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Florida Polytechnic University to graduate its 1st four-year class


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Florida Polytechnic University to graduate its 1st four-year class

| 5/3/2018

Florida Polytechnic University to graduate its 1st four-year class

Florida Polytechnic University will graduate its inaugural freshman class of more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students on May 4. Jeffrey Wadsworth, who recently retired as president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, will be the commencement speaker. More from the Lakeland Ledger and Florida Trend.

Florida Supreme Court takes up education case

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a long running case alleging the state does not adequately fund schools and provide a high quality education for all students, especially the most vulnerable. Education advocates claim the State Board of Education is in violation of the Florida Constitution. More from WMFE and the Tampa Bay Times.

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How one Florida university predicts those at risk of dropping out

The University of Central Florida in Orlando has 66,000 students, and low-income and first-generation students who are at risk for quitting could easily get lost in the shuffle. But UCF wants to make sure they don't. By using predictive analytics, the university identifies at-risk students and intervenes before they drop out. [Source: CBS News]

University expands offering in Tampa as bilingual professionals are in demand

A Puerto Rico-based school that focuses on graduating bilingual professionals with baccalaureate degrees is opening a new wing of its Tampa campus to make room for 1,000 more students and two new degree programs. Bilingual workers earn $7,000 more on average per year in Florida, according to the school. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]

Database analysis: UF med faculty the highest paid state workers

In the hierarchy of university pay one would expect head ball coaches to be at the top of the list, followed by the university president. But medical faculty? Seventeen of the top 20 earners in the state are University of Florida medical faculty, according to a database compiled and published by the Tallahassee Democrat of state employee salaries. [Source: ]


› Noted physics professor named dean of Florida State's Graduate School
Mark Riley, an internationally known nuclear physicist whose career at Florida State University spans 27 years, has been named dean of the Graduate School.

› Florida hires FDLE agent to lead new Office of Safe Schools
A veteran law enforcement officer has been selected to lead the Florida Department of Education's new Office of Safe Schools established after the mass shooting at a Parkland high school.

› Florida man earning Ph.D. from the University of South Florida at age 81
John Voelpel will tell you it's never too late to make a career change. The 81-year-old will be the oldest person to walk across the stage when he graduates from USF this week, earning his Ph.D. in Philosophy. John Voelpel is earning his doctorate in philosophy.

› FSU officially opens new Jim Moran building in downtown Tallahassee
Florida State University celebrated a new addition to its facilities Tuesday morning. Students in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will now have classes in a newly renovated 19th century building. It’s also home to the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, offering entrepreneurial education to small business owners.

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