Job Market Demand

Florida is not producing enough college graduates to meet the projected job market needs by 2018, according to a new report from the Lumina Foundation. The Sunshine State ranks 31st in the nation for the percentage of adults who have earned a college degree. About 36.5 percent of state residents have earned an associate’s, bachelor’s […]

House Speaker Says Higher Ed System Has “No Clear Mission”

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon said state lawmakers trying to benefit their own parochial interests have muddied the mission of the state’s higher education system. Cannon, R-Winter Park, said the House will study how to improve the system because the state’s economy is tied to a “strong and dynamic” higher education system, according to prepared […]

The Top 5 Industries Creating Jobs in Florida

Marketing and sales and hospitality and tourism industries will create the most jobs in Florida between 2008 and 2018, according to a new Georgetown University report. Overall, researchers expect the state will create 1.04 million jobs over the ten-year period. The report projects information technology and health science will have the fastest percentage growth over […]

USF Polytechnic: Five Pros and Five Cons for Independence

USF Polytechnic could soon shed the “USF” and become Florida’s 12th independent public university, but is that a good idea? On Wednesday afternoon, Florida’s Board of Governors is scheduled to talk about, and perhaps vote on, whether USF Polytechnic in Polk County should be allowed to split from the University of South Florida.

How Can More University Grads Get Hired? Gov. Scott Says He’s Listening

Gov. Rick Scott sat down for an interview with WLRN’s Phil Latzman this morning. StateImpact Florida slipped Phil a few questions. Here’s a transcript of Scott’s responses. Listen to the full interview here. Q: Studies show that half of STEM graduates — science, technology, engineering and math — choose careers in other fields. What specific […]

Business Group Supports USF Poly Independence

A Polk County business group overwhelmingly supports the University of South Florida Polytechnic’s bid to create a new state university independent from the USF system, according to the Lakeland Ledger. State Sen. J.D. Alexander, chairman of the Senate budget committee, rallied support for an independent school after a survey of students and faculty showed a […]

University of South Florida Cannot Audit Regional Campus Expenses, President Says

University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft told two state Senators that any audit of USF Polytechnic is up to the regional campus chancellor. Republican state Sens. Paula Dockery and Mike Fasano asked Genshaft to audit USF Polytechnic after learning the school hired regional chancellor Marshall Goodman’s son to run a business incubator program. The […]

Gov. Scott Wants Colleges to Increase Science and Math Graduates

Colleges will need to produce more science and technology graduates, according to Gov. Rick Scott’s economic agenda released Wednesday. Less than 20 percent of Florida university system graduates earn degrees in science, technology or math — also known as STEM — Scott wrote in a release. That rate of STEM graduates will not fill the […]

Will a State Senator Get His University?

Influential state Sen. J.D. Alexander made his pitch for a separate Polk County university to the State University System Board of Governors Thursday. Alexander, R-Polk and chairman of the Senate budget committee, wants the University of South Florida Polytechnic to split from the USF system. WUSF radio’s Steve Newborn reports: So far, the site of […]

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