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Search Begins For Florida Polytechnic Trustees

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland is ready for its own Board of Trustees. Gov. Rick Scott has launched a national search for thirteen trustees that will govern Florida’s 12th public university. It turns out applicants can live anywhere. They don’t have to be in Florida to serve. “We must have a globally competitive education system […]

No Layoffs At USF Poly For At Least A Year

The University of South Florida may be closing its Lakeland campus, but those employees will have jobs for at least another year. That’s according to USF president Judy Genshaft, who says employees will stay on staff until at least July 1, 2013.  Some employees left a meeting last week worried they may lose their jobs […]

Five Ways Gov. Rick Scott Could Make His Florida Polytechnic Decision

Gov. Rick Scott is in a tough position when it comes to signing or vetoing legislation that would create a Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland independent from the University of South Florida system. The decision is due Saturday, but the Lakeland Ledger and others have reported Scott will announce his decision today. The consequences for […]

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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