Businesses hope to score with college endorsements
The new field of endorsements for college athletes is replete with agents and attorneys as well as platforms that connect businesses and athletes, collectives that funnel alum money to team members, NFT plays and compliance consultants who do everything from keeping tabs on athlete deals to helping them understand 1099s and filing taxes. “It’s a crowded space,” says Andrew Donovan, vice president of collegiate partnerships at Altius Sports Partners, a consulting and education firm. [Source: Florida Trend]
Florida TaxWatch looks at educational attainment in Florida, the benefits of postsecondary learning and training
Florida TaxWatch has released a new report entitled “The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Education and Training Beyond High School in Florida,” which assesses the rate of educational attainment in Florida and presents benefits of postsecondary learning through trainings, certificates, credentials, and degrees. The report also identifies effective workforce development programs throughout the state and offers policy considerations to help replicate that framework. [Source: Florida Daily]
Opinion: Florida must be concerned about its institutions of higher education
Recent Florida legislation, SPB 7044,should be viewed with much concern and with skepticism as to its consequences. The bill requires state colleges and universities to seek reaffirmation from different accrediting organizations at the end of each review cycle. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education both have identified major problems that could result from this action. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]
A Florida teen was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools -- and seven other universities
Florida teen Ashley Adirika has always dreamed of attending an Ivy League school. So in late fall, she applied to not just one -- but all eight of them. On Ivy Day, the fateful spring day when the prestigious schools all announce their first-year admission decisions, Ashley opened eight tabs on her computer -- one for each applicant portal. One acceptance letter popped up. Then another. And another. Until she had them all: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. More from CNN and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Try as they might, school districts across Florida cannot seem to attract and retain bus drivers. Some have offered finder fees to current employees. Some have increased salaries. Some have adopted practices aimed at reducing the need for so many drivers and routes. Little has had lasting effect. The Pinellas County school district, for instance, started the previous academic year needing at least four dozen additional drivers, and it heads into the summer still looking to fill the same amount of positions. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› University of South Florida business school concludes search for new dean [Business Observer]
After a yearlong search, the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business has appointed Gary Patterson, a longtime associate dean and finance professor, to lead the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, located at the USF St. Petersburg campus. Patterson did not submit an application for the position and says he did not seek the role, but his credentials and experience — he’s been with USF since 2000 and served as interim dean of Tiedemann School three times — led Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem to offer him the job.
› Brevard Public Schools offer free summer meals, but there's a catch worrying needy parents [Florida Today]
This summer, free meals for children at Brevard Public Schools are once again available. But they might not be as easy for families to access because of United States Department of Agriculture regulations. Last summer, families of any child under the age of 18 could pick up boxes of food containing seven days of lunches and breakfasts. This summer, meals must be consumed on-site, meaning parents who wish to take part in the program must transport their children to and from a nearby school each weekday.
› Eastern Florida State College new fiscal year budget includes no tuition increase for 11th straight year [Space Coast Daily]
No tuition increase for students for the 11th straight year and pay raises for faculty and staff are among the key parts of the new fiscal year budget at Eastern Florida State College. The $82.6 million plan for Fiscal Year 2022-23 was unanimously approved Monday by the college’s Board of Trustees. It goes into effect July 1.
› Pinellas teachers file complaint over forced unpaid days off for COVID [Tampa Bay Times]
To union executive director Lindsey Blankenbaker, who’s also a labor lawyer, the district had violated its contract by forcing workers into unpaid leave without any due process. Even teachers who are being disciplined for inappropriate behavior are put on paid leave pending additional review and formal action by the School Board, she noted.