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August 15, 2018

Education

Excellence in Higher Education Act heads to Gov. Scott

SB 4 Secures Permanent Expansion of Bright Futures Academic and Medallion Scholarships Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems

With the Every Student Succeeds Act shaping state curriculums and students getting closer to the end of their summer breaks, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems as well as accompanying videos. Read more »
Published on 8/2/2018

University of Florida smashes research awards record with $837.6 million in fiscal year 2018

The University of Florida received a record $837.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2018, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal 2016 by $113.6 million, or nearly 16 percent. Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

NSU Hosts White Coat Ceremony for First M.D. Class and 38th Entering D.O. Class

Florida-based Nova Southeastern University Becomes First University in the Nation to Train D.O. and M.D. Students on the Same Campus Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

USF Officially Designated as 'Preeminent' by the Florida Board of Governors

Historic achievement places USF in the top category of Florida's universities and comes with millions of dollars in new funding that will benefit the Tampa Bay region's future Read more »
Published on 6/28/2018

University of South Florida joins University of Florida and Florida State University in 'preeminent' status

On Wednesday, the Florida Board of Governors' Strategic Planning Committee meeting in Orlando unanimously approved USF's status as a preeminent university. It's an achievement that was attained previously among the state's 13 public universities by only UF and FSU. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2018

More Florida Schools Earning High Marks

Florida Department of Education releases annual school grades Read more »
Published on 6/27/2018

New USF Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity is a First

First class of new students enrolling this fall will further position the university as a leader in cyber Read more »
Published on 6/19/2018

Florida Students Continue to Make Achievement Gains

Results show progress in closing the achievement gap and big gains in Science Read more »
Published on 6/14/2018

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 to earn a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences.

The Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist, or MLT to MLS, program, will be offered through Complete Florida, a state-funded initiative that supports adults who return to college.

The program is the first of its kind in the state of Florida. Applications to the program will be accepted through June 15. Classes will begin Aug. 27.

To be eligible for the program, students must be admitted to UWF, submit letters of recommendation and participate in a phone interview. Applicants are required to have an associate of science degree in medical laboratory technology that includes the prerequisites of the MLS program and fulfillment of general education coursework or military training and an associate of arts degree that includes the prerequisites of the MLS program and fulfillment of general education coursework. In addition, they must also have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and certification as an MLT by the American Society of Clinical Pathology or be a graduate of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredited MLT program and certified by a national board exam.

Katie Cavnar, the incoming chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at UWF, said earning a degree to become a medical laboratory scientist has a variety of benefits.

“In the hospital, both medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory technicians do similar work, but the MLS learn more theory,” she said. “MLTs also have to work supervised, whereas an MLS does not. Going on to get your MLS is beneficial for a couple of reasons, including an increase in pay, and an increase in responsibility, which may allow for promotion in the laboratory.”

The online program will be similar to the traditional MLS classes offered at UWF, but geared more toward students who have already worked in a lab.

As the only online MLT to MLS program in the state, Cavnar said this will meet workforce needs in Northwest Florida and beyond.

“We can hopefully serve this area,” Cavnar said. “Laboratories are generally understaffed so there’s a need for people in our profession. Many people in the laboratory field are starting to retire all at once and labs are losing expertise. We thought it be a good idea to launch an MLT to MLS program here where the tuition is affordable.”

This story is from UWF News.

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Published on 6/14/2018

UF Online partners with Discover Financial Services to fund 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. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2018

USF Ranks 5th In New Patents Among U.S. Public Universities

The inventive prowess of University of South Florida faculty, researchers and students was on display once again in 2017, as the school placed fifth in the country - and 12th worldwide - among public univerisities in producing new U.S. utility patents. Read more »
Published on 6/7/2018

UF to partner with Walmart in new education benefit for associates

Benefit includes options for associates to earn a college degree without incurring student loan debt Read more »
Published on 5/31/2018

Six Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects to get funding

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced nearly $10 million in awards for six Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature last year, provides $85 million for improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2018

Money Ball: Football programs help small private colleges in Florida

The football field at tiny Warner University in Central Florida is a far cry from the stadiums at Florida's major college football powers... Read more »
Published on 5/29/2018

A Watchful Eye: Lawmakers restrict public spending by university foundations

In February 2016, Mike Morsberger, CEO of the University of Central Florida Foundation, decided to accompany a UCF doctoral student to a global government conference in Dubai... Read more »
Published on 5/29/2018

Lofty Goals: New President Dale Whittaker aims to take UCF to pre-eminence

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. Read more »
Published on 5/29/2018

Valencia College President Sandy Shugart – He's a poet, a picker and a prophet

Valencia College's Sandy Shugart has become a leader in a national movement to prioritize student performance over enrollment growth and a trusted voice on education policy for everyone from Florida governors to U.S. presidents. Read more »
Published on 5/29/2018

Floridians to Face More Frequent, Intense Heatwaves – If Greenhouse Gases Reach the Highest Projected Levels

By the late 21st century, if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reach worst-case projections, Floridians could experience summer heatwaves three times more frequently, and each heatwave could last six times longer than at present, according to Meteorology Professor Shawn M. Milrad of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2018

Three Florida Colleges Named Prestigious Aspen Prize Finalists

Award recognizes high achievement and performance Read more »
Published on 5/17/2018

The top 20 high schools in Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report

A state-by-state breakdown of the 2018 Best High Schools by U.S. News finds Florida ranks as #4 best state in the nation. Massachusetts is #1, with 25.7 percent of their eligible schools earning gold and silver medals. California came in second with 25.4 percent. Maryland, the winner for the previous three years, finished third with 24.1 percent, and Florida came in fourth with 23.4 percent. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2018

New Report Finds USF Among the Nation's Best at Helping Lower-income Students Succeed

The University of South Florida (Tampa) is one of the top public universities in the country at serving lower-income students, according tonew findings published by Third Way, a national think tank based in Washington D.C. Read more »
Published on 5/9/2018

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

More than 200 Florida Polytechnic University undergraduate and graduate students will be receiving degrees, as Florida's newest public university graduates its inaugural class on Friday, May 4, 2018. Read more »
Published on 5/2/2018

Gov. Scott: Florida Students Lead the Nation in Reading and Mathematics

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott, announced Florida's results on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments. The results show that Florida is the only state to have improved significantly in grade 4 mathematics, grade 8 reading and grade 8 mathematics between 2015 and 2017. Read more »
Published on 4/12/2018

Seminole State College names Dr. Georgia Lorenz president-elect

Seminole State College of Florida's Board of Trustees has announced Dr. Georgia Lorenz as president-elect. Read more »
Published on 4/12/2018

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