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Florida House Revives Controversial Bill On College Surveys

Dec 14, 2019

A controversial proposal that would require state colleges and universities to survey students and faculty members about their viewpoints was approved by a House panel Thursday, just months after the Senate rejected the idea.

University System Board Backs USF Changes

Jan 26, 2018
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University of South Florida

The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously endorsed a proposal to reunify the University of South Florida with two branch campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

USF To Seek State Money As Medical School Moves Ahead

Sep 21, 2017

The University of South Florida will ask lawmakers for an additional $21 million to complete funding for its downtown Tampa medical school and heart institute.

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As more than 6,000 students received their degrees from the University of South Florida this weekend, school officials were urging the Tampa Bay area community to call Florida lawmakers who made a last-minute change to the qualifications for universities to receive "preeminence status." 

It's a move that stands to take away more than $10 million from USF. 

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UPDATED at 2:30 p.m. on 6/23 with Pres. Genshaft quote and information on how USF will use the funding.

The University of South Florida is one step closer to joining the University of Florida and Florida State University as one of the state's elite public universities - and one step closer to receiving the funding that goes with that ranking.

State University System Florida Board of Governors

The University of South Florida once again finished near the top of the State University System's performance-based rankings, and  USF President Judy Genshaft's contract extension has been approved by state officials.

A controversial measure to allow concealed weapons on university campuses passed on a close party-line vote in a senate committee Monday. 

Concealed carry licenses in Florida are limited.  Places like bars, courtrooms—even career centers are set aside as gun-free zones.  But Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) is taking aim at a different area: public universities. 

Evers invited Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) to introduce the bill, and during his presentation Evers holds up a sheet of paper for Steube to see.

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

University System Chancellor Wants Students to Graduate Sooner

Aug 15, 2014
State University System of Florida

College students in Florida need to graduate more quickly while chasing degrees in fields where jobs exist, according to the Chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

Marshall Criser III has led the nation’s second largest university system since January of 2014.

The state board that oversees the university system is signing off on the hiring of new presidents for Florida Atlantic University and Florida A&M University.

The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday voted to confirm the hiring of John Kelly as FAU president and Elmira Mangum as FAMU president.

The vote to confirm Kelly and Mangum came after the board spent more than an hour with each new president.

Step aside, Seminoles, and get out of the way, Gators. The University of South Florida was the one of the top two schools in Governor Rick Scott's first performance-based fund giveaway to the state's universities.

While most of Florida's public universities bucked Governor Rick Scott's wishes and accepted an automatic 1.7 percent tuition increase dictated by state law, the state Board of Governors agreed with Scott and decided to decline a request from some of the schools to increase one fee.

During its meeting in Orlando this week, the Board of Governors expressed its displeasure with the University of South Florida's graduation rates.

And if USF doesn't get its act together, the group that oversees the state's higher education system might not approve future tuition increases.

The percentage of first-time-in-college students that graduate in four years from USF is 34 percent. About 50 percent graduate in six years.

Gov. Scott Doesn't Want Tuition Hikes

Jun 20, 2012

Governor Rick Scott is telling the Florida Board of Governors he doesn't support the tuition increases being asked for by the state's universities.

Scott says he wants a great university system for better job growth, but he wants that done without institutions hiking up their tuition.

According to Florida Today, Scott said, "We’re not in a system where we can afford a bunch of ‘nice to haves.' "

The Select Committee on the new Florida Polytechnic University met Wednesday for the first time. It's likely the transition details will not be completed by the July 1 deadline.

After the creation of Florida Polytechnic, a select committee now has to figure out the details of the transition. But the committee has more questions than answers.

The main problem: Florida Polytechnic still doesn't have a Board of Trustees.