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December 10, 2018
Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

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Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

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Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

USF, the University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida International University join a group of 130 who will collaborate to improve college access and equity to get more students to graduation. The universities will share data with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which organized the effort, called Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success. See the announcement from USF and the list of participating institutions, plus, read more at the Tampa Bay Times and Florida Politics.

Southwest Florida's universities offer helping hand to veterans who want to go back to school

More veterans are going back to school in Southwest Florida with a helping hand. The region's colleges and universities are offering more financial aid to veterans through a growing number of special scholarships and other assistance programs. [Source: Naples Daily News]

New Florida House education leader named

In all the post-election hoopla, it was easy to miss Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva's announcement Wednesday of committee structures and leaders for the upcoming legislative session. Oliva selected Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican as Education chair. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

UWF teams up with IHMC for Florida's first doctorate program in robotics

The University of West Florida is partnering with the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition to develop a doctoral program. It is a program for graduate students who want to learn more about intelligent systems and robotics. University of West Florida President Dr. Martha Saunders said the program is the first of its kind in the state of Florida and one of just a few in the nation. See the full story from UWF and read more at WEAR.

By the numbers: Florida's four-year colleges with top graduation rates

Unilatina International College was among the 10 four-year colleges and universities in Florida with the highest graduation rates, according to a Watchdog analysis of federal education data. The school recorded a 100 percent graduation rate. The analysis is based on numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is a unit of the U.S. Department of Education. [Source: ]

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› Colleges and universities in Miami-Dade hunt international students
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› UF-IFAS-led project wins prestigious Kellogg Award
Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities has been honored with a prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which recognizes collaborative efforts between university personnel and members of individual communities. This is the first time a UF-led project has been honored by the Kellogg awards program, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

› Broward Schools to stop paying administrators for extra hours
Broward schools plan to end a practice that has allowed high-level administrators to increase their pay by adding an extra two and a half extra hours to their workweek. While most administrators are paid based on a 37.5 hour workweek, 15 high-level administrators were being paid based on 40 hours.

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