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USF tops Florida universities in number of patents generated

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USF tops Florida universities in number of patents generated

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USF tops Florida universities in number of patents generated

The University of South Florida ranks fifth in the nation among public universities for generating new U.S. patents, the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association announced Tuesday. The rankings put USF at No. 12 globally. See the full story from WUSF and read more at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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» UCF researchers ranked 69th in U.S. patents landed last year

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Sandy Shugart thinks differently about how people learn and how colleges ought to operate. In his world, student performance takes priority over enrollment growth — and science and art are two sides of the same coin. Under Shugart's 18-year tenure as president of Valencia, the institution has become one of the largest and most successful community colleges in the nation. Full profile here.

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Commentary: Florida's public universities offer an excellent return on investment

Recently, a headline in Florida Business Daily claimed that Florida colleges and universities have a high student loan default rate. That headline does a disservice to students who might be thinking about attending one of Florida’s 12 public universities, which are among the most affordable in the country and give graduates an unparalleled opportunity to achieve their dreams. Read the full column by Marshall Criser III, chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

Florida rates poorly in per-student funding, in new Education Week report

Critics of Florida's public education funding system got another piece of ammunition Wednesday, as Education Week rated the state's school spending an F alongside 25 other states. The publication, which annually issues a well regarded national rating of state education systems, noted that Florida does exceedingly well in finance equity, or the way it allocates across districts. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Analysis: College women's golf in Florida grosses $10.1 million

Florida State University women's golf tops the list of highest grossing programs in the state, reporting $1.04 million – or $86,763 per athlete – in 2016, followed by University of Miami ($863,479) and University of Central Florida ($581,570), according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data. [Source: Florida Business Daily]

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› Good News: UNF jocks make the grade
The University of North Florida athletic department just completed its seventh full academic year with a record cumulative department GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student-athletes are considering this one of their most impressive streaks.

› New St. Thomas University presidents targets enrollment gains
St. Thomas University has selected a new president. A search committee has chosen David Armstrong, current president of Thomas More College in Kentucky, to be the private school’s next leader, stating that his vision matched theirs: to be a leading Catholic university.

› Superintendent Blackburn: To help with school safety, Floridians need to pay more taxes
Now that Brevard Superintendent of Schools Desmond Blackburn is leaving his position as the county's chief education official, he's a little freer to speak without as much concern for recoil.

› UCF receives $2 million grant for Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory
The University of Central Florida has received a $2 million grant for repairs to the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which was damaged during Hurricane Maria. A consortium led by UCF was tapped earlier this year to manage the observatory, the largest operational radio telescope in the world.

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