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States struggle to close degree-attainment gaps

States struggle to close degree-attainment gaps

Across the country very little progress has been made in closing degree-attainment gaps among white, black and Latino adults, hindering goals to increase the overall number of adults with degrees. The two states that improved the most in closing the Latino-white gap were also states with large Latino populations, Florida and New York. See one report, "Degree Attainment for Latino Adults," from the Education Trust. Also find more at the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

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Lofty Goals: UCF President Dale Whittaker looks to the future

On July 1, Dale Whittaker will become the fifth president of the University of Central Florida, succeeding John Hitt, who is retiring after more than 26 years on the job. He discussed his goals with Florida Trend from his office on the site of a new joint campus that UCF and Valencia College are building in downtown Orlando. Full interview here.

UF Online partners with Discover Financial Services, fully funding employees seeking select bachelor’s degrees

Discover’s nearly 16,500 U.S.-based employees may seek admission to the University of Florida Online bachelor’s degree in business administration and if they are admitted, the company will cover tuition, and required fees, books and supplies for eligible employees. See the UF News article here, and read more at Fortune.

Florida universities should charge ‘Chapel Hill’ prices for out-of-state students, Putnam says

Republican governor candidate Adam Putnam said Tuesday that the state is "selling Florida universities cheap to out-of-state students" and suggested tuition should be higher for non-residents. "We're now a world class university system," said Putnam, the state's agriculture commissioner. "Make people earn it." [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

UWF to offer Florida's first online MLT to MLS program

Medical laboratory technicians with an associate degree can apply for a new online program at the University of West Florida (UWF) to earn a bachelor's degree in clinical sciences. The Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLT to MLS) program will be offered through Complete Florida. Find more informaiton in the story from UWF, and read more at WEAR.

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› Embry-Riddle named college most likely to land you a job
The website Thrillist is featuring a study of the colleges most likely to land you a job in every state, and you’ll see Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University listed twice. That’s because the career-guidance website Zippia has ranked Embry–Riddle as the No. 1 school in Arizona and Florida.

› Sean Shaw receives educators’ endorsement in AG’s race
The Florida Education Association is endorsing state Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, in the Democratic primary for Attorney General. The state's teachers union gave Shaw an A+ on its legislative report card, having "proven himself a friend of public education," the union stated.

› More than 300 apply for 100 school safety jobs
A month after Duval schools decided to hire and arm more than 100 “school safety assistants” to patrol elementary schools, the district has three times as many applications as it has jobs, a district official said Tuesday.