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Lawmakers To Consider Added Security Measures At Florida Universities

A mom desperate for better security at her daughter’s elementary school is paying a deputy to patrol the school in Flagler Beach for at least the next two months. School safety and security is at the top of the priority list for Florida lawmakers during the legislative session that begins in March. Lawmakers are already […]

Board Of Governors Chairman: ‘Good’ Is Not Good Enough For Florida Universities

Florida Board of Governors Chairman Dean Colson had much to brag about in his State of the System address this morning. He told the people who govern the State University System that Florida’s universities are affordable, a good value, and excelling in graduation rates. But Colson said, “If you want our system truly to serve […]

Board of Governors to Discuss Online Education And Hazing This Week

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) is in Gainesville for a two-day meeting. Five members of the 17-member panel are new. Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointments last week. All can begin serving right away, although they need Senate confirmation. BOG committees overseeing the state university system will talk about budget requests, expansion of online […]

State Leaders Ready To Expand Online Higher Education In 2013

The Florida Board of Governors will enter 2013 with a priority of expanding higher education online. Members will meet in mid-January to talk about their options, including the creation of a public university that is online only. “There could be no doubt that Florida is already a major contributor to the world of online learning,” […]

Why Florida Universities Won’t Ask For Tuition Hikes This Year

In a rare show of unanimity, Florida’s university presidents say they won’t pursue a tuition increase this year if the state will give them more funding. The presidents came together at the Capitol Wednesday to announce the Aim Higher Campaign. “Fundamentally, the system is underfunded…compared to the rest of the country,” University of North Florida […]

More Sunshine State Scholars Are Staying In Florida

The push for more STEM-related degrees in Florida may be paying off. In a survey, more than half of Florida’s 2011 Sunshine State Scholars said they plan to pursue higher education degrees in-state, rejecting the opportunity to attend Ivy League schools. Gov. Rick Scott has said Florida needs more graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and […]

Florida Board Of Governors Spokeswoman Resigns

The public relations machine for the State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has resigned. Kelly Layman was, as she often referred to herself, “a shop of one,” handling communications for the State University System during a time of tuition increases, a fatal hazing scandal, and the controversial launch of Florida 12th public university. Now, she’s returning to the […]

Three Things Florida Higher Ed Chancellor Frank Brogan Is Trying to Accomplish

Florida’s 11 state universities (soon to be 12) are not one-size-fits-all. That was part of Chancellor Frank Brogan’s message as he spent most of Monday afternoon before the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. He used a lot of jargon – “devolution,” “delivery systems,” “performance funding” – to explain what the Board […]

Governor Creates Task Force To Reform Florida’s University System

Gov. Rick Scott has created another task force. It comes on the heels of his new public safety panel charged with examining the Stand Your Ground law. This one will concentrate on reforming the State University System. Scott says the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform will look at how the State […]

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