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Early in the morning, before the University of South Florida became abuzz with students hurrying off to class, Liz Lennox was sorting through five pages of candidates and amendments.

Companies that make interns into employees could get tax credits under a legislative proposal. The Internship Tax Credit Program will help degree-seeking students receive a job after college.  

State Senators Back College System Revamp Amid Graduation Rate Concerns

Nov 15, 2017

A plan to create a statewide board to oversee Florida's state and community colleges advanced Monday, while college presidents raised objections to a proposed cap on four-year degrees and a stricter performance measure for graduation that are part of the legislation.

With a student population just under 900, New College of Florida in Sarasota has plans to grow to 1,200 students by 2020, and now they have the money to do it. This summer the school started phase one of its growth plan with $5.4 million on funding- another $45 million is expected to be spent on new buildings, forty more professors, and expanding enrollment.

Florida's universities call it a troubling trend. The need for mental health counseling services among students has gone up nearly 50 percent over the past five years.

Like many parents of high school juniors, I'm getting anxious about upcoming college applications and what it'll take to get in, such as doing well on the SAT. Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that the College Board, creator of the SAT,  is debuting a new test in March and these are the first changes in more than a decade.

M.S Butler

It's that time of year when thousands of students across the country get ready to graduate from public and private schools. But in St. Petersburg there's a unique group taking a walk across the stage after finishing four years at a local college.

It’s graduation week and there’s a buzz of anticipation in the air at Eckerd College. The ceremony is just about to begin and members of this class are too excited to sit or speak.

But this is not your normal graduating class

How Broward College Is Reducing Student Debt

Sep 22, 2014
John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

To get a student loan at Broward College, you’ve got to sit through a two-hour financial lesson with Kent Dunston first.

At times, it’s a little like “Scared Straight!” – that 1978 documentary about setting juvenile delinquents on the right path -- but for your credit score.

Dunston’s first piece of advice – figure out how much money you’re going to need.

“You’re not going to borrow more than that amount of money,” he told the students. “You’ll be offered more. You don’t need it.”

Lottie Watts / WUSF

 A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have handled sexual assault cases. 

Listen to this story on Morning Edition.

After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

Ryan Dillow / WUSF

Last summer, USF Pre-College made its debut as the first comprehensive summer college preparation program created by USF and led by university faculty.

Around 200 high school juniors and seniors-to-be took part in one of seven different courses, with the hope of getting ready for the next step in their education.

Now, it’s coming back bigger than ever. Kathy Barnes, the director of USF Pre-College, says last year’s success has led to the expansion of the program, which plans on taking in 240 students across nine courses in this summer’s session.

Associated Press

As so many strange news stories do, the Manti Te'o fiasco has forged a Florida connection.

The Notre Dame football star has been under the media's glare this week after the sports website Deadspin.com broke news that his supposedly dead girlfriend never existed. But besides issuing a statement Wednesday saying he'd been the victim of an online hoax, Te'o has not addressed the media. 

That included a gaggle of reporters who congregated Thursday morning outside IMG Academy in (here it comes) Bradenton, where Te'o who was reportedly training with other NFL hopefuls. 

NPR's show Tell Me More opened up a conversation this morning about education reform. It was heard here on WUSF and it included two people at the very core of the issue.... students.

One of those students is Shakira Locket, student at Miami Dade College.

Locket graduated from Coral Gables Senior High school but once she reached college, she realized she wasn't prepared.

Young College Graduate Numbers Down in Florida

Jul 12, 2012
MorgueFile

The percentage of young adults who graduate with a college degree is up nationally according to the US Department of Education.

More than half of the states have a reason to celebrate but Florida isn't one of them.

The study looked at state by state numbers of college graduates age 24-35 in 2010, the latest numbers available.

It says the number of those adults with a college degree fell by one tenth of a percentage point in Florida.