Florida state colleges look for money to close jobs ‘gap’
Florida state colleges will make a pitch to lawmakers during the 2018 session to restore a $30 million budget cut and increase funding to hire more faculty, provide more counseling services and create more programs aimed at closing the “employment gap” in high-demand jobs. “I think this request reflects the priorities and goals of our system,” said Daytona State College President Tom LoBasso, who heads the college system’s council of presidents. “We feel this is an important investment in the future of Florida.” [Source: WUFT]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling the state's top teachers that there's little he can do to boost teacher pay. Scott made his comments Tuesday during a round table discussion with those picked for teacher of the year honors from their school districts. [Source: AP]
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To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary. By their standards, WalletHub named #1 University of Florida; #2 University of Miami; #3 Ave Maria University... see all the top 10 here.
Early school start times are not only costing students much needed sleep time, but it may be costing the economy, too. A recent study from the RAND Corporation, a research nonprofit, found that by pushing middle and high school start times to 8:30 a.m. or later, Florida would see an economic gain -- in the billions, says RAND -- over the next 15 years. The gain would come from increased academic achievement which is linked to higher lifetime earnings. [Source: Naples Daily News]
A “loss” is exactly how educators describe interruptions from school, especially when they involve traumatic experiences. But experts and educators say it’s possible for students to catch up. Here’s some advice for parents on how to help them. [Source: WLRN]
› FSW education program tops state rankings [Naples Herald]
Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education is now ranked at the top of the Florida Department of Education’s 2017 Annual Program Performance Reports for state colleges.
› UCF's President John C. Hitt retiring in 2018 [Florida Today]
After more than 25 years, John C. Hitt has found "the right time" to step down as president of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He announced on Tuesday that he'll retire June 30, 2018. See Dr. Hitt's letter announcing his retirement, here.
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› Aerospace technology academy offers new options to Brooksville Central High ROTC students [Tampa Bay Times]
Students can potentially earn Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University regional college credits, Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aerial vehicle safety certifications and other unmanned aviation certifications by completing the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
› Pensacola State College signs agreement with FSU Panama City to allow for easier transfers [Pensacola News Journal]
Pensacola State College students now have a more seamless path to attending Florida State University Panama City after the institutions signed an agreement Tuesday, which guarantees admission to the university for students who hit certain academic benchmarks.