Florida universities could reap rewards for fast-tracking students
Florida universities may win additional state funding if more of their undergraduates can earn their degrees in four years. That was the proposal discussed Tuesday by the Board of Governors' Budget and Finance Committee, which held a workshop on performance standards at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. [Source: WJXT]
Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria have already arrived at Florida’s public schools. School leaders are preparing for what could be a much bigger influx. [Source: WLRN]
A group of Florida political leaders who already have strong influence over the state's education policy will gather Thursday to begin discussing what could become even more sweeping changes to the system. [Source: TBO.com]
Florida scientists secured a record haul of grants from the National Institutes of Health this year — an impressive performance driven not by the nonprofit labs lured with more than $1 billion in public subsidies but by long-established universities. [Source: Palm Beach Post]
From Florida Trend's "Research Florida:"
» Funding Florida's research -- Updates and lists that show top National Science Foundation (NSF) grants -- which institutions received how much -- as well as top National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants for 2017.
A new study shows more than 72,000 Florida school children were considered homeless in the 2015-2016 school year. The study attributes the increase to the recession and more teacher training to identify students who are homeless. [Source: WMFE]
› UF to launch smell disorders program [Gainesville Sun]
Two University of Florida branches are coming together to help people who can’t smell. The UF Center for Smell and Taste and UF Health will launch a smell disorders program in January to combine research and clinical expertise in the field.
› Florida’s private school vouchers yield long-term gains for students, study finds [Times/Herald]
A new study by a Washington, D.C.-based think tank has found low-income students in Florida who attend private schools with the help of a controversial, state-approved voucher program are more likely to enroll in and graduate from in-state public colleges than their similarly situated peers who stick with public schools.
› Muslim professor in Orlando sues UCF [Orlando Sentinel]
A former professor at University of Central Florida in Orlando, Vibert White, has sued the university, claiming he suffered discrimination — and ultimately was forced to resign in 2015.
› HSN, University of Tampa partner with program to help entrepreneurs [Tampa Bay Times]
A two-day summit for entrepreneurs dubbed the American Dreams Academy and backed by St. Petersburg's HSN and content supplied by the University of Tampa will debut at various university sites starting next month.