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Business Leaders Rally For Florida Polytechnic University

Polk County business leaders are so excited about the new Florida Polytechnic University (FPU), they held a news conference this morning to announce their support. It was part of a rally at the United Way of Central Florida in Lakeland. More than 60 community and business leaders have formed Florida Poly Vision, Inc. to show […]

Budget Deal Ties Up USF’s Loose Ends

The fight over whether to create an independent 12th university from the University of South Florida Polytechnic provided the most dramatic moments of this year’s legislative budget debate. Students bused up to the Capitol to protest. Newsrooms flooded the zone and made it the big story. And senators questioned their colleagues’ motives — and candidness. […]

USF Poly Puts Staff, Student Recruiting On Hold

The University of South Florida Polytechnic is not recruiting faculty or students while lawmakers debate the school’s future, its interim regional chancellor told The Lakeland Ledger. From the story: It’s not an atmosphere under which a quality academic staff can be drawn in, said Touchton. “We just feel like we need to wait and see […]

Independent USF Poly Would Take Longer To Earn Accreditation

The Chronicle of Higher Education has condensed the months-long saga over the University of South Florida Polytechnic’s future into one handy story. Most interesting to Florida readers is an interview with the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the organization that would accredit the new, independent school. President Belle Wheelan said the […]

Can USF Polytechnic Earn Accreditation By July?

Polk County Sen. JD Alexander has made it pretty clear in the last week that it isn’t an issue of if USF Polytechnic will become the state’s 12th university, but when. Like television’s Judge Lynn, Alexander has repeatedly said he’s ready to make that divorce happen. But what’s unclear is if the new university could […]

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