Florida House, Senate move in opposite directions on money for higher education
The Florida House and Senate started the 2018 session with unified messages supporting increases to higher education funding. Two weeks later, however, the chambers have a difference of opinion — worth more than $600 million. A Senate higher education committee wants $383 million more to spend on colleges and universities. The House’s proposal however, cuts $217 million. More from the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.
A new study lists Florida in the middle to low end of a ranking for most educated states in the U.S., while the quality of its university system is ranked in the top 10. Together with its low median income ranking (38th in the nation), Florida is is less educated and poorer than most states in the country. See more Florida findings in this news release from WalletHub. Also read more at the Northwest Florida Daily News.
State appropriations for higher education increased nominally over the last year, according to an annual survey. But the small rise and wide variations across the nation underscore why many public colleges still have reason to fret about their states’ economies. [Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]
Florida State University has signed on to a plan to create more attractive and accessible roadways between Tallahassee International Airport, the school’s southwest campus and downtown Tallahassee. Kevin Graham, executive director of FSU’s Real Estate Foundation, proposed merging the Airport Gateway plan with the university’s plans to further develop its 900-acre southwest campus, which lies midway between the downtown core and the airport. Full story here.
Florida students who get bullied may get taxpayer help to attend a private school. A Senate panel on Monday voted for a bill that would allow students who are victims of bullying, physical attack, robbery and other types of violence to move to a different public school or receive a private school voucher. [Source: AP]
› UCF announces plans to move departments to Lake Nona, downtown Orlando [Orlando Sentinel]
UCF, seeing its future in three key places, announced plans this week to create a hub for the health sciences in Lake Nona and to anchor its planned downtown Orlando campus with departments that it hopes can help Orlando and other urban communities thrive.
› Enrollments of international undergrads rising in Miami-Dade [Miami Today]
Most colleges and universities in Miami-Dade are seeing the enrollment of international undergraduates rising as their numbers decline nationwide. Florida is an exception, said Florida International University economics Professor Jorge Salazar-Carrillo.
› FSCJ President Cynthia Bioteau to retire at the end of May [Florida Times-Union]
Florida State College at Jacksonville President Cynthia Bioteau announced on Monday her intent to retire from the college at the end of the semester. Bioteau was president of Utah’s Salt Lake Community College when she was hired in late 2013 to be FSCJ’s fifth president.
› Campus Free Expression Act passes first Florida House stop [WLRN]
The Florida House's Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee approved the Campus Free Expression Act on Tuesday. The legislation (HB 909) would end free-speech zones.