February 27, 2017
State wants students graduating from college sooner


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State wants students graduating from college sooner

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State wants students graduating from college sooner

Florida leaders hope to soon produce a new type of college student: one who graduates in four years. Only 44 percent of freshmen at state universities finish in four years. And the four-year graduation rates are even lower for students who start at community colleges. See Senate Bill 0002, sponsored by state Sen. Bill Galvano, here. Also read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Opinion: Devil in the details on state education bills

Efforts to improve higher education in Florida suffer from a bit of an identity crisis. What's the main goal? Improving the quality and competitiveness of our universities so they draw the best students and faculty? Or should the goal be expanding access to higher education? [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

Many universities, including some in Florida, are using private planes

Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. [Source: AP]

Now defunct for-profit college must pay the government $20 million

A shuttered for-profit college chain, Miami-based FastTrain College — which used exotic dancers to recruit students — and its owner, who bilked the government out of millions of dollars in a federal student aid funding scheme, must pay the government more than $20 million in damages and penalties, a district court ruled. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida Lottery says it’s generated $1 billion for education this year

The Florida Lottery, now being sued by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Monday said it had reached “another record – $1 billion in contributions to education for the 15th consecutive year.” See the Florida Lottery's news release here. Also read more at Florida Politics.

See also:
» Florida Lottery facing a lawsuit from House Speaker who claims the agency violated state law


› In mock court, UF law students argue case echoing infamous FSU ‘Jane Doe’ lawsuit
The black-robed justices who filed solemnly into a courtroom at the University of Florida law school one morning last week were not the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, but they were announced as if they were.

Florida tops nation in AP exam participation at a time when exam’s value questioned
Florida ranks number one in participation on Advance Placement exams during high school and comes in fourth for the percent of high school graduates who have taken and passed at least one AP course, according to a report from the organization that manages the course and its exams, The College Board.
» See also: Florida Department of Education looks at tougher passing scores for alternate tests

› St. Petersburg College seeks public input in its search for a new president
William D. Law Jr., who recently announced his retirement as president of St. Petersburg College, said the job is more demanding than ever. "You have to be able to craft a vision," he said.

› Florida Tech science cargo headed to space station
A charge injection device from Florida Institute of Technology’s Department of Physics and Space Sciences that could help capture the dim light from planets around very bright stars, is headed to the International Space Station.

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