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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 […]

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 […]

Charles Reed Blasts Florida’s Disjointed University System

Charles Reed says Florida’s colleges and universities have lost their way. He paints a picture of a disjointed, parochial higher education system where every university and college is out for itself, and “It’s turned into what the local chamber wants, not what the state needs.” Exhibit number one, he says: USF Polytechnic’s drive for independence. […]

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 […]

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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