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Bright Futures Scholarships Could Expand to Summer to Speed Up Graduation Rates

| September 23, 2016

Only 44 percent of students graduated in four years at 11 state universities. Summer scholarships would encourage more students to attend summer classes, increasing the chances they can graduate more quickly.

Florida Universities Seeking $14.5 Million Extra To Meet Spiking Demand for Mental Health

| September 19, 2016

Universities saw a 48 percent increase in demands for counseling and other mental health services, and an increase in emergency or crisis visits, involving issues like severe depression, acute anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Joe Negron’s Plan for Florida As Senate President in Next 2 Years: More Elite Universities

| June 29, 2016

Negron named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan, among others, as examples he wants Florida’s universities to be like.

Thomson Reuters Names 15 Florida Scientists Among the World’s Most Influential in 2014

| August 21, 2014

The Floridians are among 3,200 individuals on the list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, which includes the top 1 percent of scientists named as references by others in scholarly papers in the years 2002 to 2012. The list covers 21 broad fields, from pure math or physics to applied sciences such as medicine or psychology.

Rick Scott’s Dilemma: Helping Undocumented-Immigrant Students Or Sticking to His Base

| March 31, 2014

While Scott has repeatedly said he supports a proposal to end annual 15 percent tuition hikes, he’s remained mum about the portion of the bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented students, or Dreamers.

Florida Lawmakers Edging Toward Offering In-State Tuition for Some Undocumented Immigrants

| February 19, 2014

A measure allowing some undocumented students to receive in-state tuition was easily approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee, but the bill still faces a steep climb in the Senate.

Board of Governors’ Power Over Universities Would Grow While Curtailing Legislature’s

| October 15, 2012

A higher education task force is moving toward a recommendation that would significantly increase the power of the Florida Board of Governors, allowing the panel to set the budgets for each of the state’s 12 universities.

Florida Colleges Vow to Be 1st in U.S. to Double Graduation Rates By 2020–With Extra Funding

| July 18, 2012

Florida’s 28 state and community colleges will request a 35 percent increase in state funding to reach those goals and think Gov. Rick Scott will back their play. Graduating from a four-year college costs $23,647.

Florida A&M’s James Ammons Resigns 8 Months After Robert Champion’s Hazing Death

| July 11, 2012

Florida A&M University President James Ammons resigned Wednesday amid continuing fallout from the hazing death of “Marching 100” drum major Robert Champion and other problems at the historically black school.

Gator Shame: Why I’m Relieved My Daughter Won’t Be Attending the University of Florida

| May 20, 2012

Athletics aside, Florida doesn’t take its public universities and public schools seriously, making it difficult for top students to stay here–or for the state to depend on more than tourist ghettoes, sunbathing spreads and Medicare colonies.

Florida Legislators Cut Higher Ed $300 Million Even as They Create a 12th University

| March 6, 2012

House and Senate lawmakers agreed to create Florida Polytechnic University, a pet project of Sen. J.D. Alexander’s, and slash university spending by $300 million, paving the way for an on-time ending to the legislative session.

K-12 Education Would Get a $1.2 Billion Boost, Higher Ed Would Be Slashed By $400 Million

| February 8, 2012

The proposed increase–and higher ed decrease–comes as Gov. Scott has vowed to veto any budget that does not significantly increase education spending, even though lawmakers are trying to close a nearly $2 billion shortfall without raising taxes.

In a Break, College Presidents Draw a Line Against Universities Over Tuition Increases

| February 6, 2012

Breaking with their counterparts at the state’s universities, presidents at a handful of Florida colleges urged lawmakers to be cautious about any moves that could push tuition upward again.

Shifting More Burden To Students, Lawmakers OK 15% Tuition Hike at Florida Universities

| February 2, 2012

The Florida House approved an 8 percent increase and each state university is allowed to add an additional 7 percent, as universities have for the past several years. Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to the tuition hike.

Florida Universities Respond to Rick Scott’s Inquisition With a Massive Document Dump

| November 28, 2011

Public university leaders, through thousands of pages of answers that include backup academic studies and appendixes, have replied to Gov. Rick Scott’s request to outline what the schools are doing to ensure graduates meet the need of Florida employers.

Universities Defend Against Rick Scott’s Primitive War on Anthropologists

| October 12, 2011

Not wanting tax dollars spent educating anthropologists, Rick Scott appeared unaware that the science is among the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) he himself is emphasizing to add jobs in Florida.

Borrowing From Rick Perry: Gov. Rick Scott Wants More Texas in Florida Universities

| August 26, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott wants to treat universities and colleges more like private businesses, as Rick Perry is trying to do in Texas, with more scrutiny over professor and university performance.

Students as Customers, Universities as Businesses: Scott’s Plan To Texify Higher Ed

| July 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is following Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lead in higher ed: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a greater emphasis on business-like measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.

Flagler Rep. Bill Proctor: Public University Tuition Should Go Up by More than 15% A Year

| July 14, 2011

Bill proctor, the St. Augustine Republican and private-college president, says tuition increases at public universities should be greater than 15% so Florida’s tuition costs can reach the national average faster.

Florida’s Betrayal of College Students: Sticking It to the Young, Pandering to the Old

| June 24, 2011

Between Florida public universities’ tuition increasing almost 140 percent in 10 years and Bright Futures scholarship losing half their value, the state is betraying its future while pandering to older, more selfish voters.

Tuition Increases Another 15% at Florida Universities, Up 130% in 10 Years; Aid Drops

| June 23, 2011

Tuition will approach $6,000 next year. For Flagler County’s 750-some students attending college on Bright Futures scholarships, that aid will cover barely half the bill, after covering it in full just a few years ago.

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